Rising teen talent Zorzi bags hard-fought win at first GWA qualifier in Italy
20-22 May 2022
Words: Elia Rossetti and Ian MacKinnon
Photos: Massimiliano Londi / Matteo
Teenager Riccardo Zorzi managed to see off his fiercest rivals by a slender margin to snatch overall victory at the first GWA Qualifying Series in Italy, hosted by the Tuscan resort of Cecina Mare, on the west coast.
The 16-year-old Italian wingfoil sensation did just enough to take the overall victory on home waters in the Wing Foil Tour’s (WFT) Surf-Slalom discipline. He took one win from the only three races that were possible because the wind remained fickle throughout the event, staged from 20-22 May.
It was the first time Italy’s WFT has run a GWA Qualifying Series event. With another planned for Formia, southern Italy, in September, and other upcoming qualifiers worldwide throughout the year, the top five men and women athletes from each discipline earn themselves a place on the 2023 GWA Wingfoil World Tour.