Björn Dunkerbeck is celebrating his 30th year competing on the PWA and we thought there is no better way to mark the occasion than an interview that touches on all things current within the Dunkerbeck world, and yes we got personal. Retirement, future plans and what happened last year are all on the agenda as we go into the mind of one of the most successful athletes in the history of windsurfing.
I’m more motivated than ever, I have been on the water pretty much 5/6 days a week, you know whether that is windsurfing, stand-up paddling, surfing or whatever…
Cutting straight to the point, last year was just not yours, are there any specific moments that you can relate to which might have been the reason why?
Yeah absolutely, first of all the wind was not really happening last year, we spent a lot of time on bigger stuff like 9.6, which has never really been my favourite size for sure. In addition to this was the new rule, which they had in the first couple of events, with the 10 second stopping after the first buoy was definitely not helping me at all. Luckily they changed this and went back to the old rule, but in those first events, even if I arrived at the first buoy in the top 3 places, three or four guys would over take me in the gybe because I could never really get going quick enough. I think that was my main problem last year.
It was nothing really too specific more a combination of so many light wind events, overall I think I used 8.6 twice last year and 9.6 for the other events.