The first national kiteboard championship, in the kitefoil and twin tip race classes, will be held this weekend, on the 14th and 15th, in Fuseta Island, Olhão.
This event is organized by the Portuguese Sailing Federation and the Fuzeta Naval Club and supported by the Moncarapacho and Fuseta Parish Union.
This is the first time that a national kiteboard championship has been held, so the sport will be recognized by the Portuguese Sailing Federation, taking an important step in the formation of the national team in the kitefoil class, aiming to participate in the Paris Olympic Games. , in 2024, which will have for the first time in competition this class of the sport.
There are 44 individual athletes registered in the two classes, aged between 18 and 50 years.
On Saturday, 14th, the kitefoil race will take place, with the participation of 20 athletes. It is a variant that has grown rapidly in recent years.
Its hydrofoil boards have revolutionized the world of kiteboarding, making sailors float on the water. They are designed to attach a mast and a foil below, which, through hydrodynamic action, allow a float on the water, greatly reducing surface friction, providing a great performance in speed and wind, also allowing the practice under different wind conditions.
On Sunday, there is the twin tip race (TT: R), with 24 athletes registered. This is the traditional kitesurf, with two-way boards and tubular kites and is the race for regattas that require technique and speed in the slalom of buoys and jumping over obstacles.