Last Sunday the “unofficial” Dutch Youth Championships were held.
For the third year in a row, the organising committee cancelled the competition. A loss for the sport and especially the young potential who trained real hard over the years. It was the youthful riders themselves who stood up and organised their own event, with some support of the parents. The competition was arranged within a day, with prices, trophies, judges, an event site and even hot soup making the impossible possible!
"Big Air" Bob Ten Dolle
Peter Lynn kiteboarding was represented by “Big Air Bob Ten Dolle” a young and dedicated talent who is learning the fine tricks of the trade from his brother Guus ten Dolle who recently competed at the World Kiteboarding Leauge stop in Texel. Also Ties Verlinden and Winnie Westerhof, were present and took a shot to claim to trophy.
“Big air” Bob ten Dolle (12) “It was a great experience to compete with older and more experienced riders, it is an experience from which I learn, and it motivates me a lot to keep pushing myself and train harder to reach the podium. I’m really proud of my heats and how I could perform landing most of my tricks.”
Guus ten Dolle part of the team of judges
The team of judges was led by Sander Bos and was supported by Pepijn Herrewijne, Lars ter Groof en Guus ten Dolle.
Guus: “It was a lot of fun being part of the organisation and the team of judges for this unofficial Dutch youth championships. As a judge I experienced the competition in a completely different way. Looking at the competition from a judge’s perspective is very useful for me, being a competition rider myself. It was very special to be a judge on a heat where my younger brother was working real hard.
Bob ten Dolle reached the 11th place and is looking back on a great first competition.
Winnie Westerhof (13) claimed the 4th place after a series of heats. The girls displayed what they had to offer and showing a great pack of tricks. Winnie: “After practising the entire summer it was great to show my rotations & raileys at my first competition to the crowds on the beach. Great to see all other rookies ripping & cheering for each other. Can't wait to train and compete again at Man of the Dam late October.”
Ties Verlinden(14) focussed on showing his latest and most complex tricks during his heats taking some extra risks and unfortunately not landing them all costing him some valueable point to proceed to the next rounds. He did however got the crowd cheering for him with showing his signature “helicopter” trick.
The importance of having competitions likes this is huge. These young talents are the pro riders of the near future and events like this prepare them in a fun, friendly but very serious way to the pressure of competing.
A deep bow to all the enthusiast volunteers, riders and parents and organisers making this event possible. As this was a perfect example of what is possible with the right mindset and effort!
Pictures by Reinout Smit – watersportspics.com
"Bob ten Dolle in focus mode before entering beast mode"
The pro kiters of the future
Bob ten Dolle
Winnie Westerhof mid air
Father Wiechert ten Dolle with Bob ten Dolle
Bob Ten Dolle mid air
Video by Edwin Haighton http://edwinhaighton.com/
The Unofficial Dutch Youth Kiteboarding Cup 2017 from Edwin Haighton on Vimeo.
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