The grand finale of the GWA Wingfoil World Cup France saw Balz Müller take first place and sits atop the world rankings.
**Press Release – GWA Wingfoil Tour
Two rivals from the world of professional freestyle windsurfing battle it out for the top spot on the podium in the final of the first world tour event on the GWA Wingfoil Tour this year.
Up to that moment, Müller, 28, had never managed to defeat the 9 x Freestyle Windsurfing World Champion, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo Perez, 33 – a man much revered around the watersports industry for his unbelievable aerial ability and competitive drive that has been in effect for so long.
The athletic powerhouses stormed into the heat all guns blazing. Gollito threw a giant front loop to start things off and rode away cleanly. Balz answered back with a lofty backflip, tweaked to the max and, from then on, there was simply no stopping the Swiss rider who went into full beast mode.
“It was so much fun out there and that was the best heat of my life!” Balz exclaimed after the final. Landing almost everything he tried, despite the 30 – 40 knot gusts pushing him and his gear to their limits, he was rewarded by the judges with two huge scores for innovation. Pulling off a clew first backflip and a toeside backflip (the first time that anyone has ever landed them) he quite rightly ended up with devastatingly strong overall heat impression score of 9.33. In the end Balz amassed the event’s biggest heat score total of 42.27 points from a possible 50.
Müller (AKA: Radiculo) is one of this sport’s true pioneering innovators and, in truth, it’s quite a shock to consider how this is his first GWA Wingfoil World Tour event win. Well.. he won the very first event the GWA ever staged in Tarifa three seasons ago, but explained that he counts this win in Leucate as his “real” first win since things became more serious as a full world championship tour”.
GWA WINGFOIL WORLD CUP FRANCE
MEN’S SURF-FREESTYLE FINAL RESULTS
1 Balz Müller (CHE)
2 ‘Gollito’ Estredo (VEN)
3 Camille Bouyer (FRA)
4 Francesco Cappuzzo (ITA)