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  1. 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia - Day 4

    2019 KiteFoil World Series, SardiniaMazella clinches second KiteFoil world title with a flourish at series finale in Italy 06 October 2019 1). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia France’s Axel Mazella punched the air with joy and relief as he flew across the line in the season-ending last race of the KiteFoil World Series final on the Italian resort island of Sardinia, lifting the crown for the second time. As the offshore Mistral winds built to more than 30kts blowing over the Gulf of Angels track off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach, Mazella took few risks on the event’s final fourth day, keenly aware he had done enough earlier and over the tour’s first three stops to land the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) 2019 KiteFoil World Title. Mazella closed out the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, sponsored by Regione Sardegna tourism and the City of Cagliari, in fourth spot after 20 high-octane races, often in punchy winds on flat waters that saw the leaders clock an astonishing 40+kts on downwind legs. 2). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia For the young athlete, who first won the KiteFoil world championship in 2017, the title was his second on consecutive Sundays. Just a week ago he claimed the IKA Formula Kite Europeans crown at Sardinia’s Torregrande Beach. “I really can’t believe that I’ve won the world title,” said Mazella, seconds after landing his 11m kite. “It’s a super feeling being back on the top, especially after changing my gear to join the Ozone team. I’m super-happy about this. It feels good. I was a little worried at the start of the day, of course. So there was relief, for sure, to get it done.” Fellow countryman Théo de Ramecourt was victorious at the Sardinia Grand Slam, organised by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari, grabbing a remarkable nine bullets and four seconds with his eye-watering pace around the windward-leeward courses. 3). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia De Ramecourt dominated the Cagliari regatta and will take a share of the €20,000 prize purse. But he had failed to do enough at the globe-trotting tour’s earlier stops in Gizzeria, Italy, in July, and back-to-back stops in China last month, to be in contention for the overall victory. “I had a few problems today, with my kite and my bar, ” said De Ramecourt. “In the very last race I was hit by a huge gust and it collapsed my kite. But other than that I’d been going super-fast. I’m really, really pleased to take the win here in Sardinia, especially in such tough conditions.” De Ramecourt just squeezed out another Frenchman, reigning Formula Kite world champion, Nico Parlier, who took the Sardinia Grand Slam’s second podium step that earned him the first runner-up position for the 2019 world series. 4). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia Parlier was delighted to take the second podium step after slightly poor performances at the tour’s consecutive China stops where he was ill. But he also echoed the other athletes, graciously remembering Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, odds-on world title favourite with three tour-stop wins until he crashed out of the reckoning injured on day two at Cagliari. “It was a fight all the way to the end here in Cagliari, so I’m glad it finished like this it’s a really good feeling,” said Parlier. “I’m happy because in China I didn’t have great events as I was ill. But I’m sad for Toni Vodisek. He had an awesome season and he deserved the title. I’m sure he’d have won it if he’d still been here.” As it was, Parlier’s fellow countryman Maxime Nocher took the third spot to give the French a lock on the 2019 KiteFoil World Series podium, with only Britain’s Connor Bainbridge able to break the stranglehold with a hard-fought third at the Sardinia Grand Slam. 5). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia Reigning four-time Formula Kite world champion Daniela Moroz (USA) added the KiteFoil World Series title to her growing haul to trophies, though remarkably this was one that had eluded her until now. The 18-year-old took the crown with peerless racing among the 24 women battling in the 66-strong mixed fleet, barely putting a foot wrong to dominate the Sardinia Grand Slam, making it a perfect four tour stop wins. “I feel really great,” said Moroz. “This last day was really difficult. It got a bit gnarly out there. I’m so happy because this is the one title I’d not got so far. I’m so stoked to finally to do this on the international stage.” 2019 KiteFoil World Series Champion (Overall) 1 Axel Mazella (FRA) 2 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 2019 KiteFoil World Series Champion (Women) 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 3 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 2019 KiteFoil World Series Final Cagliari (Men) 1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 2 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 2019 KiteFoil World Series Final Cagliari (Women) 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 2019 Kitefoil World Series Cagliari Final - Highlights Day 4 Full results including, age categories, of the Cagliari final: www.kitefoilworldseries.com 2019 KiteFoil World Series overall standings: http://kitefoilworldseries.com/rankings
  2. 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia - Day 3

    2019 KiteFoil World Series, SardiniaFrench tighten grip on top of leaderboard at KiteFoil World Series in Italy 05 October 2019 1). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia French athletes bossed the top of the order at the KiteFoil World Series on the Italian resort island of Sardinia, commanding a remarkable four of the top five spots after the penultimate third day of blisteringly-fast racing in shifty conditions. Overnight leader Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) extended his lead at the head of the standings after he landed two bullets and two seconds in awesome racing on the fabled Gulf of Angels course in tricky offshore breezes of 11kts to 20kts. But he was pushed all the way by fellow countryman, the resurgent Nico Parlier, who scooped a bullet and a clutch of high-placed finishes that were enough to go second on the leaderboard and just get his nose ahead of lone Briton, Connor Bainbridge. 2). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The slim margin between the top athletes was underscored by the heart-stopping photo-finishes in front of Cagliari’s Poetto Beach, with the leaders split-seconds apart after around 13 minutes' high-octane racing around the windward-leeward track. Another Frenchman, Axel Mazella, maintained his fourth spot overall with a second and two thirds that, crucially, kept him in touch with the leaders going into the final day of the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, sponsored by Regione Sardegna tourism and the City of Cagliari. But Mazella has his eyes on the prize of the coveted KiteFoil world championship title that will be awarded to the best overall rider of the globe-trotting four-stop World Series tour that began in Italy’s Gizzeria in July and moved to back-to-back events in China last month. 3). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia With the unfortunate departure of favourite, Slovenian teenager Toni Vodisek, through injury on day two in Cagliari, Mazella is in pole position at the top of the rankings. Vodisek had dominated the opening three stops, but Mazella’s consistent finishes were enough to keep him in touch. Mazella knows that with 16 races down and just four scheduled for the regatta’s last day, because of discards available to him he only needs two solid scores to secure the world title victory he last tasted in 2017. “I know that I just have to finish my races properly without mistakes,” said Mazella. “I don’t want to seem like an opportunist, but the way things turned out a huge part of the work is already done. Tomorrow we’ve four races and I just need to finish two properly.” 4). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia De Ramecourt realised from the start of the event, organised by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari, the title was beyond his grasp. But he put in another strong performance even as he fought off challenges from Parlier and Bainbridge in the breezes that shifted left and right and demanded constant course alterations. “I’m really happy with today,” said De Ramecourt. “The last race wasn’t so good. I was in the wrong place on the start and compounded the mistake with more mistakes. But the rest was good. I know there’s no chance of the title, but I’ll just keep going fast and it would be good to win overall here in Cagliari.” Among the 24 women racing in the 66-strong mixed fleet, Formula Kite world champion Daniela Moroz (USA) had a rather mixed day, though her superiority on the leaderboard is so great it mattered little. 5). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia But Poland’s Julia Damasiewicz, 14, continued her stellar run with strong finishes that were enough to keep her second overall just in front of former world champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, who crept up into third ahead of Australia’s Breiana Whitehead. “It’s tricky racing because the wind’s all over the place,” said Whitehead. “I’m trying a new Levitaz prototype foil. It’s super-fast, so I’m happy with how I’m going. This is the first time in a while I’ve been racing with the guys. It’s a different dynamic as there are so many people everywhere. So it allows you to push and see how fast you’re going.” Top five men after 16 races (three discards) 1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 26pts 2 Nico Parlier (FRA) 34pts 3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 34pts 4 Axel Mazella (FRA) 39pts 5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 67pts Top five women after 16 races (three discards) 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 212pts 2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 317pts 3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 335pts 4 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 338pts 5 Leonie Meyer (GER) 363pts 2019 Kitefoil World Series Cagliari Final - Highlights Day 3 Full results: www.kitefoilworldseries.com
