Dieter van der Eyken: Belgian wave master

Dieter van der Eyken is one step closer of being crowned the 2013 Belgian Wave Windsurfing champion.


Bredene, in the Belgian province of West Flanders, held an intense weekend of wave windsurfing action.

On Friday, all sailors completed the single elimination of the competition, despite the medium size waves and light winds.

After making it through to the Semifinal against Fabrice de Vos - four-time Belgian Wave Windsurfing champion - van der Eyken was up against Jonas Handekyn, last year's king of national waves.

Jonas and Dieter were the only ones who could land Takas and Backside 360s, so it was going to be a close heat. On jumps they're pretty much at the same level a well, but luckily for van der Eyken, he managed to land Backloops on smaller waves to make the difference.

In the last day, the wind decided to drop just for the finals, forcing sailors to extend the heats by three minutes to give more time for two jumps.

"I did two good wave rides with one Taka and another one where I did four turns with the smallest aerial of my life. On the jumps, I did my cleanest forward and could finally land a one-handed Backloop", explains Dieter van der Eyken.

In Autumn, there is still a chance to run another stage, if conditions meet the requirements. Until then, Dieter is the virtual 2013 Belgian Wave Windsurfing champion.