Yesterday we had our first sunny start here in Leucate at the GWA Wing Foil World Cup 2021! The substantial breeze blew hope through the air during the morning skippers meeting.
Aiming to speed up the tempo of the event, judges planned to kick off with the Surf-Racing discipline. Riders were told to remain alert for the calls, as the GWA Wingfoil World Tour race director Dani Jimenez and GWA head judge Mallory de la Villemarqué headed to the beach to plan the race course of the day.
Shortly after, the tractors were loaded with foils, and the riders made their daily commute to the competition site. Things were looking promising. The sun was persisting, and the wings were flapping in the breeze as the riders set up for action. By Midday, the breeze was substantial enough to have all the excited riders in the ocean testing out the course.
Due to the flat and light conditions, the judges separated the course into three short parts separated by two buoys at this GWA Wing Foil World Cup.
Don’t let the distance fool you. The course may appear short, but it is equally as potent! Especially the second half!
Throughout the course, the riders will find themselves in favor of the wind, against and even a part where they cannot use their wing at all. They have to cross by pumping.
GWA Wing Foil World Cup Leucate Day 03
Pro freestyle kitesurfer Paula Novotna (CZE), one of the most dedicated off-the-water athlete confirms – this final stretch is no joke.
“Pumping on the foil is exhausting! It’s like a burner and workout for your legs so for sure, being fit on the water helps with every kind of Watersport.”
If it tires someone as fit as Paula, it is most likely is a recipe for spaghetti legs for the rest of us. So we better get training!
At the beach at the GWA Wing Foil World Cup, we caught up with RRD rider Francesco Cappuco (ITA) and Duotone Wingfoil R&D and Team Manager Klass Voget (GER) and asked them about the different Wingfoiling setups. They’ve both been heavily involved in the R&D process of the gear from the beginning of their Wingfoiling journey and had many interesting insights.
By 16.00 pm, the anxious riders were released, as they could no longer bear the taunting of the wind driving them on and off the water throughout the day. Judges want to ensure they keep their energy for today’ss potent forecast!
Everyone is looking forward to it. The action-deprived athletes are craving to show us some action today, so stay tuned for D-day and follow our Socials for all behind-the-scenes moments.
Early skippers meeting at 8.00 am with a first possible (very likely) start at 9.00 am (CET). See you there!
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.
2020 was a tough year for competitions in wing foiling. For 2021 we hope to see even more events. Find out what you need to know about the Wing Foil World Tour 2021.
It was another perfect day of poniente wind in Tarifa today for Day 03 at the Tarifa Wing Pro Three of competition. The windspeed increased in the early afternoon, and by 3pm the conditions were suitable to compete, starting with a wing foil race.
The full men’s elimination was completed today at the Tarifa Wing Pro, with strong conditions gusting up to 35 knots of south wind. In the end Balz Müller was the winner of the competition.
Balneario beach in Tarifa is the chosen location for this final Wingfoil World Tour event of 2020 – Tarifa Wing Pro, with 19 men and 4 women from 9 different countries ready to battle it out on the water.
Tarifa – Europes Capital of Wind – is going to be the next tour stop of the GWA (Global Wingsports Association) Wing Foil Tour 2020 – the Tarifa Wing Pro 2020.
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This first wing foil review 2021 compares a few different wings in the 4.0 metre range. Which WING will take you to the moon in wing foiling?
Last Friday night the first organized Wing Foil Race took place in San Francisco! It was a successful event with more then 30 wings on the water. This is Wing Foil Racing! Check the video.