Continentseven rider Dieter van der Eyken predicted the winners of the 2014 PWA World Cup Bonaire just a few days before the event. Now he sat down and wrote a summary about an extremely exciting freestyle event on Bonaire. It was an event dominated by the local riders in the men’s fleet. 6 out of the top 10 riders were from Bonaire island. 2013 Freestyle world champion Kiri Thode won the first event of the season. Steven van Broeckhoven, last year’s number 3 in the overall ranking, was again the strongest European rider and finished in 2nd position. 18 year old local hot shot Amado Vrieswijk, last year’s number 11 in the overall ranking, surprised everyone and completed the podium in 3rd place.
Multiple world champion Sarah-Quita Offringa dominated the ladies fleet with incredible high skills. The lady from Aruba probably would have done very well in the men’s fleet. She still looks for a sail sponsor for the current season. 16 year old Maaike Huvermann made a big step forward since the last event in Brouwersdam, Netherlands in September 2013. She stepped up from 6th place at Brouwersdam to an incredible 2nd place at Bonaire. It’s her first podium finish and the biggest success in her career so far. Her fellow countrywomen Arrianne Aukes, last year’s number 2, landed on 3rd place this time. In general the freestyle level has increased and even on flat water or small choppy conditions we saw bigger moves than ever. The airtime got increased from last season to 2014. Actually the riders have to land more moves during their heats. The 5 best out of 7 moves judging system really favored the riders, who have incredible high skills on both tacks and take much risk. One crash can reduce the chance to win indeed.
DIETER VAN DER EYKEN
5th PWA Freestyle 2013, Vice European Champion Freestyle, Coach for Next Generation Project
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A summary by Dieter van der Eyken (B-35)
PWA Bonaire is officially over. It was an incredible contest, wasn’t it. It still keeps me pretty speechless as the last 4 days were the best freestyle heats I have ever seen in my life. This year Freestyle windsurfing really went to a whole new level and Bonaire delivered the best conditions we ever had in a contest. If I would write about every good heat, I’d be able to publish a little book. Besides the riders the judges had probably the hardest 4 days of their judging career. I sometimes would like to be in their place to determine who actually won some heats as there were many close calls.