  3. 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia - Day 2

    Title favourite out in drama-filled day at KiteFoil final in Sardinia 04 October 2019 1). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The hot-favourite to lift the 2019 KiteFoil World Series title at the finale being fought out on the Italian resort island of Sardinia is out of the competition after he suffered a dramatic shoulder injury in a crash in the penultimate race of the second day. Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, 19, had proved virtually untouchable at the opening three stops of International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) series where he dominated to take a hat-trick of victories that put him in pole position to secure the coveted crown. But even before his campaign-ending injury, there were ominous signs his title bid was coming of the rails, thanks to several costly errors. On the second of a scheduled four days of competition off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach the teenager was disqualified from one race for crossing the line early and tangled at the bottom gate, failing to finish another. 2). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia In the early, shifty 9kts to 14kts offshore breezes Vodisek’s rivals ruthlessly capitalised on his mistakes to cement their positions or move up the order in intense action of the glorious Gulf of Angels track. France’s Théo de Ramecourt bracketed his day’s five races with a blisteringly-quick pair of bullets and a second spot that belied a somewhat mixed effort, though it was enough to retain his overnight lead in the standings. De Ramecourt was not alone in struggling to read the vicious shifts and falling pressure at the top mark that left many misreading the lay line and having to tack several times to make up the difference. 3). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia But later in the day as the wind shifted to the right and picked up to 18kts to 20kts on the start boat, the athletes switched from the 21m kites, down to 15m and finally 13m for breathtakingly-fast races that often ended in photo-finishes. “I won the first race,” said De Ramecourt. “Then I took too many risks in the following races. It was super-shifty, but I wanted to be first. When I took chances it didn’t really work out for me. But I’m happy to fight and still be in the game.” Britain’s Connor Bainbridge revelled in the battles and scooped two bullets, a second and two thirds in a stellar foray that saw him leapfrog several rivals on the leaderboard to go second overall. 4). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia “It was just super-good racing,” said Bainbridge. “In the last races I was on my 15m kite and was way overpowered. But when it’s gusty it better to stay bigger. It was nice to get out the prototype kites and see them perform in some pretty difficult conditions. A really good day.” Bainbridge now just has the jump on the French trio of Nico Parlier, Axel Mazella and Maxime Nocher. Parlier had a strong day with a bullet and a clutch of high-placed finishes that ensured he retained his third spot overall. With Vodisek out of the running for the World Series crown, the focus shifts to Mazella who sits second in the rankings. But with both Parlier and Nocher just a few points adrift, Mazella will have his work cut out to close out the title on the final two days of the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, sponsored by Regione Sardegna tourism and the City of Cagliari. 5). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia Among the 24 women battling in the mixed fleet of 66, the US’s Daniela Moroz seems to have no such problems. She has won every one of the 11 races so far, but newcomers Julia Damasiewicz (POL) and Breiana Whitehead (AUS) sit second and third after engrossing contests that saw Russia’s Elena Kalinina just slip to fourth overall. “It was difficult this morning,” said former Formula Kite world champion Kalinina. “But it was difficult for everyone. It was about how lucky you were, really. The wind shifts were quite unpredictable. I’m not taking enough risks, so my speed’s a bit low. Still, it’s nice because it’s more like sailing and you can use tactics.” Top five men after 11 races (two discards) 1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 20pts 2 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 22pts 3 Nico Parlier (FRA) 24pts 4 Axel Mazella (FRA) 27pts 5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 35pts Top five women after 11 races (two discards) 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 127pts 2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 220pts 3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 233pts 4 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 233pts 5 Leonie Meyer (GER) 237pts 2019 Kitefoil World Series Cagliari Final - Highlights Day 2 Full results: www.kitefoilworldseries.com
  4. 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia - Day 1

    Thrillingly-tight contests at KiteFoil World Series final in Italy in punchy Mistral winds. 03 October 2019 1). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The opening duels of the four-stop KiteFoil World Series final being played out on the Italian resort island of Sardinia threw up breathtakingly-close racing in gusty and shifty Mistral winds that tested even the most experienced athletes. But with the world title at stake, tour leader Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, 19, suffered a streak of bad luck, failing to finish either of the day’s last two races after breaking his power line and subsequently his bridles when his 11m kite inverted in the offshore breezes gusting to 28kts. The teenager had opened his title quest at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam with scintillating racing, lifting two bullets and a second that at one stage took him to the top of the standings in a titanic struggle with France’s Théo de Ramecourt. 2). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia De Ramecourt took three bullets from the day’s six races to go top overall and was even able to shrug off a crash on a nail-biting drag race to the finish that saw him eventually cross the line just off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach in fourth. The Frenchman just lost out in the tense finishing battle with the resurgent fellow countryman Nico Parlier and Britain’s Connor Bainbridge third and fourth respectively after battling around the Gulf of Angels track on two lengthy, leg-burning upwind beats. France’s Axel Mazella was controlled and consistent, picking up a pair of seconds and a trio of thirds, that earned him second spot in the rankings. But with three days of the regatta—sponsored by Regione Sardinia tourism and the City of Cagliari still run, everything is still to play for. 3). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The women’s series’ leader with three victories, the US’s Daniela Moroz, 18, suffered her own misfortune when she was disqualified from the day’s fifth race for crossing the start line early. But the four-time Formula Kite world champion is so far ahead in the 24-strong women’s group racing in the mixed fleet of 66, that none seem able to challenge her charge to close out the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) 2019 KiteFoil World Series title race. Poland’s Julia Damasiewicz, 14, had a stellar outing on her 9m kite, taking two seconds in the women’s group that gave her second spot overall in spite of the gusty and shifty breezes that left her drained at day’s end. 4). