New Gaastra team rider, STEVEN VAN BROECKHOVEN continues his freestyle prowess by landing in the 2nd spot on the podium of the first PWA Freestyle event of the year! I got a chance to chat with him and see what his secrets were…
Nice job out there - Austria was the first PWA Freestyle event in 1999 and 11 years later it is still going- tell us about the atmosphere of that place and why it is such a great freestyle venue.
The PWA Podersdorf World Cup is a very big event with lots of spectators. Not only because of the windsurfing part but also because of the sick party's. When the wind is blowing this is an excellent freestyle spot with big chop for powermoves. So perfect for a world cup.
It is nice having a crowd to push your level. Do you think this is a disadvantage to some of the competitors?
Maybe for some of them, but for me it means an extra boost and extra power to go beyond the limits.
What about the new moves- who is doing what these days? It seems like Team Bonaire is going to be tough to beat- Now that you are in 2nd overall, what are you plans for training and do you have some ideas on new moves? I think we should see a signature move from you??
This year there are some new moves like the skopu from davy scheffer and the kabikuchie of Kiri. Meanwhile I can do these moves too.It seems that you need to have the echo LE to make these new moves. But who knows Gollito will come out with something new? I don't know. This year most moves became more radical and higher. This is very good for the promotion of the sport. Indeed Team Bonaire is for me the best of all. Now I'm in second place I'm more confident and I realize that everything could be possible. I'm very motivated to stay professional in my sport. I already have some ideas about new moves but I just don't know yet if they would be possible. I nearly landed a new very radical combo!
What was it like having to compete against your friend, training partner and fellow team Gaastra rider Davy Scheffers?
This was a pitty for Davy afterwards because he could have reached a far more higher score in the elimination ladder. Our heat seemed to be one of the best of the event.
What goes through your mind in your first heat vs what goes through your mind in say the semi final? Are you always in the same zone?
In fact I don't think too much. I make sure I start the heat in time, stay 100% concentrated without any destraction.
Competition is very mental- you have to be strong and focused… there are a lot of guys that are good but don't put it together in the heats. Who do you think is one of the most overlooked competitors out there?
Everyone has this mental problem more or less, I suppose. Out of competition I also sail better. But I don't know who's suffering most of it. Maybe Kiri? When he's sailing in Bonaire nobody can beat him!
Congrats on a strong performance. We will keep watching you for the future…. Good luck in claiming a PWA World Title- the game is on!
Thanks for all!!!
(John Carter/PWA photos)