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.

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

THE FIN
Starboard Drake Race.

THE FOIL
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."

5th of November 2019Family power - Azores Windfoil Challenge

The names are always big at the Azores Windfoil Challenge and with foiling just around the corner at the Olympics, the 2nd edition of this open foil event could not be more exciting.

5th of November 2019World Sailing’s Annual Conference wraps up in Bermuda – iFoil confirmed for 2024

World Sailing's Annual General Meeting concluded the 2019 Annual Conference on Sunday 3 November in Bermuda.

18th of October 2019iFoil: The Beginning of a New Era?

We are after the Sea Trials at Lake Garda, Starboard Olympic Tender proposal the iFoil has been officially recommended by the Paris 2024 Windsurfer Evaluation Working Party of World Sailing.

12th of October 2019Working Party Recommendation. 2024 Olympic Games

Following comprehensive on-water testing and evaluation against the approved criteria, the Working Party recommends the selection of the Starboard iFoil as the equipment for the windsurfer events in 2024.

19th of August 2019World Sailing has shortlisted five tenders to attend the Paris

2024 Men's and Women's Windsurfer sea trials from 29 September to 3 October 2019 at Circolo Surf Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy.

12th of August 2019Windsurfing review for Paris 2024

Among the ten events for the Paris 2024 Olympics is Men's and Women's Windsurfing, and a review is underway to determine whether the RS:X equipment, which has served the event since the 2008 Games, will continue beyond Tokyo 2020. World Sailing has received seven tenders by Class Associations and Manufacturers that request consideration to be the selected equipment for Paris 2024.

26th of July 2019MINUTES - 2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of International Formula Windsurfing Class

26th of July 2019Survey - 2024 Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer equipment selection

World Sailing is now inviting manufacturers and Class Associations to tender to be selected as the Men's and Women's Windsurfer equipment to be used at the 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

6th of July 2019The first Formula Windsurfing Foil champion

It was Maciej Rutkowski from Poland and Steve Allen from Australia, who battled it out until the final race.

22nd of June 2019Class Rule C.6.2.1 – Limitations

This rule limits a competitor to the use of ONE (1) FOIL.