Monday, 18 October 2021 00:25

The US’s Daniela Moroz closed out a remarkable five titles in a row at the Formula Kite World Championships on the Italian island of Sardinia, coming from behind in the finals shootout on the sparkling Gulf of Oristano, to seize the coveted crown.

France’s Théo de Ramecourt entered the medal race final in pole position, but took several attempts in utterly engrossing competition to secure the bullet that gave him the first world title he craved.

Both athletes were completely elated by their triumphs after five days of intensely-tight racing on the glorious track off Torregrande, in the first International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Worlds of the Olympic cycle.

“I’m really happy to make it five,” said Moroz, 20. “It feels really surreal and I haven’t processed it yet. I’m still kind of absorbing it and enjoying it. It was a really tough week in all of the conditions. Then, in the end it all comes down to the last race. I was definitely a bit nervous this morning, but we got through it.”

Saturday, 16 October 2021 23:29

The penultimate day of the Formula Kite world championships fought out on the glorious Gulf of Oristano on the Italian island of Sardinia, sparked tense drama all over the race track in difficult conditions.

Shifty ponente sea-breezes that fluctuated between 7kts and 12kts, helped reshuffle the top of the men’s and women’s fleets, as many of the leaders struggled to find the form that had taken them to the head of the pack.

Reigning Formula Kite world title holder, the US’s Daniela Moroz, had a stuttering start to her day when she crashed in her first race, recovering to a storming second place. It was a mistake she did not make twice, taking three bullets that send her straight to the last day’s medal races final.

Britain’s Ellie Aldridge beat Moroz in an epic battle with a nail-biting finish, that gave the Briton a bullet. Aldridge goes to the final courtesy of second and third place, that moved her up the order after the intense action of the regatta’s fourth day.

Friday, 15 October 2021 23:36

Only the finest margins separate the top of the order, after scintillating racing as the Formula Kite World Championships are due to hit the final series on the penultimate day of the regatta on the Gulf of Oristano on the Italian island of Sardinia.

The French duo of Axel Mazella and Théo de Ramecourt are equal on points at the head of the men’s standings after a day of awesomely-quick racing, in gusty and shifty side-shore breezes that reached 18kts. But occasional lulls down to 7kts were a source of drama at times for most of the athletes.

Behind the pair, only three points separate the seven racers lying in positions four to ten, such was the intensity of the battles all over the trapezoid track’s flat waters just off Torregrande’s beach.

In the women’s competition, the difference between the leaders was almost as tight. But reigning Formula Kite World champion, the US’s Daniela Moroz, retained her slender lead despite uncharacteristically dropping a bullet.

Thursday, 14 October 2021 22:25

The fight for the Formula Kite world championship titles, being contested on the sumptuous Gulf of Oristano on the Italian island, shifted into high gear with drama all over the track in tough conditions that left some leading contenders in difficulties.

In the massively-shifty offshore breezes that gusted to 25kts, even the reigning world champion, US’s Daniela Moroz, suffered some tough moments. She missed a race when she failed to make one start after her kite fell and she got stuck in fishing nets, though she still retains the overall lead by the slenderest of margins.

France’s Théo de Ramecourt also had some tricky moments on the trapezoid course, off the beach at Torregrande. But the mercurial Frenchman capitalised in the difficult breezes on flat waters to score a perfect four bullets that sent him top of the order.

On the second of the regatta’s five scheduled days, the race committee got in a full quota of 20 races for the men’s and women’s fleets. With starts almost like clockwork every nine minutes, the short-sharp races were searingly-quick.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 23:19

The opening exchanges at the Formula Kite World Championships, being fought out on the Gulf of Oristano on the Italian island of Sardinia, slightly upset the form book after a faltering start, when the wind teased before the action kicked off in earnest.

Britain’s Katie Dabson scored well in her day’s races on the spectacular track off Torregrande, as the south-westerly breezes filled in late in the day, leaving her second overall.

Polish teenagers Nina Arcisz and Julia Damasiewicz picked up the pace as racing intensified, after the wind died mid-way through the day’s second race. When the breeze shifted and returned, the pair found their groove in supercharged action that left them third and fourth respectively on the leaderboard.

But reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz, who is aiming to lift a fifth successive title, once again showed her dominance to take three bullets and the overall lead, despite a wobbly start in her opening race.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:35

The world’s fastest kiteboard racers are set to battle for the coveted Formula Kite World Championships in the inaugural title fight of the Olympic cycle, on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Over five days that promise high-intensity acton, the biggest kitefoil fleet ever will go head-to-head on the flat waters off Torregrande, marking the start of the countdown to kiteboarding’s Olympic debut at the Paris 2024 Games.

The stunning Gulf of Oristano, a marine conservation area ringed by pristine beaches and spectacular hills, will serve as a fitting backcloth for the highest stakes kiteboard contest ever, as Olympic fervour has fuelled national ambitions.

National teams, larger and in greater numbers than ever, shrugged off the challenges of the pandemic to journey to Sardinia, the first steps in their quest for prized medals. Worldwide interest in kitefoil racing has exploded, transforming the event and the level of competition.

Monday, 13 September 2021 00:07

Singapore’s Max Maeder and the US’s Daniela Moroz overhauled solidly French opposition in dramatic finals to seize the Open titles at the Formula Kite European Championships in Montpellier.

On his fifteenth birthday, Maeder, took three bullets in spellbinding, near flawless racing on the track just off Villeneuve Lès-Maguelone beach. In doing so he eased past two-time reigning champion France’s Axel Mazella.

“I don’t really know how to describe this feeling,” said Maeder, shaking with adrenaline just as he came ashore. “I never believed it could be like this. It is one of the greatest feelings of my life. It’s right up there.”

Mazella’s second place earned him the European title. He began the regatta’s last day of five in pole position, needing just one win in the finals’ races to secure overall victory. But he was magnanimous about his teenage rival’s win that made the Frenchman’s third successive title victory slightly bittersweet.

Saturday, 11 September 2021 23:42

Three French men locked out the top of the rankings with searingly-fast kiteboard foil racing on the penultimate day of the Formula Kite European Championships off Montpellier’s Villeneuve Lès-Maguelone beach, when it was all about booking a place in the final race.

Benoît Gomez (FRA) did that in style, climbing three places up the rankings to qualify directly to the finals, to be sailed on the fifth and last day of Europeans, with a scintillating performance of two bullets and a second place in the day’s four races.

In the 9kts breezes at the start of proceedings, he feared that his 21m kite, the largest he registered, would be too small for his 110kgs frame. But in the day’s second race he was forced to tack just before the line and make a risky port start. He caught a lift and better pressure on the right of the course that gave him the edge. He replicated the port start to his advantage in each successive race.

Friday, 10 September 2021 23:57

The roster of young kiteboarding athletes who have braved coronavirus restrictions to make it to the start line of the Formula Kite European Championships, has grown dramatically as the countdown to the event’s Olympic debut has begun.

More young teenagers than ever have turned up to attend the biggest regatta of the year so far, being staged on the Mediterranean, off Montpellier’s Villeneuve Lès-Maguelone beach in the south of France.

Yet, on the third of five scheduled days of competition, the young athletes—among the stellar fleet of 91 men and 40 women from 29 countries and five continents—were again disappointed when the wind speed was never even close to the minimum limit of 5 knots and no racing was possible. The same fate that befell the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) A’s Youth Foil European Championships being run in tandem.

Frustrations aside, some of the young kiteboarders had tasted success already in the regatta’s opening races of the championships, which set the clock ticking on kiteboarding’s first Olympics at the Paris 2024 Games.

Thursday, 09 September 2021 22:54

On the second of the five scheduled days of the regatta being staged on the Mediterranean, off Montpellier’s Villeneuve Les-Maguelone beach, southern France, the wind failed to show up and no racing was possible.

Ninety-one men and 40 women from 29 countries and five continents have navigated coronavirus restrictions to do battle on the bay of Aigues-Mortes and set the clock ticking on the countdown to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, when Formula Kite will make its debut on the race track off Marseille just along the Mediterranean coast.

Swelling the ranks of Formula Kite athletes, are 18 young International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) A’s kiters, revelling in the cut and thrust of keen competition at the IKA A's Youth Foil European Championships, being run in tandem with the IKA Formula Kite European Championships.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 23:34

Reigning Formula Kite European champion, France’s Axel Mazella, began the defence of his title with a peerless, perfect record on the opening day of racing of the 2021 competition in fresh breezes off Montpellier’s Villeneuve Les-Maguelone beach, southern France.

The 24-year-old, battling in one of the three men’s qualifying fleets, fought off stiff challenges from spectacularly quick and ferociously competitive rivals, that included countryman and reigning world champion Nico Parlier, to scoop five bullets.

None of the other kiteboard racers vying for supremacy in the two other qualifying fleets, could match his stellar feat in the choppy Mediterranean bay of Aigues-Mortes, in breezes that built from 9kts to more than 15kts as it veered to the south.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 21:44

A packed roster of top kiteracers is set to do battle for the prized Formula Kite European Championship crowns at the spiritual home of kiteboarding on the waters off Montpellier’s Villeneuve Les-Maguelone beach, southern France.

The competitors in the Olympic event, 91 men and 40 women from 30 nations worldwide, have navigated sometimes onerous coronavirus restrictions to take to the start line for five epic days of racing.

The elite athletes—among them a clutch of former and reigning world champions—will be joined by a fleet of 18 young aspiring kiteboarders fighting for the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) A’s European Championship titles.

Thursday, 02 September 2021 16:46

World Sailing, the governing body for the sport, has published the first World Sailing Rankings including the new Olympic events for Paris 2024.

The full World Sailing (WS) ranking lists, results from all WS graded events, throughout the year, ranking release dates and the method of calculation for the Rankings can be found at www.sailing.org/rankings.

Any questions or errors should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Errors must be received within 48 hours of release date for the rankings to be re-calculated. It is the responsibility of the Competitor and/or Event Organising Authority to check and report any error.

The initial rankings include only the following events of the past 12 months and therefore are not a full reflection of the current standings of the fleet.

  • 2021 Formula Kite Pan American Championships (100)
  • 2021 Formula Kite U19 World Championships (100)
  • 2020 Formula Kite Pan American Championships (100)

The next ranked events will be the 2021 Formula Kite European Championships (100) and the 2021 Formula Kite World Championships (200).

Monday, 23 August 2021 13:47

The decision to introduce foiling Formula kites for the 2024 Paris games, proved to be the right move forward, judging by the looks on the public faces on Cabarete beach this past weekend. People were amazed by the speeds, and airplane like boards flying above water.

For five consecutive days 21 sailors from 10 countries battled in winds ranging from 8 to 18 knots, in the famous wind and waves of Cabarete, in the Dominican Republic.

The qualifying races were held in open ocean with all the fleet racing together. For the last day sailors were divided to Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Women fleets and participated in short five minute races as close to shore as possible.

Kiters are starting to understand what an Olympic campaign really means as by the end of the 5th day of racing they were exhausted after completing 20 races run by CRO Francisco Jauregui from  Mexico.

Winner Toni Vodisek of Slovenia was very happy with his decision to come to Cabarete in these difficult traveling times, and is looking forward to the next event in Cabarete.

Sunday, 18 July 2021 18:33

A cloudy, rainy and windless day turned out to be dazzling and beautiful for the newly crowned young World Champions after eight fast paced races of the Medal Series in the Formula Kite Men and the A’s Youth Foil fleets, and one single race for the Formula Kite Women. It all came down to the sailors who had been leading the series for the whole week to defending their positions and conquering the World titles: Maximilian Maeder (SGP) in the Formula Kite Men, Jan Koszowski (POL) in the A’s Youth Foil and Julia Damasiewicz (POL) in the Formula Kite Women.

Saturday, 17 July 2021 18:28

A cloudy and almost windless morning in Gizzeria, Italy, welcomed the 65 young competitors at Hang Loose Beach on the penultimate day of the 2021 Formula Kite U10 and A’s Youth Foil World Championship. Everyone was looking up, hoping for the wind to blow as so many positions were at stake with only one day to go before the Medal Series on 'Super Sunday'.
The clouds were gone by noon thanks to a light breeze that filled the air and the three fleets were right out on the water for what turned out to become another day with great sailing conditions.

Friday, 16 July 2021 18:39

Four more races are on the scoreboard tonight for all of the three fleets of young athletes from 25 countries. On day three of the U19 and A's Youth Foil World Championships in Gizzeria, Italy, the conditions were back to classic, with a thermic breeze going from 12 knots in the first race to around 20 in the afternoon, flat sea and the air much cooler than the previous days for everyone’s happiness.

Thursday, 15 July 2021 23:04

Another windy, wet and wild day on the water for the 65 young athletes competing at the 2021 Formula Kite U19 and A’s Youth Foil World Championship in Gizzeria, Italy. Yesterday’s very strong breeze kept on blowing during the night and picked up as the sun came out in the morning. It was still more than 20 knots average when the first kiters showed up on the beach at Hang Loose Beach, with gusts of 25 and waves. It lightened up as the day went by and all of the three fleets finished four fair and fun races and the overall ranking is shaping up for Sunday’s Medal Series.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 21:22

Day one of the 2021 Formula Kite U19 and A's Youth Foil Individual World Championships was nothing but easy, the 65 young kiters had to face strong winds over 25 knots and really big waves. Most of them found it fun and got back ashore in between races with a big smile on their faces, while for the younger and lighter ones in the fleets it was a bit more challenging to stay on the board in the wavy sea state. But all of them went on the water for four tough races, it was a real baptism of fire of the five-day World Championship ending on Sunday.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 21:50

The first event of the KiteFoil World Series has just finished last Sunday, and the beach in Gizzeria, Italy, is filling up with young eager athletes ready to battle it out on the race course to win the 2021 Formula Kite U19 and A’s Youth Foil World titles.

65 U19 riders have gathered from 25 countries in the south of Italy, at the Hang Loose Beach, one of the best spot in Europe for the sport, for the 2021 event. The conditions here are spectacular, the wind blows regularly from north-west leaving the water flat, it so happened last week for the first of five events of the KiteFoil World Series, and this very afternoon, when many young athletes have attended the practice race, all keen to get their boards flying.

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 20:31

Registration is now open for the 2021 Formula Kite World Championships, to be held 11-17 October 2021 in Torregrande, Sardinia, Italy.
The maximum entry quota is 100 men (3 fleets) and 70 women (2 fleets).
https://www.kiteclasses.org/events/upcoming-events

IKA paid-up members ONLY may register athletes in stages as follows:

  • Until 16 August 2021, 1200 (noon) UTC: any competitor (by name) ranked in the top 10 of the World Rankings as of that date; plus up to 2 competitors per country.
  • Until 23 August 2021, 1200 (noon) UTC: countries that have registered 2 competitors may register one additional competitor on a first come-first served basis.
  • Until 30 August 2021, 1200 (noon) UTC: countries that have registered 3 competitors may register one additional competitor on a first come-first served basis.
Thursday, 17 June 2021 10:38

World Sailing have been informed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the IOC Executive Board have approved Men's and Women's Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The Men's and Women's Kiteboarding Events will replace the Mixed Kiteboarding and Mixed Offshore Events that were democratically selected by World Sailing's members.

