From October 13 to 17, Torregrande, Italy will host the World Kitefoiling Championship. In this new super-fast discipline, both the men and women will be awarded Olympic medals at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Team Allianz Kitefoiling
The Watersportverbond started the kitefoil program in 2019 and has made a lot of progress over the past year, partly thanks to the support of the TEAM KPN sports fund. The team has been able to train a lot and is happy that major international competitions are finally being sailed again.
For the women, Team Allianz is represented by Annelous Lammerts (27 years – The Hague) and for the men by: Jis van Hees (18 years – Oisterwijk), Sam Aben (18 years – The Hague), Sven van de Kamp (22 years – Castricum) and Joris Herrewijnen (18 years – Oostvoorne).
In addition to the five Team Allianz kiters, two other Dutchmen will appear at the start: Roderick Pijls (30 years) and Kimberley Rijsbergen (26 years). Pijls is the most famous of these and, in addition to being an athlete, is also known as an influencer and promoter of kite sports in the discipline of freestyle and wave. Kimberley Rijsbergen focuses entirely on the kitefoil racing discipline.
The Dutch team of Team Allianz aim to gain experience in this World Cup on their way to the World Cup Olympic classes in their own country in 2023 and the Olympic Games 2024.