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia “One of the races was the most difficult of my life,” said Damasiewicz. “As I was going downwind my kite inverted and went down. I fixed it on the water but it took about five minutes and I finished way back. After that I thought ‘it’s the end, I’m done’. But I went out again and I’m happy with my place now.” Théo de Ramecourt was thrilled with his performance that took him to the top of the order in one of the most competitive fleets assembled to fight for a share of the €20,000 purse at the regatta, organised by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari. “It’s an amazing feeling being able to go so fast on the water,” said De Ramecourt. “We’re all pushing really, really hard. Even if it’s really pretty gusty, the water’s super-flat. This is definitely some of the fastest racing I’ve ever done.” 5). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia Mazella, who triumphed at the Formula Kite Europeans last week, agreed with his rival but revelled in the thrillingly-close action with wafer-thin margins separating the top of the order. “It was really difficult both the super-high level of the competition and the conditions,” said Mazella. “In the second part of the day the wind got stronger, but I didn’t have time to switch to my 9m kite and continued on the 11m and was very overpowered. Really, really fast—35kts to 37kts downwind. Because it was shifty, I’d make five or six tacks going upwind to get the lifts. I’m happy.” Top five men after six races (one discard) 1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 11pts 2 Axel Mazella (FRA) 13pts 3 Nico Parlier (FRA) 15pts 4 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 17pts 5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 28pts Top five women after six races (one discard) 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 83pts 2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 116pts 3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 135pts 4 Ellie Aldridge (GBR) 136pts 5 Leonie Meyer (GER) 143pts 2019 Kitefoil World Series Final Cagliari - Day 1 Full results: www.kitefoilworldseries.com
  5. 2019 KiteFoil World Series - Registration

    KiteFoil World Series set to crown champions in dramatic finale in Sardinia 02 October 2019 The world’s fastest kitefoil racers are poised to battle for KiteFoil World Series championship titles on the spectacular Italian resort island of Sardinia in the final fourth act of the globe-trotting tour. It is the third successive year that the Sardinian capital of Cagliari has hosted the series where intense battles in the cutting-edge kiteboarding discipline will again be fought out on the Gulf of Angels off the pristine Poetto Beach. But the 2019 edition’s climactic finale over the five-day Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, sponsored by Regione Sardegna tourism and the City of Cagliari, is set to be one of the hardest-fought after kiteboarding won inclusion in the line-up for the Paris 2024 Olympics. 1). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia Slovenian teenager Toni Vodisek sits in pole position to lift the crown after dominating the the tour’s first three stops in the “open” discipline, with its minimal restrictions designed to foster continued development. The 19-year-old exploded to the top of the rankings this season, proving untouchable in a broad range of conditions, firstly in Gizzeria, Italy, and then at back-to-back stops in China last month. Yet last week at the “closed” Formula Kite Europeans at Torregrande, Sardinia, proved the young Slovenian was not invincible. France’s Axel Mazella exposed the chink in Vodisek’s armour, taking the title while the Slovenian had to be content with the podium’s second step. 2). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The twist sets the stage for an intriguing showdown on the Tyrrhenian Sea track, where they are among the 66-strong fleet from 21 nations and all six continents that will fight for a slice of the €20,000 prize purse up for grabs at the regatta, organised by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari. But the duo are unlikely to have it all their own way, with the return of Formula Kite world champion, France’s Nico Parlier, and fellow countryman, reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) World Series champion, Maxime Nocher. Britain’s Connor Bainbridge, Germany’s Florian Gruber and another Frenchman Théo de Ramecourt, will also be doing their utmost to ensure that whoever triumphs in Cagliari and lifts the 2019 IKA KiteFoil crown will have earned it. 3). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The KiteFoil world title carries the added incentive that the winners will pick up a share of the total of €27,000 set aside from each tour stop purse, to be divided equally between the top 3 men and top 3 women. Among the 24 women battling in the mixed fleet, the US’s reigning four-times Formula Kite world champion, Daniela Moroz, 18, proved as dominant as Vodisek, with a hat-trick of tour stop victories. But she will also be up against reigning KiteFoil World Series title holder, Kirstyn O’Brien (USA), and former Formula Kite world champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina. With a fresh crop of newcomers fuelled by Olympic ambition—including Formula Kite European Champion, Britain’s Ellie Aldridge and Australia’s Breiana Whitehead—the mouthwatering battles will no doubt be fierce. Full results: www.kitefoilworldseries.com
  6. Nocher Crowned at KiteFoil World Series Final as Parlier Takes Sardinia Grand Slam 1). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Monaco’s Maxime Nocher trumpeted his comeback when he lifted the KiteFoil world champion’s crown after a stuttering World Series final fought out on the Italian resort island of Sardinia. Nocher added to his haul of world titles at the climax of the three-stop International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Series, with a second podium spot at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam that earned him the tour’s best overall racer. “It’s very nice,” said Nocher. “I’m really happy to come back after the last year. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m going to come back stronger next year. Now I know my weaknesses and I’ll have to be even faster.” 2). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. The three-times Formula Kite world champion was bested at the series-closing Sardinia event by bitter rival, France’s Nico Parlier. He took the win and a share of the €20,000 prize money at the five-day competition dogged by fickle breezes. “I’m pleased with the result here and I’m pleased with my racing,” said Parlier. “I managed to stay in the lead and beat Maxime Nocher. We were tied on points, but I was able to stay ahead of him and take the win.” Britain’s Guy Bridge took a bullet with superlative racing in the only race of the final day on the track off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach, leaving both Nocher and Parlier in his wake in the smooth waters under the Sella del Diavolo (Devil’s Saddle) promontory. 3). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. The British teenager notched up two bullets, but a critical lack of wind throughout the four days of competition that allowed just four races in all meant that he was unable to discard a poor early score for a disqualification for a tangle. Fellow countryman Connor Bainbridge finished the Sardinia finale in fourth spot just behind Germany’s Florian Gruber. But it was enough for him to take the KiteFoil World Series’ second podium spot after strong performances in the back-to-back stops in China last month, marking his leap up the rankings. “I came here to finish on a high,” he said. “This season’s been great for me. What changed for me was that I got my head down and worked hard—an extra hour on the water or in the gym. So it’s worked out. I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.” 4). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. The women’s KiteFoil World Series title was taken by Kirstyn O’Brien (USA), after she alone competed at all three stops, ahead of Daniela Moroz (USA) and Elena Kalinina (RUS). The late cancellation of the planned final in Oman meant racers could not discard a score from any event. O’Brien made a last minute decision to switch plans and compete in Cagliari after the Oman event fell through, one that paid off for her when she lifted the title. “It’s very surreal for me,” said O’Brien. “I know if we’d had another stage in the World Series the competition would have been really tough.” 5). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Moroz, the triple Formula Kite world champion, topped the women’s podium at the Sardinia Grand Slam ahead of Britain’s Steph Bridge. The American teenager was pleased with her performance that saw her finish a remarkable thirteenth overall, racing among the strong mixed fleet. “The first day went quite well, but after that wasn’t quite a good as I wanted,” said Moroz. “But now this gives me motivation to keep training this winter and come back really strong next year. I was just happy to be here. We’ve had a fun week even though we got a little unlucky with the wind.” 2018 KiteFoil World Series — Men 1 Maxime Nocher (MON) 299 pts 2 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 290 pts 3 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 289 pts 2018 KiteFoil World Series — Women 1 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 209 pts 2 Daniela Moroz (USA) 173 pts 3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 169 pts Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam — Men 1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 10.0pts 2 Maxime Nocher (MON) 11.0pts 3 Florian Gruber (GER) 20.0pts Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam — Women 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 56.0pts 2 Steph Bridge (GBR) 133.0pts 3 Nina Arcisz (POL) 157.0pts 2018 Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam World Championship - Day 4 Full Results
