Belgian Wave Championships

Last weekend was one of the biggest storms to hit Europe in years. What’s more that weekend saw several big events take place right in the heart of the near Hurricane strength winds. One such event, the Belgian Wave Tour final. Going into the penultimate event of the tour, Dieter van der Eyken was leading the charge, however, with his absence (due to the last stop of the EFPT in the south of France), the title chase was well and truly open. No one was more pleased about this than a certain Jonas Handeyken, who certainly made the most of it and showed why he is really the one to beat by taking the title. We managed to track him down for a review of the last event on the Belgian Wave Tour, over to Jonas.

After the first competition this Spring in Bredene where I came in second after Dieter VDE. This weekend the conditions were on fire for the second leg of the Belgian championship, where Wissant delivered two full days of wind and waves.

Saturday the conditions were tricky with a lot of current and gusty wind. The incoming tide made Wissant a hard spot because of the strong current. The wind was a little offshore so the waves were pretty clean. I think I could do at least one aerial every heat and managed to score some nice rides. Backed up with one backloop and forward that was enough to win the single elimination on my 4.3.

After a long night (party!) in Calais we decided to sail early. The conditions were epic with strong wind and pretty big waves! Wout Burman made the move of the day by landing an airtaka in the wave!! I couldn’t find good waves to ride and didn’t have any power on the wave because the wind was a little onshore and the waves were big… It was very good for jumping but on the other hand really bad for wave riding… While Wissant normally delivers superb riding conditions in side-off conditions. With the tide going down I’m not as used to sailing there with the jumping conditions that we received that day. Nick de Wannemaeker took the win but with both competitions counting it was enough for me to take the overall 2013 title as Belgian champion!! After the competition I enjoyed a nice wave-riding session at my home-spot in Bredene to celebrate my title.

What a nice weekend full of wind, waves, friends and fun !!


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