The Best of…Pieter Bijl
Thing about being Dutch is:
If you aint Dutch you aint much!! Freedom for all!
Thing about being on tour is:
Going to some good locations knowing there will always be nice people.
Party I went to recently:
My own birthday party!
Board I’ve ever ridden:
Fanatic Allwave 75 2008 proto in Elands bay last week.
My future wife Maggie Walker, always fun never hassle.
Looking ladies are in:
In Poland in large amounts.
Day on tour ever:
One of my first days on tour ever, at just 18 years old at the Almanarre world cup event. All the main big boys where there and I was second in one race, when Micah went swimming on the last down-wind leg I was sure I would take him too, that would have been to good, but he got back up quickly and blew me away on the last reach, though I still finished way ahead of Antoine, Robert T and many other big names. It was my dad's birth day and I'd promised him a good result as a present.
Result I’ve had this year:
In one Race in Fuerteventura this year, I was 4th into the first mark, but 2nd coming out of it, with Bjorn hunting me down on the 2nd reach. I blocked him at the gybe and blew him away on the 3rd reach and caught Finian at the 3rd gybe who then had 2 more reaches to keep the lead. But, too bad for him, the Falcon 91 with the Vector 32 and the RS:6 6.7 were to fast for him to catch! That was a good feeling, and the first final I’ve won
Training outside of windsurfing:
Surfing is there are any waves!
Place to party:
On tour, Sylt. Off tour South Africa. 10 sunrises in a row is my record…
Session I can remember:
S-turns Maui, 2001, mast high waves, 6 turns, amazing.
Destination for a trip:
I haven’t done so many so I wouldn't know, but ask me again in 10 years and I hope to have the perfect answer.
Local spot at home:
Hoek (ipa) of Holland, always challenging. But I love Ho’okipa too!
Windsurf shot I’ve ever seen:
It’s yet to be taken.
Windsurf film I’ve ever seen:
Juniors I’ve seen recently:
There’s a little kid in Kanaha, who’s on Starboard boards, and is always there with his dad. He’s about 9 yrs old and rips! But he always steals my extension when I rig up
little ....... !
Place on tour:
For me Sylt. I love the place as it reminds me of home.
© PWA / Brian McDowell