Please select your home edition
Edition
SOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS 728-X-90 TOP

2023 Caribbean Foiling Championships Kick Off in Style

by Caribbean Foiling Championships 8 Dec 2023 03:44 PST December 8-10, 2023
Caribbean Foiling Championships kick off in style © Thirty Zero Thirty

Orient Bay came alive on Thursday, December 7, as the registration day marked the commencement of the highly anticipated 2023 Caribbean Foiling Championships. This edition follows a windless hiatus in 2022, making the return even more thrilling.

Participants from the Caribbean and beyond have flocked to the event to showcase their skills in the increasingly popular discipline of foiling board to limit water resistance which elevates the rider above the water. As such, foilboarders seem to be floating above the surface in a fast, free and fluid movement. With the inclusion of foiling in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the sport has gained tremendous popularity.

This year, the Caribbean Foiling Championships has 43 registered riders making it the largest foiling event in the Caribbean. Foiling hailing from various corners of the region including Sint Maarten, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Antigua and Puerto Rico. It promises to be an unforgettable showcase of the rapidly growing sport of foiling. The competition is set to be fierce, with riders from diverse backgrounds converging to push the boundaries of the sport and make this edition a historic and thrilling experience for all involved.

Wingfoiling, a recent addition to the discipline, has garnered significant attention. The triangular-shaped wing, handled directly by hand without lines (as in kitefoil) or a boom and mast (as in windsurfing), has become a favorite among participants.

Manon Dupe (14 years old) from Guadeloupe, an enthusiastic young wingfoiler, shares, "Wingfoiling is such a fun discipline for young people like me but also for older people like my father. Last year I participated for the first time, and I liked it a lot. With more wind scheduled this year, I will do my utmost best to keep up with the big ones."

Sacha van der Wouden, one of the organizers, notes that the broad appeal of wingfoiling has made it the largest category in the event, with 27 wingfoilers participating!

Windfoiling takes the spotlight this year, with a surge in participation thanks to sponsor CIN/Frigodom. Offering free shipment of gear in their container for participants from Guadeloupe, this convenient solution eliminates the hassle of inter-Caribbean flights and attracts a substantial group of windfoil fanatics.

As the Caribbean Foiling Championships kick off tomorrow, December 8, racing enthusiasts and participants are gearing up for three days of intense competition in Orient Bay. As the championships unfold, all eyes turn to the upcoming Around the Island Race scheduled for December 10. In 2021, local rider Julien Quentel set a breathtaking record of 1h 12m 17s, surpassing the previous record by over 20 minutes.

Julien Quentel, local rider from St. Martin, shares, "I have not been practicing as much as in previous editions, but I hope that my local knowledge of the area, will push my limits."

This year, the competition is even fiercer as riders vie for the coveted title and the extraordinary prize—a luxurious 2-night stay at Belmond - La Samanna, valued at $3000.

The weather forecast holds the promise of optimal conditions, raising the tantalizing question—will this year witness a new record, surpassing the remarkable feat achieved in 2021?

More information: caribbeanfoiling.com

Related Articles

Caribbean Foiling Championships day 2
High stakes and fierce winds On December 9th, the second race day of the event unfolded amidst challenging conditions. Posted on 10 Dec 2023
Caribbean Foiling Championships day 1
A thrilling first race day of competition December 8 marks the exhilarating kick-off of the first race day. The weather conditions, a strong 17 knots, provided an ideal backdrop for the foilers to showcase their skills and navigate the challenging an fun course. Posted on 9 Dec 2023
Dauphin Telecom continues partnership
With the Caribbean Foiling Championships 2023 or the fourth consecutive year, Dauphin Telecom proudly joins forces with the Caribbean Foiling Championships as the official Communication Partner of the event. Posted on 1 Dec 2023
La Samanna offers 2-night stay for fastest foiler
In the Caribbean Foiling Championships' Around the Island Race Get ready for an exhilarating experience at the Caribbean Foiling Championships - St. Martin edition, culminating in the thrilling Around the Island Race on December 10, 2023. Posted on 25 Nov 2023
2023 Caribbean Foiling Championships update
Free equipment transport for competitors Exciting news for competitors travelling from Guadeloupe to the Caribbean Foiling Championships. In a combined effort Compagnie des Iles du Nord (CIN) and Frigodom have teamed up to sponsor the shipping of a 20ft container to and from St Martin. Posted on 24 Sep 2023
2023 Caribbean Foiling Championships preview
The highly anticipated 4th edition of the event will take place in December The Caribbean Foiling Championships is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated 4th edition of the event, set to take place from December 8th to 10th, 2023. Posted on 17 Jul 2023
2023 Antigua Wingfoil Championship day 3
Foilers traverse pristine waters and wildlife in Antigua's Long Distance Race The excitement was palpable as foilers gathered for the safety briefing of the long distance race taking them from Falmouth Harbour to Johnson's Point. Posted on 4 May 2023
2023 Antigua Wingfoil Championship day 2
A success with 4 races, despite the light wind conditions With crystal-clear waters and a refreshing breeze, the competitors managed to foil four races today. The first start kicked off at 11am, signaling the beginning of a day filled with races and electrifying energy. Posted on 3 May 2023
2023 Antigua Wingfoil Championship day 1
Kicking off with racing among the big boats The first Antigua Wingfoil Championship has officially begun, with the first race day taking place amidst challenging light wind conditions. Posted on 2 May 2023
Caribbean Foiling Championships 2022 Overall
Fun and adventure to close off the event Despite abnormal wind conditions contestants partook in a couple of race rounds, even if the famous race all around the island could not take place, and in fun and adventurous activities discovering friendly island & range of watersports it has to offer. Posted on 12 Dec 2022
Rooster 2023 - Aquafleece Robe - FOOTERHyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTERABS24-SailWorld-1456x180-BOTTOM_01