Meet Balz Mueller, the Swiss professional windsurfer & Foil Freestyle World Champion 2020, in this exclusive interview
Gosh, were we pumped in the office, when we found out that the GWA (Global Wingsports Association) and the city of Tarifa were actually going to stage the first ever Tarifa Wing Pro event after all. Wingfoiling is a brand-new sport discipline, and such an exciting surface water sport, that it became massive hit for Tarifa, and for Spain, to be able to host their first event in this awesome board sport.
Of course, TA-DAH.TV wasn’t going to miss this exciting competition, in which 19 men and 4 women riders took part. Hugely impressive is also the fact, that participants made it all the way down South from all over Europe, including Brazil and New Caledonia (that’s the other side of the hemisphere, dear wingfoil fans)! So, RESPECT to all of them having been so committed to taking part.
Among them, naturally, was the First Couple of wingfoiling, the current Foil Freestyle World Champions: Balz Müller and his girlfriend Eva Wyss. Claudia Peifer grabbed Balz ahead of the competition for a great exclusive interview, in which Balz explains what the sport of wingfoiling means to him in technical terms, how they made it down to Spain and why he swapped windsurfing with wingfoiling – a sport he himself is massively excited about. So, hit that start button hard to listen in on what he had to say…
What is it that makes a committed kitesurfer equally excited to pick up another wind sport – so, we ask why winging? Balz explains quite clearly in his interview what drove him to switch. However, there’s no doubt that wind foiling has taken the wind world by storm. Windsurfers, surfers, kite boarders everywhere have been spotted diving into this new sport, which is simply spectacular to watch. Here we explain the two main disciplines for the wind foiling competitions organised by the Global Wingsports Association:
The Surf-Freestyle discipline includes the expression format where competitors surf waves or swells and perform air and surface tricks using the given water conditions. It is a mix of both wave riding and air tricks.
In the Surf-Race discipline, multiple competitors ride around a course with a start and finish line that combines jibes, tacks and parts of pumping or surfing without wing assistance. The Race Director sets the course according to the given conditions in the competition area. It is called Surf-Race because it includes upwind racing with surfing/pumping downwind.
In addition to the two official disciplines, an event may host an expression session format. An expression session is a non-official show format that does not count towards the world ranking. During the expression session, the athletes compete in a special format that is chosen depending on the conditions to provide a spectacular show (for example Best Trick, Best Wave, Highest Jump, Team contest, etc.)
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