Next up in our Fanatic Spotlight series is Dutch Slalom machine Jordy Vonk. Jordy is one of our top Slalom racers and just had his first victory of the new season at the Swiss Windsurf Cup in Hyeres – the results from a long fruitful winter training at the TWS Slalom Stages in Tenerife. More hereafter!
Let’s rewind to the start of 2017 – how are you looking back on the season?
Definitely positive! I managed to climb up the ranking in the PWA tour, did my first world cup podium, 3rd at the IFCA worlds, another Dutch title and lot’s of podiums on other smaller/fun events. Although not making my top 10 goal for the year ranking, it was still a solid year.
Highs and Lows?
Yes! Looking at my PWA results last year my best two were: 2nd and 6th compared to my worst two: 21st and 23rd. Which showed it was a year with Highs and Lows, but I’m confident that it made me learn even more for the seasons ahead and for sure it will get more stable!
Did you do anything different in terms of training and did it make a difference?
It was my first year on tour without doing a study next to windsurfing, so I was more focused, which helped me a lot. I had more time/freedom to really put all my effort into training – that definitely helped me.
What is your favourite board in your portfolio you would never toss?
So difficult to say! I’m currently in love with the new Falcon 98, so much control, so easy to jibe in tough conditions, it’s really a high wind dream. Would never ever go to Fuerteventura without!
Who do you look up to and why for inspiration in windsurfing and outside of the sport?
I’m very impressed how Antoine Albeau can still be on such a high level and I think he’s showing how mentally strong he is. He really is an example in that way.
What advice would you give to young groms looking to follow in your footsteps?
Finish your study and work hard! If you really want to make it happen, you can make it happen. Make hours on the water, do all kind of competitions you can do and never forget to enjoy your way up!
Who do you credit as part of your success?
Who not? Haha, of course mostly my parents, they supported me so much and dedicated their life’s in the early stage of my ‘career’ fully to me. As a young boy you don’t even realize what an impact it has. If they wouldn’t have given me this kick start, I wouldn’t be here right now!
And my sponsor Appelhoven supports me since 2007, I was only windsurfing 1,5 year back then and he decided to help me out a little bit. 11 years later he is still my sponsor and I can’t imagine myself windsurfing without his sticker in my sail!
And there are so many more, from all ex-sponsors, to current sponsors, friends, girlfriend and other riders who helped me out. It takes a lot of help from many people to get there!
Where do you see your future in the sport/immediate and long term plans?
I’m still a young guy on tour and haven’t reached my goal yet, I’ll give it all to become a PWA World Champ and see what time brings. I’ve finished my study so a back-up plan is there, but I see myself on tour for at least another 10 years!
Funniest moment on tour from 2017?
In Denmark we had two things happening at the same time: Cedric Bordes coming in as he forget to take his fin cover off (hoping nobody will notice) and Arnon Dagan coming in fully hitting a concrete block from the Cable Park next to our beach. It was happening at the same time – simply hilarious.
Turns or airs?
Turns, I can’t jump so well haha.
Home or Hawaii?
Going to Hawaii first time this month! So I leave this open for now: -)
Thrusters or Quads?
Quad, but on the level that I use Quad because my grip got delivered with a Quad set-up… It freaking rocks!
High boom or low boom?
Altough being tall, I like it low.
Big winds or big waves?
Big winds – high wind Slalom is simply awesome! Also a bit scary though….
What do you expect from your winter training and what skills do you want to improve?
I’m going to many places including some new places like Cape Town and Maui, I hope this will make me more allround to push up my level in general. Feeling good about it and hope it all works out the way I thought.
Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2018?
Can’t wait to start the PWA tour again, it’s always exiting to see what will happen in terms of results. So can’t wait to kick it off in May!
More about Jordy: http://www.fanatic.com/team/jordy-vonk-2/