We have seen incredible evolution in women’s wingfoiling this season, and this event was no exception. Paula Novotna already has such a lead that she is confirmed now as our 2022 GWA Wingfoil Surf-Freestyle World Champion. However, there is still one final event of the season to go in Brazil next month, so the remainder of the women will be working for an opportunity to advance up the ladder in our season finale.
3rd Place Women: Bowien van der Linden (NED)
The 2021 Surf-Freestyle World Champion took a break from competition for most of this year, but made an impressive comeback in Tarifa to claim a podium position. Such is the short life of the sport, Bowien only entered her first wingfoil competitions for fun last year, and found herself as World Champion at the end of the year in 2021.
2nd Place Women: Nia Suardiaz (ESP)
Still just 15 years-of-age, Nia Suardiaz exploded onto the wingfoil scene this year, winning her first event in Leucate, France at the start of the GWA Wingfoil World Tour season. In early October she also became the GWA U19 Youth Wingfoil World Champion in both the Surf-Freestyle and Surf-Slalom disciplines. Suardiaz is disappointed not to have been able to force a final showdown for the World Tour title with Paula Novotna at the final round in Brazil, but she is still lying in second position in the Surf-Slalom slalom discipline, so still has a world title chance when both disciplines will run at the final event in Brazil.
Winner Women: PAULA NOVOTNA (CZE)
After over 15 years as a professional kiteboarder and now wingfoiling athlete, Czech Paula Novotna claimed her first world title at the GWA Wingfoil World Cup Tarifa on Friday morning in a final against season-long rival, 15 year-old Spandiard Nia Suardiaz. Having shown some nerves in the quarter finals on day two, Novotna straightened her head overnight and approached the semi-final and final with incredible consistency. Nothing too extreme, but focused on safety and pressurising her opponent into mistakes.
WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 Paula Novotna (CZE)
2 Nia Suardiaz (ESP)
3 Bowien van der Linden (NED)