A historical event
This year’s Engadinwind event on the lake of Silvaplana was truly an amazing experience for those who came to enjoy the great conditions and beautiful surroundings of Silvaplana.
For Severne, it was a special event; a new board “Alien” was officially introduced to the public at a fun event, which also included lots of other upcoming Severne products.
The 2020 Engadinwind also hosted the first-ever iQFOiL European championships.
Anyone who stopped by at the 2020 Engadinwind event had the chance to meet up with the Severne team and check out the latest products. The focus for this year’s event was the Alien freeride foil which was available to test out throughout the whole event. There was no doubt about the prevailing experience of anyone who had a run on the new Alien board. The combination of the Alien board and the new Severne foil which will be available soon delivered a smile inducing experience for all who took it for a spin.
Esteban De Cruz in riding the Alien board in Silvaplana, Switzerland. Photo by Yellow Flag
Visitors also had the chance to stop by for an introductory event for a preview into all of the foil specific products currently in the pipeline for the Severne Hydrofoil Division.
With special guests such as 2020 Foil Freestyle World Champion Balz Müller presenting his future line of foil freestyle sails and 2019 PWA Vice World Champion Matteo Iachino presenting future foil racing sails, it was a star-studded event. It was great to see such many, socially distanced, faces on this sunny day.
Finding the next up and coming Foil Freestyler
Meanwhile, Balz Müller was busy. Apart from winning the 2020 Freestyle Foil World Championships and being one of the main entertainers on the water, he was simultaneously on a secret mission; to find the next up and coming foil freestyler. The terms were quite easy. Impress Balz with your skills and take a grand prize… one of Balz’s latest Foil Freestyle sails “Foil Freek”. The selection process was meticulous and involved interviews, action on the water and general display of style. Ultimately, the choice landed on Jan Flutskish, who already at a young age, was pulling off moves and left an impression on the head judge Balz. A short clip of this whole process is set to launch this 2020 season.
iQFOiL – The future of Olympic Windsurfing
After a “Warm-up” Formula Foil World Championships where many of the participants were already on the brand new iQFOiL equipment, it was time to gather a fleet of 136 sailors for the history-making event; the 2020 iQFOiL European championships.
Despite tricky, northerly winds for the first two days, the wind swung around to the favourable, southerly stream on the third day. The course was set for slalom racing, which also is a part of this new Olympic class. Two eliminations were completed in some incredible conditions producing never seen images of a red fleet of wind foilers battling it out on all new gear and with a completely new format.
The following days brought lighter winds. The format was changed to course racing, which stayed on until the last day of racing, where a whole new medal race format was introduced; a sudden death 12 man elimination which saw 4 sailors eliminated for each heat sailed until only 4 sailors remained. The final finishing positions would also be the overall event result for the top 12.
The course was an Americas Cup style format with a reaching start, a downwind, a short upwind followed by another downwind. The finish was a long reach.
The men’s final was completed in dramatic fashion with German sailor Sebastian Kördel leading the pack until the last 50 meters where he found himself in a pumping battle with RS:X World Champion Kiran Badloe, who ultimately took the win to become the first-ever iQFOiL European champion.
The women fleet was dominated by Helen Noesmoen from France who also took the win in the final in front of Islay Watson from Great Britain and Lilian de Geus from Holland.
Ultimately, racing was held in winds ranging from 7-25 knots over these days proving the versatility of this new class, which has already produced historical footage. The 2024 Olympics will definitely see a boost for the sailing sport with iQFOiL.
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.