Interview - Patrick van Hoof

Are you happy with the 2009 speedsurfing results?
For me 2009 was a special year, for the second time I became Belgium speedchampion and 3th overall in the Belgium speedweek. The most special victory came at the end of the year, winning Weymouth 2009, the best result of my career. It was amazing to win from bigshots like Dan Ellis, Anders Bringdal. And in 2009 I was for the 12th time fastest Belg on the water.

What about Sonntag-Fins, I know you had a few to try, tell me what was your first impression?
In October I had a chance to test the Sonntag fins, the testresults were really good and contact with the Sonntag development team is close. After Sonntag asked me to join the team I had little doubt, because of many good years with Select. Thanks to the amazing performance and fast development I chose to join the team.

I saw you on the Carbon Art Speed 53, is this a good speedboard for lightwind?
Let one thing be clear, I bought to Carbon Art Speed 53 because F2 doesn't produce such a big speedboard. In Karpathos I experienced a bigger speedboard would be helpful and the CA SP53 has great speedpotential, but I still choose the F2 boards over CA.

When did you start speedsurfing and what was the reason?
In 1995 I started speedsurfing. I think speed has always been my thing, a long time ago I achieved a 4th place in speed waterskiing, at some moments you had to fly against 100km/h over choppy waters. I like the cocktail water+speed, soo speedsurifng was a logical step. Only the last few years it is possible for me to join international speedevents.

Are there any speedsurfing spots in Belgium itself? It looks like South-Netherlands or the South-France is the place were many Belgiums windsurf.
One of my biggest frustrations is there are no speedspots in Belgium!?! But the Netherlands are not to far, with enough speedspots to choose from. Also France has a few great speedspots, but that's about 1000 km from Belgium...

What are your plans for the next 2010 season?
At this moment I don't have anything planned. Like every year ISWC is late with the eventcalendar. Only the Belgium and Swedisch speedevents are planned. When there is a possibility I would like to go to Karpathos and Namibiƫ.

Any tips for BK Speed new participants like me?
I don't have any tips, the Belgium speedevent is easy accessible to beginning speedsurfers. The location Gruissan is chosen because it is really safe. Many top speedsurfers started at this place, this is very important for me, to organize an event to let people experience a new sport.
When speedsurfers are searching for the best and fastest speedspots they should join the international ISWC speedevents. Still the Belgium Speedweek proves the "easy accessible"-concept works great. Also this 2010 season it didn't take long to have 70 participants and a waitinglist, with some big names like Bjorn, Andrers and Ben.

I would like to organize a speedtour through Europe, I believe there is a public! No pricemoney, keep the costs as low as possible and ACTION ==> 500m long. That is why I like to join the FSM in October again. Speed is the best part of windsurfing for me, I also like to do some formula and slalom. GPS is also nice to do, but the 500m course between 2 points is most challenging for me personally.

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.

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