Elia Colombo between Lake Garda, Lugano and Paris

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It was almost a home game. The week before last, the Swiss windsurf hopeful Elia Colombo contested the European Championships in Torbole on Lake Garda. The fights for the title started very well, the 26-year-old from Ticino even won his second qualifying run. In the third, however, he made a mistake and was classified as “retired”, which meant he fell back significantly in the overall standings.

He finished the European Championships as the best Swiss in 32nd place out of 154 participants in the soon-to-be-Olympic iQ-Foil category. Mistakes happen in a fast and technical sport like windsurfing. They provide important insights on the way to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

“I grew up in this environment”

Back in Lugano, Colombo thinks about his childhood. In the water sports club in Lugano (Circolo Velico), Colombo says: “I can still remember my beginnings here 20 years ago. I grew up in this environment.”

Everything has changed a lot. Windsurfers now have more space than before, and the lake has become more accessible. His career would not have been possible without the members of Circolo Velico, Colombo believes. He likes the friendly atmosphere at his hometown club.

These three talents hunt gold

Swiss Olympic hopes: These three talents hunt gold(02:36)

70 kilometers in two hours

A test drive on the lake shows that windsurfing is a fast-paced sport. In certain situations, the iQ-Foil board stands above the water like a catamaran. “On average, I cover 70 kilometers in two hours,” says Colombo. So he surfs the water at an impressive average speed of 35 km/h. That’s almost the pace of a world-class 100-meter sprinter. Only this one can’t hold it for two hours.

«Always followed by my trainer, who ensures that everything runs smoothly on board his inflatable boat. This sport can be dangerous as the elements are sometimes unpredictable. You have to take advantage of the right moments that Mother Nature wants to give us.» He can travel even faster in his Opel Mokka-e, which bears Colombo’s signature in its special edition.

Win a power training session with one of the “Opel Team Suisse” sports talents

Opel supports Swiss sports talents on their way to the top of the world. For this purpose, Opel is donating an additional CHF 500 to Swiss Sports Aid for every limited special model Mokka and Mokka-e “Team Suisse” sold. The special models are based on the equipment lines Mokka GS Line 130 hp with 8-speed automatic and on the fully electric Mokka-e GS Line with 136 hp. Inside, the SUVs have a “Team Suisse” Limited Edition badge and the signatures of the three athletes.

And because you get ahead with combined power, Opel is also giving away a power training session with one of the three young Team Suisse athletes Leila Henry (BMX Race, Romandy), Antonio Djakovic (freestyle swimming, German-speaking Switzerland) or Elia Colombo (windsurfing, Ticino).

Do you want to train? Then tell us: What power will take you further?

Opel supports Swiss sports talents on their way to the top of the world. For this purpose, Opel is donating an additional CHF 500 to Swiss Sports Aid for every limited special model Mokka and Mokka-e “Team Suisse” sold. The special models are based on the equipment lines Mokka GS Line 130 hp with 8-speed automatic and on the fully electric Mokka-e GS Line with 136 hp. Inside, the SUVs have a “Team Suisse” Limited Edition badge and the signatures of the three athletes.

And because you get ahead with combined power, Opel is also giving away a power training session with one of the three young Team Suisse athletes Leila Henry (BMX Race, Romandy), Antonio Djakovic (freestyle swimming, German-speaking Switzerland) or Elia Colombo (windsurfing, Ticino).

Do you want to train? Then tell us: What power will take you further?

“I can’t put into words how it feels.”

Equipped with a helmet, a vest and a watch that records performance and movements on the water, Elia criss-crosses the lake and crosses the Italian border to the east in search of the big thrill: “I can’t put into words what it feels like to drive across the lake at high speed. Everything changes from one moment to the next and there is no choice but to move forward and seek the perfect breeze and wave.”

Colombo also admits: «When I fly over the water, fear mixes with absolute freedom. It is the meeting of these two extreme feelings that makes windsurfing so unique.»

Precisely because this sport is so extreme, nobody knows what the future will bring. Colombo was unlucky at the decisive moment at the European Championship. Maybe not at the Olympics? “I’m aiming for the gold medal in Paris and will use all my energy to achieve this goal,” said Colombo confidently.

If he wants to prepare for the Olympics, he can also turn to his brother: Filippo Colombo was a mountain biker in Tokyo last year.

Blick accompanies the “Opel Team Suisse” this year with various articles.

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