Answer and Question with Amado Vrieswijk

Two weeks ago Amanda Beenen answered all our questions and told us about her favorite songs, Pokémon’s and her personal hero. In this week we questioned 20 years old Amado Vrieswijk from Bonaire, and we got some interesting answers. Or do you know that he lost his equipment on the highway in Germany…

Your biggest challenge in life?

My biggest challenge would be becoming top 5 rider in all 3 disciplines. Freestyle, slalom and wave at the same time.

Beer or Wine?

Wine

Campervan or Hotel?

Campervan

Your most awkward situation?

Driving on the highway in Germany and seeing my board bag flying of the roof in my rear mirror. Luckily nobody was hurt and no damages to my gear.

Germany or Spain?

Spain

Your hero and why?

My grandpa! He would move the earth for me. He arranges a lot of things for my travelling and supports me all the way in my passion for windsurfing.

Sweet popcorn or salty popcorn?

Salty popcorn

What makes you different from other athletes?

I don’t think I’m any different from other colleague athletes. We all share the passion for our sport and go all the way to reach to the top.

Chocolate or vanilla pudding?

Vanilla pudding

With whom do you want to change a day?

I live a perfect life and would not change a thing. But if I had to change with someone, I would change with one of the Formula 1 drivers. I love racing, speed and the excitement pushing limits.

What do you do in your training that is key to your success?

Keep myself got. Enjoying every minute and try new moves together with my friends.

Single or in a relationship?

Single

Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle?

Squirtle, had to look it up. Never heard of it.

What would you be today, if you were not an athlete?

I wouldn’t know. All I wanted since my 6th year was windsurfing. But I thought about being a pilot or flight engineer for a while though.

Who is going to be champion of the World Cup in Germany?

Hard to say. We’ll have to see. The level is sky-high. Most important is that we will have wind and a competition can be held in 2016. Looking already forward to it. It’s always great ambiance on Sylt.

Your highlight at the German World Cup?

Winning the tow-in competition in 2015. Great crowd, perfect conditions for tow-in and an awesome feeling to stand on the Sylt-podium for the first time.

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Answers and Questions with Amanda Beenen

Unlike other windsurfers who start windsurfing in their early childhood, Amanda Beenen only started at the age of 17, but it didn’t take long until she fell in love with this great sport. In 2011, she celebrated her debut at the PWA Wave World Tour and finished in 12th place. In 2014 and 2015 she finished 4th and now she wants to make it to the podium. Reason enough for us to sound her out.

Meat or Vegetables?

If I excursive a lot during the day, Meat & Veggies – If I do little, just veggies!

Campervan or Hotel?

I can enjoy both depending on the location

What is your key to success?

I have a lot of fun!

Your highlight at the German World Cup?

The party, the people and the great vibes!

Get up early or sleep late?

In Europe sleep late, in Hawaii I get up early

How does (in your opinion) a perfect day looks like?

I wake up at dawn, feeling super fit and ready to charge the day. I’ll drive to the beach to catch some waves before the wind starts to come in. After my surf session I’ll go grab an iced vanilla latte and some breakfast. Than I’ll go load up my windsurf gear and go to have a kick ass windsurf session with my friends. We’ll have loads of laughs and ride some nice waves. After that I’ll go grab lunch. Food is very important. And I’ll eat that on the beach. Than the wind dies and I’ll go to a nice clear spot in the ocean and go swimming snorkeling or freediving. In the evening I’ll meet my friends for a fun BBQ and some drinks and I’ll be in bed at 10.30 just so I can do the whole thing again tomorrow.

McDonalds or healthy food?

Hehe… Seems like you found my only weakness – I should say healthy food but man I love that McDonalds!

Single or in a relationship?

Relationship

Your hero and why?

Levi Siver for his style and JP for the big crazy action.

Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle?

Charmander – everyone loves dragons!

Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat?

Instagram

Which song do you prefer these days?

At the moment I listen to Drake – on dance & also Beyoncé – Flawless is still on my playlist. If I am chilling I am listening to Iron&Wine – This must be the place. Before windsurfing I’ll listen to Big Wild – After gold.

Your biggest challenge in life?

To not be afraid to fail.

What would you be today, if you were not an athlete?

Either a physiotherapist or doing something with video & media.

What makes you different from other athletes?

I don’t take myself too seriously.

Which three things would you take on a lonely island?

My surfboard, my windsurf gear and my boyfriend 🙂

Who is going to be champion of the World Cup in Germany?

My Belgium buddy Dieter van der Eyken is going to do it again in the Freestyle Slalom Antoine? Wave…hmmm Jaeger! Wave woman… Well, let’s hope I’m getting up there this year!

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Mercedes-Benz new title sponsor of the Windsurf World Cup Sylt

Mercedes-Benz is into the surf sports. The car brand from Stuttgart is becoming title sponsor of the Windsurf World Cup Sylt (September 30th – October 9th) as well as the SUP World Cup Scharbeutz (June 24th – June 26th) and is Premium Partner of the Pringles Kitesurf World Cup at Fehmarn (August 26th – September 4th) for the first time.

The company further extends its involvement especially at the biggest windsurf event in the world. In 2015 the brand with the star was already main partner at the Brandenburger Strand and will now provide the name of the only Super Grand Slam of the PWA World Tour.

