He suited up on Christmas Eve. Not in a beard and a red outfit, or a tuxedo. Nor in one of those knitted sweaters with a reindeer motif. No, Bob van Dijk donned a wetsuit, complete with hood, gloves and boots, and all 6mm thick to insulate against even the most severe gusts blowing out into the North Sea.

When at home in the Netherlands, Van Dijk is a keen kitesurfer...

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