The decision was taken at the meeting of the IOC Executive Board today, Thursday 10 June 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland following a recommendation from the IOC Programme Commission.

Friday, 14 May 2021 16:56

World Sailing's Council today selected individual kiteboarding events for men and women as the preferred alternative choice, should the planned double handed mixed offshore event not be approved by the IOC Executive Board in their session 8 - 10 June 2021.

The vote followed a week of discussion in the Events and Equipment committees, where delegates had the choice between 15 alternative event submissions put forward by World Sailing members and class association.

Monday, 07 December 2020 18:18

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the Event Programme and Athlete Quotas for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Olympic Programme Commission, the main features of Paris 2024’s Olympic programme include:

  • Exactly 50 per cent male and female participation, following on from the gender equality already achieved for Tokyo 2020, which will have 48.8 per cent female participation.
  • Growth of mixed gender events, from 18 to 22, compared to Tokyo 2020.
  • Skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and breaking confirmed as additional sports based on a proposal by Paris 2024. Breaking will make its Olympic debut.
  • Reduction in the overall athlete quota (including all new sports) to exactly 10,500.
  • Reduction in the overall number of events, with a final programme of 329 events.
Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:38

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the IKA Formula Kite Class will be held on 15 November 2020 via Cisco Webex videoconferencing. The conference will be livestreamed to the Formula Kite Class facebook page.

Date: Sunday, 15 November 2020
Location: online via Cisco Webex
Starting time: 16:00 UTC

Sunday, 20 September 2020 16:39

As if they knew about it, the weather gods delivered absolute perfection today, creating ideal conditions for breathtaking competition as CONNOR BAINBRIDGE (GBR) and ELLIE ALDRIDGE (GBR) managed to win GOLD overall, despite a valiant effort from FLORIAN GRUBER (GER) and LEONIE MEYER (GER) who take SILVER, with GUY BRIDGE (GBR) and KATIE DABSON (GBR) completing the podium in 3rd.

The Medal Race 3.0 format once again delivered action-packed racing today, with race 1 for semi final fleet A getting off in stellar conditions with wind at 11-16 knots at 1215. Around the first mark was an all French trio, led by THEO DE RAMECOURT, followed by MAXIME NOCHER and then AXEL MAZELLA, with ALEJANDRO CLIMENT HERNANDEZ (ESP) in 4th. Coming around the bottom mark, MAXIME tried to get inside and overtake THEO but was unable to complete the manoeuvre before the final gybe mark. MAXIME tried again to get inside his compatriot and take the lead for the changeover when they both got hit by a gust and launched, with THEO recovering better to hold a lead toward the changeover line, where he had a big crash just as he crossed the line, almost as if the pressure from MAXIME was so great that THEO’s legs gave out as soon as he crossed the line.

Saturday, 19 September 2020 19:05

This is to give notice that the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the IKA Formula Kite Class will be held on 15 November 2020 via Cisco Webex videoconferencing. The conference will be livestreamed to the Formula Kite Class facebook page.

Date: Sunday, 15 November 2020
Location: online via Cisco Webex
Starting time: 16:00 UTC


AGENDA

1. Welcome and roll call
2. Minutes of the previous meeting
3. Class Report
4. Class Rule submissions
5. Future Events
6. Election of the Class Vice President
7. Any Other Business

Saturday, 19 September 2020 16:53

Another chill morning did not stop the BAINBRIDGE/ALDRIDGE (GBR) duo from locking out 1st place with a race to spare, who will be joined by 2nd place GRUBER/MEYER (GER) directly in the finals, with NOCHER/NOLOT (FRA) performing well to sit in 3rd.

With 6-9 knots recorded at 2 meters above the water, everything looked set and race 5 for the GOLD fleet was started on time. However, the wind strength higher up was not adequate, and the vacuum slowly descended, fading the wind to the point that as the women finished their lap, there were no male competitors with their kites flying at the changeover, prompting a swift flurry of flags with NOVEMBER being displayed, followed quickly by AP over HOTEL, the sound signals echoing off the cliffs for miles around.

After a brief pause on shore the wind filled in properly, all the way across the lake, and race 5 was restarted in 8-12 knots at 1220. KATIE DABSON (GBR) managed to recover from a less than stellar start by tacking early and heading out far right to pick up a good shift, a tactic her teammate GUY BRIDGE (GBR) tried as well; “...it allowed me to climb inside everyone else who had overlaid. GUY did the same as me, but didn’t manage to get as lucky. The shifts are really quite big,” said DABSON. 

Friday, 18 September 2020 17:03

A frosty morning was not the only cause for the hairs to rise today, with every race providing plenty of action, lead changes and upsets, CONNOR BAINBRIDGE and ELLIE ALDRIDGE (GBR) sit in 1st with GUY BRIDGE and KATIE DABSON (GBR) battling with FLORIAN GRUBER and LEONIE MEYER (GER) for the all important 2nd place. 

The chill wind of the morning saw the competitors wrapped tightly against the cold, as the clouds wrapped the mountain tops, looking out hungrily to the race area which showed enough wind to get racing on schedule at 1100 for the first time this event.

Four races for each fleet were scheduled today for the beginning of the Final Series, with the competitors sorted into GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE, and with such experienced riders as AXEL MAZELLA and ALEXIA FANCELLI (FRA) designated to SILVER fleet, it is clear that the level of competition here is as high as it gets. 

It was as if the weather gods were as excited as the rest of us for the racing, as a massive right shift in the last 30 seconds before the start of the first race of the day saw a hasty postponement for ten minutes whilst the course was adjusted until the wind settled back down and the first race got underway in 7-14 knots. But even this was not without incident, with CONNOR BAINBRIDGE being spat out at the start.

Thursday, 17 September 2020 18:04

A wild thunderstorm ripped through the valley overnight, leaving competitors to wake up to a soggy and misty morning in Ebensee but did not stop Florian Gruber and Leonie Meyer (GER) to extend their lead into tomorrow's Final Series.

The deafening storm did more than steal sleep from the participants, it also took away the standard weather cycle that produces reliable winds, leaving the competitors postponed ashore again, playing fetch with dogs, pump-foiling off the dock or just chilling out enjoying the view.

After an unsuccessful expedition to the other side of the lake to see if the wind was better there, the skies began to clear and soon 9-10 knots was consistently registered on the race area, triggering the AP to come down at 1245, with Race 3 for YELLOW starting at 1305. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:54

Racing got off to a slow start on Day 1 as competitors were postponed onshore waiting for the thermal wind to build. Lake locals suggest that the optimum window for racing occurs between 1100 and 1600 each day, and that the standard tactic is to “...head toward the left side until you can scratch the [western] mountain, and when you tack you will be lifted all the way up.”

At the end of the day, the German and the British team take the lead tied at 2 points.


Competitors soaked in the gorgeous views and unseasonable sunshine until the postponement was removed at 1310, where they launched into action. The qualifying series sees the 19 teams split into three fleets, with the YELLOW fleet of seven racing first, followed by BLUE and RED fleets, each consisting of six teams. 

Although the number of entries is only half the expected number due to the travel restrictions of the worldwide pandemic, the teams present are the best in the world, promising exciting action over the coming days. 

Monday, 24 August 2020 14:48

Axel Mazella of France confirmed his dominance on "Super Sunday" with what looked like an easy win, while Poland's Julia Damasiewicz had to go all the way to seal the deal.

The men's podium was completed by Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Connor Bainbridge (GBR) after a strong comeback. In the women's fleet, Ellie Aldridge (GBR) managed to split the Polish duo, with Magdalena Woyciechowska taking Bronze.


The final day of the 2020 Formula Kite Individual European Championships saw a new format, introduced in the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in Qatar with the goal to ensure that the competitor "first over the line" in the final race is the Gold medallist while avoiding the unfairness of a "winner takes all" race after a full week of racing.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 14:07

Theo de Ramecourt of France put an end to fellow countrymen Axel Mazella's impressive streak of race wins, stealing final series race 5 ahead of Benoit Gomez, also from France.

Gomez impressively demonstrated how big the competitive weight range of Formula Kite is Scoring two second places and a number of other high rank finishes during the two final series days against the highly competitive fleet, the 102kg athlete had no problems to stay close on the heels of his sometimes only 70kg light competitors.

Saturday, 22 August 2020 15:17

France's Axel Mazella maintained his dominance on the third day of the Formula Kite Individual European Championships in Puck.

Following two days of competition, the men's event was split into two fleets, with the top 33 athletes contesting the gold fleet of a discipline due to make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024. 

Mazella continued his impressive run, triumphing in all four races (plus two carry forward scores) to top the leaderboard with six points. 

Friday, 21 August 2020 12:26

Competitors only got the rear view of France's Axel Mazella who scored 4 straight bullets on the second day of the qualifying series.

Mazella's closest opponent, fellow countryman Theo de Ramecourt had a more mixed day, scoring an UFD (for starting early) in the day's last race. Mazella so far has scored an impressive streak of 7 race wins and one second place, making him the clear favourite for the 2020 European title.

De Ramecourt now sits two points behind at eight points, closely followed by another Frenchmen Maxime Nocher on eleven points, making it currenlty a purely French podium.

Thursday, 20 August 2020 11:09

Julia Damasiewicz (POL) Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) sit on top of the rankings after 4 races for each group on the first day of racing in Puck, Poland.

In stable 10-12 knot conditions both competition leaders did not only fight with their closest opponents, but also with some seaweed that easterly winds from a long high pressure system over eastern Europe had swept into the bay.

Both Damiasiewcz and De Ramecourt had close fights throughout the day, with the 15-year-old Damasiewicz finishing just ahead of fellow teenager Magdalena Woyciechowska, making it 1-2 for the host country. Both are tied on 4 points, with the better end for Damasiewicz having won the final race.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 22:22

For the first time, athletes are racing on equipment that will be used at the Olympic Games in Paris.

The 2020 Formula Kite Individual European Championships officially began at 12:30 noon on Tuesday 18 August. A competition of this rank is being held in Poland for the first time. All eyes are set on the newly approved registered series production equipment, equipment on which athletes will compete during the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

“This is especially a test of new equipment. All the top guys are racing on equipment that was only approved a few weeks ago due to the COVID-19 delays” - said Markus Schwendtner, Secretary General of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).

Monday, 17 August 2020 22:20

All five leading race foil kite brands whose innovative offerings have been approved for the upcoming four-year Olympics’ cycle are eagerly anticipating the first major face-off at the Formula Kite Individual European championships in Poland later this month.

The contest at Puck is the first opportunity after August 10—the day after the Tokyo 2020 Games were due to end—for the new registered series production kites and hydrofoils approved by the International Kiteboarding Association's (IKA) Technical Committee to compete in a Formula Kite regatta.

After years of development by designers acutely aware they will be unable to change their designs for the forthcoming four years of Formula Kite competitions, the pressure was on to come up with a winner that will survive evaluation lasting until the end of 2021 when World Sailing (WS) will license those that pass the test.

Good early results will be key to generate sales and recouping substantial investment over the coming years as the growing number of national team athletes ramp up training in the quest for gold at kiting’s debut on the Paris 2024 Olympics’ track in Marseille.

But already market leaders Ozone and Flysurfer have thrown down the gauntlet. Their new kites reflect two divergent philosophies: Flysurfer’s VMG2 is hailed as revolutionary, while Ozone’s dominant  R1 in its V4 iteration  is cast as evolutionary, refining R1’s pace and ease-of-use all around the course that won it legions of followers and countless titles.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 10:11

Years of hard toil to develop a new hydrofoil that will win out in the fight to become the weapon of choice at kiting’s debut at the Paris 2024 Olympics will be put to the test in earnest for the first time at next week’s Formula Kite European championships in Poland.

From August 10—the day after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were due to finish—all 10 foils approved by the International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) technical committee are eligible for use in Formula Kite competitions as part of the evaluation process lasting until 2021’s close when World Sailing (WS) will license those passing the test.

With the shock withdrawal of the dominant foil of recent years after MikesLab failed to agree to the level of disclosure of construction details required by IKA and provided by all other contenders, the field is wide open for challengers—some established and some new to top-flight Formula Kite racing.

The track at Puck, Poland, will see the newly-approved foils go head-to-head in a highly-anticipated contest offering the first clues of which will emerge on top on the path to Olympic gold on the Games’ Marseille track in the inaugural Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay.

Monday, 03 August 2020 18:22

We regret to confirm the cancellation of the 2020 Formula Kite World Championships.

Both events were planned to be held back to back on the Italian resort island of Sardinia.
Torregrande was to host the first Olympic format Mixed Relay World Championship from 13 to 18 October 2020.
The Individual World Championships had already been moved from Weifang Binhai (China) to Cagliari and was supposed to commence from 6 to 11 October.

Although both events could have taken place from an organisational point of view, the ongoing world wide restrictions in travel would practically have only allowed Europeans to compete. 

The IKA Executive Committee has therefore decided that the current restrictions do not allow for a fair World Championship to be held, when most of the World is excluded. The only possible conclusion therefore was to cancel the 2020 Formula Kite World Championship events.

Both events are now scheduled to take place in 2021, with Weifang Binhai hosting the Individual World Championships in September 2021 and Torregrande hosting the Mixed Team Relay World Championship in October 2021.

The European Championship events in Puck / Poland (Individual) and Traunsee / Austria (Mixed Team Relay) will go ahead as planned.

Negotiations are currently ongoing to hold an event in Cagliari from 7 to 11 October, potentially as European Championship of the equipment open KiteFoil class. Final confirmation is expected by the end of the week.

Friday, 24 July 2020 10:22

Despite the challenges caused by the world wide COVID-19 pandemic, the European Championships of the Formula Kite class featuring the Olympic Mixed Team Relay format have been confirmed to be held 15-20 September in Traunsee, Upper Austria.

PROFS Marketing GmbH and Segelclub Ebensee are fully committed to deliver a world class event in these difficult times. Both have long standing experience in the organization of top level events.

The best teams from all over Europe are expected to participate in what will be the first true test for the 2024 Olympic quadrennium. The event is open for teams from all over the world, however the ongoing travel limitations make it unlikely that a large number of non-European teams will be able to participate.

Registration, Notice of Race and further information: https://www.kiteclasses.org/events/upcoming-events

Thursday, 23 July 2020 11:48

Since the publication of the statement regarding Mikes Lab Bullet 3L / 3LC foil in Formula Kite competitions (until the end of 2021) a number of teams have raised questions regarding the fuselage length measurement.

It appears that the published 2017 dimensions provided by Mikes Lab (556.9mm) are either an accidental mistake in the submission, or based on the measurement system used in previous cycles.

All dimensions reported by teams are in the 565mm range (with an allowed tolerance of +/-2mm) which is in line with the dimensions submitted with the Mikes Lab re-application).

