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    Martin Lark, in Other,
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    We encourage all of KITEZONE.COM visitors to post their classifieds!
    Martin Lark, in Cinematography,
    After 'This is Kitesurfing 2016 - Part 1' and 'This is Kitesurfing 2016 - Part 2', it's time for 'This is Snowkiting 2016'!
    December started yesterday and IMHO it has something to do with this mashup coming out just now.
    The best videos of Snowkiting from 2016 so far.
    Thanks to the kitesurfers and snowkiters out there, you're all awesome!!!
    Martin Lark, in Cinematography,
    For the second time in the last few days, we present a story of a kiteboarder whose career has been put into question due to a serious injury. Fortunately, in the case of Helena Brochocka, similarly to Keahi De Aboitiz, things ended well and we can now admire  both kiteboearders in their element, on water!
    In Helena's case, the word 'admire' gains a new meaning, don't you think?
    Same time last year I was just starting to walk by myself after a knee surgery. Everyone always told me that you tend to come back stronger after you recover, and in the first months back on the water, I was really disappointed to learn it wasn’t true at all. At least not from the start. I was scared, not confident enough, and all my progression from the past years seem to have disappeared just like that. I was back to square one, learning basic rotations all over again.
    That is why I was so happy to finally return to Brazil, to try and relearn each trick, one by one, some in a completely different way than I used to them in the past. It was a long process, with a lot of ups and downs, but in the end I’ve learned to appreciate every little milestone on my way, and become stoked on kiteboarding all over again.
    This little clip was made pretty spontaneously and I am really really happy that it happened, because for me it is a closure to this whole adventure. It took way longer than expected, but now, exactly a year later, I can finally say I feel 100% again ! I am ready to go back to improving my level, and more importantly enjoying every day I get to ride and have fun more than ever before !
    Camera: Aleksander Lewandowski
    Production by wgwk.pl
    Music: Musical Doodles by Two Feet
    Martin Lark, in Events,
    1 December, 2016
    Rockingham, Western Australia
    Hydrofoil Pro Tour, Final, Rockingham, WA
    Australian Seaside City Plays Part moulding
    Sailing & Kitefoil Racing’s future
    RARELY does a small city like Rockingham get an opportunity to shape the future of sailing. But the coastal community just 25min south of Perth, Western Australia, has whole-heartedly embraced the chance to make history at the cutting-edge of kitehydrofoil racing and sailing.
    Andy Hansen one of the tours Co-Founders, after the tours event success of Mauritius & San Francisco with ever expanding fleets sizes on the start line set his sights on again for his home event of the tour breaking new ground, and setting a historic record and precedence for Olympic style fleet sizes for hydrofoil kite racing. “Our fleets and athletes are world class capable of 40knots, and as visual spectacle rivals any other sailing event for on water presence. Yet traditionally sailing events have fallen short on engaging public. This is a challenge many sailing event and classes are facing around the world as we heard at the recent World Sailing meeting. We looked all the resources at our disposal, and strived to achieve the ambitious of Americas cup event successes of a publicly engaged event that underpinned the new ambitioons stadium style racing to showcase our athletes. A key element for me was a single fleet, easier to understand from a public perspective rather than multiple fleets cycling on & off the water. And as far as high impact, 56 kites on the water off the start line is a sight every person should see and experience at least once in a life time.
    Another key element for me was bring the racing closer to public, with the trademark full race coverage drone coverage by Benni Geislinger, daily lifestyle edit by Seb Tron, and Robbie Dean commentating through live stream to the beach and club house supported by Red Bull. Anybody with a mobile phone on the foreshore and on water boats could tap into the commentary live stream and so delivered an end-to-end experience that could be enjoyed by even those that had no previous sailing background. We looked at every option to achieve “Stadium style racing”, the location selected provided a perfect natural amphitheater. We took it a step further with placing members of public, family & friends of racers, as well as media and sponsors ring side to the action on boats around the course. A new experience even for many that had attended sailing and kite racing events before. This was an amazing opportunity to showcase the incredible performance, with riders doing over 30knots just meters from cheering fans. I strongly believe on the water grand stands will be a big part of future sailing events and we’ll further progress this strategy again for next year.

