Teen Stars Continue Winning Ways with Victories at First Youth World Cup in Spain
23-26 June 2022
Words: Ian MacKinnon
Photos: Antonio Herrera Trujillo
Spain’s Nia Suardiaz and the US’s Christopher MacDonald cemented their standings as some of wingfoiling’s hottest young talents with wins at the maiden GWA Youth World Cup stop at Oliva on the Costa Blanca.
Fifteen-year-old Suardiaz saw off challenges from older rivals to take wins in the girls’ U19 Surf-Freestyle and Surf-Slalom contests on home waters. She has already tasted success on the senior GWA Wingfoil World Tour (WWT), with an amazing Surf-Freestyle victory at the opening stop in Leucate, France, in April.
MacDonald, 16, beat stiff competition throwing down risky and technical tricks in the boys’ U19 Surf-Freestyle to secure the win in Oliva. Just a week ago he landed a remarkable Surf-Freestyle win at the WWT’s second stop in Silvaplana, Switzerland.