Event Technical Committees will therefore base a decision on the eligibility of a Mikes Lab Bullet 3LC glider not solely on the fuselage length measurement, if all other dimensions are within the accepted tolerances (see original statement below).

Competitors are reminded that event equipment inspection is NOT measurement, and that it is ultimately the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that their equipment complies with the class rules (see RRS 78). 

Saturday, 18 July 2020 19:13

The registration process for new Formula Kite Registered Series Production Equipment for the 2020-2024 Olympic quadrennium has concluded on Saturday 18 July 2020 with a meeting of the IKA Technical Committee.

Series Production Equipment is equipment from a manufacturer which is mass produced and continuously made available for purchase worldwide without restriction until the end of the Olympic Cycle.

Each piece of equipment is required to be produced using the same manufacturing specifications and materials, be identical within production tolerances in all performance related aspects and comply with the measurements provided by the manufacturer upon registration.

Competitors may choose between manufacturers and their various models, however equipment built within a series must be identical within tight production tolerances.

IKA has received applications for equipment registrations from a total of 23 manufacturers:

Monday, 13 July 2020 19:41

Following a successful factory inspection, the following Diablo V5 kites have been approved by the IKA Technical Committee as registered series production equipment for the IKA Formula Kite Class.

Diablo V5 8m
Diablo V5 9m
Diablo V5 10m
Diablo V5 11m
Diablo V5 13m
Diablo V5 15m
Diablo V5 18m
Diablo V5 21m
Diablo V5 25m

Friday, 10 July 2020 20:49

Aeros and Elf have joined forces for the 2024 Olympic quadrennium to bring once again a new generation of RAM-air kites to the competition scene under a joint brand name.

Produced in the Ukraine, the following kites have been approved by the IKA Technical Committee as registered series production equipment for the IKA Formula Kite Class.

Aeros/Elf CJ-8
Aeros/Elf CJ-9
Aeros/Elf JC-9
Aeros/Elf JC-11
Aeros/Elf JC-15
Aeros/Elf JC-19
Aeros/Elf JC-22

Friday, 10 July 2020 17:37

After a successful factory inspection, Chubanga V3 mast and glider have been approved by the IKA Technical Committee as registered series production equipment for the IKA Formula Kite Class.

The Chubanga V2 hydrofoil system is still subject to approval.

As all other approved registered series production equipment, the Chubanga V3 hydrofoil system will now be evaluated in competition until the end of 2021, when World Sailing will license the 2024 Olympic equipment through a separate agreement with the successful manufacturers.

For more information on Chubanga products, please visit https://www.chubangafoil.com/

For more information about the IKA Formula Kite class, the Olympic kiteboarding format, equipment and upcoming events, please visit https://www.formulakite.org/

List of registeres series production kites: https://www.formulakite.org/equipment/eligible-equipment/kites-2020-2024

List of registered series production hydrofoil systems: https://www.formulakite.org/equipment/eligible-equipment/hydrofoils-2020-2024

Monday, 06 July 2020 07:48

Here is an update on the event calendar as of beginning of July 2020:

 

Formula Kite Individual Europeans

Following the re-opening of borders within Europe, the Formula Kite European Championship is now confirmed and will take place in Puck, Poland, from 18 to 23 August.

The Notice of Race can be found here:   https://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/documents/1042/event?name=2020-formula-kite-individual-european-championships

Registration is open at   https://www.kiteclasses.org/events/upcoming-events/formula/190-2020-formula-kite-individual-european-championships

Early Bird entry fee rates (230 EUR) apply until 14 days before the event. 

Please remember that nationality flags on hull and helmet are mandatory for all Formula Kite continental and World championship events (and a number of World Sailing events). It is the competitor's responsibility to produce and apply them correctly. Only the approved designs at  https://www.formulakite.org/equipment/nationality-flags shall be used.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:04

Formula Kite Class Rule Update

World Sailing has published the updated class rules approved during the IKA General Assembly in February 2020.

The major change is the introduction of mandatory nationality flags on hulls and helmets for all Continental and World Championships as well as all World Sailing events (including Regional and Olympic Games). These requirements were previously enforced through the Notice of Race.

It is the competitor responsibility to produce / purchase and apply nationality flags, both for hulls and helmets. The design files are available here: https://www.formulakite.org/equipment/nationality-flags

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 10:30

After a successful factory inspection, the following Flysurfer RAM-Air kites have been approved by the IKA Technical Committee as registered series production equipment for the IKA Formula Kite Class.

Flysurfer VMG2 23m
Flysurfer VMG2 21m
Flysurfer VMG2 18m
Flysurfer VMG2 15m
Flysurfer VMG2 13m
Flysurfer VMG2 11m
Flysurfer VMG2 10m
Flysurfer VMG2 09m
Flysurfer VMG2 08m

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 16:05

In the process of evaluating equipment (re-) registration applications for the 2024 Olympic Cycle, the IKA Technical Committee has become aware of discrepancies in the dimensions of the Mikeslab Bullet 3L / 3LC foil.

The dimensions provided by the manufacturer for the re-registration of the equipment differ from the dimensions of the same equipment registered in May 2017, with several of the dimensions provided with the re-application being outside of the accepted tolerances.
 
Unfortunately, the manufacturer did not provide the IKA with information on when these dimensions may have changed, and which parts and serial numbers may be affected.
 
In order to protect competitors and teams from travelling to events with equipment that may not comply with the registered dimensions and therefore the Formula Kite class rules, competitors in possession of a Mikeslab Bullet 3L/3LC foil should verify that their equipment complies with the class rules and the registered dimensions.

Saturday, 30 May 2020 14:05

After a successful factory inspection, the following Levitaz hydrofoil items have been approved by the IKA Technical Committee as registered series production equipment for the IKA Formula Kite Class.

Levitaz Mast R5V1 2020
Levitaz Mast R5V2 2020
Levitaz Frontwing R5 2020
Levitaz Frontwing R5-S 2020
Levitaz Rearwing R5 2020

The following hydrofoil items have been confirmed as continued registration from the 2017 equipment cycle:

Levitaz Mast Bionic P110 2017
Levitaz Frontwing Bionic 2017
Levitaz Rearwing Bionic HW 2017
Levitaz Fuselage Bionic HW 2017

Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:49

After a successful factory inspection, Ozone R1V4 kites in sizes of 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19 and 21m have been approved by the IKA Technical Committee as registered series production equipment for the IKA Formula Kite Class.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 limitations, the physical factory inspection was replaced by extensive documentation including detailed videos and pictures, demonstrating every step of the app. 80 hour manufacturing process of a foilkite.

The final inspection with focus on quality control and measurement was then conducted via videoconferencing between the IKA inspection team and the technical team of Ozone Kites LTD in their Vietnam factory.

Friday, 15 May 2020 17:30

The team at the International Kiteboarding Association remains in regular contact with all our event organizers to continuosly evaluate the situation of the 2020 championship events.

Although we are starting to see the first signs of restrictions on normal daily activities being relaxed, both the legal situation to hold events (with or without spectators) and the international travel situation remain difficult.

This update covers event updatesclass rule changes, and advise for getting back on the water safely.

Monday, 04 May 2020 20:35

IKA launched the application process for new Formula Kite equipment registrations in September 2019, with requirements for registration clearly laid out in an online application system.
 
This application system required interested builders to submit dimensions of their equipment together with an extensive list of supporting documentation in order to assess professional and technical competence.
 
Following the timelines laid out in the Formula Kite class rules, IKA has received 17 applications for hydrofoil system equipment registrations and 6 applications for foilkite (RAM-air) equipment registrations by 1st May 2020, the application period closing date.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 12:31

We all find ourselves in exceptional circumstances globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we truly hope this message finds you well wherever in the world you are at the moment.

The team at the International Kiteboarding Association continues to work diligently, despite these difficult circumstances.

There are a couple of areas which are affected by the continued spread of the virus, for which we want to give you an update to provide planning safety - as far as this is currently possible. 

Monday, 23 March 2020 13:59

The International Kiteboarding Association is seeking tenders for equipment to be selected as One-Design Hydrofoil Equipment (Freeride Foil and LEI Kite) for Youth under 16 years of age.

The first major championships of this new youth class are planned to be held in July 2021 in the framework of the Formula Kite Youth World Championships.

Monday, 04 November 2019 13:47

World Sailing Council and AGM have confirmed kiteboarding events in both the annual World Sailing Youth World Championships, starting 2021 in The Hague (Netherlands), and the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar (Senegal).

The World Sailing Youth World Championships will feature the same format as the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, a relay format where a male and female kiteboarder compete for medals in a mixed team. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:45

 

Former world and European champion Florian Gruber (GER) won two consecutive races in the final to become the first men’s Kitefoil Racing ANOC World Beach Games champion.

As the second-placed qualifier, Gruber had to win two races before highest qualifier Nicolas Parlier [FRA] won one in order to fulfil his gold medal dream.

In a tight first race, the German edged past Parlier at speeds of around 50 kilometres per hour to keep himself in contention, with just six seconds separating first and fourth place.

In the second, Parlier missed a mark and had to tack back, leaving the race open for the German to speed past and claim a sensational victory.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:23

After a stop-start week of competition, on finals’ day there was no holding back for American Daniela Moroz, who stormed to victory in the women’s Kitefoil Racing.

The four-time and defending Formula Kite world champion dominated all three days of competition at the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, winning five of seven opening series races earlier in the week to enter the final as the highest qualifier.

This meant she only needed to win one race to grab the gold, which she did in style, leading from the outset to romp to victory over second-placed Julia Damasiewicz (POL).

Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:07

France’s Axel Mazella was crowned 2019 Formula Kite European Champion after a consummate display of controlled racing on the final fifth day of tense action amid the splendour of the Italian resort island of Sardinia.

Mazella seized three bullets from four on the Gulf of Oristano track, seeing off intense challenges from Slovenian’s Toni Vodisek and fellow Frenchman Théo de Ramecourt, leapfrogging both to go top of the standings.
    
In shifty breezes of around 12kts on the gulf’s flat waters off Torregrande beach, Mazella lost the lead to Vodisek in his day’s crucial third race. But he matched the Slovenian’s tacks and gybes all the way around the track, chasing him down and finally seeing him crash towards the finish to take the win that all but sealed the title.

Sunday, 29 September 2019 00:08

The wafer-thin margins separating the top of the order at the Formula Kite European Championships being bitterly fought out on the Italian resort island of Sardinia leave the contest poised on a knife-edge going into the final fifth day of super-charged racing.

Just one point separates the top three after the penultimate day of racing on the Gulf of Oristano, when the top-ranked men finally faced off in the first battles of the two-day finals’ series in enthralling action in 16kts to 19kts breezes under crystal-clear skies.

But Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, 19, finally moved to the top of the leaderboard with a scintillating bullet in his day’s final fifth race, a gripping fight with France’s Théo de Ramecourt who harried his rival on the rhomboid windward-leeward track.

Friday, 27 September 2019 22:21

Britain’s Ellie Aldridge and Connor Bainbridge clinched the inaugural Formula Kite Mixed Relay European Championship title in dramatic fashion in a final that went down to the wire at Torregrande, on the stupendous Italian resort island of Sardinia.

In the finals’ showdown second round, Bainbridge handed Aldridge the lead for the second lap of the windward-leeward track on the Gulf of Oristano, but she missed a tack and slipped to third by the time she rounded the top mark.

The mistake handed the lead to Poland’s Magda Woyciechowska, teamed with Maks Zakowski. They were agonisingly-close to getting the win, taking them closer to sealing title in the novel format, which will be rolled out when kiteboarding makes its debut at the 2024 Paris Olympics’ sailing venue in Marseille.

Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:12

In breathtakingly close racing at the Formula Kite European Championships on the sumptuous Italian resort island of Sardinia, the gap between the leading pack could hardly be closer, with just four points separating the top four men.

But France’s Théo de Ramecourt edged to the top of the order with with a storming display that netted him a perfect five bullets in breezes that built from around 14kts, finally gusting to more than 22kts, blowing over the Gulf of Oristano’s flat waters.

It was a remarkable record that was almost derailed. In his day’s final race French team-mate Benoit Gomez attempted a port tack start that went awry and ended in a tangle, forcing De Ramecourt to jump and double backroll over the carnage almost ending with him in pin-end boat, before he went on to seize another win.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 22:59

The opening exchanges at the 2019 Formula Kite European Championships being fought out on the glorious track on the Gulf of Oristano off the Italian resort island of Sardinia threw up a host of surprises with several unexpected winners and losers.

But after five scintillating races for each of the men’s and women’s fleets, France’s Axel Mazella got his nose in front after he seized four bullets, a feat matched by Formula Kite world champion Daniela Moroz (USA).

Battling in the alternate men’s “qualifying series” flight, Mazella’s fellow countryman Benoit Gomez, 18, landed a pair of bullets and seconds in searingly-quick racing  on smooth waters and perfect north-easterly 10kts breezes, giving him second overall.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 21:40

A large fleet of young kitefoil athletes—its ranks swollen by growing numbers of women—has lined up on the spectacular Italian resort island of Sardinia to fight for the coveted European championship titles.

The Mediterranean track, framed Torregrande’s expansive sandy beach on Oristano Gulf, will play host to five days’ intense race action in the Formula Kite class, the format for kiteboarding’s Olympic debut at the 2024 Paris Games' watersports venue in Marseille.

The inclusion of mixed relay kitefoil racing in the Olympics’ elite roster has drawn 90 athletes—30 of them women—to the European championships. All the athletes, including a sprinkling of young teenagers, are eager to hone their skills and pit their pace against the world’s fastest competitors.

Thursday, 05 September 2019 07:54

Manufacturers are invited to register new equipment for the period leading up to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Equipment currently listed on the IKA Registered Series Production lists and where manufacturers wish to have the equipment considered as equipment for the 2024 Olympic Games also needs to be re-submitted.

The relevant class rules of the Formula Kite Class can be found here: http://www.sailing.org/32807.php

IKA approved hydrofoil systems and kites are mass produced kiteboarding equipment manufactured in a series production run of at least 100 pieces per model/size.

Each piece of equipment shall be produced using the same manufacturing specification and materials and shall be within tightest production tolerances.

Manufacturers must guarantee a minimum building capacity of 50 pieces per equipment/model/size per month on an ongoing basis until the end of the next Olympic Cycle.

Manufacturers must also guarantee that world wide distribution is available and that equipment will be delivered to customers on a first come-first served basis if not otherwise agreed with IKA or World Sailing.

Equipment will be eligible to compete in Formula Kite events the day after the next Olympic Games.

The final registration deadline is May 1st before the next Olympic Games (for this cycle, this is May 1st 2020). By that date, all requirements including paperwork and factory inspections must be completed, and equipment must be available for purchase.

NOTE: Manufacturers are strongly advised to initiate the registration process by submitting the equipment registration form and associated paperwork in time, and by March 15, 2020 latest. For registration processes initiated after March 15 2020, IKA cannot guarantee timely processing of the application and required factory inspections.

