Report from the GWA on their second Wing Foil World Tour event of 2020, staged in Tarifa this week. Day two saw the men’s elimination get a result. Expression sessions still to come this week:
Words: Gemma Hamaini Images: Javier Hortensio Location: Tarifa, Spain
The full men’s elimination was completed in Tarifa on Monday 28th December with strong conditions, gusting up to 35 knots from the south. Due to the wind direction, the competition area was moved to Playa Chica, on the Mediterranean side of Tarifa.
It was non-stop action from the very start, blasting through rounds 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Men’s Elimination. The level of performance from the men was high throughout each heat, with each round seeing the execution, performance and difficulty of the tricks increase.
There were several standout performances from the morning. Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland who landed perfect backflips showed great general style, fluidity and variety.
Balz Müller is a trick machine and his performance did not disappoint, proving once again that he is a true pioneer within this sport.
After a short break in the afternoon it was time for the semi-finals as the wind speed reached its peak, at around 35 knots. Through strong wind and rain the athletes continued pushing their limits, giving us glimpse at just how fast the sport is evolving.
The first semi-final of the day saw a superb performance from Balz Müller, landing an impressive backflip and his signature trick – a toeside 720. He earned a well-deserved spot in the final.
During the second semi-final we saw two F-One team mates – Titouan Galea and Maxime Chabloz – face each other to see who could make it into the finals. It was a very close heat, but Titouan managed to knock Maxime out by landing a huge back roll and rode with such speed and amplitude that he earned himself the much desired spot, and a chance to take the win in Tarifa.
The wind speed was still increasing as the horn sounded for the Tarifa Wing Pro finals. It was Balz Müller of Switzerland facing Titouan Galea from New Caledonia. Balz landed a perfect Toeside Rad 7, which is a very technical trick, followed by a clean back-flip. Titouan rode smoothly with lots of style, but there was a bit too much repetition in his trick repertoire during the final, and this gave Balz the advantage he needed to clinch the win at this event.
MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1st – Balz Müller (Switzerland) 2nd – Titouan Galea (New Caledonia) 3rd – Maxime Chabloz (Switzerland) 4th – Fernando Novaes (Brazil)
THE WOMEN’S RESULT (UPDATED HERE AFTER COMING IN THE NEXT DAY)
1st – Eva Wyss (Switzerland) 2nd – Laura Rudolph (Switzerland) 3rd – Olivia Piana (France) 4th – Paula Novotna (Czech Republic)
The competition ended just in time as the rain came pouring down during the prize giving ceremony. As expected, Tarifa served up a perfect variety of conditions during this competition, allowing the Wing Foil athletes to show what a varied and versatile sport wing foiling really is.
The official competition may be over, but the action continues on Tuesday with an expression session, with first possible start at 13.00.