Sunday, 26 May 2024 18:08

- Mathis Ghio and Nia Suardiaz take the men's and women's titles in Turkey
- The day began with the Golden Ticket race, a rabbit start and long distance format
- Simon Burner (GBR) and Iset Segura (ESP) win the Golden Tickets
- The yellow bib wearers prove unstoppable in the finals

Nia Suardiaz and Mathis Ghio have taken the gold medals at the WingFoil Racing World Cup Turkiye after commanding performances in the medal series. The 17-year-old Spanish rider dominated the women’s competition this week. “I never expected to win as many races this week,” she said. “The girls are pushing so hard.”

Ghio - a double world champion - turned on the speed on the first reach out of the start of the men’s final to step out to a victory which has become a regular experience, yet means as much as ever to the 22-year-old Frenchman. “We had to slow down quite a lot coming into the start and then accelerate as quickly as possible when we heard the start signal from the race committee," he said. "From then on it was explosive pumping to get to the bottom of the course first.”
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© IWSA media/ Robert Hajduk: Rafferty Read wins the e-foiling

RAFFERTY WINS THE E-RACING

Sunday’s medal series was the culmination of an day of excitement that began with the conclusion of the Audi e-foil series. This involved the riders taking it in turns to race in a series of heats on the electric-powered foiling boards at speeds of up to 30 knots.

British rider Rafferty Read punched the air and grinned his way across the finish line to become king of the Audi e-foilers. An hour or so later at the skipper’s briefing and it was announced that Read had won the vote to be the rider’s representative on the board of the International WingSports Association.
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© IWSA media/ Robert Hajduk: Simon Burner of Austria earns his way to the medal series

GOLDEN TICKET

Next up for Read and everyone else - apart from the top nine qualifiers from the finals racing on Saturday - was to compete in the Golden Ticket race. This long distance race out of a high-speed rabbit start would determine which of the men and women would progress through to the 10-rider medal series.

Fast out of the rabbit start was Rafferty Read again. Could this be a day where everything went the way of the affable Englishman? Unfortunately for him he was unable to maintain that form all the way around the 5 nautical mile race around a nearby island, and it was Austria’s Simon Burner who surged into the lead by the top of the long windward leg. Burner crossed the finish to grab his golden ticket, as did Spain’s Iset Segura who was first of the female finishers.
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© IWSA media/ Robert Hajduk: Iset Segura wins the Golden Ticket in the long distance race

SEMI FINALS

And so to the semi finals, to find out who would make it through to the four-rider finals. The 2023 women’s world champion Maddalena Spanu from Italy and Manon Pianazza of France were too good for their rivals and only needed one race for the top seeds to go straight through to the final.

It was a similar story for two Italians each winning their respective men’s semi finals, Alessandro Tomasi and Francesco Cappuzzo who also went straight to the finals after a single race.
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© IWSA media/ Robert Hajduk: On the water umpiring in the medal series

WOMEN’S FINALS - SUARDIAZ DOMINATES

With the wind blowing around 10 to 12 knots for the final there was no room for getting it wrong and falling off the foils. Nia Suardiaz was fast out of the blocks and had already taken the lead by the first turning mark. She stretched out to a comfortable lead by the end of the cross-shaped race course and took out the world title in six minutes of perfectly executed manoeuvres and high speed.

“I’m super excited to win in one race because I was pretty nervous coming into today,” said Suardiaz. “I didn’t know if I’d be able to win or maybe hit some plastic and crash. So it was great to win like that. Now I’m going to be pushing the whole season and I’ll be training hard before my next event in China.”

So Suardiaz took the gold, with Poland’s Karolina Kluszczynska taking silver and Spanu the bronze.
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© IWSA media/ Robert Hajduk: Ghio jumps for joy

MEN’S FINALS - GHIO STILL THE BEST

On the approach to the first start of the men’s final, all four riders made their approach a little too early. “We didn’t have a lot of space and I couldn’t slow down more without coming off my foil,” said Julien Rattotti. “I needed to bear away to keep up the speed but Mathis was to leeward of me.”

Rattotti was given a penalty for failing to keep clear of his fellow Frenchman. In taking the penalty turn Rattotti fell off his board and was out of the game. Meanwhile the Italians Tomasi and Cappuzzo had made slightly faster starts than Ghio. However, the world champion put in a burst of acceleration towards the first turning mark and held the inside line to take the lead towards the bottom of the course.
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© IWSA media/ Robert Hajduk: Nia Suardiaz tops the women's podium

Ghio held on for the win and launched his board into the air as he secured gold in Turkey. Despite his penalty and subsequent crash in the final, Rattotti’s superior performance in Saturday’s finals racing was good enough to keep the Frenchman in silver while Tomasi took bronze.

After five days of competition and a variety of breezes, Urla in Turkey has proven itself as a great venue for wingfoil racing. Now the circuit moves on to The Netherlands for the Marathon Worlds in Texel in early June.

 

RESULTS MEN

1.

Mathis Ghio

FRA

GOLD

2.

