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.

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