Kiran Badloe has conquered the first European wind-foiling title. In the Swiss town of Sankt Moritz, the world champion RS:X was in third place for a long time in the final and decisive slalom, but despite the low wind on the water he managed to take the lead in the final stretch and sail to victory
German Sebastian Kördel went first towards the finish after finishing the last buoy, followed by Frenchman Nicolas Goyard, who, like the frontrunner, has been active as a professional in foiling for years and is the holder of the world title in the commercial circuit.
Olympian Badloe was able to catch up on the lake at an altitude of 1,700 metres by ‘pumping’ speed and getting away from the water better than his competitors.
Among the women, Lilian de Geus, like Badloe the world’s best in the current RS:X class, also reached the last four, but she had to settle for bronze. The gold came into the hands of Frenchwoman Hélène Noesmoen, who, after the difficult start of the quartet, was the best at speed.
Badloe and De Geus have qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where next year in the RS:X-class will be fought for the medals. In 2024 in Paris, ordinary windsurfing will make way for faster and therefore more spectacular wind surfing.