Day 2: The calm before the storm

The waiting game continued on day two of the DAM7 PWA Netherlands World Cup as tantalizing winds teased the competitors for much of the morning and early afternoon. Shortly before 12pm the wind increased sufficiently to cause a flurry of action on the beach as many of the sailors were tempted out onto the water to test the conditions. 

For a brief period the wind was suitable for the competition to begin, but the conditions soon deteriorated to mean that only intermittent planing was possible meaning that we are still waiting to begin the single eliminations. 

After a long day on hold we used some of the downtime to grab a quick interview with local boy Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne):

PWA: How many years have you been competing on the tour?

Dieter: “This is my fourth year on the tour.”

PWA: Best result so far?

Dieter: “5th in Fuerte this year and last year, and also 5th in Vietnam.”

PWA: Before the event you went out to Egypt - how were the conditions? And what were you training?

Dieter: “Yep I went to Egypt for one week. The conditions were good, I had wind everyday for 4.8m and one day on 4.4m, it’s good because you have both flat and choppy water so it’s perfect for training. I was concentrating on getting my flaka shaka super consistent - like every single run - and I was also trying to get my no-handed burners on both sides.”

PWA: Are you excited to have a PWA event at your home spot?

Dieter: “Super excited! On these waters I learned most of my moves and this is where my dreams started to be a professional windsurfer.”

PWA: Thoughts on the forecast for tomorrow?

Dieter: “The forecast looks windy, the forecast that I’ve been looking at has been showing 20-25 knots, it’s not the ideal wind direction, but Northwesterly can also be really nice with a combination of small chop and flat spots, it’s probably gonna be pretty cold too.”

PWA: Where would you like to finish here?

Dieter: “As high as possible. I’d like to achieve my best result ever and make it onto the podium - I want a trophy in my hands!”

PWA: You are also a coach for the Next Generation Project - can you tell us a little about it and who it’s aimed at?

Dieter: “The Next Generation Project is for younger guys from twelve to twenty who want to learn fast with myself and Alexis Duparc. We teach people who are in the harness and footstraps to making your first gybes - whether it be a duck gybe or aerial gybe - to anything you want.”

PWA: Finally, favorite kit setup and current favorite move?

Dieter: “Kit wise I’d take my new 4.8m Severne Freek together with my new 91l Starboard Flare. Favorite move would be a big shaka flaka because a shaka is still the best.”

PWA: Thanks Dieter and best of luck for tomorrow and the rest of the week.

Thankfully the forecast for tomorrow looks very promising - particularly the afternoon and evening - which means we should be in store for an epic day of freestyle at its explosive best. Tomorrow’s skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am with the first possible start at 09:30am. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into

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