Sil Hoekstra left his school desk to race in Medemblik

By 23 May 2017 All news, Frontslider


He was in a hurry on Monday; the day before the start of the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Sil Hoekstra, finished his Biology exams at school, and he thinks he did well, mentioning: “I think I passed the exams. My next exam will be lifestyle-coaching, but first I want to perform in Medemblik, and later this year at the World Championships in Tokyo.”

He arrived in Medemblik on Tuesday morning, where the 18 year old windsurfer will compete in the RS:X-class.

Before the start of the first race day, he said: “It’s a big change from school to racing on the water with the best windsurfers in the world.”

Hoekstra won in the 2015 European Junior Championship in the RS:X class, and is also part of the national talent team of head sponsor, Delta Lloyd.

“I can combine my studying with life as a top sports athlete. This year I will compete at the World’s, which will be my first international championship as a senior sailor. I still have a lot to learn.”

His goal for the coming years is to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. In the Netherlands that will be a huge challenge. The Dutch already have two time Olympic windsurfing champion, Dorian van Rijsselberghe, and his intended successor Kiran Badloe.

Hoekstra looked to the future, mentioning: “We’ve got a strong field in windsurfing. For me it’s important to gain experience.
“There’s still a lot to learn tactically and technically. That’s also the reason that I wanted to start here in Medemblik. I haven’t done a lot of racing with Dorian and Kiran. One day I want to be as good as Dorian. Besides that, racing on the water is much more fun than following lessons at school.”