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Title battle goes down to wire in Tarifa

  • Chris MacDonald in pole position to take Surf-Freestyle crown in Spain

  • World champion Nia Suardiaz set for victory lap on home waters

GWA Wingfoil World Cup Spain
Tarifa Wing Pro 2023
Bibo Beach House, Valdevaqueros, 11-14 October, 2023

The GWA Wingfoil World Tour is set to land in southern Spain’s Tarifa, the watersports’ mecca of Europe, for the penultimate stop of the Surf-Freestyle discipline.

Spain’s Nia Suardiaz already secured the Surf-Freestyle world championship title in Denmark last month. But the sensational 16-year-old is looking forward to her victory lap on her home waters in Tarifa.

The men’s title race remains wide open, however, with the US’s Chris MacDonald the frontrunner after back-to-back victories in the Canaries in July. But nothing other than an outright victory in Tarifa will guarantee the title for the teenager from Oregon’s Hood River.

Finely poised

Seventeen-year-old MacDonald has captivated fans with his incredible skills and is in pole position to claim his first title at the GWA Wingfoil World Cup Tarifa, which will be staged over four intense days of action.

Thirty-six athletes, from nine nations around the world, are set to converge on Tarifa for the sixth stop of the tour in the Surf-Freestyle discipline. The tour’s final call will come in Brazil, in November.

The battle for the men’s title is finely poised. The 28 men set to compete in Tarifa feature all the leading contenders, with a strong French contingent dominating the top of the rankings.

Title ambitions

France’s Alan Fedit, current Surf-Freestyle world champion Malo Guénolé, 18, Axel Gerard, 16, and Bastien Escofet, sit just below MacDonald in the rankings and will certainly not give up their title ambitions without a fight.

The Spanish-Belgian athlete, Jerome Cloetens, is another dark horse who could upset the form book after he took a stunning second place in Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, splitting MacDonald and Guénolé on the podium.

Tarifa is clearly poised to witness intense competition as the athletes vie for the prestigious title. The stunning Andalusian coastline will serve as the perfect backdrop for the engrossing contest—a must-see for all wingfoil enthusiasts.

Be sure to join us at Bibo Beach House, on Valdevaqueros beach in Tarifa, Spain.

words: Ian MacKinnon
images: Samuel Cárdenas

Event information

  • Location: Bibo Beach House, Valdevaqueros
  • Dates: 11 14  October
  • The official Race Notice and event schedule can be found here.
  • All event information here.

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