    On the 26-29th November 2016, the finale of the inaugural season’s Hydrofoil Pro Tour after events in Mexico, USA and Mauritius, Rockingham Western Australia has played host to the largest kite hydrofoil fleet racing together in international competition. The 55 kitefoilers jockeying on the start line under the relentless Australian sun had made a truly impressive spectacle.
    Yet the demands of running one fleet of the globe’s fastest men and women in one of sailing’s quickest disciplines, is not without challenges. Not least were the safety concerns, and initial consternation of experienced racers alarmed by congestion at such high speeds.

    Race director and Hydrofoil Pro Tour co-founder, Robbie Dean, did not take the decision lightly — carefully weighing the pros and cons. But ultimately with the sport’s Olympic bid threatening to dramatically grow competitor numbers he had little choice.
    “Get used to it,” he told riders. “If we’re successful in our Olympic ambitions, this will be the future.”
    The Hydrofoil Pro Tour is now at the first year’s fourth stop hosted by The Cruising Yacht Club of WA — joining the line-up of La Ventana, Mexico, San Francisco, Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius — sees itself as a integral player in kiting’s possible Olympic future.
    “I’m absolutely confident this is a growing sport, whether or not we make into the Olympics or not,” he said. “We’re surely going to see enlistments of 150 people, and the only way to accommodate those kind of numbers is to get a lot of people on the start line."
    “One of the benefits of this decision is to offer a unique experience to the riders. It also looks good on film, but that’s the least priority. I like the idea of everyone being able to sail together. The whole thing is sailing camaraderie and not insulating the top guys who have a responsibility to bring on the whole fleet.”
    That camaraderie and developing a strong local base to further kitefoil racing at the grassroots has been reflected in the scale of the Australian fleet that showed up to pit their prowess and learn from the cream of the crop. Twenty-five Australians — including two women —filled the roster for the climactic tour stop, supported by Rockingham Apartments.
    Initially, though, riders were alarmed the amount traffic crossing on upwind or downwind legs as the fleet spread out, particularly on the opening day when a shorter course and tighter boundaries caused problems. It was a concern that Dean addressed with longer and bigger two and a half lap courses.

    Veteran rider and co-founder of Ozone Kites, Matt Taggart, in poll position after string of wins in the Grand Masters’ division, is in his element on the bigger upwind-downwind courses that demand tactical skills, as well as speed and technique.
    “Everyone is now getting to grips with having 56 riders on the start line,” he said. “They’re getting used to it and now gaining in confidence. It’s really tactical and that’s what racing is all about for me.”
    A key challenge is rider safety, which is of paramount importance. Day three saw a number of injuries as the Fremantle Doctor picked up stronger and started to test the racers, and the concern was that multiple downed riders could overwhelm the rescue craft.

    But the involvement of the completely-engaged The Cruising Yacht Club of Western Australia (TCYC) — and the months of training given to rescue crews — provided a level of comfort that they would be able to cope in the face of multiple emergencies.
    For the ambitious and visionary yacht club — made up mostly of sailors with little knowledge of kiting — the chance to bring such a large international fleet of kitefoilers to perform on its perfect arena was one to be embraced.
    TCYC member, Adam Taylor, MD of TCD, a civil construction group and tour stop sponsor, echoed the view of many that the chance to host such a prestigious, cutting-edge group of racers was not to be passed up.
    “The club just jumped on it and said, ‘let’s do it’,” he said. “With the world’s fastest racers, bringing the Hydrofoil Pro Tour was a perfect opportunity to showcase what Rockingham has to offer and put it on the international stage.”
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    Martin Lark, in Events,
    Mexico / USA / Mauritius / Australia

