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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
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 Top 3 at A’s youth foil class Worlds + represent Switzerland at the U21 Youth Worlds
EDUCATION K&S Zurich (Swiss Olympic partner school)
QUOTE “Don’t dream your life, live your Dreams!”
Result Event Location
1st KiteFoil Youth A’s Class World Championship Torregrande (ITA)
2nd KiteFoil Youth A’s Class Grand Prix Campione del Garda (ITA)
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)

Karl Lao Tzu MAEDER

2008

NEXT GOAL
EDUCATION …

Result Event Location
23rd KiteFoil World Series Traunsee (AUT)
28th KiteFoil Men U21 World Championship Torregrande (ITA)
36th KiteFoil Grand Prix Campione del Garda (ITA)
60st Semaine Olympique Français Hyères (FRA)

SWISS SAILING ELITE

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
18th KiteFoil Grand Prix Campione del Garda (ITA)
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

Johnny DOLENC

I graduated from the academy of sports in Ljubljana. As a visiting professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb, I had the opportunity to teach future sailing coaches.
My main focus 40 years ago was windsurfing, first as an athlete and later as the coach of the Croatian national team.
I started kitesurfing at the beginning of 2000, so I have been with the sport since its inception. Since then, my coaching has been rewarded by three former youth world champions from Croatia and two former youth world champions from Singapore.
Now I am very excited to lead the Swiss youth team to the top of the world kitefoiling.

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)

How to join the Team?

1. Read the SKA Youth constitution, where the program, its benefits and obligations are described.
Download Youth constitution here.
2. Apply for this years application. If you are accepted into the Youth program you will be featured here on the SKA website.
Download Application file here.
3. Claim expenses according the Youth constitution through this form.
Download Expense Template file here.

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