The hardest race in recent history
Photos: Sailing Energy / John Carter
Mateus Isaac wins iQFOiL division
Brazilian Severne rider Mateus Isaac already completed this journey once in 2021, but in widely different conditions. Just as in 2021, he competed using his iQFOiL equipment and was able to take the win in the iQFOiL division, as well as third place on the overall ranking.
After the nearly nine hours of full-on racing, Mateus had this to say; “This years’ race was a different kind of hard. Last year was light and lots of pumping. This year we had super strong winds and a big swell. I would say this year was more physical.“
Despite being happy about his win this year, Mateus acknowledged that it was a widely different challenge this year: “Last year I was fighting a lot with Sebastian Kördel, this year there were a lot of fast guys, and every time, I was fighting with a different guy. But I’m happy especially because I was on iQFOiL and still was very competitive downwind against the guys on formula foil gear“
1st. Mateus Isaac BRA-7
2nd. Nicolo Renna ITA-150
3rd. Luca di Tomassi ITA-24
1st. Lena Erdil GER-33
2nd. Giovanna Prada BRA-16
Amado Vrieswijk finishes second on equal points with first place
The 2021 PWA Freestyle World Champion is an incredibly all-round athlete, capable of competing in most windsurfing disciplines.
In the open class, Amado worked his way up throughout the whole day to finish on equal points as Nicolas Goyard who took the win due to his last best result.
Amado was convinced to do the race in the last minute, and used the event to leverage his winter training on the foil.
As with most of the competitors, Amado used his 9,0 Severne HGO for this day, which offered more or less the full scale of wind and water conditions.
1st. Nicolas Goyard FRA 465
2nd. Amado Vieswijk NED 0
3rd. Mateus Isaac BRA 7
Sam Sills competes on the first-ever Severne foil race board
Severne rider and designer Sam Sills completed this years’ event on his custom-designed Severne formula foil board and his 9,0 HGO.
Being based on Lanzarote for his winter iQFOiL training, Sam knows the island well. But until now, he had never done such a long expedition on a wind foil.
This was the perfect opportunity for him to bring new custom race board designs into real-world testing.
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