There was a light breeze for the final of the GWA Wingfoil World Cup in New Zealand where we managed to complete men’s elimination 5, and women’s eliminations 12 and 13.
The conditions were favorable for the start of the men’s elimination 5, with winds blowing at 9 to 11 knots. After several attempts, the final was able to start, but four riders went over early. Titouan Galea, Oscar Leclair, Ancor Sosa, and Camille Bouyer had to sail back to shore, missing out on the final race. This was a window of opportunity for the six remaining riders. The challenging wind conditions certainly did not make it easy, but Bastien Escofet managed to accelerate his way to the front of the pack and head into the final FreeFly section in the lead, pumping his way to the finish line to claim his fourth elimination win. Chris Mac Donald cruised through in second position, and Zane Schweitzer in third. Local rider Hugo Wigglesworth finished fourth, followed by Francesco Cappuzzo who went down due to a drop in wind but managed to somehow finish the course to claim the sixth position.
The final results for the men’s FreeFly-Slalom discipline are:
1st Bastien Escofet 🇫🇷
2nd Francesco Cappuzzo 🇮🇹
3rd Camille Bouyer 🇫🇷