  7. KiteFoil Series Final Gets Tighter at Top of Order in Light Breezes 1). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. The gap at the top of the leaderboard shrank to nothing with the French rivals Nico Parlier and Maxime Nocher ending the penultimate day of the KiteFoil World Series final in Italy equal on points. But reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil world champion, Nico Parlier, just kept his nose in front courtesy of his superior scores despite finishing the day’s only race fifth after the breeze finally filled late in the afternoon on the resort island of Sardinia. Britain’s Guy Bridge clawed back some of his deficit on the leaderboard. The teenager grabbed a bullet at the death in charged racing when the breeze blowing over the track off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach built to 8kts. 2). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. But the young Briton desperately needs more races to allow him to discard the score for a costly retirement in the five-day regatta’s first race when he got in a tangle and broke a bridle on his kite. Still Bridge, on a 21m kite, was pleased with his outing on the Gulf of Angels’ smooth, sun-drenched waters after he took the lead on the final downwind leg of the two laps of the windward-leeward course. “It was pretty tiring,” said Bridge. “It was full power all the way. My foot was numb on that last downwind leg. I pumped it for that last bit and made it into the lead.” 3). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Germany’s Jannis Maus was delighted to take the second spot, even though he had surrendered first place to Bridge after leading for most of the race following a great start at the head of the 59-strong fleet. “I had a super start and I was leading almost the entire race—for three legs. But then Guy Bridge got me on the last downwind,” said Maus. “He had a slightly bigger kite, but I also made a little tactical error. I’m really pleased with that finish, though.” Fellow countryman, Florian Gruber, another former Formula Kite world champion, finished third to improve his position to third overall on the leaderboard. 4). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. “It was a good race for me,” said Gruber. “The wind was a little bit shifty and there was more on the outside of the course. Jannis Maus tacked earlier and got an advantage from a wind shift.” The Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam and its prize purse of €20,000 is the final act of the three-stop tour that will crown the best overall athlete as IKA KiteFoil world champion. US triple Formula Kite world champion Daniela Moroz, who heads the ten-strong women’s group racing in the mixed fleet, sits in thirteenth overall just ahead of Britain’s Steph Bridge. Top three men after three races 1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 8.0pts 2 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 8.0pts 3 Florian Gruber (GER) 15.0pts Top three women after three races 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 38.0pts 2 Steph Bridge (GBR) 106.0pts 3 Nina Arcisz (POL) 114.0pts 2018 Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam World Championship - Day 3 Full Results
  8. KiteFoil Final in Sardinia Draws Big Surge in Number of Youth Racers 1). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. The final of the KiteFoil World Series—the sole event of the three-stop tour being staged in Europe—has seen a dramatic upsurge in the number of “youth” racers eager to improve and learn from their kiteboarding heroes. An astonishing 15 of the 59 athletes hunting podium positions at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Kitefoil series’ last stop on Italy’s resort island of Sardinia are in the U-19 category. Remarkably, five of the 10-strong women’s group are “youth” competitors, mainly new kitefoilers from Poland who dream of following in the footsteps of kitefoil racing phenomenon, triple Formula Kite world champion, Daniela Moroz (USA), 17, who sits ninth overall at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam. 2). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. But on the second of the five-day competition—sponsored by the City of Cagliari and Tourism Sardinia, supported by Yacht Club Cagliari—no racing was possible as the characteristic sea breezes failed to build. For the young hydrofoil racers the prospect of kiteboarding becoming an Olympic event at the 2024 Games in Paris is an irresistible lure. It is especially true the Polish teenage girls, several as young as 14, as national teams will be “mixed” with one man and one woman competing for medal glory. Blazej Ozog, a hydrofoil racer who is coaching the Polish group of four girls and three boys, says the long-term aim of Olympic participation is a distant goal. The key drive is simply to get his young charges out on the water, competing, having fun and learning. 3). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Yet that is becoming easier as kiteboarding has gained Olympic acceptance and young athletes are show increasing interest in the thrill and complexity of racing. “The biggest problem at the start is to get good gear,” said Ozog. “But now because kiting is Olympic the Polish ministry of sport can give some money to the Polish Yachting Association which will help support the young athletes. It’s getting easier to get kids into racing, too. They see that it’s fun.” Julia Damasiewicz, just 14, who sits in third spot in the women’s group after the first day of racing, is competing at only her second international event after her debut at the European championships in Germany. “With the other girls we go out and have fun,” she said. “We really love the adrenaline you get from racing. You don’t get that in freestyle. All of us prefer the speed of foiling. The feeling’s amazing.” 4). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Lorenzo Boschetti, 18, who was part of the Italian team battling to qualify for this month’s Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires where kiteboarding made its debut with TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) Slalom, is equally sold on racing in general and kitefoil in particular. “TT:R definitely helped me decide to get into racing,” said Boschetti. “I was never really attracted to freestyle competition. I think it’s a bit hard on the body. With hydrofoil racing you can get the same emotions. We also have the camaraderie of being with the other racers and sharing the excitement. And if we can get to the Olympics that’s even better. To compete in the Games is everyone’s dream.” Top three men after two races 1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3.0pts 2 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 4.0pts 3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 7.0pts Top three women after two races 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 22.0pts 2 Steph Bridge (GBR) 46.0pts 3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 77.0pts 2018 Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam World Championship - Day 2 Full Results
  9. French Duo Battle at Opening of KiteFoil World Series in Tricky Conditions in Sardinia 1). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. France’s Nico Parlier traded blows with fellow countryman Maxime Nocher in the opening exchanges of the KiteFoil World Series final played out in tricky breezes on the Italian resort island of Sardinia. But reigning KiteFoil and Formula Kite world champion Parlier gained the upper hand, taking the leaderboard’s top spot with a bullet and a second in the day’s two races fought out in the shifty and variable breezes that bathed the course off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach. Former world champion Nocher could only manage a third spot in the second race, but had notched up a bullet by the finest of margins over Parlier at the opening of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil series’ third and final tour stop. 2). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. So tight was the action at the final downwind mark, the bitter rivals entered an noisy altercation as soon as they crossed the finish within a split second of one another. Parlier claimed Nocher failed to give him room at the mark. The opening of the five-day regatta—sponsored by the City of Cagliari and Tourism Sardinia, supported by Yacht Club Cagliari—got off to a faltering start with forecast unseasonal thunderstorms keeping the 59 athletes from 17 countries on the beach for safety reasons until early afternoon. But even when the action eventually got under way, a large swell rolled over the Gulf of Angels’ track, which suffered big wind shifts. The breezes hit more than 20kts only to drop to virtually nothing, playing havoc with the schedule. 3). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. A big wind shift just before the start of the day’s first race saw many of the fleet go for a pin-end start on port tack. Britain’s Guy Bridge was caught out slightly and ended up in a tangle that ended his race with a broken bridle, though he clawed back some of the deficit with a second in the following race. Fellow countryman Connor Bainbridge was more fortunate, taking advantage of the shift to finish third. He followed that up with a solid fourth spot to leave him lying third overall with a further three days of competition ahead. “I was going for a starboard tack start at the pin end, but the wind changed about 20 seconds before the start,” said Bainbridge. “I ducked the group on port tack and it was a one-tack wonder all the way to the top mark. But I chose the wrong mark on the second lap. It was pretty challenging conditions.” 4). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. The Cagliari final of the world series will crown the IKA KiteFoil world champion for the best overall competitor of the three-stop tour that began with back-to-back events in China last month, where Nocher scooped consecutive victories. That leaves Nocher as firm favourite to lift the title after Parlier was forced to miss the second round through college commitments, despite taking the runner-up spot at the season opener. “It was a good start,” said Nocher of his day's opening race, firmly convinced he was in the right over his run-in with Parlier. “It was close. He thought I didn’t give him room at the downwind mark. But I thought he was way behind me.” 5). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. In the ten-strong women’s group, competing among the mixed fleet, the US’s triple Formula Kite world champion, Daniela Moroz, put in a strong performance that left her ninth overall ahead of many strong and experienced men. The women’s group boasts a handful of Polish teenagers who have come to gain racing experience ahead of kitefoil becoming an Olympic event, hoping to learn from their idols like former multiple world champion, Britain’s Steph Bridge, who sits in second spot. Top three men after two races 1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3.0pts 2 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 4.0pts 3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 7.0pts Top three women after two races 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 22.0pts 2 Steph Bridge (GBR) 46.0pts 3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 77.0pts Full Results
  10. KiteFoil World Series To Wrap Up With Third Act in Sardinia 1). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. The globe-trotting KiteFoil World Series is set to reach an epic climax with the finale off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach on Italy’s resort island of Sardinia. The Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam will crown the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil world champion for the best athlete of the three-stop tour which began in China last month. Tension is bound to be high with the prospect of a showdown between multiple former world champion, France’s Maxime Nocher, and reigning Formula Kite and KiteFoil world title holder, fellow countryman, Nico Parlier. 2). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Nocher, winner of ten world titles, cemented his comeback with back-to-back victories in the opening two acts of the KiteFoil World Series in China, giving him pole position to claim the championship. Parlier missed the second stop in Pingtan and cannot therefore claim the crown. But Parlier had pushed Nocher all the way in the season opener in Weifang and had his rival in his sights with increasingly-quick racing towards the regatta's close. Parlier will be looking to reassert his dominance in the five-day Sardinia event sponsored by the City of Cagliari and Tourism Sardinia, supported by Yacht Club Cagliari. It was there exactly a year ago that he lifted the IKA KiteFoil world championship title with peerless racing. 3). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Both racers will find a tough new challenger, Britain’s Guy Bridge, snapping at their heels. Bridge took the Formula Kite European title in July, marking him out as a new threat to the established order. The British teenager is among the 59 athletes from 17 nations—including 12 Italian competitors—who have made the trip to battle for the €20,000 prize money in the tour’s final on the Gulf of Angels’ track. 4). 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup World Series in Sardinia, Italy. Triple Formula Kite world champion, the US’s Daniela Moroz, has also the made journey. The 2018 Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominee, still just 17, will race the windward-leeward course with the other women in the large mixed fleet over what is set to be an intense regatta. Moroz will find herself up against former world champion Britain’s Steph Bridge, the US’s Kirstyn O’Brien, and a clutch of young Polish racers in the ten-strong women’s group. O’Brien is favourite to take the IKA KiteFoil world title as she competed in both China events. 2018 KiteFoil World Series Final Cagliari - Day 0 Full Results
  11. Parlier Takes KiteFoil World Title While Mazella Grabs GoldCup World Series Crown Cagliari, Italy 08 October 2017 1). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. France’s Nico Parlier put on an imperious display to seize the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Championship on the final day of racing on the Italian resort island of Sardinia. Even before the last race of the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, Parlier’s haul of bullets during the four days of competition meant he had the championship in the bag because of his vastly superior score. 2). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. But after adding two more bullets to his tally in the opening two races on the flat waters of the Gulf of Angels off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach, Parlier looked like he would make it a perfect hat-trick in the day’s final race after rounding the first top mark in the lead once again. Uncharacteristically, he fell when he missed a gybe in the light, shifty breezes and had to watch much of the head of the fleet ride past as he tried to restart. Yet by the bottom mark Parlier was back up to sixth position and with his raw pace and finesse he managed to claw his way back to finish second, just behind countryman Axel Mazella. “I could have stayed on the beach for that last race because I knew I had it won already,” said Parlier. “Still, I had to stay concentrated for the whole regatta. As I expected, the level of competition was very high. So I’m really delighted to win.” Mazella’s stellar performance earned him the second spot on the podium for the World title, but as the regatta doubled as the fourth stop of the 2017 IKA KiteFoil GoldCup series it was also enough to secure him the overall World Series title. 3). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. The 20-year-old Frenchman had been peerless at the GoldCup’s previous back-to-back stops at Weifang and Pingtan, China, last month, when he won race after race in light conditions that left rivals awed by his speed and precision. “I’m really, really happy to win the tour title,” said a beaming Mazella. “But it’s slightly bitter-sweet. I’d loved to have taken the World Championship title too. We’ve had all the top guys here, so it was very tight and very interesting. I hope it will be the same at the Formula Kite Worlds in Oman next month.” The intense competition at the top of the fleet left reigning IKA Formula Kite world champion and KiteFoil GoldCup title holder, Maxime Nocher (MON), in an unfamiliar third spot on the podium. But after a four-month layoff and little training for the event, Nocher was pleased with his showing after a consistent series of top place finishes in the regatta’s 12 races that have left him hungry to get back on top in the increasingly competitive environment. 4). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “It was very tight and I’m quite happy for my comeback,” said Nocher. “For sure I will go to Oman now. The level in foiling is really going up. Before, I was just leading. Now there’s very little between the top 10 guys. The technology is advancing like crazy and I’m working on my own foil. So let’s see.” With virtually all the leading men among the 39-strong fleet from 14 nations at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam—sponsored by the City of Cagliari and Tourism Sardinia, supported by Yacht Club Cagliari—the five-day event produced some of the fastest, tightest racing of the year. But straight out of the gate, Team Enata’s Mazella racked up two bullets on the first day of racing in light conditions that upset the form books that saw Parlier as the firm favourite after he had won nearly race this year. 5). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. True to form, though, the wheels of the Parlier machine began to grind on the second day when the gusty Mistral winds hit 40kts. On his Mike’s Lab foil and board, and Ozone R1V2 kites, he began racking up bullets and continued to do so right to close of racing, only faltering occasionally when he placed second, a record that made him untouchable. For a time Britain’s Guy Bridge, 18, on his Levitaz Bionic foil and Flysurfer Sonic Race kites, looked as if he could challenge for a podium spot. But despite his searing pace, a chequered last two days left him in fourth spot overall. His mother, multiple world champion, Steph Bridge, among the three women racing in the competitive mixed fleet, won the women’s title, but was nonetheless dismayed with her final day’s outing that took the gloss of things a little. 6). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “I had a bit of a disaster,” said Bridge. “I don’t think I’ve ever in my life been out in such tricky, gusty conditions. But it’s the same for everyone. It’s just that it’s just not good to end a great event on sad note. I felt I should have done better.” 7). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. 8). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. French 16-year-old Anaïs Mai Desjardins, undoubtedly a rising star, took the second podium spot behind Bridge. But her win at the KiteFoil GoldCup in Korea and a third in Weifang, China, were enough for her to take the overall tour crown. IKA KiteFoil World Championship (Men) 1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 2 Axel Mazella (FRA) 3 Maxime Nocher (MON) IKA KiteFoil World Championship (Women) 1 Steph Bridge (GBR) 2 Anaïs Mai Desjardins (FRA) 3 Sabrina Schlossnikel (GER) IKA KiteFoil World Championship (U21) 1 Axel Mazella (FRA) 2 Guy Bridge (GBR) 3 Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) IKA KiteFoil World Championship Masters 1 Ivan Doronin (RUS) 2 Benjamin Petit (FRA) 3 Pier Luigi Capozzi (ITA) IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Men 1 Axel Mazella (FRA) 2 Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) 3 Theo Lhostis (FRA) IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Women 1 Anaïs Mai Desjardins (FRA) 2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Masters 1 Benjamin Petit (FRA) 2 Ivan Doronin (RUS) 3 Amil Kabil (USA) IKA KiteFoil GoldCup (U18) 1 Martin Dolenc (CRO) 2 Anaïs Mai Desjardins (FRA) 3 Toni Vodisek (SLO) Full results, LIVE video streaming and live results: www.kitefoilgoldcup.com
  12. Variable Breezes Cause Parlier to Falter But Retain his Lead Cagliari, Italy 07 October 2017 1). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. The battle at the head of the order intensified as the changeable breezes caused the otherwise flawless French kitefoil racer Nico Parlier to skip a beat even as he cemented his overall lead on the Italian island of Sardinia. As the breeze dropped and shifted in the day’s final race at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, Parlier’s countryman Axel Mazella finally turned the tables and took a precious bullet that left his rival trailing in second. 2). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. No matter, Parlier had already notched up two bullets in the stronger 11kts-to-15kts breezes of the opening two races that stretched his advantage on the leaderboard on the penultimate day of competition on the sparkling waters of Sardinia’s Gulf of Angels. The moderate north-easterly breezes that bathed the track off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach eventually dropped, preventing further racing in the afternoon, but were in stark contrast to the blustery offshore Mistral winds that hit 40kts the previous day. With the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Championship to be awarded on the final fourth day of competition, the crown would appear to be Parlier’s to lose due to his healthy overall lead. 3). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. Similarly, as the regatta is also the final fourth stop of the globe-trotting IKA KiteFoil GoldCup, Mazella seems on course to take the trophy for the tour’s best overall rider after seamless victories at back-to-back stops last month in Weifang and Pingtan, China. Even Maxime Nocher (MON), lying third overall, will be unable catch Mazella for the winners’ trophy despite winning the opening GoldCup stop in Korea in May. Nocher, the reigning GoldCup title holder and Formula Kite World Champion, missed the two China events and cannot make up the points difference in the standings. 4). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. But the coveted titles and €20,000 prize money up for grabs at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam—sponsored by the City of Cagliari and Tourism Sardinia, supported by Yacht Club Cagliari—have drawn virtually all the world’s fastest men competing in a 39-strong fleet from 14 countries. France’s Anaïs Mai Desjardins, 16, is one of three women fighting for places racing among the mixed fleet. But she has been struggling in the conditions and failed to finish the day’s last two races, one after her 11m Enata kite unexpectedly collapsed in the gusty breezes. Britain’s multiple world champion Steph Bridge suffered the misfortune of getting stuck in a wind hole after coming back to the beach to change up to a bigger kite between races and was several minutes late for the start of the final race. But she is still able to stay on terms with many of the men in the highly competitive fleet. 5). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “I thought I was doing better, but I’m still finishing about 20th,” said Bridge. “I’m pretty close to the chasing pack and I’m fine with that. But I’m still making to many mistakes.” Local favourite, Italy’s Mario Calbucci, is one who has been beating expectations after almost a year off the race circuit to help develop Moses’ Comet foil that he has been using to good effect. Currently sixth on the leaderboard, his goal at the outset was a top ten finish. 6). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “I’m really pleased with my position, but I think I can still do better,” said Calbucci. “My feeling is that I’m fast, and this is great training to improve because we have all the top riders here in Sardinia to test yourself against. I’m learning all the time.” Just ahead of Calbucci on the leaderboard is another Frenchman, Theo de Ramecourt, who is pleased with his overall position, but like all he feels there is room for improvement in his performance. 7). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “I’m happy with my results, but oddly I’m way better on one tack than the other,” said de Ramecourt. “I’ll need to see my physiotherapist when I get home. I have good speed, and some good results, like a fourth in the last race. The wind was shifty, but then it’s more like sailing: more tactical, and more interesting.” OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 9 RACES (1 DISCARDS) 1. Nico Parlier (FRA) - 11 pts 2. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 23 pts 3. Maxime Nocher (MON) - 26 pts 4. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 31 pts 5 .Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) - 36 pts TOP RANKED WOMEN AFTER 9 RACES (1 DISCARDS) 1. Steph Bridge (GBR) - 178 pts 2. Anais Desjardins (FRA) - 256 pts 3. Sabrina Schlossnikel (GER) - 311 pts Full results, LIVE video streaming and live results: www.kitefoilgoldcup.com
  13. All Change at Top as “Survival” Conditions Challenge Racers Cagliari, Italy 06 October 2017 1). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. Gusty Mistral winds played to the strengths of French kitefoil racer Nico Parlier when he seized pole position on the leaderboard with a perfect three bullets that left rivals struggling to match his pace in the punchy conditions. Overnight leader Axel Mazella (FRA) had already reconciled himself to the fact that the second day of competition at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam would be Parlier’s when he saw the forecast breezes. Yet Mazella still gave Parlier a run for his money, harrying his countryman around the two-and-a-half laps of the windward-leeward course in offshore winds that quickly built to an average of 25kts, with gusts of more than 30kts under clear blue Mediterranean skies. 2). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. In the day’s third and final race, however, the wheels came off when he missed a gybe in the “survival” conditions on the second downwind leg, momentarily crashing his kite in the process, before recovering to finish sixth. Britain’s Guy Bridge, 18, was just above Mazella at the time and had to carry on further to avoid the downed Frenchman and make his own gybe. It helped the Briton take fourth place, though in the end it was not enough for him to avoid slipping one place overall to fourth. Monegasque Maxime Nocher, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Champion and reigning KiteFoil GoldCup title holder, capitalised on the others’ slips to take a trio of solid third spots that left him just adrift of Mazella overall. 3). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “I’m not training a lot in these conditions, but I’m quite happy about them,” said Nocher, making his comeback after a four month layoff used to launch his own business. “I managed to make some good races. The first two were OK, but the last one was was very windy and I crashed a couple of times.” Indeed, the Mistral winds whipping the sand off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach mounted so quickly, gusting to 40kts on the course, they forced a suspension of racing over safety concerns. When it failed to moderate even in late afternoon, racing was called off for the day. The five-day regatta on the historic Italian resort island will crown the IKA KiteFoil World Champion. But the competition is also the fourth and final stop of the “open” IKA KiteFoil GoldCup series, with Mazella in the box seat after victories at back-to-back regattas last month in Weifang and Pingtan, China. 4). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. In the women’s contest, French 16-year-old Anaïs Desjardins is looking to take the GoldCup title after winning at the first stop in Korea and taking a third podium place in Weifang. But she struggled in the tough conditions in Sardinia, failing to complete two races, leaving Britain’s Steph Bridge in control when she posted three mid-table finishes in the competitive mixed fleet. Her middle son, Guy Bridge, on a Levitaz Bionic foil and 9m Flysurfer Sonic Race kite, was sanguine about dropping a place in the circumstances and believes the slightly lighter breezes expected for the closing days could work for him. 5). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “It was a battle for survival out there,” he said, casting an eye over the blustery track. “I didn’t feel totally in control. The second race was really gusty and I crashed a bit. I felt better in the last race. I certainly dialled it back a bit and didn’t push too hard.” Team-mate and former Formula Kite World Champion, Germany’s Florian Gruber, also riding Levitaz foil and 9m Flysurfer kite, felt comfortable in the conditions for the most part, though was slightly apprehensive about the potential for tangles at such high speeds on crowded startlines. 6). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “The three races were fine,” said Gruber, lying ninth overall. “OK, on my 9m, the gusts were strong, but otherwise it was good out there. For the top riders these conditions are no problem. I was just a bit unlucky when my kite collapsed in a windshift in one race when I was running fifth, and it cost me quite a bit in the end. I just need a bit more luck.” OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 6 RACES (1 DISCARDS) 1. Nico Parlier (FRA) - 7 pts 2. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 12 pts 3. Maxime Nocher (MON) -14 pts 4. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 19 pts 5 .Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) - 22 pts TOP RANKED WOMEN AFTER 6 RACES (1 DISCARDS) 1. Steph Bridge (GBR) - 109 pts 2. Anais Desjardins (FRA) - 147 pts 3. Sabrina Schlossnikel (GER) - 191 pts Full results, LIVE video streaming and live results: www.kitefoilgoldcup.com
  14. Tricky Day for Front-Runners in Testing and Fickle Breezes Cagliari, Italy 05 October 2017 1). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. None of the favourites to take the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Championship title had it all their own in the opening exchanges on sparkling blue Mediterranean waters off the Italian island of Sardinia. In a surprise upset to the form books, France’s Axel Mazella scored bullets in the first two races, holding countryman Nico Parlier at bay and pushing him into unfamiliar second spots on each occasion as the shifty breezes vexed the entire fleet. 2). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. Yet in the opening day’s third and final race both Frenchmen—arguably the fastest racers in the fleet—came unstuck. Each separately tangled with other riders and had to fight their back way into contention but finished slightly down the order. That left the door open for reigning IKA KiteFoil GoldCup title holder and Formula Kite World Champion Maxime Nocher (MON) to take the win on his comeback at the Sardinia Kiteboarding Grand Slam after a four-month layoff. Only Britain’s increasingly quick teenager, Guy Bridge, could split the order with three consistent finishes in the thermal breezes that built to around 12kts and left him third on the leaderboard. 3). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. His mother, multiple world champion Steph Bridge (GBR), had a slightly chequered outing missing one start by several minutes after suffering a tangle launching her foil kite on the beach. But racing in the mixed fleet, she managed to keep her nose in front of 16-year-old Anaïs Mai Desjardins (FRA) to give her the edge on the leaderboard. 4). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. Still, for all the drama of mixed fortunes on the water, the opening day of the IKA KiteFoil World Championship, which is also the concluding contest of the four-stop KiteFoil GoldCup series that began in May in Korea before proceeding to China for back-to-back events last month, lived up to the hype. With virtually all the world’s top men on the startline for the first time this year on the first day of the four-day regatta, sponsored by Cagliari city and the Sardinia region, the showdown was bound to produce fireworks. 5). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. That Mazella opened his account taking two comfortable victories, leaving Parlier in his wake, was slightly unexpected. On the two laps of the windward-leeward track Mazella took early leads from where he barley looked back using his favoured 15m Enata foil kite. “I got good starts just in front of Nico Parlier,” said Mazella. “But I needed to control the races all the time. I was just in front of him, so when he took a slightly higher angle, I did the same. If he went deeper, I followed suit. I’m really confident on my 15m kite.” 6). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. Parlier had also started the day on a 15m Ozone R1V2 kite that had been big enough for the early winds. But for the racer who favours heavier conditions, the tricky breezes proved slightly troublesome. “It was pretty light wind,” said Parlier. “But the biggest problem was that I had no idea which part of the course was favoured. In the last race I had a crash into another rider and that really didn’t help, though I managed to get back into it at the end.” With the two Frenchmen fighting to get back on terms in the final race Nocher, who had switched to a second prototype foil, found another gear that gave him his first cherished victory, just ahead of Theo Lhostis (FRA), Italy’s Mario Calbucci and Guy Bridge, who were hot on his heels. 7). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. “After the first two races I changed the foil,” said Nocher. “It had been giving me a lot of trouble, and the third race was way better and I managed to win, so I’m happy. It’s my comeback after four months off, and I’ve only been training for two weeks, so it’s a good start.” OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 3 RACES (0 DISCARDS) 1. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 9 pts 2. Nico Parlier (FRA) - 10 pts 3. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 10 pts 4. Maxime Nocher (MON) -12 pts 5 .Mario Calbucci (ITA) - 60 pts TOP RANKED WOMEN AFTER 15 RACES (3 DISCARDS) 1. Elena Kalinina - 128 pts 2. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) - 154 pts 3. Kirstyn O'Brien - 176 pts Full results and live scoring: kitefoilgoldcup.com Up-to-date results and minute by minute updates will be available at kitefoilgoldcup.com
