Media release, 05 November 2021
Words: Gemma Hamaini / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Mintautas Grigas
For the final day of the Surf – Freestyle Elimination, the Race Director chose to run 20 minute heats, with the judging criteria remaining the same as yesterday: pure wave format.
The Men’s Final saw two incredibly talented rides go head to head – Hugo Marin vs Julien Bouyer. Both men put together an impressive heat with accurate wave selection and solid riding, but Hugo, who has been extremely consistent since the start of this competition, rode an impressive wave. He added an air 360 and landed on the critical section of the wave, pulling together all of the elements that the judges were looking for and scored 8.10 points. Julien tried his best but he couldn’t top the overall score, and Hugo rode back to shore, delighted to be claiming the victory here in Dakhla, Morocco.
“I’m so happy to win this event here in Dakhla,” said Hugo. “The conditions were definitely not easy, and wind was light, but I was very happy to compete against Julien, who is a great rider. I’m of course really happy with this result, I have no words really.”
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Bowien van der Linden faced 3x SUP World Champion Fiona Wylde in an action-packed female final. Both women were accurate with their wave selection, with Bowien scoring 5.93 for her first wave, but Fiona pushed that little bit harder, scoring a 7.07 and 7.33, her style and flow on each wave showing just how comfortable she is riding in these Dakhla conditions. Fiona Wylde won the heat, and was crowned Queen of the Desert here at the GWA Wingfoil World Cup in Dakhla, Morocco.
“Honestly I’m so happy to be here in Dakhla with these amazing conditions,” said Fiona. “I didn’t expect to win this event, but I’m very happy of course. I can’t make it to the next event in Brazil as it coincides with another event that I have, but I hope to join in again next year.”
Watch the Day 3, GWA Wingfoil World Cup Morocco, Surf-Freestyle Finals video here:
GWA Wingfoil World Cup Morocco 2021 Surf-Freestyle Podium
1st Hugo Marin
2nd Julien Bouyer
3rd Camille Bouyer
4th Fernando Novaes
1st Fiona Wylde
2nd Bowien van der Linden
3rd Paula Novotna
4th Orane Cerise
The skipper’s meeting has been called this morning for 11 am, with the first possible start at 11.30 am. Today we will be going live with the racing action.
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