2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships. Nico Parlier y Daniela Moroz vuelven a coronarse campeones.

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2019 Formula Kite Worlds–Day 5
Reigning Champions Successfully Defend Crowns at Formula Kite Worlds in Italy

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

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

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

IKA TT:R Youth Worlds / YOG Qualifiers, resumen final.

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IKA TT:R Youth Worlds / YOG Qualifiers – Documentary

The victors of both the boys and girls titles at the TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom Youth World Champions sealed their wins with dominant performances that mirrored their progress through the enthralling event on China’s tropical Hainan Island.

The Dominican Republic’s Deuri Corniel was almost untouchable in the high-octane races, capturing the title with room to spare. He was so far ahead in the rankings, he was able to discard wins from earlier elimination round deciders.

If anything, Spain’s Nina Font Castells grabbed the girls’ title with a display that was even more consistent, taking four straight elimination deciders from the six that were squeezed into the three days of racing.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth Worlds staged on the sparkling waters of Asia Bay, Bo’ao, also doubled as the final qualification event for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. In landing their world titles, Corniel and Font Castells also earned their nations a coveted spot at the games in Buenos Aires in October when kiteboarding’s first Olympic medals will be awarded.

Three other slots each for boys and girls were also secured at the Youth Worlds. The boys’ places were won by China’s Haoran Zhang, Croatia’s Martin Dolenc, and France’s Benoit Gomez. But because each nation can take only one spot for boys and girls, the Dominican Republic’s Lorenzo Calcano had to be content with his third place on the podium behind Zhang. Italy’s Sofia Tomasoni forfeited her Youth World crown, but her second podium spot earned her country a YOG slot, as did China’s Kewen Li and France’s Poema Newland, who finished third and fourth respectively.

In the complex calculus of YOG qualification, Italy and China’s podium finishes in Asia Bay take precedence over earlier victories at continental qualifiers in Dakhla, Morocco, and Pranburi, Thailand. Italy and China now cede those places to Germany after Alina Kornelli posted a second in Dakhla, while Thailand will get a place at the YOG after Nichanan Rodthong took a third spot in Pranburi.

Rumbo a los Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires. Marruecos, Sudáfrica, Italia y Eslovenia clasifican en Kiteboarding.

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Marocco, South Africa, Italy and Slovenia clinch spots for Kiteboarding Youth Olympic Games in thrilling Climax


Dakhla, Morocco
25 February 2018

Young riders from Europe and Africa earned their chance to compete for the inaugural kiteboarding medals at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina in a nail-biting finale to the qualification event in Dakhla, Morocco.

Italy’s Sofia Tomasoni’s performances were so dominant in the girls’ European division that she had her slot in the bag even before the last races at the climax of the five-day competition on Dakhla’s renowned kiteboarding lagoon.

Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek in the boy’s European had no such luxury. The extremely quick 17-year-old thought he had blown his chances and allowed bitter rival, France’s Benoit Gomez, to capture the sole spot available after failing to make last elimination round decider.

But the French teenager had picked up penalties in earlier races in the high-octane Twin-Tip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom format that cost him dearly, allowing Vodisek to seal the overall victory by less than one point.

“When I didn’t make that last elimination round final I thought I’d already given it to Gomez,” said Vodisek. “It was relief to win as much as anything. But I’m really happy to come out on top. For me, I’d no idea it would actually come to this. Representing Slovenia at the Games means a lot to me because we’re a small country, though we’ve a lot of great sportsmen.”

In the boys’ African division 15-year-old Jonas Ouahmid was the deservedly-popular local winner after he barely faltered throughout the competition, winning race after race on home turf in the hotly-contested group to secure Morocco a place at the Youth Games.

“We had hard conditions because of the strong and variable winds,” said Ouahmid. “But it’s a big thing to go to the Olympics for Morocco. And it’s really special that I did here in Dakhla. I first came when I was three. I learned to kite here and come every holiday.”

The girls’ African division saw Rut Gouws (RSA) steal a march on her rivals to take the Olympics slot, seeing off a strong challenge from her countrywoman, Johane Botha, who initially pushed her all the way only to see her challenge fade.

The climactic final day of the competition saw the contests spark to life, particularly in the European boys’ division in breezes that hovered around 17kts, but eventually spiked to 34kts, posing all kinds of challenges for the athletes. They constantly switched kite sizes, using everything from 8m to 15m.

