The Brouwersdam 2015 DAM-X supports freestyle windsurfing
The DAM-X event in Brouwersdam, Netherlands, October 7 – 11, 2015 is just about to start. The main organizers, Pieternel van der Linde and Uwe Jendrusch and their team have been working hard to make the event happen at the Surf- and Zeilcentrum in Brouwersdam, which is supposed to be one of the best freestyle spots around Europe. After staging a PWA freestyle World Cup and an EFPT tow-in competition there in 2013, they will run a 10.000 € freestyle event for men, a 3.000 € tow-in event and the first ever ladies EFPT event with 3.000 € prize-money from tomorrow on. The tow-in event will count to the overall ranking. Actually Kiri Thode leads this ranking, Tonky Frans in 2nd and Adam Sims in 3rd.
The ladies freestyle competitions are completely underrepresented so far during the 2015 season. The Brouwersdam event gives them a good chance to show their potential in a sport, which has a good level and a lot of opportunities to grow in the near future. Sarah-Quita Offringa, local Maaike Huvermann, Arrianne Aukes, Oda Johanne are just a few names, who have a chance to win the event. Brouwersdam is a spot, which fits the style in ladies freestyle very well. For the first time in history of the European Freestyle Pro Tour a female tour-champion will be announced in 2015.
The mens fleet will see some of the world’s best riders: freshly crowned world champion Dieter van der Eyken, Steven van Broeckhoven, Phil Soltysiak, Youp Schmidt, Max Rowe, Adam Sims or the strong locals Davy Scheffers, Rick Jendrusch, Remko de Zeeuw and Nick van Ingen.
A lot of riders are pre-registered: 8 ladies and 40 men. Most of them already arrived at Brouwersdam. Steven van Broeckhoven and Phil Soltysiak already made it out on the water and slided through a few Grubbies in 12 knots of wind. The wind forecast looks good for the upcoming week. Part of the registration will be on this evening and a first barbecue will be held.
We are going to run updates from here and produce a few videos. Parallel with the EFPT freestyle windsurfing and tow-in event a lot of other public water sport side events will take place for the upcoming 5 days. Stay tuned!
Watch the 2015 DAM-X trailer
The EFPT spoke to Pieternel van der Linde and former Dutch freestyle pro Maarten Van Ochten, who is part of the organization team, about their motivation, the event and what the riders can expect there.
Read an interview with Pieternel van der Linde and Maarten Van Ochten
EFPT: What was your motivation behind organising an EFPT event?
As you know Brouwersdam is one of the best freestyle locations in the World. At the Brouwersdam big names such as Steven van Broeckhoven, Dieter van der Eyken, Rick Jendrusch, Davy Scheffers, Yentel Cears and Nick van Ingen – and the list goes on and on – grew up here to be some of the best in the World rankings. The Brouwersdam is one of the best places for training and no doubt for competing, too!
EFPT: You are organizing the first ever ladies EFPT event. What was your motivation to go for it?
We felt that there’s so much potential for the ladies to compete. Lately the level of the ladies has been gone up a lot. Besides the group of women that do freestyle windsurfing is increasing every year. The Dam-X event will give those ladies a chance to show the world what they’ve got.