Julien Rattotti

FRA

SILVER

3.

Alessandro Tomasi

ITA

BRONZE

RESULTS WOMEN

1.

Nia Suardiaz

ESP

GOLD

2.

Karolina Kluszczynska

POL

SILVER

3.

Maddalena Spanu

ITA

BRONZE


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© IWSA media/ Robert Hajduk: Men's podium - Rattotti (silver), Ghio (gold), Tomasi (bronze)

Saturday, 25 May 2024 16:53

- Six heats in the finals to decide which nine riders get into Sunday's medal series
- Rattotti, Tomasi and Klusznzynska among today's race winners
- Ghio and Suardiaz take pole position and yellow bibs for medal series climax
- But... revolutionary 'Golden Ticket' format means ANYONE can still win overall
- Negative publicity over plastic waste looks set to trigger environmental change in the Izmir region of Turkiye

Friday, 24 May 2024 17:01

Six short-course races in bright sunshine and wind from 12 to 22 knots
Nia Suardiaz is over early in first start, but five wins keep her on top of women’s standings
Plastic debris in the water requires some mental gymnastics from the riders
Mathis Ghio maintains overall lead with six wins from six heats
Gold fleet racing takes place on Saturday for the top 14 men

Some riders complained about plastic in the water ruining their races on day three of the WingFoil Racing World Cup Turkiye. Others found a way of winning race after race despite the plastic obstacles lying in wait to catch them out.

Thursday, 23 May 2024 19:04

- Long distance, 10 nautical mile marathon race opens the competition
- Just as the rabbit start begins, wind gusts up from 12 knots to well over 20 knots
- Competitors struggle round the course, overpowered by oversized wings
- Close finish with Mathis Ghio just beating Julien Rattotti
- Nia Suardiaz wins the women’s marathon

It was a rude awakening for competitors at the WingFoil Racing World Cup Turkiye. Having gone out from the beach at Urla a few minutes earlier with their big wings, just a minute before the riders launched into the rabbit start for the marathon race the wind strength suddenly doubled.

Wednesday, 22 May 2024 15:59

The WingFoil Racing World Cup Turkiye began today, although a lack of wind prevented the first race from going ahead. Instead the riders put their competitive instincts into an evening competition on Audi e-foilers, electric-powered foiling boards that fly above the surface at up to 30 knots.

Saturday, 30 March 2024 15:07

The Secretary General is calling for an Extraordinary General Meeting on decision of the President. The meeting will be held on Monday 27 May 2024, 0900 UTC.

After successfull integration of the IWSA within World Sailing, it is now time to broaden the policy setting to a wider membership. The outgoing Executive Committee is therefore calling for elections of all Executive Committee positions except the Technical Committee Chair and the Athletes' Representative.

The following positions will be elected:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary General
  • Two other members of the Executive Committee

The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. Presentation of Candidates
  3. Explanation of the voting system
  4. Any Other Business

The meeting will be held via online video conference. Voting will be held after the meeting by the participants of the EGM via electronic ballot.

Full members (having paid their membership fee by 1 March 2024 or within one month after joining the association) will be contacted by email with nomination and registration details.

Sunday, 10 December 2023 09:21

- Another big breeze day to decide the men’s and women’s podiums in Jericoacoara
- Nia Suardiaz won the women’s contest
- Mathis Ghio edged the men’s win but...
- ... the incredible performance of ‘Golito’ was the highlight of the day
- Ghio retains his world title
- Maddalena Spanu wins her first world title

Nia Suardiaz and Mathis Ghio have won the WingFoil Racing World Cup Brazil after Jericoacoara delivered another high-wind, high-drama day in paradise.

It was also the day when the World Champions were crowned after a season of five events in Abu Dhabi, Lake Garda in Italy, Silvaplana in Switzerland, Cagliari in Sardinia, and finally in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Not only did Mathis Ghio win the day in Jeri, the Frenchman has become the World Champion for the second year running.

Friday, 08 December 2023 22:53

- The windiest day ever in the history of the circuit, wind gusting over 30 knots
- Nia Suardiaz has won 16 out of 18 women’s races
- Francesco Cappuzzo closes the gap on men’s leader Mathis Ghio
- A radical format change, the ‘Golden Ticket’, means ANYONE can still win

Nuclear gusts gave Francesco Cappuzzo the ammunition he needed to close the gap on Mathis Ghio on a barnstorming day three in Jericoacoara, the venue for WingFoil Racing World Cup Brazil.

Thursday, 07 December 2023 22:19

- Another big breeze day of 25 knots, and seven exhilarating races
- Suardiaz extends the women’s lead
- Mathis Ghio takes the men’s lead despite bladder problems
- Germany's Yannik Holste and Venezuela's 'Golito' squeak into Gold Fleet
- Rafferty Read narrowly misses Gold Fleet but there is a potential reprieve on Saturday

Seven high-wind races made for another exhausting but exhilarating day two of competition in Jericoacoara, the foiling paradise venue for WingFoil Racing World Cup Brazil.

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