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Top Race Tips from Pro Wingfoilers

With the introduction of the new Race Class Discipline and with the completion of the Silvaplana race event in Switzerland, we wanted to sit down with competitors Francesco Cappuzzo, Olivia Piana and Balz Muller to discuss the nuances of racing, and explore where this sport is heading. We chatted about how racing differs from freestyle, how they prepare for competitions and what their favorite parts of the race are.  Check out the tops race tips from these three pro wing foilers:

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The 2021 Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon

The first ever wingfoil downwind race and wingfoil course race take place at the Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon, USA.

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GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship 2021 | Day 3 – The Grand Finale

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.

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GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship 2021 | Day 2

Day 2 of the GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship started with wall-to-wall sunshine, promising an action-packed day. As Race Director Juan Antonio Aragon said at the skippers meeting, “The sun's up, the sky is blue... if there ever were a time for action it's today!"

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GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship 2021 | Day 1

It's August 2021 and we are back at it with the first-ever GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship, taking place at the beautiful lake of St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps, as part of the Engadinwind.

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Baltic Sea Foil Festival A Huge Success!

The first-ever foil festival in Schönberg was a huge success!

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Silvaplana Registration is Now Open!

Our next event is live! This will be the first Open GWA Wingfoil Race European Championship of the GWA Wingfoil Race Class.

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Introducing the GWA Class Discipline

On June 9th, 2021, the GWA has established the GWA Wingfoil Race Class to house and develop wingfoil racing for professionals and nonprofessionals on a national, continental and world level.  The wing class discipline will be governed according to the standards set out by the World Sailing Federation. This class will encompass all purely race competitions for wingfoiling. 

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Interview with Annelous Lammerts

More and more water sports enthusiasts are adding wingfoiling to their list of sports. Pro kiteboarder Annelous Lammerts was on the leading edge of the wingfoil movement and has been shredding in the waves. We sat down with the Cabrinha team rider to glean insight on how to maximize sessions, learn faster and get longer rides!

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Disciplines

Surf-Freestyle

Men | Women

The Surf-Freestyle discipline includes the expression format where competitors surf waves or swells and perform air tricks using the given water conditions.

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Race

Men | Women

In the Race discipline multiple competitors ride around a course with a start and finish line that combines jibes, tacks and parts of pumping or surfing without wing assistance.

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Upcoming events

When & where

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Winners

Race
Surf-freestyle

Dakhla, Morocco

2nd - 6th November 2021

Prize money

€10.000,-

Upcoming

Winners

To be announced

Race

Fortaleza, Brazil (TBC)

16th - 21st November 2021

Prize money

TBC

Upcoming

Winners

To be announced

Finished events

When & where

Status

Winners

Race

St. Moritz, Switzerland

13 - 15th August 2021

Prize money

€5.000,-

Finished

Race Winners

Francesco Cappuzzo

Olivia Piana

Race
Surf-freestyle

La Franqui, Leucate, France

28th April – 2nd May 2021

Prize money

€ 7.000,-

Finished

Race Winners

Titouan Galea

Olivia Piana

Surf-Freestyle Winners

Titouan Galea

Bowien van der Linden

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Surf-Freestyle

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The Netherlands

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France, French Republic

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Olivia Piana

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Olivia Piana

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France, French Republic

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France, French Republic

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