18th of October 2019

iFoil: The Beginning of a New Era?

At Starboard we are extremely excited to share the news that after the Sea Trials at Lake Garda, our Olympic Tender proposal the iFoil has been officially recommended by the Paris 2024 Windsurfer Evaluation Working Party of World Sailing. To quickly find out more about the details of our Olympic proposal you can watch our explanatory video here. If you like our proposal and want to help to change the future of Olympic Windsurfing, modernise the sport we all love and make it more exciting for spectators and competitors alike, you can share this newsletter with friends and family or also voice your opinion online.

20 Sailors from 18 nations were invited by World Sailing to conduct an Equipment Trial of the 5 proposed Olympic tenders for 2024. Amidst 3 foiling and 2 planing tenders, Starboard's iFoil proposal convinced not only the sailors with its performance on the water but also the working group who was evaluating the equipment based on factors such as:

  • An affordable package option for all MNA’s
  • Competition in different formats from 5 knots to 35 knots
  • Easy transport to competitions and training venues
  • Proven quality products and supply chain management
  • Support for emerging nations
  • Equipment that will reward skill and tactical knowledge
  • Youth appeal and complement to the existing pathways
  • Supports a unique signature event that will attract media coverage with the possibility of dynamic formats and short competition timelines
  • Impressive sustainability program in place today and a future commitment to our oceans.

iFoil Proposal

The iFoil Boards

Fin or foil, from 5 knots to 35 knots, the iFoil package delivers the ultimate in windsurfing racing performance with just one board, one foil, one fin, one sail. To find out all the details about our iFoil concept and the proposal including pricing structure, racing formats, youth pathways and sustainability you can read the full proposal here.

The iFoil Boards at a Glance

iFOIL 95: Our most high-performance 100% foil racing board that is capable of upwind/downwind racing on a fin if the conditions get really tough.

iFOIL 95 Youth: Our youth model is based on the iFoil95 but has a more durable construction and is now even more affordable.

Men: Severne HGO (Hyper Glide Olympic) 9.0 m2
Women and youth: HGO 8.0m2

Starboard Drake Race.

Starboard Foil’s Race foil – the reigning double World-Champion PWA Racing Foil with a proven two year track record, supplied with an additional 95cm fuselage to enable exciting racing formats that include GPS, Point-to-point and marathon races.

Head to our Webpage to explore the iFoil.

Foiling: The Silent Revolution

At Starboard we are extremely excited about the prospect of having foiling at the Olympics. We believe that the biggest evolution and progression in windsurfing of the last years has been in developing this new equipment allowing us to showcase the excitement of our sport even in very light winds. A great team effort has gone into the development of our proposal and we would like to thank everyone who has believed in foiling for the Olympics so far. The next step will be that the Equipment Committee will review the recommendation at the Annual Conference in Bermuda and then make their own to World Sailing's Council, who will make a decision on the equipment that will be adopted in Paris 2024 and hereafter. We hope that with a continued team effort we will be able to climb this last hurdle and make foil windsurfing an Olympic discipline.

Message from Svein Rasmussen:

"Thanks to World Sailing for organizing a very well executed Sea trials at Garda. All 3 foil tenders worked together, Formula Foil limited, Windfoil and iFoil. It’s all about creating more fun and engagement in the racing scene and it was amazing to see how foiling was delivering in very light winds.
Special thanks to Blanca Alabau, Remi Vila and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel on their iFoil support. Antonio Cozzolino, Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Aaron McIntosh and Kieran Badloe on Windfoil, and Ceri Williams on Formula foil limited."

30th of November 2020Submissions for the AGM

After consultation with members and sailors a number of submissions is presented to the AGM

6th of November 2020Notice of Anual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given for the International Formula Windsurfing Class Association Annual General Meeting.

19th of October 2020Formula Foil European championships postponed

9th of October 2020A view from the chair

A few words from Francesco Zarbo.

28th of August 2020Champions Decided at Biggest Ever Formula Foil World Championships

29 women and 133 men representing 4 continents have been battling for honours at the Venora Engadinwind by Dakine 2020, hosted at the spectacular venue Lake Silvaplana.

5th of July 2020Formula Foil World Championships - schedule change

The Vanora Engadinwind by Dakine now also includes the iQFOiL European Championships.

22nd of June 20202020 Engadinwind Festival programme update

The schedule for this championship now runs from 17th to 22nd August.

12th of May 2020Cancelation notice - 2020 Youth and Masters World Championships

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the Polish Windsurfing Association (PSW) in agreement with the International Formula Windsurfing Class Association (IFWC) have been forced to cancel the 2020 Youth and Masters World Championships.

16th of March 2020Formula Foil South Americans a success

43 racers signed up for the first Formula Foil South American Championships hosted by the Asociacion Argentina de Windsurf on Lake Potrerillos, Mendoza, Argentina.

19th of December 2019FW Committee policy for 2020 – titles

The following world titles will be awarded at class championships in 2020 : Mens, Womens, Youth and Masters Formula Foil World Champion