Steven van Broeckhoven wins the Rip Curl Prince of the Wind in Naxos

October 12, 2009 | Windsurfing

Steven van Broeckhoven

There was big excitement about the final of the double elimination in the air the morning of day 2 of the EFPT finale 2009.

The green flag went up for heat nr. 35 Steven van Broeckhoven (F2) against Andre Paskowski (Fanatic/North Sails).

This heat was not only the final one of the first double elimination of the Prince of the Wind, it ment also a big step for the victory in the total season ranking. Both competitors had to pump hard to perform their moves.

It was maybe Andre`s busy season - he was managing his video project „Four Dimensions“ plus doing all PWA freestyle and EFPT events - that made him not pumping as hard as Steven. The wind was to insufficient during the extended heat so Race director Tom Hartmann canceled the heat and the competition was on stand by, which boosted the tension sky high.

The wind conditions were not competition suitable but in the gusts ok for sailsaizes about 5,4sqm. Following this situation the organisation put another Supersession on the schedule. It was set for 30 minutes, all riders on the water the best move of each riders counts.

To accelerate the riders to a pleasant speed the Flisvos Sportclub crew provided a motor boot in the heat area. A switch Cachoo one handed from Davy Scheffers and a one handed Bob by Dieter van der Eyken (Starboard/Severne) placed the young kids ex aequo on third place.

Edvan Souza de Pedro (RRD/Simmer Style) finished 2nd doing a one handed Shaka, and Steven van Broeckhoven (F2) won the Supersession at the Rip Curl Prince of the Wind with a Burner Diabolo.

The crowd at the beach was still blown away by the action from the supersession when the race direction decided to give the final between Andre and Steven another chance. This time the heat brought a result.

Paskowski and van Broeckhoven both knew this is „the heat“. Once more the dominating riders of the EFPT09 showed their best moves. Two riders sailing a different style of windsurfing, one powerful and very athletic, the other one clean yet stylish.

In the end the Belgium rider Steven van Broeckhoven could convince the judges and took the win of the first double elimination at the Rip Curl Prince of the Wind hosted by Flisvos Sportclub.

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