Registration is subject to payment of World Sailing Builder Fees to World Sailing.

Licensing as Olympic Equipment will be granted at the end of 2021 through a Commercial Undertakings agreement between the manufacturer and World Sailing, and is subject to compliance with the Olympic Licensing Policy (which is available in the registration process).

The online equipment registration system is available at 
http://internationalkiteboarding.org/the-sport/classes-and-equipment/information-for-builders

Direct links:

Monday, 26 August 2019 22:56

The IKA Formula Kite North American & Caribbean Championships alongside an open kitefoil event came to St. Francis Yacht Club to showcase some of the world’s top kite racing talent.

With an eye toward the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris—the scheduled debut of kiteboarding as an Olympic sport—the dual regatta did not disappoint.

Nico Landauer, representing Uruguay, took the laurels on the Formula Kite North American & Caribbean Championships, followed by Americans Evan Heffernan and Will Cyr. Next in fourth, Kirstyn O’Brien claimed Top Woman honors for the regatta, and Sweden’s Markus Edegran rounded out top five.

“What an amazing venue here in the birthplace of kite racing,” said Markus Schwendtner, Chief Executive Officer of the International Kiteboarding Association. “It was a wonderful regatta and we hope to be back here again in the near future.”

After O’Brien, StFYC’s Daniela Moroz finished second among female entries. The 2016 Formula Kite World Champion is an incoming freshman at the University of Hawaii; at the awards ceremony, Moroz’s mother Linda stood in for her daughter, whose flight to the islands had landed minutes earlier.

The week began on the Cityfront with the annual Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race, where ideal San Francisco Bay conditions led to the breakage of several Bridge to Bridge records. Parlier [in the open kitefoil fleet] finished in 9 minutes, 32 seconds, beating de Ramecourt by one second for the victory.

Heineken, France’s Theo Lhostis and Moroz completed the Ronstan Kiteboard top five. Xavier Ferlet of Great Britain won the Windsurf side of Ronstan in 16 minutes, 45 seconds, with StFYC’s Al Mirel going second. Ferlet also grabbed the top windsurfer spot in the later SF Bay Challenge.

The IKA is now looking ahead to a busy September: two KiteFoil World Series events in China, then the European Championships in Italy.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:28

Poland’s Magda Woyciechowska landed her first international title when she sealed victory in the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships “open” division with a steely performance in fickle breezes in China.
    
The 14-year-old was able to see off a strong challenge from her training partner and fellow countrywoman, Julia Damasiewicz, also 14, over four intense days of competition and 16 hard-fought races off Guangxi province’s Beihai city.
    
Both finished ahead of China’s Jingle Chen who racked up a formidable haul of bullets and looked as if she could storm to victory at one point. But she stumbled in the light airs, failing to finish some races. It proved costly and she ended fourth, though it was enough to secure the Formula Kite Asian crown.

By contrast Russian veteran racer Denis Taradin barely put a foot wrong. He seized a remarkable 12 bullets that gave a commanding points lead by the finish that landed him the 2019 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians “open” title.

Italy’s Mario Calbucci pushed Taradin and pounced on any error by the Russian, snatching three bullets to add to his haul of high-placed finishes that saw him cruise to the podium’s second spot.

Ejder Ginyol (TUR) traded blows with Calbucci in an enthralling battle on the water in breezes that varied between 6kts and 10kts. Ginyol’s gritty performance earned him the third podium spot.

The regatta’s youngest racer, Max Maeder (SNG), 12, found a turn of pace and tactical assurance to challenge and occasionally beat the leading trio, finishing sixth overall and securing the Formula Kite Asian crown.

But on the final day of the scheduled six, unsettled tropical conditions over the track off Beihai city beach meant the wind failed to build, preventing any racing.

By then, however, with 16 races each for the men and women on the rhomboid windward-leeward course, the victors had done enough to prove worthy winners in the sometimes marginal conditions.

Still, on the regatta’s second and fourth days race officials managed to get six races away each for the men and women. The ideal foiling conditions of 8kts to 10kts for the competitors’ 19m and 21m kites sparked breath-takingly quick action.

For women’s champion Woyciechowska, who revels in the lighter airs, the conditions were perfect. She was a model of consistency, racking up four bullets and a raft of seconds with few of the costly errors that undid her rivals.

“I’m really, really happy,” said a delighted Woyciechowska. “But it hasn’t really sunk in yet. This is the first international competition where I’ve won. I had many second places and Jingle Chen was good, but unlucky when her kite went down. It’s so important to be consistent.”

Chen was slightly subdued despite lifting the Asian championship title, realising that her Achilles heal had been the lighter airs. In slightly stronger breezes she had looked unbeatable.

“I’m a little bit disappointed,” said Chen. “But now I know I have to do a lot of practice in the lighter winds. I got eight bullets, but also many poor scores when I didn’t finish the races.”

Taradin used his experience to the full grinding out wins in all conditions, but acknowledged that his ability to make the most of the lighter breezes gave him the edge.

“It was a great regatta,” said Taradin. “I can’t remember the last time we had 16 races, so it was nice. It was good racing. I felt for me it was extreme because of the light wind. But with my experience I could make it work even in 5kts or 6kts when it was difficult for the others. I’m pleased with the result.”

2019 IKA Formula Kite Asian Championships

Men (Open)
1 Denis Taradin (RUS)         14pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA)          30pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)           39pts

Women (Open)
1 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL)         22pts
2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)                      32pts
3 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)               41pts

Men (Asia)
1 Max Maeder (SNG)             57pts
2 Qibin Huang (CHN)             86pts
3 Zhang Hao Ran (CHN)        95pts

Women (Asia)
1 Jingle Chen (CHN)                  44pts
2 Benyapa Jantawan (THA)        55pts

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com/results

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 13:46

Ambitious kitefoil athletes have had to reset their approach to top-level competition in the face of a new set of challenges since national mixed team racing was chosen as an Olympic discipline for the Paris 2024 Games.

In what has until now been an essentially-individual sport, Formula Kite relay racing that will feature when kiteboarding makes its historic debut at the XXXII Olympiad’s Marseille sailing venue demands a fresh mindset.

For Formula Kite veterans and ingenues alike, the mixed discipline is an exciting and intriguing breath of fresh air that adds an unexpected layer of complexity to already tricky windward-leeward racing on stratospherically-quick hydrofoils.

But as elite racers at the 2019 Formula Kite Asians in Beihai, China, gathered to trial the new format—whereby the teams of one man and woman each complete one lap of a “short-track” course, with a “flying” handover—the wind refused to play ball and racing was cancelled.

One day of the six scheduled for the regatta had been set aside to give athletes a chance to practise and International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) officials an opportunity to refine the format. It was to have been only the second international outing after the first test at the World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy, last month.

Still, Formula Kite Asians’ leader Denis Taradin (RUS) remains completely sold on the mixed team relay format after his experience in Garda, taking the third podium spot when he teamed with former world champion Elena Kalinina.

“It’s so different from the racing we usually do,” said Taradin. “It brings veterans like me fresh energy, fresh juice. I’ve been competing for years and the top ten are always the same. Now it’s a whole new field. When either the man or woman’s in front, it changes everything and brings lots of emotion. It’s so much fun. What changes is that you can share secrets.”

For the Beihai trial, Taradin had by coincidence teamed with the women’s fleet leader, Poland’s Magda Woyciechowska, 14. She was thrilled by her experience in Garda when the level of teamwork needed and the importance of a seamless, split-second handover became obvious.

“All the guys were finishing at nearly the same time and there were many orange Ozone kites, so it was tricky to spot my partner Blazej Ozog coming so we could make a quick changeover,” said Woyciechowska. “We only had about one day to practise, but still we got 10th overall, which was OK.”

Her training partner, Julia Damasiewicz, also 14, took part in the first tests in Poland and teamed with Jakub Jurkowksi in Garda. She was delighted to win one race, beating a German team led by veteran former world champion, Florian Gruber.

“In one race we won against Florian Gruber, one of the best in the world,” said Damasiewicz. “In individual races we’re not as fast as we are when we’re together as a team. It’s hard to explain it. Perhaps he shares things that I don’t know, and vice versa.”

But beyond pure motivation and shared knowledge Sam Bullock (AUS), sitting fourth overall in the Asians, sees the potential for tactical match racing to assist a weaker team-mate.

“I think there might be an opportunity to match race in the pre-start phase to help your team-mate,” said Bullock. “It certainly adds another element. But I think the most important bit of the teamwork might be working with your partner to get them up to speed. The gaps between the women in Garda was far larger than the men and had big bearing on the outcome.”

Top five men after 16 races (three discards)
1 Denis Taradin (RUS)           14pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA)            30pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)             37.6pts
4 Sam Bullock (NZL)              45pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL)   55pts

Top five women after 16 races (three discards)

1 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL)       22pts
2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)                    32pts
3 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)             41pts
4 Jingle Chen (CHN)                            44pts
5 Benyapa Jantawan (THA)                  57pts

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com

Monday, 27 May 2019 12:59

Poland’s Magda Woyciechowska stretched her lead at the 2019 Formula Kite Asians, just besting her countrywoman and training partner Julia Damasiewicz in a day of scintillating racing in perfect foiling conditions in China.

Local favourite and key rival, Jingle Chen (CHN), threatened to unseat the Pole when she exploded out of the blocks on the regatta’s fourth day at Guangxi province’s Beihai city—taking three bullets, two in the opening races.

But even after pipping Woyciechowksa in a photo finish after audaciously stealing the lead on the final downwind leg in the day’s race four, Chen suffered disaster when she twice dropped her kite before the start and failed to start the final two contests.

The catastrophe put her down the order to leave in her fourth overall, leaving the door open for Natalie Flintrop-Clarke who moved up to third after she scooped up a bullet and three third places in ideal 9 to 10 kts tropical breezes on the Gulf of Beibu’s flat waters.

Russia’s Denis Taradin also made hay in the sunshine, continuing his winning ways in the men’s fleet's six races, taking four bullets that gave him a lock on the top on the leaderboard, despite a disastrous first race when he crashed and could only manage eleventh.

The championship’s youngest racer, 12-year-old Max Maeder (SNG), looks ever faster and landed a bullet, a second and third-placed finishes that left him just adrift of the top five, comfortable in sixth overall.

The fourth of the scheduled six-day regatta offered the best of the so-far slightly stuttering conditions that enabled International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) race officers to get six races away each for the men’s and women’s fleets.

Many of the athletes are going not only for glory in the Asians championships, but are trying to accrue enough ranking points to allow themselves a tilt at the Formula Kite kite medals at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego in October.

In the men’s fleet New Zealanders Sam Bullock and Lukas Walton-Keim are battling near the top of the order, hoping to land a Games’ spot. Bullock finished the day strongly in fourth overall after earning two thirds at the death, though he had seen Walton-Keim ahead take the early honours with a second and a third.

“That’s much better today,” said Walton-Keim. “I’m starting much better. A little bit of match racing there.  That helped. When I’m clear I have good speed and good angles. In the last few days I was punished when I was behind a little. I’m a lot happier.”

Maeder was happy, too, with his breakthrough success on the rhomboid windward-leeward track, though his joy was tempered by the knowledge consistency is the name of the game and that the regatta still has some way to run.

“I got lucky in a few races,” he said, downplaying his finishes. “But I’m really happy. I feel I’ve been riding my new foil, so it was a process of getting used to it. I don’t want to let this carry me away. A lot can still happen and everything could change.”

Woyciechowska, 14, was similarly grounded despite finishing the day with a bullet after being a model of consistency with five successive seconds that gave her a comfortable lead at the top of the order.

“It’s OK, but I can do better,” said Woyciechowska, ruing one loss to Chen after misjudging the final, vital gybe. “That race was very sad. I just went too far and gybed too late to make the finish line. So many seconds is not so good.”

But Australia’s Natalie Flintrop-Clarke, sitting in third spot overall just behind Damasiewicz, 14, was elated with her first bullet and a trio of thirds that lifted her closer to her somewhat younger rivals. She was even able to shrug off her costly misfortune in one race when she crashed tacking while leading.

“Finally, a bullet,” said Flintrop-Clarke. “I was lucky to finish in one race. I tacked in a ‘hole’. I had real difficulty getting going again. I was lucky to finish at all. I think after finishing first in the previous race my confidence got the better of me.”

Top five men after 16 races (three discards)
1 Denis Taradin (RUS)           14pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA)            30pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)             37.6pts
4 Sam Bullock (NZL)             45pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL)   55pts

Top five women after 16 races (three discards)

1 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL)       22pts
2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)                    32pts
3 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)             41pts
4 Jingle Chen (CHN)                            44pts
5 Benyapa Jantawan (THA)                  57pts

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com

Sunday, 26 May 2019 17:11

Polish training partners Magda Woyciechowska and Julia Damasiewicz grabbed the top spots in the standings in the women’s fleet at the Formula Kite World Championships in China in fickle breezes that got the best of most of their rivals.
    
The duo, both just 14, leap-frogged overnight leader, local favourite Jingle Chen (CHN), to secure the leaderboard’s first and second spots respectively in finely judged racing.
    
In breezes that toyed with race officials, often dipping below 6kts and rarely getting above 8kts, Woyciechowska scored two bullets from the only two races possible in the start-stop racing off Guangxi province’s Beihai city.

On day three of the scheduled six at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians, the men’s fleet racing separately also only managed to get in two races, with a third abandoned when the already light breeze completely died on parts of the course.
    
Still, Russia’s Denis Taradin had used the opening two contests to extend his points lead. Rivals in 17-strong fleet had few answers to his pace and tactical awareness that gave him healthy leads and earned him two bullets.

Many of the athletes in the 26-strong roster from 11 nations, including the Polish teenagers, hope to post sufficiently-strong performances to win enough ranking points to secure themselves a spot at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego where kiting will make its debut.

But first Woyciechowska and Damasiewicz had to make up for lost ground after they were obliged to retire for mistakenly sailing the wrong course on day one. Woyceichowska did that in style on day three taking wins as others failed to complete the course, finishing long before rivals—alternately Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) and Damasiewicz.

In her day’s second race she was harried by Chen and Damasiewicz all the way round the  rhomboid track just off the beach. But Chen failed to ley the final top mark and put her kite down in a lull, never to recover.

“It was really really light, but it was OK,” said Woyciechowska, who revels in the light airs. “I was fighting with Jingle Chen all the way round in the second race, but then she couldn’t make the mark. I’m really happy. It’s my first international competition where I’m in the top three.”

Even though Damasiewicz stumbled in the day’s first race and failed to finish, eking out a second spot in the day’s final race earned her valuable position that kept her just ahead of Chen on the leaderboard.

“That was cool,” said Damasiewicz. “The wind is tricky here and you don’t know where it’s going. I was second in the last race and I was happy to finish. Magda’s my friend and we’re always fighting on the water. If one of us makes a mistake, the other wins. I prefer strong wind, but when it’s light she’s the hero.”

