Info uit de PWA update:
Foil will be run as a full individual discipline in 2019, with equivalent standards to slalom. Costa
Brava will be the first stand alone foil event, but there are a few aspects of foiling that will
change at all events for 2019.
Foil will use production equipment for the first time and competitors must register and use boards,
sails and foils from the PWA registered equipment lists in the same way they do for slalom. The
deadline for production foil equipment registration for manufacturers was 1st March 2019, and we
will publish lists of production equipment registered for foil soon.
Manufacturers of foils do not necessarily need to be members of the PWA to have their equipment
registered for 2019 and used on tour, but only brands in membership will be permitted branding on
boards and sails, as well as getting the other benefits of membership. If you are a foil manufacturer, or
a sailor with a new foil sponsor or supplier, and would like to know more about membership, then
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For foil only events, sailors may register 1 board, 3 sails and 1 set of foils, comprising 1 mast, 2 fuselage
and 2 sets of wings (2 x front, 2 x back). These must come from either the PWA registered foil or
slalom equipment lists, and all foil components must come from the same manufacturer and be
designed to work together. No mix and match foils will be permitted. The board, sails and foil must be
registered at the first event of the year and will be used for the remainder of the year. Foil equipment
may not be used for slalom and only equipment from the PWA registered slalom production board
and sail lists may be used for slalom.
Looking ahead to 2020, after considerable communication with the industry and sailor committees,
equipment specifications have been decided for next year’s season. For 2020, equipment sizes will
remain the same for boards, with a max width of 91cm, but the maximum sail size will be reduced to a
maximum of 9m. The aim is to continue to reduce sails sizes incrementally, but without increasing
wind minimums, to stimulate development of rigs that work in lower wind strengths, to improve the
availability of rigs that can work in very light winds for the consumer, without the need for massive sails.