DIETER VAN DER EYKEN
It’s been a pleasure to make from my passion my work over the past years. Growing up in Belgium I was lucky enough to learn windsurfing from my dad at a young age.
After he taught me the basics of windsurfing I was addicted straight away and built my whole life around it. I started off with the Freestyle discipline going from Youth Worldchampion in 2009 till PWA Worldchampion in 2015. Since then, I have also dedicated a large amount of my time to the wave sailing discipline.
Weight : 75 kg
15 – 25 knots: Nano 82 with S-1 5.2 / 4.8 / 4.4
25 – 35 knots : Nano 77 with S-1 4.4 / 4.0 / 3.6
35 – 45 knots : Nano 72 with S-1 4.0 / 3.6 / 3.3
Most used board sizes; Nano 82 & Nano 77
“When sailing in places with a lot of currents I will try to stay on a bigger board size in general. With smaller waves and not much current, I prefer to switch down to a smaller board size but stay on a bigger sail size (to keep more power). This allows me to fit better into the small pockets of the waves. Generally I sail on fairly small boards compared to other riders with the same weight.“
15 – 20 knots: Psycho 102 with FREEK 5.2 / 4.8 (only when flat water)
18 – 35 knots: Psycho 92 with FREEK 4.8 / 4.4 / 4.0 (92 is most used size 95% of the time)
* These preferences vary depending on sailor, location and conditions, so you should always make sure you find the setup that is right for you and the conditions you will ride in.
After a summer break, the European Freestyle Pro Tour just completed probably their most spectacular event of the season so far. The Greek island of Rhodos was the host and the conditions didn’t dissapoint; neither did the Severne team with victories across all divisions.
Got plans this summer? Sign up for one of Dieter Van der Eyken’s coaching clinics this summer and enter the draw to win a free week of gear rental at Surf Hub Tenerife and four days of coaching.
The motivation for some full power freestyle sailing was at a high this winter in Tenerife. Lots of wind was on offer but not too many waves making El Medano the perfect place for freestyle action. Here is Dieters video recap.
The coronavirus pandemic shut down most events including freestyle windsurfing contests for a long time. Now, freestyle windsurfing is back on the program with a revamped 2021 EFPT calendar starting in Austria.
Surf Hub Tenerife, a new premium Severne location is already hosting world class coaching clinics with Dieter Van der Eyken and offers the most top end gear from the Severne range.
Which fin setup does what? Severne riders Dieter Van der Eyken describes the twin, thruster and quad fin setup for your wave board.
Surf Hub Tenerife reopens its doors and plans for an activity-filled winter After a tumultuous season on the Canary Islands, Surf Hub on the island of Tenerife is opening its doors once again in preparation for the winter season. Stacked with an impressive quiver of...
Severne rider Dieter Van der Eyken spent two months back home over the autumn and scored great conditions in the Netherlands road tripping with his family and friends.
The “Rookie Class” concept at Brouwersdam, Netherlands produces windsurfing talents every year thanks to the great surroundings and infrastructure of the “Zeil- & Surfcentrum Brouwersdam”. And what better input for the young guns taking part than a visit from a former local; former Freestyle World Champion Dieter Van der Eyken.