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.

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