The youngest competitor Max Maeder (SNG), just 12, was equally happy. He had been second in the day’s last race, before it was abandoned. “I was second and I wanted it to go on so that I could finish it,” he said. “I was really happy I made it back to the beach without swimming. I’m certainly learning a lot in every race.”

Top five men after ten races (two discards)

1 Denis Taradin (RUS)          8pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA)         18pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)           21pts
4 Sam Bullock (NZL)           25pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL) 33pts

Top five women after ten races (two discards)

1 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL)         14pts
2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)                      26pts
3 Jingle Chen (CHN)                              27pts
4 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)               28pts
5 Benyapa Jantawan (THA)                    39pts

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com

Saturday, 25 May 2019 15:06

China’s Jingle Chen shrugged off her forgettable first foray at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships and threw down the gauntlet to rivals with an almost perfect performance on the regatta’s second day to surge convincingly to the head of the order.
    
The 18-year-old scooped five bullets and a second spot in her day’s six races in ideal foiling conditions of breezes that varied from 8kts to 11kts on the flat waters off Guangxi province’s Beihai city, south-west China.
    
Her stellar racing when she barely put a foot wrong and had enough speed to leave the others in the women’s fleet trailing was the mirror opposite of her first day’s efforts after she was forced to retire from both races, once for following the leaders’ wrong track.

“I’m at the front today, so I have to follow my own course and that’s good for me,” she said. “The wind is much better today, perfect for my 21m kite. I’m getting good starts, which I think has helped a lot.”

Day two of the scheduled six at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians—sponsored by Beihai City—offered the 26 athletes from 11 nations the ideal opportunity to advance their positions in the high-octane foiling discipline.

Russia’s Denis Taradin was among those who rose to the challenge. Like Chen, after some slight misfortune on the championships’ opening day, Taradin hit his stride with four bullets in the men’s fleet’s five races.

Taradin’s superior pace on his 21m foil kite around the rhomboid windward-leeward track helped him leap up the standings as the others just behind him traded places in the scrap for the top places.

“I feel I have good speed today,” said Taradin. “In the races I won I had 10 or 15 seconds' lead on the others. But when I came in fourth I’d rounded the top mark first, but Mario Calbucci was very close. I crashed a gybe downwind and just couldn’t get back up on terms.”

Calbucci (ITA) scooped a bullet when Taradin faltered in one race and was able to add a clutch of high-placed finishes that were enough to keep him touch with the Russian in second spot on the leaderboard with all still to play for.

“It’s good racing today,” said Calbucci. “The wind’s not too light and I had good speed. I made mistakes but got some good results, though I hit a jelly fish just before the finish in the day’s third race. I ended up fifth, but that’s how it goes.”

Overnight leader, Turkey’s Ejder Ginyol had a slightly more mixed outing and slipped to third overall. But his performance was still good enough to notch up a second and third that kept him in the hunt.

Just behind him New Zealand’s Sam Bullock, hunting points to earn a slot at the World Beach Games in San Diego in October, also found his groove and earned two seconds and a third-placed finish.

“I got behind my countryman Lukas [Walton-Kiem] in one race,” said Bullock. “I'm not used to that and I pushed really hard. I think I was able to carry that speed into the next races. I definitely went better today.”

Top five men after eight races (two discards)

1 Denis Taradin (RUS)          6pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA)          13pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)            16pts
4 Sam Bullock (NZL)             17pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL)  23pts

Top five women after eight races (two discards)

1 Jingle Chen (CHN)                                7pts
2 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL)       12pts
3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)                      14pts
4 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)                21pts
5 Benyapa Jantawan (THA)                     24pts

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com

Friday, 24 May 2019 15:23

The four women who topped the standings at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships found themselves dramatically pushed down the order when they were forced to retire from one race after discovering they failed to sail the proper course.
    
For the young Polish pair—Julia Damasiewicz and Magdalen Woyciechowska, both 14—the mistake was a rude awakening to the complexity of top-level racing. Until their withdrawal for missing a mark and failing to complete a lap in the opening day’s second race, they stood first and second with respectively.
    
Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) and China’s Jingle Chen conceded that they had suffered crashes on the track off south-western China’s Beihai city beach and had followed the leaders, failing to realise they too had made their own mistakes and shortened the course.


The errors handed Benyapa “Fon” Jantawan (THA) the lead, with a bemused Bilge Ozturk (TUR) close behind in second after two races in the opening skirmishes of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians.
    
But with a further five days of the Beihai City-sponsored competition and many races in the offing, any of the leading athletes should have more than enough opportunity to claw back any deficit and reassert their dominance.
    
The Polish duo in particular had a near perfect record of two bullets and two seconds until their demotion and looked quick around the rhomboid track in the tropical breezes of around 12kts, that dropped to around just 7kts before racing was halted in early afternoon.


Damasiewicz and Woyciechowska, like many of the men racing in a separate fleet, are hoping their placings at the regatta’s end will earn them enough points to secure a place in kiteboarding’s appearance at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego in October.
    
The men’s fleet fared slightly better, squeezing in three races. But some suffered their own misfortunes. Russia’s Denis Taradin notched up two wins, but his opening foray came to grief when he struck a large jelly fish with his hydrofoil, crashed and finished down the order, leaving him poised in fourth overall.
    
Turkey’s Ejder Ginyol put in a good shift, taking three second spots that were enough to give him pole position just ahead of Italy’s Mario Calbucci, who opened his campaign with a bullet.


“It’s pretty good,” said Calbucci, riding his 21m foil kite. “In the first race the wind wasn’t so gusty. The other two were very technical. The wind was shifty, left and right by as much as 25 degrees and I missed the layline two times. But I’m quite happy.”
    
New Zealand’s Sam Bullock sits third overall with two third-placed finishes, but accepted that Taradin’s ill-luck had given him a leg up in the day’s opening race.
    
“I got lucky in the first when Denis Taradin hit something,” said Bullock. “In the third race I was struggling a bit for power on my 19m. But I still managed to hang in there. To be honest I’m still suffering from jet lag a bit. But I’m looking forward to better breezes that are forecast.”


 

Ozturk was similarly pleased to find herself second overall, thanks to some good fortune of her own. “I had bad starts for both races. But in the second race I hit something and fell off badly. The girls ahead me just got further away really quickly. I didn’t understand why. It turned out they hadn’t sailed the proper course. You have to sail your own race sometimes and experience comes in handy.”

Top five men after three races (no discards)

1 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)             6pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA)            8pts
3 Sam Bullock (NZL)            10pts
4 Denis Taradin (RUS)         13pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL) 14pts

Top five women after two races (no discards)

1 Benyapa Jantawan (THA)                  6pts
2 Bilge Ozturk (TUR)                           6pts
3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)                   11pts
4 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL)      12pts
5 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)            13pts

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com

Thursday, 23 May 2019 15:36

The quickest kitefoil racers in Asia are set to battle for the continental crown in a week of enthralling action on the smooth waters off the south-western Chinese beach city of Beihai.
    
The continent’s finest athletes will be pushed hard by a sprinkling of international kitefoil racers who have made the journey to fight for glory on Guangxi province’s Beibu Gulf.
    
Many of the racers hope their endeavours over six days of competition at the 2019 Formula Kite Asia Championships will be enough to land them a coveted spot in the lineup at October’s inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego, organised by the Association of National Olympic Committees.
    
Inevitably China is well represented at the Asian championships, sponsored by the City of Beihai, with eight athletes among the 26-strong field from 11 nations around the region and the world, who will likely face light tropical breezes.

Among Team China’s racers vying to secure a Beach Games spot, where the Formula Kite format limits athletes to series production hydrofoils and kites, Jingle Chen and Hao Ran Zhang are favourites to come out on top.
    
Chen has already tasted the thrill of Olympic competition when she represented China in the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) slalom competition at the Youth Games in Buenos Aires last October.
    
With a team-mate she will be competing in the Formula Kite mixed team relay format to be used when kiteboarding makes its historic debut at the Paris 2024 Olympics’ Marseille venue.
    
Part of the Asian championship regatta will be given over to testing the mixed relay format, where teams of one man and one woman each race one lap of the track, conducting a “flying” handover. It is only the format’s second trial, following the groundbreaking first outing at the Formula Kite Worlds in Italy last month.

The prospect of a slot at the Beach Games and looking further forward to the Olympics has drawn an ever-younger fleet who will hit their peak by the time the Games roll around.

Max Maeder (SNG), just 12, and Qibin Huang (CHN), 13, are closely followed by two Polish girls, Julia Damasiewicz and Magdalena Woyciechowska, both 14. Each girl could earn a Beach Games spot if they can finish in the top half of the women’s fleet in the championships.
    
In the men’s fleet, which will race separately, highly-ranked Russia’s Denis Taradin must be odds on favourite to come out on top, though Italy’s Mario Calbucci will no doubt give him a run or his money.

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com

Monday, 06 May 2019 00:02

France’s Nico Parlier and the US’s Daniela Moroz mounted successful defences of their titles in difficult conditions at the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships played out on the waters of northern Italy’s stunning Lake Garda.
    
For 18-year-old Moroz the crown was a remarkable fourth in succession, while Parlier could bask in the glow of three back-to-back Formula Kite world titles in the face of increasingly-stiff challenges from ever-quicker fleets stacked with talent.
    
Moroz came into the five days of competition in a relaxed frame of mind, but was nonetheless stoked with her unbroken haul of titles against a growing women’s fleet eager to break her dominance.
    
“I’m absolutely delighted,” said a beaming Moroz. “It was challenging and I learned a tonne. I know it’s only going to get harder from here as more girls start getting into it and begin training with more intensity. It was pretty cool racing on iconic Lake Garda for the first time, too.”

Likewise, Parlier sees that kiteboarding’s inclusion in the line-up for the 2024 Olympics in Paris has made the competition even tougher with a host of new young faces, which only serves to make his third championship victory sweeter.
    
“I’m really happy as I didn’t expect it much,” said Parlier. “It’s definitely getting harder. The guys are getting quicker and it’s pretty tight. I felt really fast, but many are close to me. The starts were insane with 30 in the ‘gold’ fleet. The racing was really interesting here under the cliffs.”
    
The championships—hosted by Campione Univela and supported by Regione Lombardia—fizzled out in slightly disappointing fashion when an icy 40kts storm blew over the track, coating the overlooking mountains with snow and preventing racing on the final day.
    
The opening men’s qualifying series for the 87 athletes had been shortened, too, by a lack of wind on day three, with another day given over to the first trial of the mixed team relay format to be used when kiteboarding debuts at the Olympics’ Marseilles sailing venue.

But with enough races on day one to seed the top men’s “gold” flight, the athletes and the women’s fleet had each enjoyed four pulsating races on the championship’s fourth and penultimate day.
    
While Parlier and Moroz had dominated the opening races, they found the competition tougher towards the close. Parlier could only manage one bullet to match his second and two third placed finishes in breathtakingly quick and close racing.
    
Britain’s Olly Bridge, returning after break when he seems to have recharged his batteries, took a bullet, second and fifth spots that were just enough to maintain his second place overall.
    
“I’m pretty happy to be honest; it’s a good result,” said Bridge. “I wasn’t expecting too much. I was riding well and making good moves in the races, so I was pretty relaxed. I felt good and I think that helped.”

Bridge just edged out fellow countryman Connor Bainbridge. He finished equal on points but lost out on count backs and took the third podium spot with what was still stellar racing in the ultra-competitive fleet.
    
“I’m super-happy with the result,” said Bainbridge. “I definitely wanted to be on the podium, and it’s nice to be there with Olly Bridge and Nico Parlier—two others at the top of their game. But the next stop I want is top of the podium.”
    
Former world champion Russia’s Elena Kalinina was equally pleased with her second podium spot, clinched in such a spectacular setting at Lake Garda against such a tough fleet.
    
“I liked this competition a lot, and I’m happy with my progress,” said Kalinina. “I really enjoyed this spot and racing in the girls’ fleet. It’s got so big it will definitely push the level, which makes it interesting.”

2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships—Results

Men
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)            
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)        
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR)

Women
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)        
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)        
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS)

Mixed KiteFoil Team Relay
1 USA (Daniela Moroz / Evan Heffernan)
2 FRA (Alexia Fancelli / Maxime Nocher)
3 RUS (Elena Kalinina / Denis Taradin)

Men U19
1 Arthur Lhez (FRA)
2 Oliver Hansen (DEN)
3 Scott Whitehead (AUS)

Women U19
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Valeria Garashenko (RUS)
3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)

Men U16
1 Maximilian Maeder (SGP)
2 Jakub Jurkowski (POL)
3 Michal Wojciechowski (POL)

Women U16
1 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)
2 Magdalena Wojciechowska (POL)
3 Nina Arcisz (POL)

Men (Masters)
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Nico Landauer (URU)
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)

Women (Masters)
1 Steph Bridge (GBR)
2 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)
3 Claire Durand (FRA)

Men (Grand Masters)
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Wilson Veloso Junior (BRA)
3 Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA)

Full results: http:/www.formulakite.com

Saturday, 04 May 2019 21:09

The current men’s and women’s title holders, France’s Nico Parlier and the US’s Daniela Moroz, are sitting in pole position to retain their crowns after a scintillating penultimate day of hydrofoil racing at  the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite Worlds fought out in Italy.
    
But the pair both stumbled in several races under stiff challenges from ever-faster kitefoil rivals. The slips blotted their previously-perfect records at the world championships being contested on Lago di Garda with its breath-taking mountain backcloth.
    
In near-perfect foiling conditions, in breezes that built during the afternoon from 6kts to around 11kts, Britain’s returning Olly Bridge picked up a bullet and a second in his day’s four races to leave him second overall.

Friday, 03 May 2019 21:25

Dreams of capturing coveted Olympic medals when kitefoil racing makes its debut at the 2024 Games in Paris has prompted nations to invest heavily in kiteboarding programmes to unearth and hone top athletes.
    
The dynamic of kiteboard racing on display at the 2019 Pascucci KiteFoil World Championships being fought out on northern Italy’s Lago di Garda has altered dramatically since the sailing discipline won Olympics inclusion last year.
    
Now a number of countries with strong sailing backgrounds and big Olympic ambitions have fielded large national squads, often made up of extremely young athletes who will reach their peak by the time the mixed team kitefoil relay graces Marseilles venue.
    
But on day three of the world championships off Campione del Garda—supported by Regione Lombardia—rain and thunder showers stopped the reliable Ora thermal winds from building and prevented any racing.

Friday, 03 May 2019 21:13

A special test event to trial the new mixed relay race format that will be used when kiteboarding makes its historic debut at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games saw the US’s reigning Formula Kite world champion Daniela Moroz and partner Evan Heffernan top the standings.
    
But the pair edged out France’s Alexia Fancelli and former world champion Maxime Nocher by just one point in a day of thrillingly close race action on northern Italy’s breath-taking Lago di Garda on the sidelines of the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships.
    
