First Wave Experience with Dieter van der Eyken


Join Dieter Van der Eyken PWA world cup competitor since 2010 on his home spot in El Medano to either get your first introduction into the wave or improve your current wave sailing abilities.


1st week : 02/02 – 07/02

2nd week  : 15/02 -20/02


1st week : 22/03 – 27/03

4 out of 6 days coaching:

Running on a 4 out of 6 days wind window coaching will take place during the best conditions of the week to guarantee the best improvement during your stay in El Medano.

Conditions :

In February & March the winds generally get stronger & the waves improve making it perfect to go for those first session in the wave or improve your jumping & riding.

With dates selected around the low tide participating in these clinics will still be possible even without any previous experience on the sea before.

If you are already a more experienced wave sailor this will also be a good time to improve and get into jumps like forwards & back loops or/and to improve your wave riding.

Min. sailing level requirements:

Min requirements are to sail well up and down on the lake, have no problem keeping upwind, good water starts & doing planning jibes.

Basic knowledge of English is required since English will be the main language during the clinic.


1st DAY: Introduction day + group sailing session.

Everyone meets together at the Surfhub around 10.30 a.m.

 Participants get an introduction of the spot, determine the goals of the week & have a look at the forecast.

There will be a short theory lesson followed by a group sailing session to get a feeling for everyone’s level & adjust goals where needed.

First pointers will be given & notice points for the following day will be discussed as well.

In case of no wind on the first day, the afternoon will be free & the group sailing lesson will be moved to the next day.

The 2/3 & 4th day: coaching on & off the water.

In general, on the windy days, we will be doing max. 2 sessions on the water each day from roughly 1,5 hours/2 hours each.

This very much depending on the conditions & how participants feel physically.

We will aim to get as much water time as possible but also don’t want everyone to have open blisters after day 1.

During at least 1 of the 2 sessions I will be filming from the beach (most likely the first one) & giving signals to come to the beach to give a quick debriefing/feedback on the sailing.

At midday, we will do a quick video analysis followed by a second session where I will in most cases join on the water and in some cases do extra filming.

In the evening we will run through all the footage & set up goals and a plan for the following day.


6 day rental + coaching : 560 euro

7 day rental + coaching : 600 euro