GWA Wingfoil Race European Champions crowned in Switzerland
The competitors gave it their all during the GWA Wingfoil Race European Championships that took place in Switzerland this past weekend
Report date Sunday 15th of August 2021
Location: St. Moritz Report: Mart Kuperij Photos: Laci Kobulsky Video: AALVAA MEDIA
With the promise of finishing two more rounds, it was still all to play for on the last day of the GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship. In the morning, Lake St. Moritz greeted us with the usual reflection of its beautiful surroundings. This may well have gone unnoticed by our competitors however, who with the end of the event in sight, were getting amped up for some tight battles.
Around 3 o’clock, right after the iQFoil Exhibition finished, the buoys were repositioned and we picked up where we left off the evening before. This meant we went straight into the Men’s losers final of the third round. Unfortunately, the wind also picked up where we left off the day before, meaning it was up and down, causing many heats to be abandoned after riders were parked after the first jibe. The decision to move the first mark a bit further out proved to be a golden one, and the true beginning of the grand finale.
Up next was some exciting racing in tricky conditions, with serious patches in the upwind part of the course causing meaning strategy was just as important as pure skills. The pumping element added in the fourth round only added to the suspense, with the riders having to go all out on the final reach, pumping on their foils for their last finish line crossing.
When the dust of the racing had settled we even managed to squeeze in an expression session, giving those who still had some energy left the opportunity to shine one last time before the event was over. About twenty riders exchanged their high aspect foils with the more compact and manoeuvrable blades, showing the spectators and the camera crew how it’s done. We saw shifty frontside 3s, high jumps, raileys, some wingfoil dancing and even a backloop and rad 7 before the wind died off, leaving us all tired but content.
About an hour later the first-ever GWA Wingfoil Race European champions were crowned in the soft evening light of lake St. Moritz. All competitors gave an incredible performance at this event, making history with each heat they showed up for.
Results of the 2021 GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship
Olivia Piana (FRA)
Flora Artzner (FRA)
Bowien van der Linden (NLD)
Riccardo Zorzi (ITA)
Noe Cuyala (FRA)
Sebastiano Zorzi (ITA)
Benjamin May (DEU)
Malo Guenole (FRA)
Léandre Carlier Arquoit (FRA)
Klaas Voget (DEU)
Craig Gertenbach (ZAF)
Henning Nockel (DEU)
Francesco Cappuzzo (ITA)
Balz Müller (CHE)
Maxime Chabloz (CHE)
This action video from the final day sums it up well
Click here to read the full write-up from the final day at the event
Coming up next
Up next on our calendar is the GWA Wingfoil World Cup in Dakhla, Morocco, from the 2nd till the 6th of November 2021. This event will feature two disciplines: Surf-Freestyle and Race. Head over to the event page to learn more about this event.
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