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    The world class of windsurfers at the Vanora Engadinwind by Dakine 2020 The international top event this year is all about the new Olympic windsurfing class, foil windsurfing and kiting.
    This year it's FOIL MANIA on Lake Silvaplana in the Engadin. On the occasion of the Formula Foil World Championship and iQ Foil European Championship, the world's best windsurfers travel to Switzerland for the event. The Engadinwind has developed into the world's most important and largest foil event. Olympic winners, world champions and European champions from the various foil classes will show windsurfing at the highest level on Lake Silvaplana. More than 400 athletes from 36 nations will travel to the Engadin this year and enjoy the unique landscape in the Engadin as a competitive stage.

    The contest kicks off on the 15./16. August with a world premiere in St. Moritz. The 12 best men and 6 women in the world are invited to the iQ Foil Exhibition on Lake St. Moritz.

    The Olympic gold medal winner Marina Alabaud from Spain, the reigning foil world champion Delphine Cousin Questel from France and the world champion of the Olympic windsurfing class Lilian De Geus from Holland will be there. For the men we can look forward to the reigning Foil World Champion Nicolas Goyard from France, who is traveling with his brother Thomas Goyard. He is European champion and multiple French champion. Also at the start is the foil vice world champion Alexandre Cousin and the reigning world champion of the Olympic class Kiran Badloe from England. We will also look excitedly at the German Sebastian Kördel. He is foil vice world champion 2018 and the record winner of the Engadin Surf Marathon. He won the Legendary Marathon in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

    Another world premiere will be an exhibition event in the Wing Foil by the newly founded GWA Global Wingsports Association. We will run the contest in the disciplines racing and freestyle, on Sunday August 16 on Lake St. Moritz and on Monday, August 17 on Lake Sivaplana.

    On August 18th, the Engadinwind starts on Lake Silvaplana with the Formula Foil World Championship. The organizer can confirm a record field of participants. It is the most important and largest foil competition in 2020 with 200 participants from 33 nations. The two 2019 world champions Janis Preiss from Latvia and Steve Allen from Australia will try to defend their titles from previous years.

    From August 20th to 23rd the Foil Style World Championships and a Windsurf Freestyle Tow-in Contest will take place. The reigning freestyle world champion Yentel Caers from Belgium and the Swiss foil pioneer Balz Müller from Biel, who won the foil style world championship in Silvaplana last year, will also be there. Also at the start is the German Lennart Neubauer GER-734, who is only 16 years old and is considered one of the greatest young talents in windsurfing. Other names that you should look out for are the vice world champion Amado Vriesvijk from Bonair and the legend and multiple European champion in freestyle windsurfing Steven van Broekhoven from Belgium.

    Sarah-Quitta Offringa from Aruba the 17-time world champion and all-rounder in windsurfing will be there. She is world champion in the wave, freestyle and slalom disciplines.

    The iQ Foil European Championship kicks off the weekend with the legendary Engadin Surf, Kite and Sail Marathon.

    The Engadin Marathon is the oldest windsurf regatta that takes place annually on Lake Silvaplnersee.

    The big highlight is certainly the 43rd Engadin Surf Marathon on Saturday, August 22nd. An international and top-class field of participants is expected.
    One of the favorites is the World Cup driver Sebastian Kördel from Germany, who has already won the marathon three times. Together with the most famous windsurfing legend Robby Naish USA, he is one of the youngest winners of the legendary regatta. Robby Naish won the very first Engadin Surf Marathon in 1978 at the age of 15. Sebastian Kördel was only 17 years old at the time of his first victory in 1990 and of course he wants to catch up to the record winners with another victory.

    The iQ Foil European Championship is the first international event in the new Olympic windsurfing class.

    The event lasts from August 22nd to 26th and will celebrate the attractive world-class foil sport.

    The windsurfing boards floating over the water are the trend of the last few years and will be included in the Olympic program for the first time in 2024.

    The Engadinwind will take place from August 17-26, 2020 on Lake Silvaplana and offers an attractive program full of highlights. The Engadinwind is the most important water sports event worldwide and begins on August 17th with the 2020 Formula Foil World Championship in the racing discipline. On August 22nd, the legendary Engadin Surf and Kite Marathon will take place for the 43rd time. The marathon is the oldest windsurfing regatta that takes place every year in the Engadin. It will be interesting to see whether the kiters will continue to complete the 42km marathon faster than the windsurfers and sailors on the beautiful Lake Silvaplana. The Engadinwind attracts over 200 athletes from over 30 nations to the unique mountain and lake setting of the Engadin. A varied supporting program with the stars will be provided.

    The event takes place under the Covid-19 protective measures of the BAG and the necessary precautionary measures were taken by the OC.

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