    1st Nico Parlier 2nd Olly Bridge 3rd Nico Landauer WOMENS OVERALL
    1st Daniela Moroz 2nd Elena Kalinina 3rd Alexia Fancelli MASTERS
    1st Nico Landauer 2nd Marvin Baumeister Schoenian 3rd Benjamin Petit GRAND MASTERS
    1st Matt Taggart 2nd Chip Wasson 3rd Philip Rowlands GREAT GRAND MASTERS
    1st Richard Bates 2ndRémi Delahaye 3rd Jean-Yves Fievet YOUTH
    1st Oliver Bridge 2nd Kieran Le Borgn 3rd Theo Lhostis JUNIOR
    1st Toni Vodisek 2nd Daniela Moroz 3rd Mani Bisschops
    Please see links below for more details on their country and sponsors.
    Overall Results
    Division Results
    Female Results
    Martin Lark, in Cinematography,
    During Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational in Cape Hatteras no contestant stood a chance of beating Karolina Winkowska. The event took place in June and, back then, no one suspected that Karolina will dominate this year's Kite Park League Series, the second contest of which was Triple-S.
    In the below video Karolina will tell us about her first time at Triple S, which, at the same time, was her first time in the USA.
    Triple S Invitational is the most prestigious event in kiteboarding. Invited riders come from all over the world to ride in the famous Real Watersport Kite park in Cape Hatteras.
    Martin Lark, in Events,
    29 November, 2016
    Rockingham, Western Australia
    Training Partners Clinch Pro Tour’s First Title
    With Flawless Performances

    FOR his rivals it was an ominous warning. France’s Nico Parlier grabbed the inaugural Hydrofoil Pro Tour crown winning every race of the climactic final stop at Rockingham, Western Australia, despite conditions that ranged from light airs to ballistic breezes at the close.

    The 21-year-old’s perfect performance, in the face of intense competition, even bettered his stellar record at the tour’s two earlier stops where he competed, and he is already looking forward to next year with relish.
    “For sure it’s a great honour for me to win the first Hydrofoil Pro Tour,” he said. “During the whole year we saw that all the fastest riders were at the events. The Hydrofoil Pro Tour has been a really great series with great conditions. We’ve been to awesome venues specially-picked for the riders.”
    His delight was matched by his San Francisco training partner, the US’s Daniela Moroz, just 15, who never put a foot wrong. She, too, won every one of her 17 races in the women’s division, in the process pushing many of the leading men racing in the same spectacular 56-strong fleet and also securing the overall Pro Tour crown.

    “I’m very happy to win the first Hydrofoil Pro Tour title,” said a beaming Moroz. “It’s so exciting and I’m sure it’s going to be a great step for the tour next year. Hopefully, we’ll get more girls on the start line racing at some of the best venues in the world.”
    The final day of four at the stop hosted by The Cruising Yacht Club of WA delivered memorable conditions at the close as the fabled Fremantle Doctor breeze kicked in early and hit gusts of 31kts blowing over Rockingham bay’s flat waters.
    Parlier at one point between races clocked his speed at 41kts while testing his pace and angles on his 9m Ozone R1V2 kite and Mike’s Lab foil, a measure of the perfect combination of wind and flat turquoise water Rockingham habitually serves up.

    But even with such scorching speed the Frenchman did not have it all his own way. Britain’s Olly Bridge, 19, who took the second podium place at the stop and overall, harried Parlier at every turn and again in the day’s four races thought he would finally get the better of him.
    On the first 0.95 nautical miles upwind leg of the two-and-a-half lap course Bridge rounded the top mark in the lead in every race, only frustratingly to see the tables turned by the second leg’s leeward mark, and then have to watch helplessly as Parlier eased away.
    Even an unusual crash by Parlier in the gusty conditions as he approached the final windward mark on the penultimate race failed to break the spell. Bridge, riding a Levitaz Bionic foil and 9m Ozone R1V2 kite, was too far behind, and Parlier gathered his board and still squeezed over the line comfortably ahead.
    “It was really good racing today, though the last race was a bit crazy in the gusty winds,” said Bridge. “I was ahead in every race at the top mark, but going down wind Parlier was just locked in and gone. In the end I’m pretty happy with the second spot.”
    Italian-Colombian Riccardo Leccese pushed the leading pair hard — so hard exploded spectacularly on one downwind leg — but recovered to finish and maintain his high-placed finishes to cement the tour stop’s third podium spot.
    Leccese has been a fervent supporter of the tour, but suffered an injury at the San Francisco stop and withdrew, missing the Mauritius leg shortly after, despite a promising start in La Ventana, Mexico, at the beginning of the year.

