- Moona Whyte returns after four-years’ break to grab back-to-back titles on legendary break
- Cape Verdean Wesley Brito wows home fans with first win in maiden wingfoil wave contest
- Ponta Preta defies predictions to deliver banging sets for finale of pure wave riding competition
Words: Ian MacKinnon
Photos: Lukas K Stiller
The US’s Moona Whyte seized victory at the first GWA Wingfoil World Cup dedicated to pure surfing, staged on the world-renowned Ponta Preta break on Cape Verde’s Sal island.
It was the American’s second win in Ponta Preta waves in three days, after she won the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup in Cape Verde.
“It’s amazing. I’m really happy,” said Hawaii-based Whyte. “That’s two from two. The kite and now the wing. I couldn’t be happier. It was pretty cool to have the event here in this world-class wave. The waves are powerful and steep. I’m glad we ran it here, because some of the girls were a bit timid about going out in these waves, but we were able to do it and it was fun.”
Cape Verdean Wesley Brito saw off tough challenges to secure the win in front of adoring fans. He netted the day’s best wave score and highest heat total on his path to the overall win in epic waves.
“I’m so happy. I’m stoked about it,” said Brito. “It’s my first win at the first wave event of the season. This is going to stay in my mind forever. Super-special. The first day was a bit slow and the wind was a bit tricky. But during the comp the waves got bigger and everything started coming together. It was a really good comp in the end.”
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1 Wesley Brito (CPV)
2 Benoît Carpentier (FRA)
3 Zane Schweitzer (USA)
4 Hugo Marin (FRA)
1 Moona Whyte (USA)
2 Nia Suardiaz (ESP)
3 Bowien van der Linden (NED)
4 Elena Moreno (ESP)
COMING UP NEXT
The GWA Wingfoil World Tour has an upcoming event in Leucate, France, from April 4th to 10th, and you can check out the event page to view the startlist and learn more about the competition.
In addition, the next wave stop on the tour will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the start of August, and you can click here to read more about it.