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The Swiss Kitesailing Association and the Kitesurf Club Switzerland are committed to Youth Development with the aim to support young talents with the potential to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in the kitesailing classes.

SKA YOUTH TEAM (U21)

Cédric BAKER

2006

NEXT GOALTop 25 Formula Kite U21
EDUCATION SPSE (scuola professionale sportivi d’elite)
QUOTE “Let’s go for another session!”
Result Event Location
4th Swiss Formula Kite Championship U18 Silvaplana (CH)
15th Pan American Championship Sao Luis (BR)
16th RYA Formula Kite Portsmouth (UK)
76th European Formula Kite Championship Nafpaktos (GRE)
Result Event Location
2nd SKA Freestyle Series U18 Urnersee (CH)
2nd Engadinwind Marathon Silvaplana (CH)
7th European Youth KiteFoil U17 Montpellier (FRA)

Gian Andrea STRAGIOTTI

2007

NEXT GOAL Defending my U17 world championship title. And would be amazing to represent Switzerland at the U19 Youth Worlds.
EDUCATION K&S Zurich (Swiss Olympic partner school)
QUOTERacing to win and always enjoying the ride!
ResultEventLocation
1stKiteFoil Youth A’s Class World Championship U17Gizzeria (ITA)
5thWorld Sailing Youth Championship U19Buzios (BRA)
7thFormula Kite World Championship U21Gizzeria (ITA)
52stFormula Kite World ChampionshipThe Hague (NED)
3rdFormula Kite European Championships U21Torregrande (ITA)
41stFormula Kite European ChampionshipPortsmouth (GBR)
49thEngie Kite Tour U19Fréjus (FRA)
2ndEngie Kite TourFréjus (FRA)
11thKiteFoil World SeriesCagliari (ITA)
41stSemaine Olympique FrançaiseHyères (FRA)
49thTrofeo Princesa Sofia PalmaBastilla (ESP)
1st.Formula Kite Swiss Series 2023.
1st.Swiss KiteFoil Series Act 2.Murtensee (CH)
Result Event Location
1st KiteFoil Youth A’s Class World Championship Torregrande (ITA)
1st KiteFoil Youth A’s Class European Championship Gizzeria (ITA)
2nd KiteFoil Youth A’s Class Grand Prix Campione del Garda (ITA)
2nd Swiss Formula Kite Championship U18 Silvaplana (CH)
3rd RYA Formula Kite Portsmouth (UK)
5th African – Middle East Formula Kite Championship Pointe d’Esny (MUS)
5th German Formula Kite Championship Travemünde (GER)
48th European Formula Kite Championship Nafpaktos (GRE)
61st Semaine Olympique Français Hyères (FRA)
Result Event Location
2nd World Championship Youth KiteFoil U15 Gizzeria (ITA)
2nd European Championship Youth KiteFoil U15 Montpellier (FRA)
3rd World Championship Youth Freestyle U16 Tarifa (ESP)
1st Engadinwind KiteFoil U18 Silvaplana (CH)
1st Swiss Freestyle Series U18 Urnersee (CH)
Result Event Location
4th European Championship KiteFoil U15 Gran Canaria (ESP)
1st Engadinwind KiteFoil U18 Silvaplana (CH)
Result Event Location
3rd World Championship Freestyle U14 St-Pierre la-Mer (FRA)
1st Engadinwind KiteFoil U18 Silvaplana (CH)

Felix HECHT

2009

NEXT GOAL Serious first heats in 2023
EDUCATION Sportschule Sek 1 March Lachen
QUOTE “Keep on trying!”
Result Event Location
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SWISS SAILING ELITE

Elena LENGWILER

1996

NEXT GOAL continuing competing on big International Kite Regatas + qualify for Olympics 2024
EDUCATION Metal Roofer
QUOTE Kiting is my place to feel free!
ResultEventLocation
2ndPanAm ChampionshipCabarete (DOM)
18thSailing World ChampionshipScheveningen (NED)
29thEuropean ChampionshipPortsmouth (GBR)

Bruce KESSLER

1999

NEXT GOAL continuing competing on big International Kite Regatas + qualify for Olympics 2024
EDUCATION Metal Roofer
QUOTE Kiting is my place to feel free!
Result Event Location
24th French Olympic Week Hyères (FRA)
18th Olympic Test Event Marseille (FRA)
29th Sailing World Championship Scheveningen (NED)
Result Event Location
2nd Swiss Formula Kite Championship Silvaplana (CH)
18th KiteFoil Grand Prix Campione del Garda (ITA)
31th European Formula Kite Championship Nafpaktos (GRE)
48th Semaine Olympique Français Hyères (FRA)
Result Event Location
1st Swiss Kitefoil Champion (CH)
Result Event Location
1st Swiss Kitefoil Champion (CH)
1st Redbull Ragnarok Ski (NOR)
ResultEventLocation
2ndRedbull Ragnarok Ski(NOR)

SST COACH

Matthieu GIROLET

My background as a professional sailor ranges from dinghies and sport boats to offshore multihulls, including lots of offshore solo-handed racing.
I started kiting in 2010 and was soon hooked on foiling. With a foil right under my feet and the ease of testing different combinations and settings, I saw this as a great way to improve my foiling skills and knowledge and transfer them to bigger boats. It was also a great way to develop skills specific to high-speed foiling racing.

JOIN THE TEAM

The Swiss Sailing Team AG (SST) has the assignment from Swiss Sailing to recruit and develop young talents along the journey.

Every year SST does rely on new potential youth kiters to join their talent pool. The selection may happen through a talent scout camp which is getting announced by SST.

Once a youth kiter has been selected for the talent pool T1-4 he/she may get access to a Swiss Olympic Talent Card for additional support and the opportunity to join a sports school.

The following links provide you with more information:

SKA is supporting the selection process and the several talent pool training camps. Those camps and the youth races are published on the calendar:

The major events are:

  • Swiss Freestyle and KiteFoil Championship (open class)
  • European KiteFoil Championship (A’s Youth Foil class)
  • World KiteFoil Championship (A’s Youth Foil class)

Join the Youth Team at SKA

The SKA is committed to youth development with the aim to support young talents with potential representing Switzerland at the Olympic Games and in the other kitesailing classes.
 
If you are under 21 and interested in pursuing competitive kitesailing, we encourage you to contact us at jugendfoerderung@swisskitesailing.ch.

THANK YOU!

It is well known that top talent needs to be nurtured at a young age – this is also the case with the rapidly developing kitefoil class. The supporting network is essential and must be broad-based. Besides the main role played by parents, there are many other players who contribute, such as kite shops, clubs, and finally Swiss Sailing.
We as SKA are especially grateful for the contribution of the Kitesurf Club Switzerland. Many thanks!

ANY QUESTIONS?

Send Flavio Stragiotti – our Director Youth – a message!

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Flavio Stragiotti

Director Youth