  15. Prospect of Mouthwatering Climax to KiteFoil GoldCup Series Cagliari, Italy 04 October 2017 1). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. The stage is set for a thrilling finale of the globe-trotting International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup series with the world’s fastest riders lining up for a showdown on the leading Italian resort island of Sardinia. The fourth stop of the KiteFoil GoldCup tour will be hosted off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach at the Sardinia Kiteboarding Grand Slam, with a trophy going to the best rider over the entire series which opened in Korea in May, followed by back-to-back regattas in China last month. But the winner at the Sardinia Kiteboarding Grand Slam event will also claim the coveted world champion’s crown in the “open” IKA KiteFoil class, a prize that has drawn a fleet packed with the globe’s fastest kitefoil racers. 2). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. Sardinia is no stranger to top level kiteboarding events. Last year it played host to the kite freestylers battling for world titles in the IKA World Kite League at Porto Pollo, and in 2012 staged the Formula Kite World Championships off the sumptuous Poetto Beach. With €20,000 in prize money up for grabs, Sardinia’s commitment to burnishing its reputation as a perfect kiting destination off fabled beaches on breezy blue Mediterranean waters is self-evident. Cagliari city and the Sardinia region are key sponsors of the event through the island’s tourism department, with the support of the Yacht Club of Cagliari. The spectacularly quick and still fast-evolving kitefoil racing discipline, with the athletes’ raw power fused with a balletic precision, is a more than fitting way to see the region’s ambitions realised. 3). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. With 39 riders from 14 nations, including nine racers from Italy, the competition will be fierce. Three women—including multiple world champion Steph Bridge (GBR) and France’s 16-year-old rising star, Anaïs Mai Desjardins — will race among the mixed fleet. When the starting flag drops, Cagliari’s spectacular bay framed by hills will serve as the backdrop for one of the few events so far this year where virtually all the leading men will do battle, vying for the world title. France’s Nico Parlier will undoubtedly be the one to beat, having barely lost a race all year. But his countryman Axel Mazella, so dominant in the Chinese GoldCup events where some of the top riders were missing, has shown he can give Parlier a run for his money. 4). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. Britain’s Guy Bridge will surely be pulling out all the stops to break the French stranglehold on the top of the podium. Bridge, 18, clearly demonstrated in China he has what it takes. Maxime Nocher (MON), the reigning KiteFoil GoldCup title holder and Formula Kite World Champion, is also a force to be reckoned with even though he has been out for much of the year. 5). 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in Cagliari, Italy. But the depth of French talent runs deep. Théo Lhostis, also 18, and countryman Theo de Ramecourt, are each capable of mounting concerted challenges. Nonetheless, Italy will be pinning it hopes on local favourites like the larger-than-life Rikki Leccese, with Mario Calbucci and Andrea Beverino equally capable of upsetting the order. With winds forecast to be anywhere between light and stormy over the four upcoming days of competition, the conditions could well be one of the defining factors in the race for the title. Up-to-date results and minute by minute updates will be available at kitefoilgoldcup.com
  16. Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam Confirmed

    Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam confirmed as KiteFoil GoldCup Final Cagliari, Italy 02 September 2017 The 2017 World Champions of the IKA KiteFoil Class will be crowned from 04 to 08 October 2017 at Poetto Beach, Cagliari, Sardinia. The Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam marks the final of this years 4-stop KiteFoil Gold Cup which has awarded a total of 125.000 EUR prize money. Earlier plans to host the final in France or in the UAE unfortunately had to be postponed till the 2018 season due to reasons beyond our control. However, both of these events will make fantastic additions to the 2018 tour ! 1). 2017 KiteFoil Class World Series Starting with Korea back in May, the top 15 riders of each 2017 KiteFoil GoldCup (Korea, Weifang, Pingtan) qualify directly for the final event, with the remaining competitors being able to enter in the order of the world ranking up to a maximum of 60 entries. The winner of the Sardinia event will be crowned 2017 KiteFoil World Champion, while the KiteFoil GoldCup trophy will be awarded to the best rider of the tour. Riders can register here: internationalkiteboarding.org The Notice of Race can be found here: http://kitefoilgoldcup.com 2). 2017 KiteFoil Class World Series
  17. It has been a very intense competition day, with nine rounds for the entire Fleet. Tomorrow in the medal series, the top 10 men will race in the platinum fleet, then the remaining gold fleet, and the silver fleet including the medal races for the women. Each fleet will race 4 non-discardable single counting races that will add to their current final series score. 1). European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 5th The defending world champion Nocher took back the lead of the fleet, by remarkably scoring four 1st places out of four, behind him the battle was on fire! Today, in addition to his main rivals, Riccardo Andrea Leccese and Oliver Bridge, there was the pressing Florian Trittel Paul and amongst others the young Croatian Martin Dolenc, age class 2000, Under 18 world champion and rising star of the fleet; the Slovenian Toni Vodisek, who realised an authentic climb up to the center of the top ten and the Polish Blazej Ozog. 2). European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 5th Poland is the only nation who deploys two athletes, Blazej Ozog and Maks Zakowski, in a Medal Fleet which represents the entire Europe: from the Principality of Monaco (Nocher) to Great Britain (Bridge), Italy (Leccese), Spain (Trittel), Croatia (Dolenc), Slovenia (Vodisek, another Under 18 athlete in the final), Germany (Gruber) and Austria (Geislinger). The Under 21 Russian Elena Kalinina is projected towards the women's title. Since Monday she has firmly taken the lead, leaving to the British Steph Bridge, the new role of chaser but leaving open for tomorrow a splendid duel for the title. 3). European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 5th Although several places seem to be settled already, with 40 points on the line for the medal series and no discards, any mistake can costs places or the podium. All racing action will be transmitted live at facebook.com/IKA.Events.Live Overall standings after 10 Final Series races (two carry forward scores, two discards) MEN 1. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) - 14 pts 2. Oliver Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) - 23 pts 3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) - 26 pts 4. Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) - 41 pts 5. Toni Vodisek (SLO, Elf/Levitaz) - 65 pts WOMEN FORMULA KITE 1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) - 10.5 pts 2. Steph Bridge (GBR, F-One/Levitaz) - 173 pts 3. Jade O'Connor (IRL, Elf/Banga) - 29 pts 4. Emile Mazeikaite (LTU, Flysurfer) - 41 pts Full results Official Website Photos by: internationalkiteboarding.org
  18. It has been a tough forth day at the European Championship Formula Kite and Foil Kite, taking place at the Poetto beach until May 22nd, with the organization of the Yacht Club Cagliari and the logistical support of the Italian Army. AP was flying until after 14.00, due to the whims of the North off-shore wind, which was unstable in its direction and intensity, certainly not good at all for the race competition. While waiting on the beach the riders exchanged their views on the equipment and latest trends of a discipline that represents the maximum evolution in the field of sailing and which performance can be compared only to those of the America's Cup catamarans. Only late in the afternoon once the Mistral had gone down and the thermic on-shore wind picked up the race Committee could start the competition and only 3 out of the six of the total scheduled races were completed. Maxime Nocher (MON) won both rounds of the Gold Fleet, ahead of Riccardo Leccese (ITA) and Oliver Bridge (GBR). However Riccardo gets back to the provisional lead thanks to the possibility of discarding (after the fifth round) the 11th place of yesterday. Oliver Bridge is 3rd overall and 1st in the Under 21 category when we are only one day away from the so long-awaited final on Sunday. 1). European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 4th Nothing changes in the women's ranking where Elena Kalinina (RUS) increases her advantage over Steph Bridge (GBR). 2). European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 4th "Despite the fact that the wind during these days has been particularly challenging, all the athletes are very happy with the championship and surely one can't say that regattas have no thrilling!" stated Mirco Babini, the President of the International Kiteboarding Association, "Cagliari is one of the best locations in the world and the International Kiteboarding Association is considering to hold yet another global event next year too". Overall standings after 6 races (gold) and 5 races (silver), and 1 discard MEN 1. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) - 11 pts 2. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) - 12 pts 3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) - 17 pts 4. Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) - 37 pts 5. Florian Gruber (GER Flysurfer/Levitaz) - 41 pts WOMEN 1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) - 6 pts 2. Steph Bridge (GBR, F-One/Levitaz) - 12 pts 3. Gina Hewson (AUS, Ozone/Spotz) - 25.3 pts 4. Jade O'Connor (IRL, Elf/Banga) - 21 pts 5. Emile Mazeikaite (LTU, Flysurfer) - 38 pts Full results Official Website Photos by: internationalkiteboarding.org
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