GWA Wingfoil World Tour 2022 Final in Taiba: the possible scenarios for the World Champion Titles

16th November 2022


As the final GWA Wingfoil World Tour event will start today in Taiba, Brazil, let’s have a look at he possible scenarios to know who will be crowned World Champion in Surf-Freestyle and Surf-Slalom. This will be the fifth Surf-Freestyle event of the season and the third meet for the Surf-Slalom riders.



It is confirmed that Balz Muller will not be competing in Brazil, so therefore the the focus falls only onto Gollito Estredo, Malo Guenole and Christopher MacDonald for the World Championship.

  • If Gollito finishes in the top three in Brazil he will be World Champion.
  • If Gollito finishes fourth in Brazil, Malo Guenole needs to win to become World Champion.
  • If Gollito finishes fifth in Brazil, Malo needs to finish second or better to become World Champion.
  • Christopher MacDonald would need to win Brazil and for Gollito to finish fifth or worse, and Malo third or worse, to become World Champion.

Essentially, looking at the two leading contenders, if Malo doesn’t reach the semi-finals, Gollito will be World Champion, even if he has his worst result of the season. If they both reach the semis then it will be very exciting. Malo would need to win his semi to keep a chance, while Gollito could still lose that heat and be World Champion.

Malo Guenole and Gollito Estredo / Photo: @romantsovaphoto


On the women’s side, everything is already decided in Surf-Freestyle: Paula Novotna is already World Champion. Nia Suardiaz is secure in second, and Flora Artzner in third.

Paula Novotna / Photo : Samuel Cardenas



Titouan Galea has a win and second place this season, whereas Francesco Cappuzzo has a win and a third position, so, simply, if Titouan wins in Brazil, he is World Champion.

If Francesco wins in Taiba and Titouan finishes second or worse, Francesco will be World Champion. (They would be tied on points, but the tie will be broken in favour with Francesco as he will have beaten Titouan more times, 2 vs 1.) Francesco would also be World Champion if he finishes in second, Titouan is third and Camille finishes fourth or worse.)

If Camille wins wins in Taiba, Francesco finishes second and Titouan in third, all three would be tied on points and the tie would be broken in favour of Camille for winning the last event.

Mathis Ghio also has a very, very slim chance. If the French rider wins in Taiba, Titouan finishes eighth or worse and Francesco finishes seventh or worse, Mathis could take the title.

Photo : Samuel Cardenas


After winning both previous events this season, Flora Artzner simply needs to finish in fourth position or better to become World Champion. If Flora finishes fifth or worse, and Nia or Paula can win, they would become the World Champions.

Orane Ceris, Flora Artzner, Paula Novotna and Nia Suardiaz / Photo: @romantsovaphoto

Go to the Taiba event page to follow the different heats live (livestream video starting tomorrow), and put an end to this suspense!

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