Guaranteed a fun time and unrivalled hospitality at René Egli Fuerteventura and Innside by Mélia Fuerteventura
Despite worsening travel possibilities and coronavirus restrictions all across Europe and beyond, the Severne team made its way to the island for Fuerteventura for a fun week of gear testing with the clients and crew of the René Egli centre at Sotavento beach.
This year, PWA slalom Vice World Champion Matteo Iachino joined for an incredible week that included any sort of windsurfing from high wind slalom to foiling.
Photos by James Mitchell
Serving as one of the best playgrounds in the world of windsurfing, René Egli has always been a pillar of the sport with a history dating to the early days of windsurfing. In partnering up with the crew at René Egli, Severne has a unique opportunity of putting products through the test and getting it into the hands of real-world windsurfers.
This year was no exception. Even though the current coronavirus restrictions have made it hard for guests to arrive and enjoy this unique spot, René Egli remains open providing the same top service as ever.
With a van loaded with new gear, the Severne team arrived on a mid-September Monday, ready to embark on a fun week in the great surroundings of Sotavento beach. After a long rigging session, the René Egli test week was initiated.
Check-in at the Innside by Mélia
For anyone looking for the ultimate windsurfing holiday experience, there is only one choice. The nearby Innside by Mélia. Within walking distance of the René Egli centre and an incredible escape out of the breezy beaches, its a welcome escape after a long day of windsurfing. The hospitality is world-class and the views are incredible. The whole team checked in
Back to school
One of the main objectives of the René Egli test week is for the Severne brand to get closer to clients of the centre, bring the latest news of what is in the pipeline and guide guests and crew on setting up their Severne gear in the best possible way; and ultimately, get the most out of their windsurfing.
This year’s event featured daily briefings open to clients and crew. Every day, a new sail or board model was covered. Everyone took the opportunity to ask any questions they had been wondering about from the team or from guest star Matteo Iachino.
In between the daily briefings, it was time to get on the water. The first few days offered conditions for foiling and for freeriding before turning on and providing the classical, windy Sotavento conditions we’re all so familiar with.
Over the course of five days, all of the gear had been on the water in the hands of crew and clients, many of whom were experiencing their first time on the foil as well as on all new freeride gear. The foil gear, in particular, was spreading smiles for those sitting on the beach in the light winds.
For the Severne team, one of the highlights was the few strong wind days where all of the small gear got on the water; freestyle, wave, freeride and wave all at the same time.
Regardless of coronavirus restrictions and a hard travel environment, there were no doubts about the commitment of the René Egli crew as well as the Innside by Mélia to provide a safe service to their clients. Another test week concluded successfully and once again cemented this spot as a prime location for windsurfing in the world. The Severne team is excited to be coming back again in 2021.
More Severne news
The 2022 freestyle season has officially started. The Freestyle Pro Tour (FTP) just finalised its first event at Lake Neuseedl in Austria, and the Severne team occupied podium positions in both the women’s and men’s fleets.
After the return of Defi Wind Superstars in 2021, the full scale Defi Wind we all know is back, and will happen from May 26 to May 29. The Severne crew and the majority of the Severne team will be present throughout the whole event.
Severne reaches yet another milestone by introducing the new “Hydro” foil racing board into its fleet. With the introduction of the Hydro, new team riders like Mateus Isaac and Luuc Vanopzeeland will be pushing this board to its maximum on the racecourse around the world.
Severne Team Rider and International coach Simon Bornhoft continues his Windwise series on how best to develop your windsurfing skills. In this part, Simon goes deeper into how to prepare for your next wave session, even though you might not have access to waves.
Five episodes of “Flight School” videos with Severne rider Sebastian Kördel are now online. These first episodes cover anything from your first steps to nailing those foiling gybes.
Ireland has been on Dieter Van der Eyken’s list of places to visit for years. This winter, he was able to make a visit with his van to explore new beaches and breaks with his van. Here is his video story.
Severne Team Rider and International coach Simon Bornhoft has helped thousands of recreational sailors to get into or improve their wave sailing skills on his Windwise courses. So if you’re on the cusp of venturing into any wave environment here are some skills that can be learnt on flat water and transferred into the rough stuff. Follow these wise words to increase your enjoyment and success rate in 2022!
Lanzarote Foil Challenge 2022 – Mateus Isaac wins iQFOiL division, Amado Vrieswijk finishes second overall
The 2022 edition of the Lanzarote Foil Challenge was a true challenge. With winds gusting up to 30 knots on certain locations, the this years’ fleet weathered a large spectrum of conditions to complete the nearly 200km long journey. For the Severne team it was yet another successful journey with Mateus Isaac winning the iQFOiL fleet, as well as, finishing third overall. Amado Vrieswijk finished second overall.
Severne rider Sebastian Kördel is launching “Flight School”; a series of videos aimed at guiding beginners and experienced foilers alike. Whether you’re a beginner or fine tuning your foil gybes, this will be the right series for you. The first episode covers your first steps into the water, as well as, your first flight.