Missing in action, Steven Van Broeckhoven is perhaps the biggest name not on the PWA Fuerteventura entry list today. If you want to find out more about what happened and why he has to pull the injury card then click here. Otherwise, we caught up with the previous World Champion and current tour leader to get the low down on his recovery and some thoughts about the forthcoming event.
BS: Steven, judging by your social media updates you have been training hard, how close are you to getting back on the water and did you ever think you would make it to the event here in Fuerte this year?
SVB: Just yesterday I received good news from the doctor that my foot is healing really well. He gave me the green light to do sports (except running), I’m also allowed to go on the water but will have to begin with just freeriding. Unfortunately, despite really wanting to recover fast, there was no way I was going to be fit in time for Fuerte. The normal process after surgery is 2 weeks in a plaster then 4 weeks in an open-cast walking boot. Then you have the physiotherapy. I had just 10 days plaster and 3 weeks with the walking boot, so already recovering faster than normal but just not quite enough for this stop of the World Tour.
BS: Can you tell us a bit more about your training routine, what exercises you are doing and what exactly you do to recovery as quick as possible?
SVB: Immediately after the injury I went straight into exercising, no rest, I focused in the beginning on whole body exercises, except the foot of course. I know how fast you can loose muscle and strength and how hard it is to get back, so it is important to keep the muscles working. That’s why 3 times a week I was training under the control of my osteopath, who is very creative at giving excises. This is all to stay in shape. For healing it’s just resting, waiting, resting, waiting and eating healthy, no milk products and coffee.
BS: Sadly you are missing out at this event, but what are your goals for the remaining part of this year?
SVB: Next goal is to be ready for PWA Sylt and then I take it event by event. Let’s see what the overall ranking will be.
BS: About the PWA event here, who in your eyes is looking hot for the top 3 positions?
SVB: To be honest no idea but it can really depend on the conditions. But I think it is always safe to say Gollito, Kiri Thode and Tonky will be up there. In the girls Sarah, Maaike and Oda will also be up there I am sure.
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BS: Who do you think is on form to do well at this event, perhaps more so than usual?
SVB: I think there are few guys who can and will surprise. Antony, Amado, Yentel, Balz amongst others.
BS: Will you be tuning into the livestream all day everyday?
SVB: Not sure to be honest but finals for sure.
BS: Thanks Steven, we hope to see you on the water soon and as a last question, what is the biggest move you think we will see landed at this competition?
SVB: For sure it is time for the double airculo…