Van Broeckhoven: showing us his sponsors

Steven Van Broeckhoven has conquered the 2011 PWA Surf World Cup, at Lake Neusiedler, Austria. The European windsurfer secured the first world cup victory of his career. In the last day of competition, sailors were greeted with side shore winds gusting between 10-17 knots to finish up the double elimination.

"It feels like I’m dreaming! I’m really happy, and really motivated to go for it this year. During the heat I was just sailing for myself, so I didn’t know how well I’d done against Kiri. I was just trying to do my best", says Van Broeckhoven.

"For sure this is the start of big things for European freestylers, there’s some really good talent coming through. It should be a good year!", he continued.

In the final moments of the event, there was a Thode vs Van Broeckhoven to be run. Steven struggled to lay down his trademark power moves and went off the scale. Huge burners, culos and konos were just some of the outrageous moves getting pulled.

Equally, Thode continued to deliver his stylish repertoire, which included a crazily technical switch stance double funnel. It was a super close final, and had the judges scratching their heads as they tried to separate the pair.

In the end, a 3-2 judging decision handed Van Broeckhoven his first ever world cup victory, and placed European freestyle back at the pinnacle of the professional discipline after a prolonged drought.

The world tour now swaps freestyle for slalom, with the race fleet hitting Korean waters from the 14th to 20th May for the second slalom clash of the year.

The 2011 PWA Surf World Cup Results:

1st Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra)
2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)
3rd Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra)
4th Jose Estredo (Fanatic / North)
5th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic)