If you still don’t believe that Flat Water Pump Foiling has a competitive potential, you really should reconsider your perspective. The last few days the world was talking about Hugo Wigglesworth who managed to stay on foil for 17 mintues and 15 seconds. Thats right: Almost 20 minutes. That should put things into perspective on what is going to be possible in for Flat Water Foil Racing.
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Hugo Wigglesworth recently set himself the challenge of breaking his own dock start pumping record set 29 November 2021 at a little over 10 minutes! He absolutely smashed that with an incredible 17minute 15 second marathon pump.
Launching himself by simply jumping from the side of a stationary inflatable dingy onto his board off Stanmore Bay on the Whangaparoa Peninsular, Auckland New Zealand. Documented from both the boat and from the beach by friends and family, Hugo demonstrates a master class in flat water pumping, going around the bay non-stop for a little over 17 minutes. His heart rate averaged 176 bpm, peaking at 199. Here at AXIS we think achievements like this shouldn’t go unnoticed, we’re in awe and so inspired by Hugo’s grit and determination – Well done mate!
Hugo is 15 years old and weighs 60kg. He is currently the under 19 New Zealand Kitefoil National Champion and 2nd in Men’s Division. He is off to Holland in July for the World Sailing Youth Worlds, we wish him all the best with that. Hugo is a keen surfer with or without foil and does a lot of Winging. He spends almost every day on the water, all most always, there is a foil involved.
All his combined foiling activity has obviously made him very good at Dock Starting and Pumping, we think you’ll agree.
He was using an AXIS Pump 4.0 (24L) board, AXIS R&D development front wing which is currently in the early stages of final development and proving (slated for release mid to late 2022), a development 82cm mast (more details coming later this month). Rounding off with a Progressive 400/65 rear wing, and a Red Short fuselage.