    Frenchwoman, Alexia Fancelli, brought her Pro Tour year to a close with a similarly successful outing, pushing up the order to take the women’s second podium spot, ahead of Russia’s Elena Kalinina. It was an order that was reversed in the year’s overall rankings.
    Australia KiteFoil National Championships
    For the the home-grown racers who made the tour’s final stop possible, their chance to share in the glory came with the awarding of the prizes for the Australian Kitefoil Nationals, a division of the Pro Tour aggregating their results from the event’s four days.

    Andy Hansen (on Ozone R1v2 and KFA Mako) a local Perth rider and co-founder of both Perth Kite Racing club and the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, followed up on his title win last week at the Australia Nationals Formula Champ, and takes the top podium with a dominate performance over his Australian rivals with 13 wins out of 17 races for the Australia KiteFoil National championship which was hosted as a division of Hydrofoil Pro Tour.  Marvin Baumeister Schoenian, a German native of Townsville, Queensland claimed second, with Alty Frisby third, and sixteen-year-old Mani Bisschops fourth.  Gina Hewson showed her interntaionla level experience and took the title in the female division over Melbourne rider Natalie Flintrop-Clark
    Australia Kitefoil National Championship Results [Click Here]
    Overall standings after 17 races (three discards) Rockingham:
    1 Nico Parlier (FRA) — 14pts 2 Oliver Bridge (GBR) — 28pts 3 Ricci Leccese (ITA) — 47pts 4 Florian Trittel (ESP) — 57pts 5 Florian Gruber (GER) — 75pts 6 Nico Landauer (URG) — 93pts 7 Guy Bridge (GBR) — 97pts 8 Martin Dolenc (CRO) — 102pts 9 Matt Taggart (NZL)   — 111pts 10 Adrian Geislinger (AUT) — 132pts Female
    1 Daniela Moroz (USA) — 14pts 2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) — 36pts 3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) — 37pts 4 Steph Bridge (GBR)— 41pts 5 Gina Hewson (AUS) — 61pts 6 Natalie Flintrop-Clark— 5pts  
    Australian  KiteFoil Nationals (division of Hydrofoil Pro Tour)
    1 Andy Hansen (AUS) — 15pts 2 Marvin Baumeister Schoenian — 33pts 3 Andrew Cooksey (AUS) —41pts 4 Mani Bisschops (AUS) — 47pts 5 Alty Frisby (AUS) — 88pts Female
    1 Gina Hewson (AUS) — 14pts 2 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke — 31pts  
    Hydrofoil Pro Tour Overall Winners:
    1 Nico Parlier (FRA) — 3pts 2 Olly Bridge (GBR) — 10pts 3 Nico Landauer (URG) — 14pts Female
    1 Daniela Moroz (USA) — 54pts 2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) —71pts 3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) —81pts  
    Event Results: http://hydrofoilprotour.info/results/rockingham/
    For further information contact Media Team: hydrofoilprotour@gmail.com
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    Source: Hydrofoil Pro Tour Media
    Martin Lark, in Events,
    For the first time in its seven-year history the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race will include a battle of the world’s best women alongside internationally-ranked men.
    Female world number 1 Elena Kalinina has confirmed her place and she’ll be taking on a battle of youth versus experience against last year’s Women’s title holder Steph Bridge from Devon, UK.
    Not yet 21, the Russian has taken out all the top women’s titles of late including this month’s 2016 IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup Finals in Qatar, the 2016 IKA KiteRacing European Championships, the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour and the World Cup of Kiteboarding in 2015 in Italy.

