Christopher Macdonald 12
Nationality : American
Currently living in : Hood River
Date of birth : 30 March 2006
Discipline : Wing Foil
Favorite spot : Hood River
Favorite move : Front flip
Inspirations : Titouan Galea
Major accomplishements

World Champion in surf-freestyle (2023)

2x U19 World Champion in surf-freestyle (2022, 2023)

U19 World bronze medalist in surf-slalom (2022)

4th overall in the GWA Wingfoil World Tour in surf-freestyle (2022); Winner of the Silvaplana leg.

5th at the GWA Wingfoil World Tour stop in surf-freestyle in Fortaleza, Brazil (2021)

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

How did you get into wing foiling ? 
I learned to kite around 2019 in Hood River, Oregon. I rode there during the summer and also that fall/winter at Crissy Field, and in Mexico the rest of the time. Then, my father tried wing foiling at the AWSI trade show. I thought it looked lame and pointless until I tried it two months later. I still think the best part about wing foiling is learning how to do it. Now I haven’t kited since!

What do you do before getting in the water ? 
I like to stretch and do some warmups so I don’t get injured. I make sure all my screws are tight on all my boards. Maybe give some people some tips, and then go out on the water.

Tell us your best wing foil memory
I’d have to say it was either the first time I foiled at Crissy Field in San Francisco, or the F-ONE Next Generation camp. I got to stay in Tarifa with 10 other kids from around the world.  Every single kid there was beyond cool and super fun to hang out with. I also got to learn a lot from Titouan, Maxime, and Nico.

Worst wipeout ? 
I would not call it a wipeout, but more of an attack. I was in La Ventana, Mexico on a regular day riding in front of my home beach. I crashed on a 360 and when I fell, I thought I felt my foil in between my legs cutting me. I was very confused, and I had no idea what was happening. I quickly realized that my board was almost 10 feet away from me, and I was definitely not feeling my foil. Then I felt a sharp pain in my right calf. I looked down and saw a 2-foot-long barracuda latched to my calf, shaking violently. I knew it wasn’t just gonna let go, so I looked down, aimed for its head, and dropped my fist. It swam away.

Who do you like to say thank you to ? 
Firstly, my parents. I would definitely not be here today if it wasn’t for them. They got me into water sports and taught me everything there is to know. I would never be riding at the level I am today without the whole F-ONE America squad either. They got me started and helped me get to where I am with my skills. Huge thanks to Nico, Billy, and Bruce. And a huge thank you to the entire F-ONE team and family. You guys are truly incredible and inspire me so much.

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