- 13 September 2013 | Windsurfing
Kiri Thode has claimed the DAM7 PWA Netherlands World Cup, at Brouwersdam.
Thode successfully defended his single elimination victory to clinch his first event victory since the 2011 Vietnam event.
Steven van Broeckhoven fought back to defeat Tonky Frans in the battle for third place, as he secured his place in the winners' final against Kiri Thode.
With difficult conditions - light and patchy winds - both sailors reached for their bigger equipment, with van Broeckhoven on his 5.4.
Despite the light conditions both sailors were able to pull some fantastic moves in a fiercely, and tightly fought, battle.
The Belgian maestro opened with an explosive air funnel into funnel, whilst Thode launched into a high burner.
van Broeckhoven then upped the technical difficulty with a sublime shuvit spock diablo and a brilliant air flaka into shaka.
However, Thode fought back as he somehow stomped a culo in almost no wind, a stylish bob and a one-handed air funnel into funnel of his own too.
After much deliberation and an agonizing work it was eventually announced that Thode had won by way of a 3:2 decision in his favor, such was the closeness of the two sailors.
"For sure the wind was pretty light for both of us. I was struggling at times in the middle of the heat but I just tried my best to pop as high as I can", says Kiri Thode.
"I just tried to stay focused and do whatever I could do to win. I think Steven sailed a great heat too. I don't know what it is but every time it's the first time an event is held I seem to win, just like in Vietnam in 2011. For sure I'm really, really happy!".
DAM7 PWA Netherlands World Cup Men's Results:
1. Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)
2. Steven van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different)
3. Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra)
4. Jose 'Gollito' Estredo (Fanatic / North)
5. Youp Schmit (JP / NeilPryde)