One Hour Classic: the Italian event will now feature foil windsurfers | Photo: Andrea Mochen

In 2018, the Circolo Surf Torbole is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The Italian windsurf club founded in 1978 is preparing a year-long series of activities to honor its history and past.

One of the most important events of the season is the 2018 RRD One Hour Classic, a historical flagship regatta that, nearly 30 years after its creation, evolves to keep up with the new windsurfing technologies.

So, in addition to the one-hour long distance slalom, there will also be run a foiling competition operating under the same formula, but with a separate start. You choose whether to glide or fly, but you can even sail in both events.

"This will also allow the race to be run in lighter wind conditions than those in which traditional slalom boards are raced," explains Armando Bronzetti, president of Circolo Surf Torbole.

"After a couple of years of trials and experimentation, the foil is now a well-established reality, and the Circolo Surf Torbole can only be the first to organize an event for those who have evolved in this way."

For both divisions, the goal is to beam reach in 60 minutes the most number of legs around a course defined by two marks positioned on the opposite east and west sides of the lake.

The record belongs to Matteo Iachino who, in 2015, bested the previous record by 55 seconds, which belonged to the late Circolo Surf Torbole athlete, Alberto Menegatti.

The challenge is to exceed the 18 legs in one hour, four minutes and five seconds. The 2018 RRD One Hour Classic is expected to get underway from June 29 to July 1.