“We are proud to be partner of this spectacular event, where windsurf professionals as well as Mercedes-Benz present a maximum of performance and attach the greatest importance to first-class equipment. Our V-Class is an ideal training partner for the athletes and the perfect vehicle for all, who need spaciousness and don’t want to compromise when it comes to comfort, functionality and quality”, says Georg Abel, Managing Director Service at Mercedes-Benz distribution Germany.

Matthias Neumann, Managing Director of the hosting agency Act Agency from Hamburg also welcomes the increased involvement of the automotive manufacturer. “Mercedes-Benz is a global brand and an absolute stroke of luck for our event. Similar to the Windsurf World Cup Sylt the company stands for internationality and top performance on the one hand and down-to-earth attitude and reliability on the other hand. I’m really happy that the cooperation with this premium partner will be developed further.”

At the Mercedes-Benz Windsurf World Cup the visitors can expect the proven mixture of top sports, side events, lifestyle and party, which attracted 200.000 people last year. On and above the water the windsurfing stars fight for the win at Sylt, 120.000 Euro of prize money and important world ranking points in the disciplines slalom, freestyle and wave. In freestyle the World Champion will be crowned at the Brandenburger Strand.

The German fans are hoping that the wind will be strong enough in order for the three-time Wave-World Champion Philip Köster can repeat his triumph from 2012. At that time the 22-year-old won the wave riding at Sylt for the first time and since then no competition in the supreme discipline could take place due to a lack of wind. Another highlight is the Windsurf Night Session which is giving goose bumps to the spectators and the riders for many years.

Besides the sport the visitors at Westerland’s promenade will be entertained through an attractive supporting program and the Surf Radio Westerland. At 6 o’clock in the evening N-JOY The Party starts in the large event tent with two dancefloors and afterwards the party continues till the small hours in one of the hip locations of Sylt.

PWA Tour schedule 2016

We are happy that the PWA released the contest schedule for the PWA World Championship Tour 2016. As always you will see many old favourites, as well as a couple of new additions, to what we expect to be a great season line up. Notably absent from the calendar is the Noumea Dream Cup, which has been a fantastic final to the Slalom Tour for the last 2 years. The event is not gone for good though, but the organisers have decided to switch to running the event every 2 years instead of on an annual basis.

We look forward to seeing you on Sylt

04. to 08. May 2016                         Freestyle World Cup Austria (Men)

12. to 17. May 2016                           Slalom World Cup Korea

01. to 05. June 2016                        Slalom World Cup Bodrum (Women)

07. to 12. June 2016                         Slalom World Cup Costa Brava (Men)

June/August                                   Slalom World Cup Alacati

July/August                                     Wave World Cup Gran Canaria

August                                              Freestyle/Slalom World Cup Fuerteventura

August                                              Wave World Cup Tenerife

04. to 09. September                      Slalom World Cup Denmark

19. to 25. September                        Wave World Cup Klitmoller

30. September to 09. October       Super Grand Slam Sylt

19. to 30. October                             Wave/Freestyle World Cup La Torche

31. October to 13. November          Wave World Cup Maui

Kösters third coup

During the night of November 7th, when it was clear that Victor Fernandez Lopez would lose his heat against Levi Siver, the last step was accomplished and Philip Köster could celebrate his third world championship title. A narrow but all in all deserved victory for Köster “It’s feels great to win another world title, to be honest I still can’t quite believe it at the moment”, Köster said “I’m super stoked and it feels special to win the title here in Hawaii”.

Fernandez ended up 6th and even if he had the same number of points as Köster (6.234) he could only celebrate the vice title, because the German won one more world cup then Fernandez did.

Winner of the NoveNove Maui Aloha Classics became Morgan Noireaux from the USA who could beat Kauli Seadi in a very exciting and high class final. “It feels amazing, to be honest I thought I’d got a 1st and a 2nd there for a little bit, so it’s nice to find out I’d won.” the 21-years old, who now is the only windsurfer who could defend the title on Maui, said.

One impressive surprise was the great performance of the living windsurf legend Robby Naish, who still knows how to handle wind and waves. In the single elimination he finished in 5th place. He finaly ended up 11th after waterman Kai Lenny could stop him in a great duel between two generations of windsurfers in the double elimination.

The ladies final had a similar initial position. Iballa Moreno (37) competed against 18 years-old Fiona Wylde and both of them showed us, that they had their own style. At the end the experience beat the youth and Iballa could celebrate the world championship title.

The PWA Wave World Tour 2015 is over now and we say congratulations to the new world champions Philip Köster and Iballa Moreno!

At the end of November the final of the slalom riders will take place in New Caledonia and we are looking forward who will be the next slalom world champion.

Results of Maui:

  • Morgan Noireaux
  • Kauli Seadi
  • Levi Siver
  • Thomas Traversa
  • Camille Juban

Best German: Klaas Voget (13.)

  • Iballa Moreno
  • Fiona Wylde
  • Ingrid Larouche
  • Sarah Hauser
  • Vickey Abbot

Overall positions

  • Philip Köster
  • Victor Fernandez Lopez
  • Jaeger Stone
  • Thomas Traversa
  • Ricardo Campello
  • Iballa Moreno
  • Daida Moreno
  • Sarah-Quita Offringa
  • Amanda Beenen
  • Ingrid Larouche

Best German: Steffi Wahl (8.)

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