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  1. 2019 ANOC World Beach Games

    World champion Daniela Moroz sails to gold at ANOC World Beach Games 15 October 2019 1). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games After a stop-start week of competition, on finals’ day there was no holding back for American Daniela Moroz, who stormed to victory in the women’s Kitefoil Racing. The four-time and defending Formula Kite world champion dominated all three days of competition at the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, winning five of seven opening series races earlier in the week to enter the final as the highest qualifier. This meant she only needed to win one race to grab the gold, which she did in style, leading from the outset to romp to victory over second-placed Julia Damasiewicz (POL). 2). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games “I knew I wanted to go right next to the boat, so I did that really well, and then we had a really big [wind] shift just before the start, so I think I read into that really well and played it off well,” Moroz said after her win. “I’ve won pretty much every title I can get this year which was my goal for the year so I’m really happy with that and it feels awesome. It’s been a really good year, probably the best of my career so far.” Damasiewicz was not disappointed with her showing, coming from behind in the final to overtake semi-final qualifiers Elena Kalinina (RUS) and Breiana Whitehead (AUS) and bag Poland its first medal at the Qatar 2019 Games. 3). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games She said, “Now I’m so happy not really about this second place but about the fact I am closer to Daniela. I am a fan of her and I want to catch her someday. So that’s an amazing feeling, to be so close.” Despite a difficult week, with several delayed and rescheduled races, and the eighth planned opening series race cancelled due to low winds, Moroz was delighted with her experience at the Games. “I just think that I’m out having fun for just another session in the afternoon with a bunch of my friends,” she said, when asked how she copes with changes to the schedule. “We might have to wait, but in the end we’re just having fun.” Tomorrow (16 October), the men will take to their foils for the semi-finals. With Frenchman Nicolas Parlier and Florian Gruber of Germany already through, the 12 highest qualifying competitors from the opening series races will battle it out for two remaining places in the final. 4). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games Guy Bridge (GBR) will be looking to top semi-final group A after both his mother, Steph, and brother, Oliver, failed to make it to the finals, while Brazilian Bruno Lobo will be seeking redemption in group B after he fell from first to third in the dying moments of the seventh and last race yesterday (14 October) after hitting a jellyfish. Semi-finals are scheduled to begin at 14:00, while the final is scheduled for 15:00. Formula Kite Women's Individual Competition Results: Gold - Daniela Moroz (USA) Silver - Julia Damasiewicz (POL) Bronze - Elena Kalinina (RUS) Full results: results.awbgqatar.com
  2. Vodisek Victorious in Gizzeria 19 year old Slovenian Toni Vodisek has secured his first regatta win on the professional kite racing circuit with a commanding 25 point lead over second placed Axel Mazella from France. 1). 2019 Porsche KiteFoil World Series in Gizzeria Vodisek secured the win with two races to spare in front of a growing beachside crowd “I feel amazing, never felt better” commented Vodisek shortly after coming ashore. “My first victory at a big event, I’m super happy. Thanks for everything everybody who helped me and it’s great to have the best kites, Ozone, and I hope we can continue this year.” Vodisek sailed a flawless regatta with his final scoreline after discards consisting only of first and second places. It was this consistency which set him apart from the rest of the star studded fleet which featured three past World Champions and seven individual race winners throughout the 20 race regatta. When asked to what he attributes his performance, he knows, “It’s not one thing. This is a sport where you win by filling up the little gaps. I’m a bit stronger than the other guys so at the beginning I thought it was that because usually I train in the light wind. But then today when they put the shorter course and it was strong wind, I honestly don’t know why I was in front.” Second placed Axel Mazella, a previous KiteFoil World Champion and a regular fixture on the podium at international events admits he was simply out sailed. “I think this was his event for sure. He came here a long time ago and trained a lot on this spot. He looked really confident and super fast. I think it is possible to catch him easier in the strong wind than the light wind because he really likes light wind and I really like strong wind, just like Nico [Parlier] and all the French guys. But for sure I need to train more." Nico Parlier, Florian Gruber and Connor Bainbridge traded top five finishes throughout the regatta with the overall results coming down to the final race. Despite two unlucky retirements due to incidents with other sailors, Frenchman Parlier held off Florian Gruber from Germany for third overall, with Great Britain's Bainbridge falling to fifth. Gruber revelled in the close battles, “It was just awesome to race against all of them. With Connor I knew in the last race I had to beat him if I wanted to be in front of him. Nico got a bit unlucky with two tangles today so I think it is fair that he was still in front of me.” Daniela Moroz from the U.S.A. once again showed why she is the four time reigning World Champion, putting 19 sailors in the open fleet between herself and second place female Eleanor Aldridge from Great Britain. Moroz also took out the Under 19 division while in the ever growing youth (U16) field Maximilian Maeder from Singapore secured victory. Ejder Ginyol from Turkey took out the top spot in the Masters ahead of James Johnsen of Denmark who came in second and also took the win in the Grand Masters. 