Formula Kite World Championships Oman. Nico Parlier y Daniela Moroz campeones.

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France’s Nico Parlier and Daniela Moroz from the USA crowned Formula Kite World Champions in Omans

Muscat, Oman – 24 November 2017

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:

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)

Formula Kite World Championships Oman, Nico Parlier domina las acciones.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tight racing at Formula Kite World Championships Oman as France’s Nico Parlier asserts dominance

Tight racing at Formula Kite World Championships Oman as France’s Nico Parlier asserts dominance

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.”

Check out the highlights from day two here: 

and check back later for the highlights from today: 

Full results can be found at:

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

(Provisional results before protest hearings)

Europeo de Fórmula Kite 2017 Estambul. Triunfos para Nico Parlier y Daniela Moroz.

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Parlier and Moroz crowned 2017 Formula Kite European Champions after a week of racing in challenging conditions

Istanbul, Turkey – 18 August 2017

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:

2017 Kite Speed Championships Masirah. Nuevo paraíso de los kitesurfers.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Oman acclaimed as a kiteboarding paradise after success of Kite Speed World Championship

Oman has further strengthened its claim to be a must-go kiteboard destination with the success of the Kite Speed World Championship held on Masirah Island.

The event attracted some of the world’s best known kite boarders who gave the Masirah Beach Camp venue and ideal kiteboarding conditions in the flat and shallow lagoon an unconditional vote of approval.

“The whole crew came here to discover that Masirah is an amazing paradise, and a very, very fast spot,” said Alex Caizergues, the event winner and new Kite Speed World Champion.

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Reto de las Campeonas Movistar, triple empate en Santander.

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Increíble triple empate en el Reto de las Campeonas Movistar

¡Reto conseguido!

Santander, 9 de julio de 2017

Santander ha brindado este domingo su mejor cara al Reto de las Campeonas Movistar. Las lluvias de ayer daban hoy paso al sol y un viento para un reto único: una tabla de kite, una de windsurf y un 49er FX. El público de Santander tampoco ha defraudado en una concurrida Duna de Zaera animada por la madrina del evento, la dos veces medalla de oro Theresa Zabell. Y por increíble que parezca con tres disciplinas tan diferentes, ha habido… ¡un triple empate!

En torno a las 11:30 de la mañana las gradas de la duna, situada al lado del Centro de Alto Rendimiento de Vela, comenzaban a llenarse. Entre el público, tanto en tierra como en el agua, caras conocidas. No se han perdido este reto Santi López-Vázquez, olímpico en Sydney 2000 y entrenador de vela; la presidenta de la Real Federación Española de Vela, Julia Casanueva; el campeón olímpico Fernando Echávarri con su familia y el campeón mundial y director del Equipo Movistar, Pedro Campos; …

Gisela Pulido y su cometa de Kitesurf, Marina Alabau y su tabla de RS:X y el tándem formado por Támara Echegoyen y Berta Betanzos en FX. Cuatro deportistas, casi una veintena de títulos mundiales y dos oros olímpicos en un mismo campo y el resultado no podía haber sido más igualado: seis pruebas y triple empate a 12 puntos. Dos primeros, dos segundos y dos terceros para Marina, para Gisela y para Támara y Berta. Sin duda, ha sido un resultado que nadie se esperaba, ni siquiera las protagonistas.

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International KiteRacing Events, actualización del calendario con fechas del europeo en Turquía.

Tirmata Beach Club, Estanbul, Turquía.

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International KiteRacing Events – Calendar Update


Montreux, 04 July 2017

The dates for the 2017 and 2018 Formula Kite World Championships are set already for a long time, and we are now happy to confirm that the 2017 Formula Kite European Championships will take place from 12 August to 17 August at Tirmata Beach Club, Istanbul, Turkey.

Perfect racing conditions with 12-20 knots side-onshore winds, clean water and endless beach will set the stage for the best racers from all over the world.

Event registration will be – different to usual – in the morning of the 12th (Saturday), followed by a long distance race from Tirmata down the Bosporus to Istanbul Citiy Center. The Bosporus will be closed for shipping traffic during the duration of the race. The long distance race will count for the overall event results. Note that the event includes SIX racing days.

Also important to note is that this will be the first event on the new registered series production equipment. The results of this event will be – together with the results of the Sailing World Cups since Melbourne 2016 and the upcoming 2017 World Championships in Oman – an important performance factor in the evaluation for equipment for the possible showcase event in Tokyo 2020.


