A shot from the first Lancelin Ocean Classic back in 1986 (Pic: Simon Rackleft)
The 2015 Lancelin Ocean Classic, the 30th anniversary, saw results in both disciplines, the wave event and the marathon.
It was a very close series of heats in the wave event, but Jaeger Stone (24) took home the trophy for the 2015 Windsurfing Wave competition, ahead of Dieter Van Der Eyken (22) from Belgium – ranked 5th in the PWA ranking in freestyle in 2014 – and local Ben Severne, who runs Severnesails and Flying Objects.
Dieter van der Eyken: “Entering the Elite men meant there weren’t going to be any easy heats and for the first heat I was straight away against Scott McKercher to make it into the top 4. I had a good heat but knew I could have done better, so hearing I passed this heat and not being kicked out straight away got me fully motivated for the next heat against Ben Severne. With 3 waves and 3 jumps to count in a 10 min heat there was not much time for mistakes. I got a perfect rythm that heat and sailed better than I ever sailed before in a wave contest combining good top turns with fast takas and backside 360 to get into the final against Jaeger Stone. During this last heat I couldn’t really get into the same rythm anymore and obviously lost against Jaeger who sailed just at another level than everyone landing a backloop even higher than the Helicopter that was flying above the contest area for pictures. For me, I already won my contest by getting to the final and securing a 2nd place in my first international wave contest of the year.”
You can read Dieter’s full report about the event on his blog: 2nd place at the Lancelin Ocean Classic