The World’s First Wing Foiling Contest
Balz Müller has taken out the world’s first wing foiling competition. The Swiss foiler pioneer from Biel secured himself the sport’s first gold medal at the 2020 EngadinWind, held in Lake Saint Moritz, in Switzerland. The competition showcased wing sports’ racing and freestyle disciplines.
2020 EngadinWind | Wing Foiling Results
1. Balz Müller (SUI)
2. Michael Näf (SUI)
3. Henning Nockel (GER)
What Are Wing Sports?
Wing sports (wing surfing, wing foiling, or wing boarding) are a new and exciting group of sports that can be practised on land, snow, and water using a handheld wing to harness the power of the wind.
They’re a hybrid of many existing water sports, and due to this fact appeal to a wide range of people.
It might look quite unusual at first, but the fluidity and grace of an experienced wing foiler are breathtaking to see.
A wing, resembling a windsurf sail, is handheld and used to generate power to propel a sailor standing on a board with a hydrofoil underneath.
When the wing is positioned to generate power, the hydrofoil “lifts” the sailor and board above the water, giving the effect of floating or flying with “wings” across the water.