Freestyle Swiss Series 2022
Isleten (UR) – The second edition of the SKA Freestyle Swiss Series 2022 on the weekend of June 11-12, 2022 was also a complete success. After last year’s successful premiere, the Swiss kitesurfing scene once again chose the best female and male kitesurfers in three different freestyle disciplines.
Four different venues were considered this year and due to the weather forecasts two days before the event the choice fell again on Isleten at the Lake of Uri. 30 participants, many motivated helpers, a three-man GKA jury team from Spain, and a large audience spent an exciting weekend on the idyllic lake delta in the canton of Uri.
During two windy and sunny days, the best kitesurfers were elected in the disciplines Twintip Freestyle, Foil Freestyle, and Surf Strapless Freestyle. Happy and relieved Elena Bosshard, head of the organizing committee, said late Sunday evening: "Thanks to the flexible choice of the venue we had two days of good wind, which is not a matter of course in Switzerland and led to fair and deserved results in all categories". The competition was held in the ladder system with single eliminations, as usual in international freestyle competitions, which always led to fair conditions for all, even with changing wind conditions.
This year the heats were judged by a professional jury team, which brought and shared valuable experience and knowledge to the event in Switzerland through many assignments during the official Global Kitesports Association GKA World Tour. In the morning, while the thermal wind was just building up, the jury explained in detail how to score and gave valuable tips and tricks on how to get a better score as a rider. But not only did the jury team bring GKA Kite World Tour experience but also the Strapless Surf participants were GKA experienced riders this year: "it was nice to see that next to familiar faces from last year also many new participants were at the start" said Elena Bosshard pleased.
At the award ceremony on Sunday evening there were many beaming faces, but not only because of the countless and generous prizes from the sponsors. The Swiss kitesurfing community was able to experience an exciting, instructive, and varied action weekend, which came to an end shortly after 7:30 p.m., before the kite vans made their way home again.
The SKA Freestyle Swiss Series is also part of the youth development program of the Swiss Kitesailing Association and were able to contribute again this weekend to inspire young Swiss talents for the 2024 Olympic Games.
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