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Hugo Wigglesworth

Competition Class(es):

Top three sailing accomplishments:
Seventh place at the 2022 youth world championships. 
Winning the 2024 New Zealand kitefoil national championships. 
12th place at the 2023 youth worlds.

How did you get into sailing?     
I first learnt to kitesurf at the age of 7. I was taught by my dad. Since then I have progressed into the kitefoil class.

What is your favourite food after a long day on the water?
Pasta Bolognese.

Where is your favourite place to sail?     

What is your favourite thing to do when not sailing?
When I’m not kitefoiling, I’m usually still on the water - whether kitesurfing, winging, surfing or foil surfing.

Who are your role models? 
Pro New Zealand kiter Marc Jacobs.

What is the best thing about sailing your youth class boat?     
It goes super fast and is good for exploring places on the water.

What do you hope to achieve in sailing in the next 12 months?      
Top-five at the youth worlds.

How will you prepare for the youth sailing world championships? 
Gym training and getting as much practice on the water as possible.

What are your sailing career goals?     
To compete in the Olympics in a foiling class.

What was the proudest moment of your sailing to date?     
Being the 2024 New Zealand kitefoil champion. It felt amazing to finally win this title after competing in this event for seven consecutive years.


    Hugo Wigglesworth. Photo / Adam Mustill Photography