The Foiling Organization joins EBI and Confindustria Nautica


Genoa-based association of the foiling industry, The Foiling Organization, has joined both the European Boating Industry (EBI) and The Italian Marine Industry Association, Confindustria Nautica, this month.

Confindustria Nautica has represented the pleasure boating industry and businesses in Italy and around the world since 1967, while EBI represents the recreational boating industry in Europe.

Foiling, originally stemming from competitive sailing racing, is a key trend in the boating industry and has the potential to be one of the elements that can support innovation and sustainability across the industry. Foiling featured as a topic of discussion at the recent EBI-organised Blue Innovation Dock at boot Düsseldorf 2024.

In November 2023, METSTRADE and The Foiling Organization also launched the Foiling Technology Pavilion, the first exhibition space dedicated entirely to foiling.

“As president of EBI, I warmly welcome The Foiling Organization as our newest sustaining member,” says EBI president Robert Marx. Together, we have the power to drive positive change, ensuring a thriving future for the European boating industry.”

Luca Rizzotti, founder and president of The Foiling Organization, adds: “We are thrilled to announce our membership as a sustaining member of the European Boating Industry Association. The Foiling Organization is experiencing rapid growth, and aligning ourselves with this continental group dedicated to the boating industry is a significant step forward. We believe that our collaboration with EBI will play a crucial role in propelling foiling into the mainstream.”

Meanwhile, the president of Confindustria Nautica, Saverio Cecchi, commented on the appointment: “We are delighted to welcome The Foiling Organization as our associate. The Foiling Organization is an Italian reality of international relevance in the current scenario that sees boating evolve according to values that we share, thanks to technologically advanced, innovative and sustainable solutions that broaden the concept of mobility on the water, capable of involving new generations of enthusiasts as well.”

Rizzotti added: “Joining Confindustria Nautica is a very important step for our organisation. The Italian boating industry is a reference of excellence worldwide, and its foiling sector is enriched day by day.”

The Foiling Organization has recently set up headquarters in Genoa, where it aims to create a global foiling technological cluster, attracting companies and experts inspired by the same enthusiasm.

Genoa is also where, on 18 April 2024, The Foiling Organization is organising the first World Foiling Congress and the seventh edition of the Foiling Awards, assigned annually since 2016 to the best athletes, products and events elected by the international foiling community.

The news comes shortly after The Foiling Organization joined ICOMIA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, as a sustaining member in January 2024.

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