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Check out the story of Wilfried, who opened the first Wing Foil Center in Africa. He has already trained over 300 Wingfoil students, including Aaron Hadlow and Nik Jacobsen.

Cape Town. The fresh south-east trade wind blows constantly. One wave set after another rolls in and pushes its way up the beach. Time passes, but the pioneering spirit of the people is unbroken. The story of retired Wilfried, who opened the first Wing Foil Center in Africa.

From Windsurfing.

It is January 1987. The Austrian Wilfried Christl is standing at Big Bay, the gigantic silhouette of Table Mountain in front of him. His gaze is on the sea. Ready for a windsurfing session with his 86 liter windsurf board and 4.7 sail. Wilfried is fond of the waves and comes to Cape Town every year. The Cape of Good Hope has taken hold of Wilfried.

…to Kite and Wing Foil

Wilfried is standing at the same place in January 2000. But for the first time with a kiteboard and a 9m kite instead of windsurfing equipment. Wilfried, now retired, has adjusted to the fact that he will not learn a new board sport in his life – until he sees some strange butterflies on the water in August 2019. He saw Africa’s first wing foilers on the Rietvlei: Ivan van Vuuren and his son Nathan, both absolute water sports pros and so-called springbok surfers. Wilfried was fascinated by these wings and foils, and he knew: this is it.

In four months from the idea to the first Wing Foil pupil Wilfried went to Austria, stocked up on material, and came back to South Africa with Wings and Foils. Before he celebrated Christmas in 2019, he opened his Wing Foil Center at Milnerton Acquatic Club on Lake Rietvlei, where he stored his equipment and was allowed to use the infrastructure and the club boat. No sooner had the logo been created and the flyers distributed than he welcomed his first Wing Foil students.

The unique selling point? The pioneering spirit, the special technique His concept is to teach the skills on the board isolatedly via motorboat training. For newcomers, the first step on a board with foil is already challenging enough. Wilfried then teaches the handling of the wing, also isolatedly, on the windsurfing board simulator. Only then the step onto foil and board, always with helmet and radio instructions. His balance so far: over 300 students. Not a single accident. Many boys. Many women. Lots of fun. And lots of celebrities, including Aaron Hadlow and Nik Jacobsen.

Pioneer finds pioneers “I’m actually already retired. I do the Wing Foil School for pleasure,” says Wilfried. “The most important thing to me is safety, and that you can rely 100% on the equipment.” In his search for high-quality material, Wilfried inevitably came across the high-performance wing foil gear from ENSIS. Wilfried bought some ENSIS wings in different sizes for the school. This, he says, has worked out very well. “The students love the ENSIS wings. They are compact, ultra direct, light and powerful for teaching.”

You can always rely on ENSIS Today Wilfried is happy to use many ENSIS products for his lessons – the ROCK’N’ROLL Boards, INFINITY Foils, Helmets, SCORE and SPIN Wings. “For me, ENSIS currently has the best wing foil gear on the market. You can always rely on ENSIS. When I need new equipment quickly, the availability is very efficient and convenient thanks to the ENSIS contact and importer in South Africa. I can recommend ENSIS to any wing foil center.”

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