Nia Suardiaz adds Surf Crown to her Haul of Honours
GWA World Cup Rio
16 year old Nia Suardiaz upended the form books when lifting the crown on the penultimate day of the Copa Kitley GWA Wingfoil World Cup Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Only 16 year Nia Suardiaz turned the tables and avenged her finals’ defeat at the first stop of the pure surfing wave tour in Cape Verde in March, when she was beaten by the US veteran, Moona Whyte.
In the final Nia Suardiaz came out of the blocks fast and quickly earned some solid numbers from the judges, even as Moona Whyte struggled to get out through the shore break. But even when Moona got some waves, she was out of sorts riding a foil on unfamiliar “lefts” and gifted Suardiaz the well deserved win!
Also well done to Tom Auber, who just barely missed the podiumin a tight semi final heat!
GWA Wing Foil World Cup Rio/Women’s Surf
“I’m super-happy to have won this competition,” said Nia. “I’ve been training a bit since Cape Verde and the conditions here were super-good. We had some nice swells and good wind. I want to become world champion in Surf-Freestyle and FreeFly-Slalom really badly, so I didn’t expect the win here.”
1 Nia Suardiaz (ESP)
2 Moona Whyte (USA)
3 Bowien van der Linden (NED)
4 Rocio Reigert (ARG)
GWA Wing Foil World Cup Rio/Men’s Surf
The semi-final saw Cash Berzolla up against Tom Auber. In the tight heat Cash just got the better of Tom with the two seven-plus wave scores that were counted for his total - tight call!
1 Malo Guénolé (FRA)
2 Cash Berzolla (USA)
3 Hugo Marin (FRA)
4 Tom Auber (FRA)