Van Broeckhoven: vertically aligned | Photo: Carter/PWA

Steven Van Broeckhoven has taken out the opening event of the 2015 PWA World Tour. The Belgian windsurfer won the Mondial du Vent, in Leucate.

Van Broeckhoven remained unbeaten in the single and double elimination and defeated reigning world champion Jose "Gollito" Estredo in both finals, with a combination of explosive culos and kabikuchis to super technical air funnels-into-burners.

"I'm really happy to win again today. It was very, very hard against Gollito and before the heat I was a bit nervous," explains Steven Van Broeckhoven.

"I knew I had good moves on the way in but wasn't 100% about the other tack. It was a super close heat, and Gollito pushed me all the way. This is a great way to start the year, and this makes me even more motivated than before. Bring on Austria."

Van Broeckhoven made the better start to the final as he stomped a big culo and a pasko, whilst Gollito missed his first sail duck. However, there was no need for the six-time world champion to panic and he soon hit back with an impressive air funnel into funnel and then a clinical kabikuchi.

Gollito and Van Broeckhoven continued to trade blows - with the former stomping a quite ridiculous culo and a no-handed burner, while the latter landed a super technical air funnel-into-burner and an excellent kabikuchi of his own.

The Belgian maestro then tried to take things to the next level with a shifty (shaka-into-pushloop) but on this occasion couldn't quite pull it off. After much deliberation from the judges it was announced that Van Broeckhoven had come out on top by way of a 3:2 decision - such was the closeness of the duel.

In the Tow-In final, all top three places went to Bonairean sailors, as they demonstrated their unique island style and flow. Tonky Frans stomped an amazing double burner on his final run to earn 28.5 points, but Kiri Thode pulled an almost perfect air funnel into burner of his own, which earned an incredible 29.5 points. End of the show.

Mondial du Vent 2015 | Final Results

Double Elimination
1. Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde)
2. Jose "Gollito" Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)
3. Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)
4. Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)
5. Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne)

Tow-In
1. Kiri Thode (Starboard / GA Sails)
2. Tonky Frans (Tabou / GA Sails)
3. Bjorn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui)
4. Jose "Gollito" Estredo (Fanatic / North / MFC)
5. Julien Mas (JP / Avanti)