NEW WORLD ORDER YET TO PROVE IT ON THE PODIUM
As we unpick the pieces from this event, the rankings may not entirely reveal a new world order of youth at the top of this sport – but they’re coming. Reigning Surf-Freestyle champion Titouan Galea knows he has a huge challenge to reclaim his crown this season, especially as Balz Müller may have just unlocked the secret of turning wizardy into wins.
GWA WINGFOIL WORLD CUP FRANCE
MEN’S SURF-FREESTYLE FINAL RESULTS
1 Balz Müller (CHE)
2 ‘Gollito’ Estredo (VEN)
3 Camille Bouyer (FRA)
4 Francesco Cappuzzo (ITA)
Right after the completion of the Men’s Surf-Freestyle, the remaining Sunday focus shifted back to the Surf-Slalom heats as the race crew tried to slot in as many heats as possible for the fairest result!
SUNDAY’S SURF-SLALOM FINALE:
After a full-on Friday of non-stop Surf-Slalom eliminations, the drama resumed on Sunday afternoon in the remaining event hours once Balz had climbed off the Surf-Freestyle beach podium. Both the men’s and women’s competition was delicately poised with ties for the lead, broken broken only by the slenderest of discards.
In the women’s, Nía Suardiaz clearly had a spring in her step after her maiden win in Saturday’s Surf-Freestyle. She won elimination round 8 and 9, skipping her up the rankings, but not to the top. Flora Artzner, a marine biologist who has decided to put her career on hold, inspired by her wingfoil experiences, was determined to hold on to the slight lead she had over American Fiona Wylde from Friday. In the end proudly prevailed on home soil for her first event win.
In the men’s Camille Bouyer and Titouan Galea were similarly broken apart only by a small discard sadly had their tantalisingly ultimate final elimination showdown battle stolen when Bouyer was adjudged to have crossed the startline early and was disqualified.
In the end that left reigning World Champion Galea to light the thrusters without care and in the end he seemed to fly round the markers on rails with an ever increasing lead that only diminished once he let off the gas towards the end.
FINAL SURF-SLALOM RESULTS:
1 Nia Suardiaz (ESP)
2 Paula Novotna (CZE)
3 Flora Artzner (FRA)
1 Titouan Galea (FRA)
2 Camille Bouyer (FRA)
3 Francesco Cappuzzo (ITA)