The first Rookie Camp of 2022 is set to take place in Austria. On the 23rd and 24th of April Head Coach Dieter van der Eyken (Severne) will kick off the rookie season with two days full of windsurfing wisdom at the Neusiedl Lake! Furthermore, JP-Australia and NeilPryde have already confirmed their support for the camp, with the most standout rider receiving a JP-Australia Freestyle board, and another participant being supported with a NeilPryde boom! Apart from that a few other goodies have been prepared for the participants by the organisers of the Surf Opening. The prizes will be brought along by none other than 2021 Vice European Freestyle Champion Yentel Caers (NeilPryde/JP), who will also join the camp as assistant coach. Finally, multiple tow-in event winner Adam Sims will also be present with a motorized winch, which will allow for some tow-in training as well. Don’t hesitate and register now!
Registration: Register HERE / Sign-Up closes the 22nd of April.
Meeting Point Start: Saturday 23rd of April 9:30 – 10:00 am @ the event site – Seegelände 6
End: Sunday evening 24th of April after the prize giving around 8:00 pm.
Equipment: Participants can store their equipment at the event site during the days of the camp.
Costs: 2 Day Camp 150€ per person
If there are kids who can only join the afternoons after school from 2pm, they’ve got the option to pay 50€ less and join in. The schedule gets adjusted, so they won’t miss the most important elements of the camp.
Daily schedule Rookie Camp Austria
The following is just a general schedule. It can drastically change depending on the wind and weather forecast. For example if it’s only windy in the morning, the day can take place in reverse order. Also if there is kids, that can only join in the afternoon because of school, the schedule might get adjusted according to that.
Morning: Registration and meeting everyone at the event area or the Surfcenter.
Forenoon: Learning about competition format (scoring, flags, timing, area, judging etc.)
Lunch: Eating all together, preferably close to the spot or at the EFPT event organizers center.
Afternoon: Exploring the spot, learning about the prevailing wind directions, currents, tides (or also dangers of the spot)
Late afternoon: Hitting the water for 1-2 hours, sailing all together, having fun, practicing moves, the coach is giving tips or he will be filming for the video analysis.
Evening: Meeting other pros
Morning: Reviewing last evenings session and analyzing moves that were filmed. The coach will give individual tips. And in demand, he will also individually recommend which moves to use in the heat and plan a basic heat strategy.
Forenoon: Hitting the water again, practice more.
Lunch: Time for a break and food. We’ll need the energy!
All afternoon: Practice-competition (trying to make is as real as possible).
Evening: Prize-giving and dinner
We asked Head Coach Dieter van der Eyken about his motivation to run the camps:
Dieter van der Eyken: “I’m really stoked to get the opportunity to become the head coach of the FPT rookie camps and help the next generation get to the top. It’s the idea of bringing the next generation to a new level that got me originally into coaching back in 2012 & 2013 with my Next Generation Camps at Sardinia and still till today is my favorite group of students in coaching. Over the last years I have expanded my coaching activities here on Tenerife and this has given me more experience time to become an even better coach than before. To not only pass through my knowledge of sailing but also my knowledge of over a decade of competing on the highest level will allow a new generation to boost their level quicker both in free training and competition sailing due to this unique concept of the FPT.”