Mark HayfordA speed driven windsurfer focusing on experience, hard-work, attention to detail and last but not least, fun, lots of it. Speed windsurfing was an easy choice for me, living around the corner from one of the worlds top speed courses, West Kirby.

Speed windsurfing has now become an obsession. The speed windsurfing is about finding your own limits. Pushing your boundaries physically and mentally, its really just an excuse to see what’s possible. The name off the game is to go as fast as possible in any given conditions.
Speed windsurfing has many technical variables adding to the fun of it. Board, sail, fin combo’s, selecting the right combination is vital. Experimenting with kit, tuning and trim can take weeks to get every thing just right. To reach our own limits, every thing has to be just right, physics, mental, equipment and fitness, making the challenge even more fun. The one’s that understand the science of it all are usually the ones that are fastest down the speed course. But, speed sailing is for every body. After all, we all enjoy overtaking our mates don’t we

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June 20, 2012 by  

Speed session videos

Speed session videos

Recently got my hands on the Contour Roam. Nice bit of kit and very easy to use. Here’s a link to a couple of video’s. The first link was from last week. Mark Bailey (on the Tushingham), Steve Thorpe (on the Simmer) and me (on the North).... [Read more]


January 12, 2012 by  

50knots at West Kirby

50knots at West Kirby

There is now 5 windsurfers in the world that have gone over 50k. Two of them on our own shores at West Kirby this January, Our very own Steve Thorpe @ 50.48k, and Hollands Hans Kreisel @ 50.3k. The other three are Hollands Martin Van Muers @ 50.37k at... [Read more]


June 14, 2011 by  

Mark Hayford Update

Mark Hayford Update

Third day of summer and the winds are looking pretty light (for now). Ideal time to blog about Spring. With record levels of cold weather, for me the windsurf season finally kicked off during the last week in February. It started of with big kit, mostly... [Read more]


June 12, 2011 by  

Its been a great Spring 2011

Its been a great Spring 2011

Third day of summer and the winds are looking pretty light (for now). Ideal time to blog about Spring. With record levels of cold weather, for me the windsurf season finally kicked off during the last week in February. It started of with big kit, mostly... [Read more]


March 12, 2011 by  

Speed Fins, What’s out there

Speed Fins, What’s out there

4 or 5 years ago, speed fin choice was very limited, Tectonic F1, F-Hot and Select Viper speeds where the main fins. But in 2011 we are spoilt for choice. Most fin manufactures have a couple of dedicated speed fins in there line up. Heres are brief over... [Read more]


January 10, 2011 by  

Starboard iSonic Speed Special W44, W53 & W58 quick review

Starboard iSonic Speed Special W44, W53 & W58 quick review

With the speed session about to kick off again at the end of January and www.gps-speedsurfing.com and boards.mpora.com sponsoring the 2011 British speed ladder, it’s time to start thinking speed again:) I’ve now had the Speed special’s... [Read more]


December 6, 2010 by  

Starboard iSonic 107 and iSonic 137 review update

Starboard iSonic 107 and iSonic 137 review update

Plenty of snow around so to much windsurfing going on. Now that Iv’e had plenty of sessions on the new 2011 iSonics, now ideal time to do a quick update on how they feel. iS107 wood: Fins used: Select RS7 41cm Sails used: North Warps 7m/8m/9m First... [Read more]


October 22, 2010 by  

Isonic 107 test

Isonic 107 test

Managed to get a couple of iS107 wood session in, first impression are great. I came from a 2008 iS111 so I was looking for a few big improvements since three years had past by, I am not disappointed, the iS107 has been improved in all areas. So far,... [Read more]


September 19, 2010 by  

Tuesday 14th Sept and Wednesday 15th Sept 2010

Tuesday 14th Sept and Wednesday 15th Sept 2010

Wind started to build on the Tuesday, enough to get out on the Starboard W44 and North F2009 7m. Very flat waters and winds at 15k gusting 25k produced peak speeds of 38 knots. Nice easy day. Tuesday saw real winds, 40k gusting to over 50 knots. The water... [Read more]


September 12, 2010 by  

I know that a few people are thinking of upgrading their iS133/131/144 for the new iS137/127 and it’s sometimes tough deciding if it’s really worth changing boards. So here’s a quick review of the iS137 Carbon compaired to my old 2008... [Read more]