In the boys’ three elimination rounds Vodisek had a chequered outing after holding the top spot on the leaderboard going into the final day of races in the downwind slalom-boardcross format that was specially designed to showcase the drama and intensity of kiteboard racing for the Youth Games.

Vodisek won one of the day’s elimination round deciders, but failed even to make the cut for two others, allowing the consistently-powerful Gomez to close the gap on the Slovenian. In the final elimination race he pulled an audacious overtaking move, stealing the lead on the inside at the third mark of the five-downwind legs.

It was just not enough. Now Gomez and many of the other European riders from the strong French, Italian and Spanish teams will head to China in May for the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth World Championships, where the last of the 12 YOG spots each for boys and girls will be on offer.

Among the hopefuls is likely to be Germany’s Alina Kornelli and Spain’s Nina Font Castells, who took the second and third spots respectively on the podium for the European girls’ division.

The contest was so tight that both were equal on points, but Kornelli came out just ahead as she had won an elimination round decider.

Italy’s Tomasoni, 16, by contrast, was home and clear. In the final day’s last round decider she seemed to take her foot off the gas, safe in the knowledge she could have sat out the race as she could discard three scores from the eight elimination rounds staged. She was, nonetheless, delighted.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “I’ve been looking forward to this moment for almost a year. Now I just don’t want to get to the Olympics, I want to win. It’s so special. For now I’m happy to go back to training. For me it’s not about getting on top, it’s the process and the training that helps you get there. I just want to be the best I can be.”

Top three boys European division (after eight elimination rounds, three discards)
1 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 9pts
2 Benoit Gomez (FRA) 9.9pts
3 Maxime Chabloz (SUI) 15pts

Top three girls European division (after eight elimination rounds, three discards)
1 Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) 6pts
2 Alina Kornelli (GER) 12pts
3 Nina Font Castells (ESP) 12pts

Top three boys African division (after fourteen races, four discards)
1 Jonas Ouahmid (MAR) 12pts
2 Pieter Botha (RSA) 15pts
3 Terje Magnus Groenewoud (RSA) 24pts

Top three girls African division (after twelve races, four discards)
1 Rut Gouws (RSA) 8pts
2 Johane Botha (RSA) 15pts
3 Assia Roussafi (MAR) 22pts

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoringcan be found at: www.twintipracing.com

Youth Olympic Games (YOG) en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Comienza la segunda etapa clasificatoria para el Kiteboarding.

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Leading Riders Set to Battle in Dakhla for Coveted Kiteboarding Spots in Upcoming Youth Olympics


Dakhla, Morocco
20 February 2018

Many of the top contenders for the inaugural kiteboarding medals at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina have gathered to fight for places at the second qualifying event in the notoriously windy spot of Dakhla, Morocco.

Young riders who have already shown their mettle at warm-up events in Italy and Brazil have been honing their Twin-Tip: Racing (TT:R) skills on the flat waters of Dakhla’s renowned kiteboarding lagoon ahead of the regional YOG qualifiers for Europe and Africa.

The five days of competition due to start tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) will earn the winners—one girl and one boy each from Europe and Africa—the right to take their place in the starting line-up in Buenos Aires in October.

With 32 boys and 18 girls from Europe and eight boys and three girls from Africa, all under the age of 19, the action will no doubt be intense in the event’s fast and furious downwind slalom races hosted by official sponsor, Hotel Dakhla Attitude.

The format of eight-person heats that finish in barely three minutes, with racers restricted to traditional twin-tip kiteboards and tube kites, was specially developed for the youth games to allow ease of access for as many young riders possible.

Dakhla is the second of four scheduled International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) qualifying events—coming after Cabarete, Dominican Republic, last month, and ahead of Pranburi, Thailand, and Hainan, China—that will ultimately select 12 boys and 12 girls for the kiteboard racing line-up in Argentina.

With the stunning backdrop of Morocco’s Sahara desert, the boys and girls from both Europe and Africa will race in four separate groups with the winners of each capturing one of the coveted slots in breezes expected to hit 20kts.

The anticipated strong winds should allow organisers to add obstacles to be jumped on two of the five downwind legs, lending the slalom races an element snowboard boardercross and extra drama.

One of the key contenders for the boys’ Europe slot is likely to be Croatia’s Martin Dolenc after he won the senior TT:R Europeans in Gizzeria, Italy, last year, closely followed by Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, who scored a podium slot in the Youth division.