11 Jul – 16 Jul 2017: TT:R Slalom/Boardercross Europeans (Gizzeria, Italy – 10.000 EUR)
30 Jul – 06 Aug 2017: KiteSpeed Worlds (Massirah Island, Oman – 15.000 EUR)
12 Aug – 17 Aug 2017: Formula Kite Europeans (Istanbul, Turkey – 10.000 USD tbc)
08 Sep – 14 Sep 2017: KiteFoil GoldCup Act 2 (Weifang, China – 50.000 EUR)
TT:Open Weifang (10.000 EUR)
18 Sep – 23 Sep 2017: KiteFoil GoldCup Act 3: (Pingtan, China – 40000 USD)
TT:R Open Pingtan (10.000 USD)
04 Oct – 08 Oct 2017: TBC KiteFoil GoldCup Act 4 (Cagliari, Italy – 15.000 EUR)
11 Oct – 15 Oct 2017: TBC KiteFoil GoldCup Act 5 (France – 15.000 EUR)
24 Oct – 29 Oct 2017: TBC TT:R Slalom/Boardercross Worlds (TBC)
19 Nov – 24 Nov 2017: Formula Kite Worlds (Muscat, Oman – 40.000 EUR)
28 Nov – 02 Dec 2017: TBC KiteFoil GoldCUp Act 6 (Dubai, UAE – 25.000 EUR)

January 2018 : YOG Qualifyer Event PanAmericas (Date and Location TBC)
20 Feb – 25 Feb 2018: YOG Qualifier Event Africa & Europe (Dakhla, Marocco)
12 Mar – 18 Mar 2018: YOG Qualifier Event Asia & Oceania (Pranburi, Thailand)
30 Jul – 12 Aug 2018: Formula Kite Worlds (Aarhus, Denmark)
06 Oct – 18 Oct 2018: Youth Olympic Games (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

We hope to confirm the remaining events shortly, especially the TT:R Slalom/Boardercross World Championships which will be used to determine how many starting places countries will receive for the YOG Qualifier events but also for the remaining GoldCup events of the season and the GoldCup Final (the KiteFoil Class World Championships.)

Entry is limited to the Formula Kite World Championships (currently to the top 50 of the World Ranking) and the KiteFoil GoldCup Final (all riders finishing top 15 in any other KiteFoil GoldCup). Additional places up to the maximum quota (60 riders) will be based on the World Rankings.

For a complete list of events and detailed event information (Notice of Race, registration) please visit

Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud 2018, preparación de los atletas juveniles de vela.

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El yachting, presente en el Campus Buenos Aires 2018

(Buenos Aires – 14 de febrero de 2017)

La Federación Argentina de Yachting estuvo trabajando en la preparación de los atletas juveniles de vela en el marco del Campus 2018 – Educativo, Deportivo y Evaluativo, que integra el Programa Buenos Aires 2018 (Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud) donde del 2 al 12 de febrero pasaron 530 chicos en 29 deportes.

En vela se prepararon quince deportistas distribuidos en las clases Kiteboarding juvenil y la tabla Bic Techno 293, quienes bajo la instrucción de entrenadores nacionales de la FAY, trabajaron tanto en el CENARD, en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, como en Kite Beach y Perú Beach, en el partido de San Isidro.

“El objetivo era juntar a los chicos para un entrenamiento grupal, en donde también hubo charla de profesionales, evaluaciones médicas, físicas y se trabajó con entrenadores y preparadores físicos especializados en cada clase”, contó el entrenador nacional y coordinador del equipo para esta actividad, Nicolás Schargorodsky, quien agregó: “Las clínicas de verano como este Campus van a ir achicando el grupo y definiendo los atletas para la fase 4 de los olimpíadas juveniles, que va a pasar de 60 a 15 chicos”.

Los kite y las tablas aprovecharon diferentes condiciones del Río de la Plata para la mejor preparación en el agua. En tierra, se realizó también trabajo físico.

El evento estuvo organizado por el Comité Olímpico Argentino (COA), la Secretaría de Deportes de la Nación, el Ente Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (ENARD) y el Comité Organizador de Buenos Aires 2018 (BAYOGOC). La FAY, en tanto, agradece a los sponsors Galicia Éminent, BGH, Parrado Seguros y Paradigma por el apoyo.

Ezequiel del Valle – MEDIAKIT- Prensa Oficial de la FAY