With all the world’s fastest kiteboarders gathered to contest the world championships—hosted by Campione Univela and supported by Regione Lombardia—most who could muster a mixed team joined the trial for which one day was set aside.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 22:54

Reigning kitefoil title holders France’s Nico Parlier and the US’s Daniela Moroz got the defence of their crowns off to a perfect start in stellar conditions at the Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships played out on the splendour of northern Italy’s Lake Garda.
    
Both dominated their respective fleets, with a delighted Parlier taking all four of his races, while Moroz left the other women in the fleet of 30 trailing far in her wake on the trapezoid course in 10kts to 12kts of breeze.
    
The opening exchanges of the 2019 edition of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Worlds were fought out by the athletes in the largest and fastest foiling fleet ever assembled.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 09:57

The lure of Olympic glory has drawn the largest fleet in years—studded with all the world’s fastest kiteboard racers—eager to do battle on northern Italy’s spectacular Lake Garda at the 2019 Formula Kite World Championships.
    
A full complement of 87 men and a remarkable roster of 30 women, many of them novices in the high-octane discipline of kitefoil racing, will take to the track at Campione del Garda in five days of competition.
    
Last year’s decision to include mixed kiteboard team racing in the line-up for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris has encouraged many young athletes from a total of 29 countries to join the fray to hone their skills and race-craft, with nations like Britain, Poland and France showing impressive commitment.

Monday, 05 November 2018 14:38

Yesterday, Sunday 4 November 2018, the Annual General Meeting of World Sailing confirmed the final line-up of events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is made up of delegates from member national authorities (MNA), with each MNA entitled to one vote.

Although a decision was made in May 2018, World Sailing's Regulations allow both the Events and Equipment to be amended at the 2018 Annual Conference by World Sailing's Council before ratification at the AGM.

The AGM was invited to debate and vote on a proposal from the World Sailing Council meeting of 1 November 2018 to include a new Mixed Keelboat Offshore event. This proposal was approved by the AGM who confirmed the final 2024 Olympic events/equipment line-up as follows:

Men’s Windsurfer– RS:X
Women’s Windsurfer–RS:X
Mixed Kite– equipment evaluation (new event)
Men’s One Person Dinghy– Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy– Laser Radial
Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore-equipment evaluation (new event)
Mixed Two Person Dinghy– equipment evaluation (new event - 470)
Men’s Skiff– 49er
Women’s Skiff– 49erFX
Mixed Multihull– Nacra 17
*RS:X and Laser/Radial are subject to anti-monopoly review

Saturday, 14 July 2018 21:37

A week of racing in conditions from 6 to well over 25 knots came to an end yesterday with Guy Bridge and Daniela Moroz taking the overall honors at the kiteboarding event at the 81st edition of the "Warnemuender Woche" in the north of Germany.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 14:05

World Sailing has published the 2018 Formula Kite Class Rules at 
http://sailing.org/tools/documents/FK2018CR20180510-[24069].pdf

One of the main changes is the move to an equipment registration cycle in line with the Olympic Quad, with the same equipment being eligible from selection until the day after the next Olympic Games.

New licensed builders are added every four years from the list of registered series production equipment, ensuring that equipment evolution takes place between Olympic Cycles, but at the same time there is stability and reliabiliy during the Olympic Quad.

Formula Kite equipment is currently used for all Formula Kite World and Continental Championships but also for the Central American & Caribbean Games 2018, the PanAmerican Games 2019 and the World Beach Games 2019.

The qualification for the World Beach Games will be based on the Formula Kite Individual World Rankings as of 1st June 2019, with all events from 1st June 2018 onwards counting towards these rankings. A maximum of 2 competitors per country and gender (20 men, 20 women) is able to qualify. Qualification will be by name rather than by MNA, ensuring that the best kiteboarders in the world are able to attend this event.

For the 2017-2020 registration cycle, competitors can chose from the current list of registered equipment, with one hydrofoil system and up to four kites per event. The complete equipment lists can be found at http://formulakite.com/onb.

Brands can continue to register their most recent series production equipment which will then become eligibly after the Olympic Games 2020. New licensed builders will be selected in the November 3 years before the next Olympic Games from the list of registered series production equipment at that time. Amongst others, the performance criteria is that the equipment is within the top 5 models used by competitors in the world ranking.

Equipment registration forms are available from World Sailing or the IKA Office.

Upcoming Major Formula Kite Events
(For a complete list of events see http://internationalkiteboarding.org/events/upcoming-events)
2018 Formula Kite European Championships
2018 Central American & Caribbean Games
2018 World Sailing World Championships
2018 North American Championships (and PanAmerican Games Qualification)
2018 South American Championships (and PanAmerican Games Qualification)
2018 Asian Championships
2019 Continental Championships (all)
2019 World Championships
2019 World PanAmerican Games
2019 World Beach Games

Friday, 25 May 2018 14:48

Sports have been confirmed for the first ANOC World Beach Games ©ANOC

A final list of 15 sports and 17 disciplines due to appear at the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games in San Diego has been confirmed today.

The list is essentially the same as what was proposed during San Diego's presentation at the ANOC General Assembly in Prague last November.

ANOC have denied facing any pressure from the International Canoe Federation (ICF) in their decision to remove stand-up paddle from the proposed surfing disciplines put forward last year.

Shortboard and longboard surfing events are now proposed along with water ski jumping and wakeboarding.

It comes amid a row between the ICF and the International Surfing Association over who governs stand-up paddle.

ANOC claim to have made the decision through consultations only with the ISA.

Aquathlon, a combination of running and swimming, is proposed as the sole triathlon discipline, while a five kilometres open water swimming race is also included.

BMX cycling, bouldering, beach handball, kata karate, kitefoil sailing, park skateboarding, beach soccer, beach tennis, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball 4x4 and beach wrestling are also included.

Monday, 14 May 2018 22:35

Kiteboarding is to become a full Olympic sailing event after World Sailing’s (WS) Council approved a submission that will see athletes take the stage at the Paris 2024 Games.

The Events Committee of World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport of sailing including windsurfing and kiteboarding, approved submission M22-18 from the Romanian Sailing Association which includes two events for windsurfing, a new mixed one person dinghy event (i.e.Finn + new lightweight women's boat), a mixed double handed dinghy team event (i.e. 470), and a mixed kiteboarding team event in addition to the five already confirmed events (2x single handed dinghy, 2x skiff, mixed multihull).

Thursday, 14 December 2017 22:19

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, and Male/Female Foiling Kitesurf will compete for the joint 2018 European Championship in La Rochelle, France.

These 5 progressive sailing events will wow the nautical French city just one month before the first Olympic qualifiers.

Together these events represent some of the most dynamic athletes in sailing. These sailors push modern craft to the highest levels. The 49er, 49erFX, and mixed Nacra 17 are all Olympic class boats currently, and the foiling kitesurfer aims to gain Olympic status for 2024.

All five events will also be included in the Aarhus 2018 Sailing World Championship which will also serve as the first qualifier for the 2020 Olympics.

Racing for the combined Europeans is scheduled from July 8-13, 2018, with pre-regatta formalities beginning on July 5th. There will be three days of qualification followed by three days of finals for the Olympic classes, with a format yet to be determined for the kites.

The final three days will be live broadcasted for free to the public as has been the tradition for the past number of years.
This progressive sailing festival is meant to be a chance to bring together a like minded but diverse group of modern sailors.

La Rochelle is a traditional nautical area, with a long history in modern and traditional sailing. The regatta will be based from the Societe des Regates Rochelaises (SRR), a host organization that has performed many large-scale regattas in the recent past including the autumn French Olympic week under the old grade 1 / grade 2 system when World Sailing was ISAF.



“We are delighted to be working with the folks in La Rochelle to bring this large and complex championship. The European Championships is the second most important championship annually for Olympic classes and we are excited to be racing in such a fine venue. It will also be nice to race alongside our friends from the kitesurfing community, who share a passion for modern sailing technology and a collaborate culture,”said president of the 49er and Nacra 17 classes, Marcus Spillane.

”Being included in this world class event means a lot to us and shows the continued integration of kiteracing into multi-class sailing events. Competing in France, the “motherland” of kitefoil-racing together with the other high-performance Olympic Classes is another step to showcase progressive equipment and competition formats. Be prepared for a true spectacle” says Markus Schwendtner, CEO of the International Kiteboarding Association.

 “We're really thrilled to host such an exciting regatta in La Rochelle. Our ability to race in front of the public at this time of the year will make it a spectacular event. And we can't wait to see the first kite race ever in La Rochelle! This event will be the climax of the 2018 season”,Said Alain Mevellec, president of Société des Régates Rochelaises (SRR).

For the 49er class this is the 22ndEuropean Championship of the class with Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell winning both the Europeans and Worlds last year in their first major championship titles in the 49er. They will be odds on favorites to repeat.
For the 49erFX this is the 6thEuropean Championship. Last years winners were Tina Lutz and Susan Beucke of Germany, who won on a blustery final day with a win or swim attitude that was more than the competition could handle. The 49erFX class will be a tough title to predict ahead of time since it is expected that every champion from all previous worlds and Europeans is likely to attend.

For the Nacra 17 this is also the 6thever European Championship with Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti from Italy wining in 2017. This will be the first major championship of the foiling class with all teams having been fully trained up on the boats. The 2018 events were conducted with teams having the boats for only a few months, so with a full year of practice under their belts this championship will be a great test for top teams ahead of Aarhus Olympic qualifying.

It will be the 8thEuropean Championship for the Formula Kite Class, which has made the step to “fully foiling” in 2014. The class enjoys a healthy cross-over not only from traditional sailing classes like Optimist, where most of the current top sailors earned their first victories, but also from high performance sailing and match racing. Defending European Champions are Nico Parlier and Alexia Fancelli, both from France, who hope to defend their titles on home turf.

Friday, 24 November 2017 18:42

France’s Nico Parlier topped off a dramatic week at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman with a near-perfect exhibition that only served to underscore his dominance and land him the title.

In the tense battles of the climactic final day’s Medal Series decider, the French rider’s sheer pace meant he had the title in the bag even before the last race, adding to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil Class world title that he secured in Italy last month.



If anything, the US’s Daniela Moroz was even more dominant in the women’s division. The 16-year-old had already won the IKA Formula Kite World Championship crown even before she took to the water on the last day, securing her back-to-back world titles.

“It’s really, really good. I’m pretty stoked,” said a beaming Moroz. “Coming into this there was a lot of expectation heaped on me, but I managed to stay calm. I just had fun with it and tried to keep all the pressure out of my mind.”



The more measured Parlier was equally delighted, if less vocal, about his victory and a performance that left the rest of the pack—the strongest and youngest fleet in years—shaking their heads in awe at his speed and tactical presence.

“It was a good day,” said Parlier. “I had won today in the Medal Series after the second race. I could have stayed on the beach and still have won, so in the end it was easy. But still, the level of competition was really high and it was tough. Right now we’re going faster and faster, and I really like that because the level of our sport’s going up.”



The five-day regatta—hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat—was marked by scintillating kite hydrofoil racing in conditions that varied from 6 knots to 20 knots, challenging the 58 riders, including six women, from 22 countries and six continents.

In the epic conditions on the Gulf of Oman, framed by a dramatic mountain backdrop, organisers ran 108 of the “short track” races that lasted barely eight minutes, such is the devastating speed of the cutting-edge hydrofoils and the skill of the athletes who can clock almost 40 knots even in light breezes.



But kite racing is about more than pure speed. Consistency is key, as one of the early leaders, Britain’s Olly Bridge, discovered to his cost in the drama that unfolded in the last day’s Medal Series.

Going into the final day’s competition in second spot overall, Bridge had a slender lead over France’s Axel Mazella. But a disastrous second race where he finished eighth in the 10-strong Medal Series fleet, left him in a tough spot hoping the Frenchman might slip up.

However, Mazella responded to the pressure in the fading 6 knots to 7 knots of breeze on smooth waters. He took a win in the day’s final race, just ahead of Parlier and Bridge, to clinch the second podium spot.



“It was very tense out there,” said a visibly delighted Mazella. “Looking at the scoreboard I knew I could afford to finish the last race two places behind him, but I won. This ‘short track’ format is really, really difficult because if you make a bad start, or a mistake, it’s over. For that reason I’m really super-happy to take second place.”

Similarly thrilled was former Formula Kite World Champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, who also found herself locked in a struggle for second spot with France’s Alexia Fancelli, in a contest that went down to the wire.



In the final race of the event, Kalinina edged the second spot on the podium when she snatched a second in the race, while Fancelli could only manage a fourth as both women struggled in the light breeze that dipped to 5 knots.

“It was very, very close right down to the last race,” said Kalinina. “The last race was the decider and we were always neck-and-neck, so it came down to who made the least mistakes. I crashed on a tack, but then she did too. We’ve been fighting all through our 26 races for the second podium place. It was great sailing—a great experience that you just can’t buy. I’m so happy.”

Despite starting the day just ahead in second spot overall, Fancelli took heart from her performance that signalled a huge improvement in that she is now pushing the former world champion to the limit.



“I’m happy, but sad at the same time,” said Fancelli. “But I’m pleased with third to Elena Kalinina because I’m really close now. I’m super-happy with my progression, and I’ll be back next year to take second, or even first. I’ll definitely be working on my light-wind skills.”

Full results can be found at:www.formulakite.com/results

Formula Kite World Championship, Men
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)                          
2 Axel Mazella (FRA)            
3 Olly Bridge (GBR)   

Formula Kite World Championship, Women
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)         
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship, U-18 Division
1 Toni Vodisek (SLO)
2 Martin Dolenc (CRO)
3 Mani Bisschops (AUS)

Formula Kite World Championship U-21 Division Women
1Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3 Anaïs Mai Desjardins FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship U-21 Division
1 Axel Mazella (FRA)
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)
3 Titouan Galea (FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship Grand Masters Division
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA)
3 Klas Naabo (SWE)

Formula Kite World Championship Masters Division
1 Nico Landauer (URU)
2 James Johnson (DEN)
3 Ivan Doronin (RUS)













Friday, 24 November 2017 04:03

Competition at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman saw the stakes raised as the leading racers battled to secure a top 10 spot and the chance to go for glory in the Medal Series on the final day on Friday.

The duels on the water off Muscat’s Al Mouj beach in the top fleet, with riders battling for position, were intense, with the slightest mistake proving costly in what is undoubtedly the strongest kitefoil racing line-up of the year.



France’s Nico Parlier barely put a foot wrong on the penultimate day of the five-day regatta on the Gulf of Oman’s flat waters, in a shifty 10 to 11 knot breeze, extending his lead and giving himself a healthy advantage.

It didn’t all go his way, however, Britain’s Olly Bridge managed to get the better of the Frenchman in one race, notching up his first win and taking second place on the leaderboard. This victory came right after he had failed to complete the previous race and had to be rescued after breaking two lines and seeing his kite tumble into the water. 