    Steph has also had a great year, breaking two world sailing records and was fastest female to ever race around the Isle of Wight at the World Speed Racing Festival. She is a five-time Kite Race World Champion. Steph and oldest son Olly (19) are Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton veterans and winners – competing in their fourth edition this year and for the first time with Olly’s younger brother Guy (16). The brothers are fierce competitors and training partners.
    Olly continues to podium in races around the world and was European Race Champion and Vice Race World Champion in 2015. He holds the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race record set in 2014.
    Guy is currently 2nd overall in the world championships and has won two British Hydrofoil Championships. Mum Steph said it will be tough to pick which one will finish ahead in the 19km race.
    “I won’t have a guess at which one will be in the medal positions in the Lighthouse to Leighton."
    “Guy is big and strong, and a real endurance athlete. Olly is the tactician, so it will depend on the conditions on the day!” she said.

    Other competitors to watch will be German Florian Gruber, the 2013 World Champion in Formula Kite Racing, and other past Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton winners Olly Bridge (2014), Marvin Baumeister (2013), Peter McKewen (2015), and Dale Stanton (2011).
    Another woman to look out for is Tasmanian Gina Hewson, one of the world’s top female competitors on the international kite foil circuit and a former professional sailor. Gina won this year’s New Zealand Open Kite Foil Nationals in the Women’s division and finished fifth fastest woman in the Kite Foil World Cup in China.
    But it’s not just about winning. Phillip Rowlands from Scarborough, WA has competed in every Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton and says it’s  “the best day of my year”.  A significant number of local and interstate entries also add to the race’s excitement.

    Increasingly the race is becoming a contest between foil and course boards. Foiling is a new wave of kiting and each year there is an increasing number of kitefoil entries competing with entrants on slalom and twin tip style boards.
    The 2016 edition of the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton will be held on Saturday 3 December with Sunday 4 December the back up day should wind conditions not be favourable. 135 kiteboarders are entered and getting in as much practice time as they can pre-race. This is the highest number of competitors to date and the race is capped at this number.
    This year’s race also includes entrants from the Hydrofoil Pro Tour Final this year, which is being held in Perth this week.
    Olly Bridge’s race record of 22 minutes 7 seconds set in 2014 is expected to be highly contested. This speed is faster than the Rottnest Express ferry!

    The Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton has equal prize money for the Top three males and females (the first race to do so) and there’s nearly A$9000 in total prize money and A$4050 worth of trophies on offer, plus the respected Marc Sprod Trophy for the fastest West Australian competitor.
    Spectators are encouraged to head down to Leighton Beach in Fremantle to cheer in the racers as they cross the finish line. Entertainment commences from 1pm, Racers depart Rottnest at approx 2.30pm and the fastest competitors are set to arrive at the finish line from approximately 2.50pm, depending on weather conditions. (check the website or Facebook event on the day for updates) or more information visit lighthouse2leighton.com.
    The Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton is made possible thanks to the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, and Red Bull, and is also supported by the Fremantle Sailing Club, WAKSA, Rottnest Express and Channel 9 Perth.
    By: lighthouse2leighton.com
    Martin Lark, in Events,
    28 November, 2016
    Rockingham, Western Australia
    Parlier and Moroz on Cruise Control
    Despite Tricky Conditions

    IT IS A measure of the sheer pace and control of France’s Nico Parlier that one of the world’s fastest kitefoilers, Britain’s Olly Bridge, finds himself overhauled on a reach to the line when he finally thought he had an elusive race win in his grasp.
    For Bridge, 19, it was a bitter pill. It happened twice on the penultimate day of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour when he believed he had the measure of the Frenchman with a healthy lead, only to see it evaporate by the finish.
    Parlier, top of the he globe-trotting Hydrofoil Pro Tour’s rankings, has won every one of the 15 races at the final stop off Rockingham, Western Australia, hosted by the The Cruising Yacht Club on the glorious bay’s natural arena graced by punchy Fremantle Doctor breezes and flat waters.

