A day no one will forget with exceptional heats from start to finish. Venezuelan powerhouse Gollito Estredo is the GWA Wingfoil World Cup Lanzarote men’s surf-freestyle champion!
Thursday 7th July 2022
Words: Liam Dredge
Photos: Svetlana Romantsova
Videos: Mintautas Grigas
After completing round one and half of round two in the men’s division yesterday, the competition continued today with an earlier start. A large 42 rider fleet meant the judges and crew were eager to start the competition at the earliest convenience given the wind was strong enough. A similar forecast was scheduled with cloudy skies to begin, but as the afternoon hours hit the blue skies came out, trade winds kicked in and it was full power at the GWA Wingfoil World Cup here in Lanzarote.
Yesterday saw Paula Novotna (CZE) seal the deal on her second surf-freestyle event win of the year. The win now puts her ahead of close competitor Nia Suardiaz (ESP) in the rankings race. A familiar pattern with these two ladies making the final in all three events so far. Going into the final tied on 1870 points that first-place finish was even more important and grasped by Novtona after a thrilling battle.
Day two – Thursday 7th – Pure focus was on the men’s surf-freestyle. At 11.45 heats were underway with the last action taking place at 19.00