France’s Axel Mazella secured third place on the leaderboard after a day of neck-and-neck competition with rivals Parlier and Bridge that saw ultra-fast (just over) seven-minute laps of the course. 

Despite intense competition from a classy field – with 10 of the 18-strong gold fleet riders aged under 21 – the leading trio were in a class of their own. The chasing pack, however, was almost as quick, with most finishing just seconds after the leaders. 

The biggest winner on day four of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Championships, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, was Riley Gibbs, from the USA, who put in a stellar performance and notched up a clutch of high-placed finishes. 



He was awarded a scoring redress for the five races he was forced to miss on Wednesday after a collision in a port-starboard incident with the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Maxime Nocher, from Monaco. The award propelled him to fourth on the leaderboard and secured his place in the Medal Series.

Slovenian Toni Vodisek, 17, put his best foot forward on day four, enjoying his finest day on the water so far with a brace of second and third place finishes in the top fleet’s six races, putting him seventh overall. 

Russian Denis Taradin had a slightly more chequered outing, but his strong finishes in the opening clashes of the two-day Finals Series were enough to put him in ninth place overall going into the final day. 



“Behind the leading three guys there is a battle for every single place,” said Taradin. “It’s definitely the toughest fleet I’ve ever sailed in. The whole line-up is packed. I love every single moment of it. I try not to care too much about the result, enjoy myself and not make too much trouble in my mind.” 

Frenchman Théo de Ramecourt, tenth overall, was also revelling in the intensity of the competition that he believed ultimately could only be good for his future performance.



“The level here is just insane,” said de Ramecourt. “One race you can be number four, then number 14. You just can’t make any mistakes. It’s really hard, but it’s so interesting. We now have a new vision of what racing is. I’m so happy with my speed and performance.” 

In the women’s fleet, another battle has been unfolding out on the water between France’s Alexia Fancelli and Russia’s Elena Kalinina, with both trailing in the wake of the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Daniela Moroz, from the USA, who posted six wins out of six today. 



Fancelli was pleased to have bagged a second and a trio of third place finishes that gave her the edge and put her in second place on the leaderboard over former Formula Kite World Champion, Kalinina. The pair, are just one point apart going into the final day. 

“I’m so pleased that I’m in the game with Elena Kalinina for a second-place finish,” said Fancelli. “We’ve had a long day, but I’m absolutely going faster. So now it’s about tactics and reading the wind shifts on the course to earn the best advantage.”

Full results and minute-by-minute race reporting can be found at:www.formulakite.com/results

Top five men after 12 finals series races (two discards)
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)                     14pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)                      27pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA)                    31pts
4 Riley Gibbs (USA)                      56pts
5 Titouan Galea (FRA)                  92pts

Top three women after 23 races (four discards)
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)                 19pts
2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)                  43pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS)                  44pts

Thursday, 23 November 2017 03:28

With the top fleet stacked with the world’s fastest kite racers the battles at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman just got a lot fiercer in awesome conditions that provided a perfect stage for the riders’ supreme athleticism.

France’s Nico Parlier dominated in breezes that freshened and hovered between 9 and 11 knots for much of the day off Muscat’s Al Mouj Beach on the Gulf of Oman, framed by a dramatic mountain backdrop. 



On smooth waters, Parlier was pushed all the way by his friend and countryman Axel Mazella – who managed to overhaul his rival in race one – and Britain’s Olly Bridge. Often with just metres between them, the three had thrillingly-close finishes after high speed sub-eight minute laps of the race track.

In the women’s fleet, the reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz, from the US, showed she is human after all when she missed out on winning two of today’s five races. The 16-year-old’s superiority on the leaderboard is so dominant however, that a second and third place, plus a hat-trick of wins, was enough to cement her top spot. 



The epic day at the 2017 IKA Formula Kite World Championships, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, was marked by fractious drama on the water when reigning IKA Formula Kite World Champion Maxime Nocher, from Monaco, collided with a number of other riders while on port tack.
The incident, the subject of a number of protest hearings in the jury room, forced the USA’s Riley Gibbs and France’s Theo Lhostis, to withdraw from racing for the rest of the day. Nocher also changed out of his wetsuit and pulled out of the fray for the remainder of the day. 



Day three of the championship saw the leading riders divided into gold, silver and bronze fleets for the two-day finals series, seeded on the basis of the opening exchanges in the qualifiers. Day five of the competition, dedicated to a medal series, will pit the top 10 men against one another for the crown and the spoils. 

On the basis of Parlier’s near-peerless day, riding on his biggest 19m kite, he would appear to be in the box seat for the title. At one time, Parlier struggled in lighter breezes that perhaps favoured lighter rivals, but he now appears to have mastery of all conditions. 



“It’s definitely been a little bit tighter today,” said Parlier. “It’s mostly between me and Axel Mazella as usual, but now that we’re competing with Olly Bridge and some other good riders, it changes everything.” 

As overnight leader, Bridge, who had been competing in a different fleet in the opening qualifying series, knew he would have his work cut out for him with the French duo in the mix. He finished in second place on the leaderboard, splitting the pair. 

“It’s definitely been more difficult today,” he said. “But I’m getting better. Nico Parlier is just very, very fast. Upwind, downwind, everywhere. But with Axel Mazella, I’m quite close, so I am happy with things.”

Live results and daily minute-by-minute reports from the racing action can be found at:www.formulakite.com

Top five men after six finals series races (one discard)
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)                 9pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)               15pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA)             17pts
4 Julien Kerneur (FRA)          47pts
5 Johnny Heineken (USA)      54pts


Top three women after 17 races (three discards)
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)           15pts
2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)           29pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS)           33pts

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 03:21

The leading riders consolidated their hold on the top tier of the leaderboard with spectacularly-close competition at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman as conditions delivered epic racing.

Britain’s Olly Bridge preserved his overnight lead with another all-star performance in breeze that quickly built to over 20knots, churning up the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman off Muscat’s Al Mouj Beach. 



After an uncharacteristically faltering start to his day that saw him finish third in race one after mistakenly heading towards the wrong mark, the Brit barely skipped a beat winning the next five of the day’s six races. He was able to shrug off the error with a wry smile, safe in the knowledge that he had secured pole position going into the regatta’s two-day finals series that will pit the fastest racers against one another. 



The younger Bridge sibling, Guy, was not so lucky on day two of the World Championships. He could not repeat his opening form and slipped in the rankings, although a series of high-placed finishes saw him rank fourth on the leaderboard – enough to secure his spot in the finals series that kick off tomorrow. 

Day two of the 2017 IKA Formula Kite World Championship, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, saw a repeat performance of the fierce contest between French duo, Nico Parlier and Axel Mazella. 

The pair again found themselves racing in the same qualifying series fleet. But as the breeze quickly built from 8 knots to 17-18 knots, there was little between the two. 



Time and again after blisteringly-quick laps of the short track, often completed in under eight minutes, they were locked together in photo-finishes in flat-out drag races on the reach to the finish line. 

The smallest error was enough to concede the lead, though often on the course throughout their six races, they traded the lead only to snatch it back as they crossed the finish line. 

In the end, it was Parlier who secured the lion’s share of the victories with four to Mazella’s two. The freshening breeze played to his strengths, though both were still holding down large 15m kites at the finish. 

The breath-taking performances and nail-biting finishes saw the pair leapfrog Guy Bridge, putting Parlier and Mazella in second and third place respectively. All the riders will now be reseeded into the finals series fleet. 

“I like these breezier conditions. I think I really go best in this kind of weather,” said Parlier.  “Because Axel Mazella and I have been battling one another, we’ll start behind Olly Bridge in points, which is definitely not an advantage, but I think the conditions are going to be completely different for the rest of the week, so it’s going to be a completely different regatta.” 

In the women’s fleet the reigning IKA Formula Kite World Champion, US rider, Daniela Moroz, 16, reigned supreme again, winning almost every one of the six races convincingly. 



She did show that she is not invincible however when she was disqualified in one race for crossing the start-line early and only won another race by the skin of her teeth after misjudging the lay line on the downwind leg.

“I was way below the bottom mark and I had to double gybe,” said Moroz. “Some of the others passed me, but I caught up going up wind and managed to pass them on the downwind leg. It was pretty close, though!”

Racing continues tomorrow with the Finals Series.

Full results and daily minute-by-minute reporting can be found at:www.formulakite.com

Top five men after 12 races (two discards)
1 Olly Bridge (GBR)                            10pts
2 Nico Parlier (FRA)                            12pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA)                          16pts
4 Guy Bridge (GBR)                            23pts
5 Titouan Galea (FRA)                        28pts

Top three women after 12 races (two discards)
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)                       10pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)                        20pts
3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)                        27pts 

Monday, 20 November 2017 18:15

Britain’s Bridge brothers, Olly and Guy, signalled their intent when they bagged a big tally of first places in the opening exchanges of the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman, giving them the top two spots on the leaderboard.

Olly Bridge put on a near flawless display, taking six wins and leaving classy rivals like reigning and former Formula Kite World Champions, Maxime Nocher (MON) and Johnny Heineken (USA), trailing in his wake.



Younger sibling Guy Bridge, competing in a different flight of the qualifying series, took four firsts and a second, beating off challenges from Theo Lhostis (FRA) and another former Formula Kite World Champion, Germany’s Florian Gruber. 

But it was the rivalry between the French duo of Nico Parlier and Axel Mazella, racing in a third flight of the men’s qualifying series, that produced the most intriguing battles on the opening day of the 2017 World Championship contest. 



The pair, close friends off the water, traded wins and second-place finishes all day in their flight’s six races. With acute tactical appreciation and searing pace on their kite hydrofoils, the Frenchmen are so closely matched they had many near photo-finishes after the eight-minute circuits of the short track course. 

Yet it was Parlier, the reigning IKA KiteFoil Class World Champion, who got the upper hand with four wins to Mazella’s two, leaving them in third and fourth place respectively on the leaderboard. Even with the flight assignment for day two of the five-day contest reseeded, they will come up against one another again on day three, before proceeding to the finals series.

For the women, competing in their own fleet, reigning IKA Formula Kite World Champion, Daniela Moroz (USA), was as usual in a league of her own in the breezes that built from 8 knots to around 13kts under cloudless skies over the Gulf of Oman. 



The 16-year-old made an inauspicious start when she went towards the wrong mark in the opening race and finished down the field. But in the following races she didn’t put a foot wrong and the five firsts she scooped put her at the top of the women’s leaderboard. 

The five-day competition to crown the IKA Formula Kite World Champions, hosted by Oman Sail and associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, will be broken up into a two-day qualifying series to seed the two-day finals series, with the top riders competing for gold on the last day in the medals series. 

Day one delivered classic kite foil racing conditions, with most riders opting for their larger 19m or 21m kites for the 7-8kts breezes, eventually dropping down to 15m kites as the breeze built and the sinking sun highlighted the coastline’s stunning mountain backdrop. 



But Olly Bridge, for one, only had eyes on the prize. His laser-like concentration paid off to devastating effect and put him in a good place as he comes up against stiffer tests as the competition progresses.

“I’ve been racing a lot in the last few weeks, so that was a good warm up for me,” he said. “I’ve been training hard on a new foil and the kites have been helping my performance too. Maxime Nocher is just behind me in every race, so that’s a pretty nice feeling.” 

On the other hand, Axel Mazella finds himself in the slightly uncomfortable position of playing second fiddle to his friend and rival Nico Parlier even though there is little to separate them.



 “We have exactly the same performance and the same pace,” he said. “So when either of us makes a mistake in a race, he gives up the lead. Strategy becomes very, very important.” 

Top five men after six races (one discard)
1 Olly Bridge (GBR)                           5pts
2 Guy Bridge (GBR)                           6pts
3 Nico Parlier (FRA)                           6pts
4 Axel Mazella (FRA)                          8pts
5 Theo Lhostis (FRA)                         13pts

Top three women after six races (one discard)
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)                      5pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)                      11pts
3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)                      12pts            

Monday, 20 November 2017 03:51

A clique of reigning and former kite racing world champions are lined up ready to fight it out with a clutch of young pretenders on the flat waters of Oman’s dramatic coastline as they vie for the prized 2017 Formula Kite crowns.

The impressive roster of the world’s fastest kitefoil racers represents the showdown of the year in what will surely be breathtakingly tight contests on the Gulf of Oman’s crystal clear waters off Muscat’s Al Mouj Beach.



The much-anticipated head-to-head battles will see reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Champion, Monaco’s Maxime Nocher, attempt to see off title challenges from France’s Nico Parlier, the “open” Kitefoil Class world title holder, and his countryman Axel Mazella, the KiteFoil GoldCup World Series victor.

In the women’s division—raced separately from the men over the six days of competition—reigning IKA Formula Kite world title holder, the US’s Daniela Moroz, still just 16, is trying to keep her nerve and ignore the expectation heaped on her.



With 58 competitors—six of them women—from 22 countries and six continents, the hotly-contested title fight hosted by Oman Sail, with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, will provoke intriguing battles on warm waters bathed by consistent sea breezes.

Oman Sail has already staged a host of the sport’s most prestigious events, including the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Extreme Sailing Series and the Laser World Championships.

The addition of the IKA Formula Kite Worlds to that line up chimes with its vision to project the Sultanate’s profile on the global stage. A colourful opening ceremony that welcomed the athletes, gave voice to that vision.

The Formula Kite Worlds, run over five days’ racing, is a “closed” event that restricts riders to four registered series production kites and one production hydrofoil. It is the same format that will be deployed if kiting is successful in its bid to become a “showcase event” at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The impending decision partly explains why such a strong field has turned out for the kite racing calendar’s climactic event.



Just over a year after she stunned the kite racing scene when she scooped the Formula Kite crown in China aged just 15, Daniela Moroz, is trying to balance the pressures that come with being the title holder.
“I’m really excited to do another world championship, but it’s a lot of pressure,” she said. “People have expectations of me now, so it’s a bit stressful. But I’m trying to relax, listen to my gut, and tune it all out. The competition’s got a lot hotter.”

Last year’s runner-up, former world champion Elena Kalinina of Russia, will inevitably be a strong contender, but the French duo of Alexia Fancelli and Anaïs Mai Desjardins have been training hard with the men on their Enata team.



Desjardins, also 16, is excited about the chance to take part in her second world championship, especially since she has joined Team Enata that has given her access to more-competitive equipment.
“I love this equipment and it’s not like last year at all,” she said. “Now the stuff is not the problem. I can’t blame my equipment any more. If there’s a problem, it’s me.”

Maxime Nocher, returning after a four-month hiatus from kiting, is eager to add to his three successive Formula Kite world crowns but fears it will be a tough ask in the face of such stiff competition that also includes former title holders Johnny Heineken, of the US, and Germany’s Florian Gruber.



“I haven’t been in the water for more than a month, so we will see,” said Nocher. “I’m here for the fun. Of course I’m keen to retain my title, but I’m realistic about it.”

Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:19

The stage is set for the year’s biggest kite racing event with the globe’s fastest riders planning to assemble on Oman’s crystal clear waters in just one month to do battle for the coveted Formula Kite World Championship crowns.