    The wind that built steadily to almost 20kts during the third day of the competition that can boast the biggest fleet of the Pro Tour’s inaugural year — 56 riders from 18 countries — generated spectacularly quick and close racing and produced its fair share of photo-finishes even after two-and-a-half lengthy laps of the windward-leeward course.
    Few were closer than that of Bridge’s battle with Parlier. But just as Parlier, incredibly, maintained his perfect record, Bridge now has an equally consistent tally of second places that leave him a strong second on the leaderboard going into the final day.
    “Two times I should have won the race,” said Bridge. “One I was leading round the top mark and Parlier overtook me on the final reach to the line. He has really good pace — upwind and downwind. Once he gets clear it’s very hard to catch him.”

    For all Bridge’s frustration, he was able to accept that the conditions were ideal for his 15m and 13m Ozone R1V2 kites and Levitaz Bionic foil with new front wing enabling him and the other riders to hit speed of more 30kts on downwind legs.
    The young Spaniard, Florian Trittel, deployed exactly the same kites at Bridge, though teamed them with a foil from Australian brand KFA. It worked for him as he racked up consistent third and fourth place finishes to help him close the gap on the leaderboard to third-placed Italian-Colombian Riccardo Leccese.

    “I was perfect on my 15m and 13m kites,” he said. “The wind, just like yesterday ,was gusty and shifty. But I managed to catch up a little with Leccese. It all rides on the last day.”
    Not far behind, lying in eight overall, sits Matt Taggart. The co-founder of Ozone Kites, riding a Mike’s Lab foil, had a strong showing on his birthday, after a slightly faltering start because of a damaged foil that threw him off. It was still enough to leave him easily top of the Grand Master’s division.
    “I had such an amazing day”, said a grinning Taggart. “Everyone’s now getting used to having a fleet of 56 riders, and gaining confidence knowing what they’ll have to deal with. With the [nearly] three laps, it’s very tactical. It’s real racing, which is great.”

    At the opposite end of the spectrum, it was not such a good day for the quick Frenchman, Theo Lhostis. The contender in the Youth division was ferried to hospital by ambulance after suffering severe cuts to his fingers as he tried to ward off his flying foil following a high-speed crash. We all wish Theo a speedy recovery!
    No such dramas befell the 15-year-old women’s leader, the US’s Daniela Moroz. Like her training partner, Parlier, and racing on identical Mike’s Lab foil and Ozone R1V2 kites, she was again faultless, scoring six wins from six in the women’s division.

    But it was France’s Alexia Fancelli who had another great day on the water, scoring four seconds and two thirds in the women’s fleet, to leave her perfectly poised going to the final day with everything to play for and stellar conditions forecast.
    Overall standings after 15 races (two discards):
    1 Nico Parlier (FRA) —                          11pts 2 Oliver Bridge (GBR) —                      22pts 3 Ricci Leccese (ITA) —                         39pts 4 Florian Trittel (ESP) —                      44pts 5 Guy Bridge (GBR) —                          66pts 6 Florian Gruber (GBR) –                   66pts 7 Nico Landauer (Uruguay) –           82pts 8 Matthew Taggart (NZL) –               84pts 9 Martin Dolenc (Croatia) –              90pts 10 Adrian Geislinger –                      103pts Female
    1 Daniela Moroz (USA) —                  11pts 2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) —                   27pts 3 Steph Bridge (GBR)—                       31pts 4 Elena Kalinina (RUS) —                    33pts 5 Gina Hewson (AUS) —                      54pts 6 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) – 68pts  
    Event Results: http://hydrofoilprotour.info/results/rockingham/
    For further information contact Media Team: hydrofoilprotour@gmail.com
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    Source: Hydrofoil Pro Tour Media
    Martin Lark, in Events,
    27 November, 2016
    Rockingham, Western Australia
    Conditions Deliver to Provide Some
    of the Best Racing of the Tour

    Whatever the breeze may have lacked for the opening clashes of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour’s finale, it more than made up for it on the second day, which delivered unbeatable conditions and intense battles among the world’s fastest kite racers.The early southerly wind blowing over the course off Rockingham Foreshore, Western Australia, quickly built from 16kts, eventually gusting to 23kts, forcing the 56-strong fleet to go for smaller and smaller kites as the day progressed. Many riders over powered during the early races whilst trying to play catach-up with the right size.

