First iQFoil Boards Are Delivered
Germany’s first batch of iQfoil Boards got delivered and distributed, our Dream Team rider Lena Erdil was the lucky receiver of one of them! Together with her team mate Helena they unpack the boards and head for their first sessions. We caught up with Lena to ask about her first impressions.
Hi Lena, you are one of the first people to receive the new iQFoils that got delivered. What are your first impressions?
In the past, we’ve seen RS:X sailors joining some PWA events in slalom or the waves, but never really the other way around. What made you want to take this step?
Secretly I have always envied the RS:X sailors a little for all the support they are getting from governments and federations. As a PWA tour racer, it was always a solo fight for everything. No coach, no money, and only year by year sponsorship agreements. But despite that after having sailed on a RS:X a couple of times I never considered RS:X to be an option for me. It just seemed to me like a way of robbing windsurfing from all the fun! But now with the iQFoil and foiling, that’s completely different.
The new board is so fast and exciting, and even though the board looks huge on the beach it feels super light and free on the water. Having raced in downwind slalom for over 10 years I am super excited to try something completely new. I am looking forward to everything I will learn on this path. I feel that 31 is quite a late age to start an Olympic career, but I hope some of my skills will be easily transferrable, and I hope that more girls in Germany will go down this path with me so we will be able to push the sport together. Helena Wanser my new team and training par comes from a sailing background and it’s really cool to be able to train as a team now.