With the decision on kiteboarding’s bid to become a “showcase event” at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics imminent, it is expected the showdown for the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) titles will also draw a large fleet with real strength in depth. 

Yet it is the prospect of all the top men and women—who have not appeared on the same stage so far this year—coming together to go head-to-head in kiteboarding’s searingly-quick, cutting-edge discipline that is truly mouthwatering.

Muscat’s Al Mouj Beach on the Gulf of Oman, bathed with constant breezes, will serve as the perfect backdrop for the unfolding drama, ensuring the world-class athletes can perform to the highest level as they go for glory over the competition’s six days. 

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The IKA Formula Kite format, which will be used at the Tokyo Games if kiteboarding is successful, restricts racers to four registered series production kites and one hydrofoil for the event to provide a level playing field and ensure only the best athletes win. 

But the restrictions do nothing to hinder riders’ speeds and on-going developments mean competitors often hit 40kts on downwind legs of the windward-leeward courses, matched by breathtaking upwind angles on the efficient carbon hydrofoils teamed with powerful foil kites. 

That Oman Sail, with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, should bring the state-of-the-art foiling class to grace its pristine warm waters is a fitting way to showcase the Sultanate’s world-class host venue status and seductive blend of welcoming friendly people, cultural depth and stunning natural beauty on the world stage. 

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Oman has already established itself as a favoured world-class sailing destination hosting a plethora of events at the sport’s pinnacle, including the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Extreme Sailing Series, the Laser World Championship and the RS:X Windsurfing World Championship. 

Now it is kiteboarding’s turn to join the illustrious line-up, and with a clutch of reigning and former world champions eager to grace the Al Mouj Beach arena, the contests are bound to produce fireworks. 

Key among the men is France’s Nico Parlier, 22, who proved almost unbeatable at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam in Italy last week, when he was crowned World Champion in the “open” IKA KiteFoil Class. 

But as invincible as Parlier appeared, two other riders could yet find chinks in his armour if conditions play into their hands. Countryman Axel Mazella showed at the Sardinia event that he has what it takes when he bested Parlier in a number of races, while the returning reigning Formula Kite World Champion Maxime Nocher, of Monaco, is hungry to retain his crown.

Another former Formula Kite World Champion, the US’s Johnny Heineken is also to make the trip seeking to pit his skill and pace against the top Europeans. He will also find himself up against another one-time holder of the crown, Germany’s Florian Gruber. 

All will have their mettle tested by Britain’s Guy Bridge, 18, who has on occasion at recent regattas stolen a march on most of his rivals with his blistering pace. Elder sibling, Olly Bridge, also has the sheer raw speed and tactical appreciation to be in with a shout for the title in Oman. 

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Their mother, Steph Bridge, multiple champion and world ranked number one, will undoubtedly be pushing hard in the women’s fleet, which will race separately from the men. But the British veteran will have her work cut out trying to contain foil racing prodigy, the US’s reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Daniela Moroz, 16. 

Both will face-off against Russia’s Elena Kalinina, another former world champion who will be keen to avenge last year’s defeat by Moroz, and the French duo of Alexia Fancelli and Anaïs Mai Desjardins, also just 16. 

Oman Sail’s Chief Marketing Officer, Salma Al Hashmi, is clearly excited by the prospect of hosting such a thrilling world-class line-up. 

“We are ready and looking forward to welcoming international kiteboarding athletes to the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman in just a month’s time,” said Al Hashmi. 

“I am confident they will enjoy the fantastic sailing conditions, the Sultanate’s world famous hospitality and the exceptional facilities they will find at Al Mouj Beach in Muscat.

“Hosting this major Championship and the recent Kite Speed Worlds event in Masirah, the Sultanate’s leading kiting venue, gives us the ideal opportunity to promote the Sultanate as a kiteboarding destination and to attract new travelers to our shores.” 

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IKA CEO Markus Schwendtner is equally enthralled by the promise of gathering such a classy field on a track that will best highlight the discipline and the athletes’ supreme talent. 

“This event in Oman in such a spectacular setting with unrivalled kitefoil racing conditions is without doubt going to be the highlight of the calendar,” said Schwendtner. “The warmth of the people is matched only by the skill of the on-water team that has already proved itself hosting world-beating sailing events. We couldn’t be more excited that we will now be part of that story.”

Event Dates: 19 Nov - 24 Nov 2017

Location: Al Mouj Beach, Muscat, Oman

Prize Money: 40.000 EUR

Registration: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/events/upcoming-events/formula/66-2017-formula-kite-worlds

Notice of Race: http://formulakite.com/images/documents/2017_FK_Worlds_NoR_SI.pdf

Travel and Accommodation information: http://formulakite.com/images/documents/2017_FK_Worlds_Accommodation.pdf

Friday, 18 August 2017 21:24

Nico Parlier (FRA, Ozone/Mikes Lab) took the men's title after neck on neck racing with his french rival Axel Mazella (FRA, Enata) with the lead swapping race by race on the final day in front of Tirmata Beach, Istanbul.

The event kicked of last Saturday with the iconic Bosphorus Race - a long distance race over approximately 41 km from Tirmata Beach right into the heart of Istanbul in ideal sailing conditions with 9 knots northerly winds and moderate seas. 29 out of the 36 strong fleet saw the finishing line right in front of Ortaköy Camii Mosque, after having passed all three bridges that connect Europe with Asia.



Day two of the championship saw perfect summer holiday weather - with winds never reaching the required 6 knots minimum over the course area, racing was postponed to the next day with a promising forecast for the rest of the week.

Conditions changed over night though, with an enormous storm in the north of the Black Sea pushing big waves onto the shoreline of Istanbul and putting up a difficult task for the race committee to get any racing underway.



The qualifying series for the men, originally planned to span over two days, had to be extended to reach 5 races, with only a short window during the day were the seastate allowed racing at all without putting competitor's and crew's safety at risk.

The first day of the final series saw the AP flag flying for the whole day again, with no chance to the the race committee boat out of the harbour due to the big waves.

It all came down to the final day with a mangeable seastate and the race committee keen to catch up with the lost races of the previous days. In total, 9 races for each Gold, Silver and Women's fleet were run before the cut of time at 17:00.



In every single race, Parlier and Mazella changed the lead several times, but in the end Nico Parlier was able to maintain the lead in almost all races, even if only by a very small margin. Several times the two rivals came over the finishing line overlapped after chasing each other around the course.

It was only Olly Bridge (GBR, Flysurfer/Levitaz) who was able to break the dominance of the two frenchmen in a couple of races, strengthening his third position overall.

In the women's fleet, reigning World Champion Daniela Moroz (USA, Ozone/MikesLab) dominated competition from day one, winning the Bosphorus Race and from then on every single race except of one DNF in the 14 race single series, securingher the European crown with a perfect score. 



The remaining two podium places were hard fought for between Alexia Fancelli (FRA, Enata) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Levitaz), with the better scoreline in the end for the french runner-up. 

TOP 5 MEN after 5 qualifying series and 9 final series races 

1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 13 pts
2. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 18 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 31 pts
4. Theo Lhostis (FRA) - 40 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 43 pts

TOP 5 WOMEN after 14 races 

1. Daniela Moroz (USA) - 12 pts
2. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) - 29 pts
3. Elena Kalinina (RUS) - 34 pts
4. Anais Desjardins (FRA) - 40 pts
5. Bilge Ozturk (TUR) - 126 pts

Full results:www.formulakite.com/results

Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:12

Six new World Cup Series champions have been crowned after a day of Medal Races were played out in Santander, Spain.

Racing concluded in the Men's and Women's Windsurfers, Men's and Women's Skiff, the Mixed Multihull and the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding with five new World Cup champions and one successful defence.

After a morning postponement, Medal Races kicked off on the Dune racing area in a light, fickle and challenging 5-8 knot north easterly breeze that tested sailors and the race committee alike.

Watch back all of today's Medal Races here -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADw68mHQkR4

Nico Parlier (FRA) was head and shoulders above the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding fleet all week long and confirmed gold with ease.  His victory ends Oliver Bridge's three-year run of World Cup Series victories but Bridge did enough to clinch silver.

On the week, Parlier commented, "It was very good, great weather and atmosphere. We have been doing six races every day, so it has been fun. I have been training a lot for this and I was quite good at reading the wind, that's very important in Kiteboarding.”

Riccardo Leccese managed to climb into third after Guy Bridge (GBR) dropping down from second place as he was unable to finish two of the day's final series races in the extremely light winds.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series, 12 final series races (4 discards), and 3 single counting non-discardable medal races:
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 27 pts
2. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 54 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 70 pts
4. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 72 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 87 pts

Full results: http://manage2sail.com/en-US/event/1f4c5cb6-3823-4892-8839-4109a758ec89#!/results?classId=50c7a49b-cb00-4d8f-a9ea-8146737e732b

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 09:58

The Men's and Women's Skiff, Windsurfers, Mixed Multihull and Foiling Formula Kiteboarding all concluded their fleet racing and the top ten racers will now advance to Saturday's live Medal Races to fight to become the World Cup Final Champion in their respective fleets.

Friday's conditions served up exceptional conditions for the 260 sailors from 41 nations with a steady north east breeze in the region of 12-16 knots.

France's Nico Parlier has almost wrapped up gold before Saturdays three single couting medal races. He is 27 points clear of Guy Bridge (GBR). Only a disaster - not finishing any of the three races - could see Parlier lose his grasp on the gold medal.

Defending World Cup Series Final Champion Oliver Bridge occupies third overall.

Fourth placed Riccardo Leccese is only four points out of the podium. While Parlier should have secured Gold, places two to four are only seven points apart, with a total of 30 points up for grabs.

The forecast for the medal races is looking rather light which could create some upsets in the final rankings by the light wind specialists.

The medal races will be broadcasted LIVE at https://www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series and 12 final series races (4 discards)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 20 pts
2. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 47 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 50 pts
4. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 54 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 70 pts

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 22:53

Sailing's 2017 World Cup Series Final reached its mid-point on Thursday, as competitors continue to fight for position across the ten Olympic and foiling Formula Kite events in Santander, Spain.

The competition in Santander has been ferocious with Olympic medallists, World Champions and many of the world's leading sailors aiming to reach Saturday's live Medal Races and to be in with a chance at claiming a medal.

Thursday's racing saw exceptional sailing conditions across all the racing areas. A 15 -20 knot breeze, gusting 25 knots, tested the sailors.

French World Cup winner Nico Parlier (FRA) remained untouchable, sailing the perfect day.

The young Frenchman won six consecutive races and now holds a huge 20-point lead over Riccardo Leccese (ITA). 

Behind him unfolds a four-way battle between Leccese, Oliver and Guy Bridge, and Denis Taradin (Russia). Any of those four is in medal contention with only very few points between them.

The conditions today can only be described as champagne sailing. In a constand 20 knot westerly breeze, most riders were on 11m kites in the butterflat water right in front of the Santander City front with thousands of spectators.

Tomorrow will see the final day of the opening series, with another six races scheduled for Gold and Silver fleet each.

The Gold Fleet will then compete in Saturday's live broadcasted three single scoring, non-discardable medal races for the 2017 Sailing World Cup Series Title.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series and 6 final series races (3 discards)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 15 pts
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) -35 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 35 pts
4. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 38 pts
5. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 40 pts
* results subject to pending scoring inquiry

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday  with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:10

Santander was baked in sunshine for the second day of World Cup racing as riders looked to either capitalise on a great opening day, or play catch up after slow starts.

Conditions were near on perfect for the 260 sailors from 41 nations racing across the ten Olympic fleets and the foiling Formula Kite class. Not a cloud in the sky and 11-15 knots of breeze coming from the north east enabled a full on day of racing.

Defending World Cup Final Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR) found his form on the second day of competition, winning five out of six races in the blue fleet to leap into the podium positions. Sitting in third, he is two points off brother Guy.

Nico Parlier (FRA) maintained his excellent form and snapped up five wins in the yellow fleet to extend his lead. A UFD disqualification in race 10 was the only upset for his day.

Yesterdays third placed Titouan Galea suffered an injury in the pre-start of race 7 and couldn't compete for the rest of the day. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the race course later in the week.

Racing continues with the Final Series for the next two days, with the top 9 riders competing in the Gold Fleet and the remaining riders going to the Silver fleet.

The Gold Fleet will then compete in Saturday's live broadcasted medalraces for the 2017 Sailing World Cup Series Title.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series races (2 discards)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 10 pts
2. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 17 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 19 pts
4. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 21 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 28 pts

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday  with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 22:33

The Sailing World Cup Final kicked off in Santander, Spain today (6 June) with riders aiming to put some 'keepers' on the board.

It's a common phrase in sailing (and as such, kiteboard racing), you cannot win on the opening day, but you could lose it. Therefore the 260 competitors from 41 nations racing across the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding fleets strived to put good results on the board and lay the foundation for the week ahead.

A 10-13 knot westerly breeze enabled sailors to complete all their races across a cloud covered Bay of Biscay and Santander Bay.

French World Cup winner Nico Parlier (FRA) was the form rider in the Foiling Formula Kite today. Guy Bridge (GBR) hot on his heels won three races in the blue fleet and is second overall.

Defending Sailing World Cup Final champion Oliver Bridge (GBR) is down in sixth place, however things can change quickly with six races scheduled for each day of the qualifying series before the 18 riders from 9 countries are split into gold and silver fleets before the all deciding Medal Race Series scheduled for Saturday 10 June which will be broadcasted live.

TOP 5 after 6 qualifying series races (1 discard)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 5 pts
2. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 7 pts
3. Titouan Galea (FRA) - 9 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 10 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 14 pts

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday  with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Sunday, 30 April 2017 08:50

Seven medals were confirmed yesterday (Saturday) at Sailing's World Cup Series in Hyères, France.

In the first of two live Medal Race days, France's southern coast was blessed with glorious sunshine. Coupled with an 11-13 knot breeze from the west, the day was virtually perfect.

A perfect day finishing off a perfect week for Nico Parlier (FRA) feels. The Frenchman has won all but one race in the Formula Foiling Kiteboarding, including the final three Medal Races.

Despite the dominance, Parlier still felt it was closer than the results suggest, "It's been tough with really close racing. I've been really dialled in with my equipment though and had the wind I like so I am really happy with everything.”

Parlier's compatriot, training partner and friend, Axel Mazella (FRA), has always been one step behind, but still secured the silver with room to spare ahead of Monaco's Maxime Nocher.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying, 6 final series races (3 discard), and 3 medal series races
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA, Ozone) - 17 pts
2. Axel Mazella (FRA, F-One) - 23 pts
3. Maxime Nocher (MON, Enata) - 45 pts
4. Toni Vodisek (SLO, Ozone) - 53 pts
5. Titouan Galea (FRA, F-One) - 61 pts

Review the medal races on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Tm-yn7rPKrA?t=12289

Formula Kite Medal race highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-vgB5BjaSg

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