Continentseven: Let’s talk about the training again. Are you doing some additional training like weight lifting, balance, coordination, etc.?
Yentel Caers: I am not really into fitness. Most of the time I just windsurf, but I also like to do different kinds of sports like skate boarding or other extreme sports. I think the feeling I get from other boards helps my windsurfing or can even help to create new tricks.
Continentseven: You can do many sports, skate boarding, surfing, bmx, snowboarding, etc. How would you describe Freestyle windsurfing?
Yentel Caers: That’s a hard question. Freestyle Windsurfing is just so different compared to any other sport I know. It’s not only the board, it’s the sail, the fin, the wind…. So many different things influence this sport and this makes the sport so perfect. It’s super cool.
Continentseven: We often saw you doing back or front flips. Do you a background in gymnastics?
Yentel Caers: No. But when I was younger I always was on the beach and even when there was no wind we had to do something else. We were playing in the dunes and were jumping over it and were trying back- and front flips. It’s normal for me, I think.
Continentseven: Two Belgian windsurfers got freestyle World Champions, first Steven van Broeckhoven, then Dieter van der Eyken. Will you be the next?
Yentel Caers: Yeah, let’s hope. I am training for it. We will see what will happen.
Continentseven: Why are the Belgians so good freestylers? Belgium is a small country and you don’t have many amazing spots.
Yentel Caers: It’s simple to explain. Just because we are motivated (Yentel smiles…). We have to drive far to make it on the water. And because we have to drive a long way, we go on the water even in light wind. We didn’t have the chance to windsurf always, when we were younger. I still have this motivation, if it’s light wind or strong wind. We always go out.
Continentseven: And after the session a Belgian beer?
Yentel Caers: No beers, no! I don’t like it too much.
Continentseven: Which food do you like?
Yentel Caers: Hm, actually I like the unhealthy food sometimes, but I don’t eat it too much.
Yentel Caers: Belgian fries, I like them, especially when I come back home.
Continentseven: And do you like Belgian Chocolate?
Yentel Caers: Chocolate I like as well.
Continentseven: Thanks for the interview!
Interview: Continentseven 2017 | Photos: Kerstin Reiger