AB: Well, first off let me start by saying that I would like to thank F2 for the support they gave me! I had a great time riding for them! Also I would like to thank North Sails, even though I was not an official teamrider, they were still kind enough to help me out when I needed it! I learned a lot on their gear! But I felt that both deals were for me hitting a bit of a dead end due to different reasons so I thought it would be better to resign and look for new opportunities elsewhere.
As for Gaastra and Tabou, I am needless to say super stoked to join their team. I think it is a good choice to switch to Gaastra and Tabou. They are great companies, which I already feel that I fit into. So far all the guys in the company have been super nice to me and super easy to communicate with and I really enjoy this! The gear is really good, they have a great image and style and they have an amazing team of super talented and skilled riders of which I hope I can learn a lot! I think that with G&T I have a lot of opportunities to grow as a windsurfer and I look forward in spending some years with themThe Matt Pritchard interview:
MP: Your name is relatively new to the windsurfing scene…. can you tell us a little about your background and how you have arrived to where you are today?
AB: Well I started pretty late with windsurfing. I was 17 and I started out on lakes in the north of Holland. When I was about 20 I took it to the ocean. In 2011 I jut decided to join the tour to see where I was at and to see if I liked it. After losing every heat possible I figured out I had some training to do if I wanted to compete more. So I put everything aside and went windsurfing every free minute. I went to South Africa for winter training and spend my whole summer on the canaries. It payed of I learned loads and got a good result in Tenerife 2012 finishing 6th. But I still want more
MP: I have seen some great shots of you hitting some lips- what are some of your favorite moves on the water and why?
AB: Thanks! I have to say I always have problems answering this question because it changes every few months. Been working hard on improving my waveriding!
I love aerials and I love waveriding in general. Nothing is better than hitting the lip in the perfect time!
I also tried to work on my jumping, so I’ve been busy with Pushloops I have to say they are a bit scary, but it does give an amazing feeling once you get over it!
MP: In doing the PWA tour, what kind of expectations do you have for yourself? Are you a real serious person and focused only on competition or what is your outlook for 2013 regarding all this?
AB: I think that every year I catch myself getting a bit more serious I guess it’s a good thing! When I started in 2011 I didn’t really train and I certainly didn’t do anything on the side to keep fit. Now that has changed, I find myself In the gym in the times that I am not on the water and with help of some fellow windsurfers I try to train more efficiently. I try to focus on one move at a time (I find that very hard because I always love to do 10 things at the same time) and this way I tend to learn a bit faster. I am also thinking more about what I need in a heat than just about things I find fun to learn. But in the end, the most important is that I am having fun on the water! I found out already that the moment I try to force it and stop having fun, it just wont happen.
For 2013 I plan to do the whole wave tour and well I hope to be charging the top 5. But I am always a bit scared to say these things because it’s still a competition anything can happen! The top 5 are a bunch of hardcore girls! Pozo will most probably not be my strongest event but Tenerife on the other hand I know well and feel like I could do good there this year. Sylt should be like home (North sea) and Chile could be good for me in terms of waveriding being my best thing on the moment. So we’ll see, but i feel quite ready and I hope that I can show what I’ve got!
MP: You have been riding the new Gaastra/Tabou gear, can you tell us so far what are your favorite sails and boards? Are you a quad god or a thruster girl?
AB: I tried the IQ and the Manic and even though I come from 4 batten sails, which I loved, the Manic just got me on the first moment! So I decided to go for Manics and I think it’s a good choice. it gives me a more controlled and stable feeling since it’s a 5 batten sail and the handling is still super easy! Maybe that’s the best word for it, it’s a really easy sail! For the boards I am going for the Pocket waves this year with Truster set up! The board is fast and compact which for me which is a big plus. I especially loved the 69 but I was also very surprised about the 75 I tried! It is a pretty big size for me but it still feels pretty loose and very turny on the wave
MP: Your portfolio is impressive…. the question all the boys are asking is how can they find the issue of Playboy that you were in? Or maybe that is too personal??
AB: Hahaha! Oh dear, well let’s clear up this crazy story once and for all! Oke, first of all thanks for asking me straight up, it’s appreciated! (some people could take an example of this and than I would not have to explain myself in the first place)
Well, I didn’t pose for Playboy, then I would probably be a bit richer by now, I would drive a nice sports car and I would visit Hugh in his Mansion. Second of all there is just no naked pictures of me, so tell the boys to stop looking ! Seriously, to clear the rumor up, what I did do, is a photo shoot for the German Trip Magazine. It’s a german mens magazine and if you check in my Media portfolio you can see the two page article which is published. They asked me to do an interview and a photoshoot because I was going to compete at the World Dhampionships Ocean Jump last summer. Before I went to do the photoshoot and the article we talked it all through and we agreed that I did not want to do naked photos of any kind. So in the end, it’s a really boring story made very interesting.
But If I ever get a offer from Playboy I will let you guys know!
MP: Well thanks for your time and we look forward to seeing you in action on the water- any final words you can share with us about yourself that nobody knows???
AB: I am afraid of knives even if you just hold it but I am quite brave when it comes to spiders. People know me as talking loads but I am actually often very quiet when I am home. My biggest wish would be to have very long hair but salt, sun and the velcro of my wetsuit decided that I shall have short hair during my windsurf career. I am very tough but I cry with movies like the Notebook and Braveheart. I am very good at beerpong. The most disgusting thing in the world is Ginger. I sweat and get hiccups from spicy food, even if it’s just a little spicy. Ah and I want to say hi to my mum and dad and thank them for enduring my crazy windsurf passion instead of getting a real job! That’s enough of inside info about me, if you want to know more just walk up to me at the beach and say hi