Last week, the best kite foilers in the world gathered from 15 nations in Switzerland for the second stop of the Kitefoil Goldcup World Tour. The event took place on beautiful Lake Silvaplana, St Moritz, a mecca for skiers in winter and at 1,800 meters above sea level, a stunning crystal clear blue body of water that attracts world class wind events.
All eyes were on the top kite foilers who turned up to contend for the Swiss title, along with hard earned world tour points. In the course racing discipline, World and European Champions put two days of intense racing under their belts before a winner was finally announced.
Foiling has become a growing trend in watersports, from surfing to windsurfing to sailing at the America’s Cup level. With drag resistance at a bare minimum, foil board allow for warp speeds, and long, high-tech fins require incredible skill to control, literally keeping riders on a knife edge. It’s currently one of the fastest ways to kite, and it’s attracting some of the most seasoned riders in the industry.
After rain and fickle wind cut competition short last week, race organizers tallied the scores and announced Johnny Heineken as the winner of KiteFoil GoldCup’s second stop across three continents.
For more information on the KiteFoil GoldCup’s next tour stops, visit their website at www.kitefoilgoldcup.com.