Around three o’clock in the afternoon, ‘Meteo’ Balz came with his second prediction of the day: a thunderstorm was coming our way, likely providing a short wind window and a chance for some action. Like clockwork (a Swiss watch maybe?!) the wind started to blow and a host of riders hit the water, giving the spectators on the beach a first taste of the action.
Soon after, the AP flag was hoisted, and the competitors got ready for the first heat of the day: the Men’s Open. Choosing the right foil and wing proved quite difficult, with the wind going up and down and eventually giving way to rain and thunder, forcing the race committee to call back all the riders to the beach.
After this the riders remained on standby, with the wind teasing and shifting for another hour or so before finally dying off, leaving us with a mirror image of how the day had started: a glassy, sunlit lake St. Moritz.