2). 2019 Porsche KiteFoil World Series in Gizzeria The opening round of the 2019 KiteFoil World Series, hosted by Hang Loose Beach in the south of Italy, was sailed in perfect foiling conditions with light to moderate breezes for the four days of racing, with the final two races of the regatta being battled out in a punchy 20-22knot breeze and a larger sea state. In the open development class in which athletes and brands can openly change their equipment as they see fit, the podium was filled with Ozone Kites and Mikeslab foils, with race wins also going to F-One, FlyMaax, Flysurfer, and Levitaz. The 2019 KiteFoil World Series now heads to China for two back-to-back events at Weifang and Pingtan in September before returning to Europe for the series final in Cagliari, Sardinia. OVERALL 1st. Toni Vodisek (SLO) 24pts 2nd. Axel Mazella (FRA) 49pts 3rd. Nico Parlier (FRA) 74pts 4th. Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 77pts 5th. Florian Gruber (GER) 79pts WOMEN 1st. Daniela Moroz (USA) 2nd. Eleanor Aldridge (GBR) 3rd. Elena Kalinina (RUS) UNDER 19 1st. Daniela Moroz (USA) 2nd. Oliver Hansen (DEN) 3rd. Alexandar Ehlen (MON) UNDER 16 1st. Maximilian Maeder (SIN) 2nd. Andrea Principi (ITA) 3rd. Mattia Maini (GBR) MASTERS 1st. Ejder Ginyol (TUR) 2nd. James Johnsen (DEN) 3rd. Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA) GRAND MASTERS 1st. James Johnsen (DEN) 2nd. Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA) 3rd. Benjamin Petit (FRA) 2019 Kitefoil World Series Gizzeria - Highlights Day 4 2019 Kitefoil World Series Gizzeria Highlights Day 5 www.kitefoilworldseries.com
  3. 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
  4. Warnemünde, Germany 1). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany A week of racing in conditions from 6 to well over 25 knots came to an end yesterday with Guy Bridge and Daniela Moroz taking the overall honors at the kiteboarding event at the 81st edition of the "Warnemuender Woche" in the north of Germany. 2). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany Warnemuende, a well known seaside resort close to Rostock, is well known for its fine-sandy beaches and reliable winds. However, once the competition started, the race committee was challenged with either no wind or too much - but in the end 8 races in the qualifying series and 8 races in the final series were held for the 45 men and 14 women from 18 countries and 4 continents. 3). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany The event started off with strong north-westerly winds of well over 20 knots and some massive, steep swell which caused some headache not only for the race committee but also parts of the competitors. While racing was put on hold for all other sailing classes, at least one round of 4 short-sharp races in the Formula Kite typical Short Track format was finished before the conditions became unmanageable. At the end of the qualifying series, the two Bridge brothers - Guy and Olly - had traded first places with Axel Mazella from France, while defending European and World Champion Nico Parlier making some unusual errors including one UFD score for crossing the starting line too early. 4). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany For the final series, the men's fleet was split into small groups of 10 each for the gold, silver and bronze fleet to take full advantage of the close racing on the 6-minute track, with competitors finishing just separated by less than a boardlength. The wind conditions for the final series again were very varying - from 6 to 18 knots - causing the most complete athlete coming out on top. For this week it was clearly Guy Bridge (GBR) who stole the show closely ahead of his older brother Olly, with Axel Mazella (FRA) completing the podium after a disqualification for former World Champion Maxime Nocher (MON). 5). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany In the women's single series the 17-year old Daniela Moroz (USA) stole the show for another time - the defending Formula Kite double world champion is on the best way to claim her third world title in two weeks time in Aarhus at the World Sailing World Championships. With bullets in all but one race there simply seems to be no competition for her at the moment and she is looking forward to the battle with her male colleagues during the KiteFoil GoldCup events later in the season, when men and women compete together for the open KiteFoil titles. 6). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany The battle for the remaining podium places was fierce though between the former world champions Elena Kalinina (RUS) and Steph Bridge (GBR), as well as Alexia Fancelli (FRA). After 14 races, Kalinina claimed the European Champion title with a second place overall and Fancelli in third. But it is clear to see that a new generation of female racers is challenging the established sailors, with 5 out of the top 10 girls being under 19 years old. 7). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany The Youth (U19) in the women's fleet went to Anais Mai Desjardin (FRA), Breiana Whitehead (AUS) and Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL) 8). