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27th - 31st March

The Art of Wing Foiling

Known also by the names of Wing Surfing or Winging, Wing Foiling is a new and exciting water sport for those looking for a variation of windsurfing. Wing foiling has two separate components to the sport. The board can be slightly different in length, but the overall preference is the same used in kitefoil competitions. This means the board planes early on a hydrofoil fin, which lifts off the water to reduce friction. The board is connected to the rider through a cord fastened to the ankle. What sets wing foiling apart is that the sail component is completely independent and not connected to the board as with windsurfing. The sail or wing is in the shape of a triangle with a supporting beam in the middle. Handles are attached to the beam so the rider can maneuver the wing in any direction they want to. A cord attaches the wing to the rider’s wrist. Sal in the Cape Verde Islands, recently hosted a stop on the Global Wingsports Association World Tour. Local star Wesley Brito and Moona Whyte (USA) became the champions of the Surf World Cup. Kite-surfing was also on display at the same venue as part of the Global Kitesports Association World Tour. Again Moona Whyte claimed top honours, with the men's victory going to Matchu Lopes (ESP).

China's rifle and pistol experts were in top form at the recent International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Bhopal, India. They claimed eight from ten available gold medals, winning nearly half of the titles. Johnny Clayton (WAL) overcame an unwanted run of eight quarterfinal defeats to take victory at the Professional Darts Corporation Premier League Night in Berlin on Thursday. Amanda Sobhy (USA) won her 20th Professional Squash Association title after beating Salma Hany (EGY) in the final of the 2023 Canadian Women’s Open.

With eighty-seven career World Cup wins, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) has ensured a season that will never be forgotten. With the Alpine season now over and before going on a well deserved holiday, Shiffrin has also been crowned with the Women's 2023 Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Passo San Pellegrino in Italy was the location for the Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross FIS Junior World Championships. The Ski Cross champions are Emeline Bennett (CAN) and Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), with team gold going to Switzerland 1. Snowboard Cross winners are Lea Casta (ITA) and Alvaro Romero (ESP). Australia 1 was the winning team. 

Vars, France, completed the FIS Speed Skiing World Championships. Two medal races were up for grabs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Valentina Greggio (ITA) and Britta Backlund (SWE) claimed the women's titles, with Simone Origone (ITA) and Simon Billy (ITA) victorious for the men. Serbia dominated the final to become champions of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship Division III, Group B

In cycling news, Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A Travers la Flandre in Belgium was the only UCI ProSeries road race during week. Demi Vollering (NED) and Christophe Laporte (FRA) are the elite champions. Jackson Benvenutti (USA) on his boat Psycho Tiller has won the Allstate Sugar Bowl 2023 Viper 640 World Championship.

Two important motorsport championships opened their seasons on Friday. These are the FIM EnduroGP World Championship for motorcycling fans, and the GT World Challenge America in motor racing. Åre in Sweden is currently the host of the FIB Bandy World Championship for Men Group A and Women. Walter Tempelman, owner of Discover the Games (https://www.discoverthegames.com), provided the following photo of a match between Sweden and USA.

Until next time, have a great weekend in sport.

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