    But with the breeze blowing over the low peninsula into the bay, a perfect arena for kite racing, the turquoise waters remained essentially flat, producing scintillatingly-fast foiling for the Pro Tour’s final stop presented by Rockingham Apartments.
    Yet if the conditions changed, the top of the leaderboard remained unaltered. France’s Nico Parlier did not put a foot wrong and scored five wins in the day’s five races. His feat was equalled by the US’s Daniela Moroz, 15, who cemented her place at the top of the women’s ladder.

    Both riders began the four-day event, hosted by The Cruising Yacht Club of WA, top-ranked in the men’s and women’s divisions thanks to unrivalled performances at the Pro Tour’s earlier stops in La Ventana, Mexico, San Francisco, and Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius.
    For Moroz, though, the day was not all plain sailing. During one of the day’s first races she hit the foil of Spain’s Alejandro Climent Hernandez. It was a collision that left her hobbling, but ultimately appeared to do little to slow her pace.

    Several other riders were less fortunate, ending the day needing first aid treatment, as they pushed their own skills and limits; a reminder that racing at more than 30kts is not without risk. New Zealand rider Richard Bates suffered a hand injury as he grasped a water bottle from a support boat, while Britain’s Guy Bridge needed stitches to a hand he cut on his foil.
    As a result the 17-year-old was unable to complete the day’s last race. But until then he had shown his growing pace and tactical awareness to notch up two third spots, each time just behind brother Olly Bridge, two years his senior, who took away five second placings from the day to leave him second overall.

    Another teenager showing greater speed and consistency at every stop is Croatia’s Martin Dolenc. The 16-year-old finished day two of the event — supported by the City of Rockingham — in a sixth spot after a raft finishes high up the order.
    Like many, though, he had struggled to match kite size to the conditions. “I started with the 15m, but that was a bad choice,” he said. “I went to the 11m and that was better. The wind’s very gusty and very strong. I’ve been staying in to the shore on the left side of the course to get the lift there. But it’s very challenging.”
    Germany’s Marvin Baumeister Schoenian, one of the Pro Tour’s co-founders, was revelling in the conditions, yet felt he was still trying to get the Rockingham course dialled.
    “I’m having a lot of crashes,” he said. “Really, I’m still trying to get used to the place. It’s pretty challenging. There are some really punchy gusts, and on the port tack you have to be careful with the waves that can throw you off pretty easily. It looks flat, but it’s tough.”
    It was similarly tough for the women, able only to watch Moroz disappear into the distance. But the racing between Britain’s Steph Bridge, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, and Alexia Fancelli, of France, was extremely tight and they finished bunched on leaderboard.

    Multiple-world champion Bridge, mother to Guy and Olly, came out on top just ahead of Fancelli, as both bested Kalinina, who had an unusual off day and appeared unable to find her groove.
    Fancelli was delighted with her performance and the tight racing with her two rivals, though she accepts that Moroz is in a class of her own at the moment.
    “Daniela Moroz is just really, really fast,” she said. “But I think the other girls were fast today too. For me, I was pushing a lot. This is such a great place to race. But the conditions were difficult some. It was strong and really gusty. But it’s the same for everyone.”
    Overall standings after seven races (one discard):
    1 Nico Parlier (FRA) —           6pts 2 Oliver Bridge (GBR) —     12pts 3 Ricci Leccese (ITA) —        20pts 4 Florian Trittel (ESP) —     28pts 5 Florian Gruber (GER) — 35pts Female
    1 Daniela Moroz (USA) — 101pts 2 Steph Bridge (GBR) —     166pts 3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) — 167pts 4 Elena Kalinina (RUS) —  170pts 5 Gina Hewson (AUS) —   210pts  
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