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany Over in the mens fleet, the youth titles went to Toni Vodisek (SLO) ahead of Martin Dolenc (CRO) and Oliver Hansen (DEN). A very positive development to see is that app. one quarter of the competitors in the men's fleet is under 19. 9). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany At the other end of the spectrum, the winners in the mens Masters and Grandmasters categories were identical - Benjamin Petit (FRA) took the honors for another time ahead of James Johnson and Jan Blaesild (both DEN). 10). 2018 Formula Kite European Championships, Warnemunde, Germany Overall Results Men (Download full results here) 1. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 28 pts 2. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 29 pts 3. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 40.3 pts 4. Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) - 40.3 pts 5. Maxime Nocher (MON) - 43 pts Overall Results Women (Download full results here) 1. Daniela Moroz (USA) - 12 pts 2. Elena Kalinina (RUS) - 28 pts 3. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) - 35 pts 4. Steph Bridge (GBR) - 41 pts 5. Anais Mai Desjardin (FRA) - 50 pts The fleet is now heading to Aarhus for the long awaited 2018 World Championships from 5 to 11 August.
  5. France’s Nico Parlier and Daniela Moroz from the USA crowned Formula Kite World Champions in Oman. Friday, November 24, 2017 1). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 France’s Nico Parlier topped off a dramatic week at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman with a near-perfect display that only served to underscore his dominance and land him the title. Despite tense battles throughout the Medal Series today, the French rider’s sheer pace guaranteed him the title even before the last race began. A well-earned victory to add to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil Class world title that he secured in Italy last month. 2). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Dominance was felt in the women’s division as well, with 16-year-old Daniela Moroz, from the USA, notching up back-to-back world titles and winning the IKA Formula Kite World Championship crown before even taking to the water today. “It’s really, really good. I’m pretty stoked,” said a beaming Moroz. “Coming into this there was a lot of expectation heaped on me, but I managed to stay calm. I just had fun with it and tried to keep all the pressure out of my mind.” 3). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 The more measured Parlier was equally delighted with his victory and a performance that left the rest of the pack – the strongest and youngest fleet in years – shaking their heads in awe at his speed and tactical prowess. “It was a good day,” said Parlier. “I won today in the Medal Series after the second race and could have stayed on the beach and still have won, so in the end it was easy. But still, the level of competition was really high and it was tough. We’re going faster and faster, and I really like that because the standard of our sport is going up.” 4). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 The five-day regatta, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, was marked by scintillating kite hydrofoil racing in conditions that varied from 6 to 20 knots, challenging the 58 riders, including six women, from 22 countries and six continents. In the epic conditions on the Gulf of Oman, framed by a dramatic mountain backdrop, organisers ran 108 of the short track races that last barely eight minutes, such is the devastating speed of the cutting-edge hydrofoils and the skill of the athletes who can clock almost 40 knots even in light breeze. 5). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 But kite racing is about more than pure speed. Consistency is key, as one of the early leaders, Britain’s Olly Bridge, discovered to his cost in the drama that unfolded on the final day in Oman. Going into the last day in second place overall, Bridge had a slender lead over France’s Axel Mazella. But a disastrous second race where he finished eighth in the 10-strong Medal Series fleet, left him in a tough spot hoping the Frenchman might slip up. 6). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Mazella responded to the pressure in the fading 6 to 7 knots of breeze and took the win in the day’s final race, just ahead of Parlier and Bridge, to clinch the second podium position. “It was very tense out there,” said a visibly delighted Mazella. “Looking at the scoreboard I knew I could afford to finish the last race two places behind him, but I won. This short track format is really, really difficult because if you make a bad start, or a mistake, it’s over. For that reason I’m really super-happy to take second place.” 7). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Similarly thrilled was former Formula Kite World Champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, who also found herself locked in a struggle for second place with France’s Alexia Fancelli, in a contest that went down to the wire. In the final race of the event, Kalinina secured second place on the podium when she snatched a second, while Fancelli could only manage a fourth as both women struggled in the light breeze that dipped to 5 knots. 8). