GWA Wingfoil Leucate 2021 World Cup
GWA Wingfoil World Cup Leucate 2021 – Day 1
by Sasha Jade Gabriel Apr 29 04:49 PDT
After a period of nervousness due to travel restrictions, the GWA Wingfoil World Tour is delighted to arrive here at the Mondial du Vent in Leucate, to kick off the first event of the 2021 season!
Due to the global pandemic, we have put in place additional precautions to ensure that our crew and athletes are safe during their stay with the GWA Wingfoil World Tour at the Mondial du Vent here in France.
Each runner passed a COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter our competition area and the GWA bubble.
Daily temperature and health checks will be carried out before the start of the action. Fortunately, everyone received a clean check-up and the event got off to a good start.
The event is closed to the public and only GWA crew and riders can participate, so be sure to show them some love and support on their social media to keep the motivation high!
The two dominant winds here in Leucate are: Tramontana (known for its strong and offshore winds that can blow up to 40 knots) and Marin (known for its light to moderate sea breeze).
The clouds were resisting the wind today, but they certainly weren’t holding the spirits here at the Mondial du Vent.
The riders have arrived from all over the world and are raising minds to show what Wingfoiling is through their entry into the many different disciplines (Freestyle, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Foiling …)
44 men and eight women have registered for the event this morning here at Mondial Du Vent and they are ready to fight on the playing fields. With the host of 52 riders in the ranks who are ready to overthrow previous event champions Balz Müller and Eva Weiss at the start of the main event.
The competitive season has just started, so it’s too early to assume that the top positions are by any means unassailable.
15 nationalities appeared with riders divided between disciplines and generations. It is by far the most diverse group of competitors that we have had in our previous competitions!
The pioneers of this new sport are evolving what we know is possible on foil and wing while training for this competition.
Before this battle begins, let’s just clarify the criteria for judging so that we all have a clear idea of the rules on the playing field.
The two different elimination scales are used for the event:
- 1. Simple elimination for surf-freestyle discipline.
2. Simple elimination for the discipline of surf-race.
Judging criteria for Surf-Freestyle:
Surf-Freestyle riders are judged by the quality of their maneuvers and the fluidity of their surf. Larger boards tend to be used for the surf-freestyle format as they provide more buoyancy throughout the movement.
What judges are looking for are elements of:
- Surf waves / swell
- Aerial tips
- Carving / Surfrace Tips
For waves, the judges will analyze the following:
(a) Degree of difficulty of the maneuvers performed.
(b) The commitment to the maneuvers performed and the risk taken to perform them.
(c) Variety and combination of maneuvers within a single wave.
(d) Speed and power.
(e) Flow and sequence of maneuvers.
(f) Size of waves traveled, directly related to the degree of difficulty of the maneuvers performed on each wave.
g) Innovative and progressive maneuvers.
(f) Selection of waves
For the tips:
(a) Height and amplitude
(b) Technical difficulty
(d) Risk factor
(g) Speed in and out of motion
Judging criteria for Surf-Race:
The concept is simple; the first person to cross the finish line wins the race. The riders must navigate among the series of boys according to the conditions and the placement of the fixed marks. The fenders tend to be smaller, creating more speed for less drag and drag. The boards are smaller and the rider only needs to get up once on the water and the goal is never to touch the water.
Although the clouds won the battle against the wind today, the riders hit the water for a quick in-session tow to warm up for the first possible start of tomorrow’s competition announced at 10 a.m. CET.
Stay tuned for real-time updates on the Live ticker event.