After last year’s magical week in Silvaplana, it was great to be back in this special place.
Silvaplana is a lake in the Upper-Engadine valley of Grisons, Switzerland on a surface elevation of 1790 meters. It takes its name from the village of Silvaplana. The lake is also connected to the nearby Lej da Champfèr. Together with its larger neighbour, Lake Sils, it is among the largest lakes of the Grisons. Lake Silvaplana is overlooked by several mountains over 3,000 metres, notably Piz Corvatsch, Piz Julier and Piz Surlej. The lake’s drainage basin culminates at Piz Corvatsch (3,451 m) and comprises several glaciers, the largest being the Vadret dal Tremoggia.
A campsite is located on the Northern end of the lake. The lake is also used heavily for sports, such as kitesurfing and windsurfing in the summertime. In the winter, once the lake freezes, it is used for cross country skiing, walking trails, and kitesurfing on snow, with the famous Engadin Skimarathon crossing the lake annually. The rare occasion of black ice also brings ice skaters to the lake
The 41st Engadin-wind promised to be a busy event for me as I would and could compete in 3 disciplines. Foil – Slalom – Freestyle tow-in.
Together with Jordy Vonk and good friend Pito Jansen we drove with my fully loaded van into the mountains and arrived on August 12 late in Silvaplana
One of the main sponsors was Albana Hotel & Lodge and we received a warm welcome back at the checkin.
Link to Albana Hotel & Lodge : https://www.hotelalbana.ch/de/
With the van parked on the lakeside and a good ambiance the week could start.
Sunday we had time to test, but the weather was not that attractive to go out into the fresh lake.
Monday and tuesday it was rainy and the Malojawind did kick in very short. We only could do 1 foil-race. A crash at the start was a bad beginning of the first race, but could get up quickly and out of the 47 competitors I could finish in 10th place.
On wednesday we had blue skies, sunshine, mountainview but no wind. Therefore a good moment to practice some tow-in and to check if the winch was placed at the right spot and it had enough power to pull the competitors and gain enough speed to execute some great moves.
Day-4 welcomed us again with sunshine and the Maloja wind did kick in early. Up to 20 knots on the lake it was a busy day. It was very tactical sailing. I used the JP Hydrofoil Proto and HyperGlide 9.0 and Starboardfoil. Due to the lake water , thin air and lightwind I was struggling during the race. I could keep up with the rest but wasn’t fast enough for a top-spot.
After a few foil-rounds the wind was enough to change to the slalom-gear. (JP Slalom 85 and Mach1 9.4) I had good starts, good gibes and a 2nd place in the first final behind Jordy Vonk. In elimination 2 , I was pushing to hard to finish first in the semi-final , a mistake at the last buoy costed me a place in the 2nd final.
On Friday the 17th the Tow-in qualifications took place. 12 riders each 6 runs and 2 best counting. Top 6 were qualifying for the finals on saturday and I could finish the qualification in a solid 2nd place.
The Swiss Championships Foil and Slalom , the first part of the Engadine-Event, came to an end. Casper Bouman (foil) and Jordy Vonk (slalom) were the winners.
On saturday it was time for the EFPT Tow-in final. I used the JP FS101 and 2019 Freek 4.8
Again it was top weather, the shore line was packed with an enthusiastic crowd and together with the 5 other finalists we gave a good show and had an awesome time.
Each finalist had 3 runs and could choose with a boat to make a ramp, or without.
I could show a Double Air Funnel, Air Funnel Burner (see clip) and a Culo
My 2nd run had the highest score of 8.25 out of 10 points and was the winning move.
L-R Balz Muller 2nd , me and Jeremy Pluss in 3rd.
It’s not my favorite discipline, but it’s always great to give a good show for the spectators and fans (big or small)
Little Val (WOW) always cheering for me !! So cute and great !!
Right after the tow-in finals I had to change gear. Back on the foil and get ready for the 41st Engadine Marathon. Together with Kite-, Formula-, Kitefoil- and small boats called Mots we started the 4 rounds the Lake race. Unfortunately in the last round I lost speed and ended overall in 15th place and out of the windsurffoilers in 10th place. Here my results of Engadine 2018
All results to be found via :
At night we had the famous Engadine-Party and on Sunday it was time to pack and say goodbye again to this awesome spot.
A huge thanks to Christian Muller and crew for organizing again this great event, Windsurfing Silvaplana and especially Albana Hotel & Lodge for their hospitality. The EFPT-crew, the photographers and Adam Sims for the top-videoclips.
If you like moutains, clear water and a amazing nature, you HAVE to visit Silvaplana.
Again it was amazing and already looking forward to go back next year.
Back to the Netherlands for a few days of rest and to get my racing license (car-racing) before flying to a new destination….Karpathos for a freestyle- and wave-clinic .
Until my next blog