iQFoil European Championships at Circolo Surf Torbole – Day 1
by Elena Giolai May 17 22:05 UTC
May 12-15, 2022
The iQFoil European Championships, the new Paris 2024 Olympic class, have started in Torbole, Garda Trentino, Italy. Until Sunday they will compete between slalom, course and marathon: the disciplines chosen according to the wind conditions.
In the morning, at the Circolo Surf Torbole, registration took place, which revealed the final numbers at 155 men and 95 women, representing 41 nations. On Garda Trentino today there was a light wind that reached a maximum of 10 knots, hence the decision to organize four slalom races for both categories.
One of the merits of the new Olympic class is to run in light wind in slalom, without giving up the speed of foil flight, which athletes are able to achieve in winds that would not be possible with other types of boards. Two race courses were positioned with electric buoys, four men’s flights and two women’s flights for a series of rather fast slaloms.
Racing continued into the late afternoon in the qualifying races on this first day of the most attended iQFoil European Championship ever.
With the first four slaloms, the first gap has already been applied. There was no shortage of early start disqualifications, even if those scores were discarded, such as for Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Kiran Badloe (currently eighth 3-3-1-BFD) and Frenchman Clément Bourgeois, who made up for the Initial BFD with successive hits. first three in his flight.
The provisional men’s classification sees the Dutchman Luuc Van Opzeeland in the lead, who left no room for anyone in his series, registering four first. It’s followed by a French double with Tokyo silver medalist Nicolas Goyard (3-1-1) and Clément Bourgeois (BFD-1-1), in that order. Fourth was the German Sebastian Koederdel and fifth the Italian Nicolò Renna of Circolo Surf Torbole, who raced in his native waters. Nicolò crashed in race three after two firsts, but recovered in the fourth and final race of the day, scoring a third.
The women’s category: in the lead is the Israeli (under 21!) Shahar Reshef, who after an eleventh clinched three first places. Two points behind the Spaniard Lamadrid Trueba (1-13-1-1), second, and in third place the Polish Dziarnowska (1-5-3-1). A tough start for the Italians: Giorgia Speciale (15-15-11-11) and home queen Sofia Renna – Circolo Surf athlete Torbole (11-7-BFD-19) finished 24th and 25th respectively .
Wednesday’s scheduled start is at 8:30 a.m. with a northerly wind, with the aim of holding course races throughout the day and closing out the qualifying phase as soon as possible.