Dieter Van Der Eyken certainly made an impression at this years Lancelin Ocean Classic, pipping the likes of Scotty McKercher and Ben Severne to take second place we caught up with him for a few words.
Picture - Dieter in training
I'm super happy with getting a second place during the Lancelin Classic with the Elite. There wasn't a single easy heat and with 3 jumps and 3 waves to count in 10 min heats you couldn't make to many mistakes. Besides that the conditions were really good with around 25 knts and some nice waves coming in now and again, making it possible to make several turns on a wave.
Picture - Jaeger Stone picks out a clean one.
I was straight up against Scotty [McKercher] and sailed a pretty good heat, although I did make a few mistakes against him I managed to win and go to the semi-final against Ben Severne. In this heat I sailed my best wave heat ever I think, after already 5 min. I had all my waves and jumps. I tried to combine solid turns with tricks like taka's and backside 360's to make it into the final.
Picture - Dieter sticks a perfect backside 3
In the final I was pretty dead of giving everything in the semi and couldn't really put a solid heat together, not that it would have mattered cause Jeager was just sailing insane and my event was already the best it could have been!
Picture - Dieter had to pass the 2004 PWA Wave World Champion Scotty McKercher on his way to the final
In the loser's final Ben Severne managed to keep of Jeager's younger Brother Hendrix who beat Ben Proffit in the First Round and made probably the sickest cheeseroll I've ever seen in real life in the Semi-final.
Picture - Ben Severne shows he still has it
It was a good first contest of the year and now I'm looking forward to train more and make my debut on the PWA worldtour in the Wave-discipline as well!
1st Jaeger Stone
2th Dieter Van der Eyken
3th Ben Severne
4th Hendrix Stone
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Picture - Hendrix Stone showing that the talent is in the family