But both owed their performances, in part, to faster foil kites they were permitted to use in Gizzeria. With all competitors restricted to tube kites for the qualifiers, it will be intriguing to see if they can repeat their performances, though Dolenc has spent that past three weeks training in Dakhla.

With reigning TT:R Youth World Champion, Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) in the girls’ Europe qualifier group, along with the victor in Gizzeria, Nina Font Castells (ESP) and Alina Kornelli (GER), one of the trio must be regarded as hot contenders to scoop the prized place.

Yet with less of a form guide from previous events, the winners of the slots for the African continent are much harder to predict. But undoubtedly the big Moroccan team used to the conditions on home turf will be looking to make a mark.

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoringcan be found at: www.twintipracing.com

YOG qualification events

North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018
Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018
Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018
2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 May 2018 (TBC)


Semana Internacional del Yachting Mar del Plata, día 7.

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Hoy fue el séptimo día de la edición 2018 de la Semana Internacional del Yachting, campeonato organizado por el Club Náutico Mar del Plata y el Yacht Club Argentino.

El evento, que comenzó el sábado pasado, continúa con todo su esplendor y algunas trabas meteorológicas. Las clases que participaban hoy salieron con rapidez para completar alguna regata antes de que entrara el ventarrón pronosticado para la tarde.

El viento era variable del NO y soplaba entre 14 y 20 nudos. Varias flotas pudieron completar una prueba. Pasadas las 12 el viento giró y aumentó a 27 nudos, obligando a las embarcaciones a regresar a tierra.

“El viento cambiaba mucho y la corriente estaba rara. Después fue aumentando y hubo una nube muy fuerte… y tuvimos que volver” dijo Victoria Van Aermaete de la flota de Optimist Timoneles.

Luego del regreso general se consideró la posibilidad de retornar al agua para completar algunas pruebas más, pero Eolo no quiso.

En la flota de Optimist Timoneles sigue firme en la punta el estadounidense Stephan Baker, seguido de Máximo Videla y con Donna Mazzucchelli en la tercera posición. Por el lado de los Principiantes viene ganando Delfina Kuttel, con Nicolás Santorsola en la segunda posición y Franco Cazamajou en la tercera.

En Laser Standard conserva el primer lugar Francisco Guaragna, seguido de Francisco Renna y con Juan Pablo Bisio completando el podio. En la categoría Radial Lucía Falasca sigue en el primer puesto, con Paloma Schmidt en la segunda posición y Luciana Cardozo en la tercera. En Laser 4.7 viene ganando Manuela Rodríguez, seguida de Malena Sciarra y Lara Mignani.

Teo y Ana Zecchin se encuentran ganando la Clase Cadet, seguidos de Matías y Julián Finsterbusch y Sebastián Romero y Franco Barone.
Martín Cloos y Lucas Videla son quienes están en el primer lugar de la clase 420, seguidos de Fausto Peralta y Martín Cubría y Martín y Nicolás Radovitzky.

En la Clase 29er siguen en la primera posición Santiago Duncan y Elías Dalli, con Dante Cittadini y Octavio Dorbessan en el segundo lugar y Felipe Cosentino y Tomás Fitte en el tercero.

Cruz Gonzalez Smith y Mariano Heuser conservan la punta de la clase F18 y los siguen Esteban Blando y Nicolás Quagliotti y Hernán Salerno y Andrés Grimaldi.

Nicolás Ocariz es quien sigue liderando en los Kitefoil, seguido de Nicolás Elustondo y Juan Bautista Dowbley.

Mañana será el último día de regatas de esta 53 edición de la Semana Internacional del Yachting y se realizará la entrega de premios en la Sede Playa Grande del Yacht Club Argentino a las 20 horas.

Este evento es organizado por el Club Náutico Mar del Plata y el Yacht Club Argentino y cuenta con la colaboración del Yacht Club Centro Naval, la Prefectura Naval Argentina, la Armada Argentina y el Consorcio Portuario.

Participan 630 navegantes de Argentina, Brasil, Bermuda, Estados Unidos, Chile, Perú y Uruguay repartidos en 14 clases.

Declarado de Interés Turístico por la Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación y el EMTUR este campeonato tiene como auspiciantes principales a Galicia Eminent y Zanella Motors y además son sponsors del evento Powerade, Manolo, Riotecna, Nordik Wear, Grupo Veraz, Ride, Plenny, Mito, Abad y Oghan.

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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: 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)

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: www.formulakite.com/results

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: www.formulakite.com/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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