New German Champion Crowned in Testing Conditions at First GWA Qualifier on Baltic Sea
16-19 June 2022
Words: Ian MacKinnon
Photos: Timothy Cowen Mothy Media
Yannik Holste landed his first German title in the men’s wingfoil race division in tricky conditions at the national championships, which doubled as the country’s first GWA Qualifying Series event.
Holste secured the win after two Surf-Slalom elimination rounds at Schöberger Strand, Kiel, on the Baltic coast. The racer from Hanover did enough to see off a stiff challenge from last year’s winner, Klass Voget, who took the second podium step.
Jelena Duwe, racing in a mixed fleet with the men, was able to take her second successive national title at the close of the four-day event organised by the German Wing Foil Federation.
It was the first time the federation has run a GWA Qualifying Series event. With other qualifiers planned internationally throughout the year, the standings from the German event will count towards the overall rankings. The top five men and women in each wingfoil discipline will earn a place on the 2023 GWA Wingfoil World Tour.