All pictures by JC/PWA
First PWA event of the year finally happened and what an event it was! The highest level competition I’ve ever seen and definitely one to remember for a very long time!
Conditions where amazing these 4 days and actually almost couldn’t have been better.. During the registration day the wind was to light to compete but everyone knew the forecast was amazing. It actually became a super relaxed first day like this where everyone could take the time to prepare all their gear without having to hurry to be in time for their first heat. Atmosphere was super relaxed and everyone was ready to compete!
I had a pretty good event with a 6th place, it always could have been better but also worse. I sailed pretty solid heats but just missed out on the top 4 in a single elimination 2 times.. I could have done it but the first time I lost quite unfair in my opinion against Tonky Frans as the judges made 3 mistakes on just 16 moves which was really frustrating, especially as I just lost with half point and this probably would have made the difference. Anyway that’s how it goes sometimes you win sometimes you lose. The second time I ruined it myself so fair job from the judges there I just simply should have sailed better!
My best heat was probably against Bjorn Saragossa in the first Double elimination. He really pushed me to the maximum as I saw him sail an amazing heat but luckily I won making me advance into the top 8 and probably scoring my best heat score so far of my career with around 55 points out of 60! It was also great to see him getting a 6th place in the second double elimination sailing some solid heats and helping me actually to jump over Youp Schmit in the ranking. Who was also sailing amazing in almost all his heats (just against Bjorn he sailed a little bit less good).
Everyone was sailing on such a high level it was a must see event and for the people who saw the live stream out their, you know where I’m talking about right?!! The action was just insane!! Also the Severne team performed extremely well and both Amado Vrieswijk and Maaike Huvermann did exactly what I was hoping for, finishing 3rd and 2nd scoring the first podium places for Severne sails in the Freestyle disciplines on the PWA! The Youth world champions of last year showed they want more than just a Youth world title!!
The 6th place is a good start for me and I’m really looking forward to Fuerteventura to improve my overall result and get back into that top 5, I know it won’t be easy but the motivation is there! It’s a good start of the year and with a month of training together with Amado Vrieswijk on the canaries I’m sure we will both push each other to the next level!!
Next up is the EFPT in Lanzarote but before that a week of teaching for the Next Generation Project at Brouwersdam! Still places free so if you want to join make sure you check www.ngp-windsurfing.com or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for some more information!! So hopefully see you next week at the Brouwersdam!