Winners crowned in Hvide Sande

Report from Final day – Hvide Sande, Denmark

  • Nia Suardiaz secured two world champion titles by winning both the FreeFly-Slalom and Surf-Freestyle in Denmark
  • Francesco Cappuzzo won the FreeFly-Slalom discipline
  • Malo Guénolé secured the Surf-Freestyle discipline victory

French athletes dominated the podiums at the GWA Wingfoil World Cup Hvide Sande.

On the final day of the competition the wind did not fill in. So we crowned the winners at Hvide Sande’s white sand beaches.

Eight of the 12 riders on the men’s and women’s Surf-Freestyle and FreeFly-Slalom podiums flew the French flag at the prize-giving at the end of the seven-day competition on the North Sea.

But it was the Spanish 16-year-old Nia Suardiaz who won both disciplines with a hugely dominant display at the event where the GWA Wingfoil World Tour was making its debut.

Nia Suardiaz’s form has been so strong this year that she failed to win only once in the five events featuring both Surf-Freestyle and FreeFly-Slalom disciplines, and closed out world titles with a handful of competitions remaining on the calendar.

Yet another French athlete, reigning Surf-Freestyle World Champion Malo Guénolé, got his first event win of the year in the discipline, as the mixed format of surfing and tricks was right in his lane.

The men’s FreeFly-Slalom contest could not have been closer. After 10 intense rounds, Italy’s Francesco Cappuzzo secured the top podium place.

Read more on the event here

Words: Ian MacKinnon

Photo: Lukas K Stiller

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