GWA Wingfoil World Cup Fuerteventura
Christopher MacDonald (USA) and Nia Suardiaz (ESP) win the Surf Freestyle discipline – Further podium places for France, Spain and the Netherlands
After the extremely successful Wingfoil World Cup on Gan Canaria, 28 men and 12 women from 14 nations competed for world ranking points in the surf-freestyle discipline on the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
The wave acrobats were driven by winds of up to 35 knots (65 km/h). The men’s competition was dominated once again by 17-year-old Christopher MacDonald from the USA. He had already won the surf freestyle classiﬁcation at the previous World Cup off Gran Canaria. The US American was also victorious on Fuerteventura. However, the second place of Jerome Cloetens, competing for Spain, can be considered a big surprise. With his last jump at the end of the ﬁnal, Cloetens not only catapulted himself into the skies above Fuerteventura, but also edged past Frenchman Malo Guenole, the reigning world champion, in the points standings. Guenole had to settle for third place overall.
Like MacDonald, 16-year-old Spaniard Nia Suardiaz had also won the previous event on Gran Canaria in surf freestyle. Now she again proved unbeatable in the women’s competition on the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. In a top-class ﬁnal, she defeated her rival Bowien Van der Linden from the Netherlands. France’s Orane Ceris took third place.