Jan 20, 2012
Author: Ed Sinclair/PWA
He has high hopes of making the top five in 2012, and has be training his power moves in both directions this winter. We catch up with Belgian freestyler Dieter Van der Eyken.
Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne) stormed into the PWA competition scene in 2010 and since then he has grown from strength to strength on the water. 2011 was a particularly successful year for Van der Eyken as he finished the year in eighth position and made it into the top ten at every event on the freestyle series. His high precision style is a delight to watch and often scores particularly highly with the judges. We managed to track down Van der Eyken in-between trips abroad and studying for exams to find out a little bit more.
PWA: Firstly, what are your thoughts on the 2011 season and how would you rate your result?
Van der Eyken: 2011 was a great season for me, I made it into the top 8 with a top 10 result at every event with my best in Vietnam scoring a 5th place. At the beginning of the season I never expected this as I didn’t have any winter training at all, I just went to Vietnam three weeks before the competition but besides that I was just home. So I would give my season an 8/10 considering the training.
PWA: Who has been you biggest influence on your sailing?
I think that has to be Kiri because he has so much control in his maneuvers and has the best technique in the whole freestyle fleet.
PWA: Where is your favorite place to windsurf and why?
Van der Eyken: I’ve sailed lots of places and it’s hard to choose a favorite one but if I have to choose it would be Coronation (Geraldton) in Western-Australia, in November I did a trip there and loved that place as I could freestyle in the front where it was flat and wave sail 300 meters out where the waves where breaking.
PWA: What move did you find the hardest to learn and why?
Van der Eyken: Shaka, it took me a year to land my first one and another year to learn them with my eyes closed but it’s definitely worth it, maybe that’s why it became my favorite move because it took so long to learn.
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