We had a bit of a rainy start to day 2 here in Leucate at Mondial du Vent the GWA Wing Foil World Cup Leucate 2021. The wind is taking its time wake up, but the riders were engaged from the get go, taking advantage of this time to propose their suggestions on the judging criteria, ensuring everyone is on the same page before they hit the water.
There was an exciting tone to the skippers meeting this morning, as the riders have the unique opportunity to influence where this new sport goes.
Many interesting points were arising that one may not have considered whilst entering the sport from a different discipline.
We hear statements such as: “I come from kitesurfing” and “I come from windsurfing” as the riders introduced their propositions, remaining respectfully aware they are entering Wingfoiling from respective disciplines.
By the end of the meeting everyone came to the conclusion that it’s important that no background empowers another for the progression of the sport to remain as limitless as possible, and agreed on rules that worked best for everyone.
With the wind not blowing to distract the riders, we had the chance to pick their brains and ask them what wing foiling is all about.
And who better start with than a rider who has been present in the evolution of Watersports sports since 1994. Antoine Albeau the world recognised French windsurfer who holds twenty-five Windsurfing World Championships in different disciplines and doesn’t stop there.
Although Antoine is a big competitor, he didn’t come here to win. He came here to promote this new possibility of enjoying the water.
“It’s hard to say where Wingfoiling will go, but It’s really easy to try. Almost anyone can go and manipulate this little wing. It’s not as intimidating as the big kite or sail from windsurfing. I think people will do it and try it.” – highlights Antoine.
“Normally I’m not able to kite in offshore wind, and now I can do it! For the first time I was wing foiling in Shakawa, Mexico! I think this sport can discover a lot of new places. We can go everywhere. We can do whatever we want.”
The current champion Balz Müller (CHE) seems to be excited about a different perspective of possibilities this sport allows. Not so much the conditions, nor the places, but the body itself.
When we asked him which sport he practiced has influenced his Wingfoiling the most he replied:
“It definitely helps to understand the wind, but it also really helps to know how to move your body. I’m also a great trampoline jumper so I’m sure that influences my Wingfoiling…At the moment I see no limit coming up. When I’m going to bed my brain is spinning thinking about new figures I want to try!”
VIDEO: GWA Wing Foil World Cup Leucate Day 02
Unfortunately the winds never reached the shores of Leucate. The waiting game for the wind continues here at Mondial du Vent, but the riders remind us that game only stops when you stop playing whilst they continue to enjoy the ocean and keep the spirits high for the rest of the event.
The sun showed it’s light today, hopefully the wind will show it’s power tomorrow! The forecast looks promising for the weekend.
We’ll be kicking off on Friday with the daily skippers meeting at 9.00 am with a first possible start at 10.00 am (CET)
Day 01 at the GWA Wing Foil World Cup here in Leucate. Not a lot of wind, small waves, a lot of riders. We are getting ready for a week full of action here in France.
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