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 “It was very, very close right down to the last race,” said Kalinina. “The last race was the decider and we were neck-and-neck, so it came down to who made the least mistakes. I crashed on a tack, but then she did too. We’ve been fighting throughout our 26 races for the second podium place. It was great sailing—a great experience that you just can’t buy. I’m so happy.” Despite starting the day just ahead in second place overall, Fancelli took heart from her performance that signals a huge improvement in so far as she is now pushing the former world champion to the limit. 9). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 “I’m happy, but sad at the same time,” said Fancelli. “I’m pleased with third to Elena Kalinina because I’m really close now. I’m super-happy with my progress, and I’ll be back next year to take second, or even first. I’ll definitely be working on my light-wind skills.” Full results can be found at: www.formulakite.com/results Formula Kite World Championship, Men 1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 2 Axel Mazella (FRA) 3 Olly Bridge (GBR) Formula Kite World Championship, Women 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) Formula Kite World Championship U-18 1 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 2 Martin Dolenc (CRO) 3 Mani Bisschops (AUS) Formula Kite World Championship U-21 men 1 Axel Mazella (FRA) 2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 3 Titouan Galea (FRA) Formula Kite World Championship U-21 women 1Daniela Moroz (USA) 2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 3 Anaïs Mai Desjardins FRA) Formula Kite World Championship, Grand Masters 1 James Johnson (DEN) 2 Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA) 3 Klas Naabo (SWE) Formula Kite World Championship, Masters 1 Nico Landauer (URU) 2 James Johnson (DEN) 3 Ivan Doronin (RUS) www.omansail.com news.omansail.com
  6. Intense clashes as racers push for Medal Series at Oman Formula Kite World Championships. Thursday, November 23, 2017 1). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Competition at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman saw the stakes raised as the leading racers battled to secure a top 10 spot and the chance to go for glory in the Medal Series on the final day on Friday. The duels on the water off Muscat’s Al Mouj beach in the top fleet, with riders battling for position, were intense, with the slightest mistake proving costly in what is undoubtedly the strongest kitefoil racing line-up of the year. 2). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 France’s Nico Parlier barely put a foot wrong on the penultimate day of the five-day regatta on the Gulf of Oman’s flat waters, in a shifty 10 to 11 knot breeze, extending his lead and giving himself a healthy advantage. It didn’t all go his way, however, Britain’s Olly Bridge managed to get the better of the Frenchman in one race, notching up his first win and taking second place on the leaderboard. This victory came right after he had failed to complete the previous race and had to be rescued after breaking two lines and seeing his kite tumble into the water. France’s Axel Mazella secured third place on the leaderboard after a day of neck-and-neck competition with rivals Parlier and Bridge that saw ultra-fast (just over) seven-minute laps of the course. 3). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Despite intense competition from a classy field – with 10 of the 18-strong gold fleet riders aged under 21 – the leading trio were in a class of their own. The chasing pack, however, was almost as quick, with most finishing just seconds after the leaders. The biggest winner on day four of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Championships, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, was Riley Gibbs, from the USA, who put in a stellar performance and notched up a clutch of high-placed finishes. 4). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 He was awarded a scoring redress for the five races he was forced to miss on Wednesday after a collision in a port-starboard incident with the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Maxime Nocher, from Monaco. The award propelled him to fourth on the leaderboard and secured his place in the Medal Series. Slovenian Toni Vodisek, 17, put his best foot forward on day four, enjoying his finest day on the water so far with a brace of second and third place finishes in the top fleet’s six races, putting him fifth overall. 5). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Russian Denis Taradin had a slightly more chequered outing, but his strong finishes in the opening clashes of the two-day Finals Series were enough to put him in ninth place overall going into the final day. “Behind the leading three guys there is a battle for every single place,” said Taradin. “It’s definitely the toughest fleet I’ve ever sailed in. The whole line-up is packed. I love every single moment of it. I try not to care too much about the result, enjoy myself and not make too much trouble in my mind.” 6). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Frenchman Théo de Ramecourt, tenth overall, was also revelling in the intensity of the competition that he believed ultimately could only be good for his future performance. “The level here is just insane,” said de Ramecourt. “One race you can be number four, then number 14. You just can’t make any mistakes. It’s really hard, but it’s so interesting. We now have a new vision of what racing is. I’m so happy with my speed and performance.” In the women’s fleet, another battle has been unfolding out on the water between France’s Alexia Fancelli and Russia’s Elena Kalinina, with both trailing in the wake of the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Daniela Moroz, from the USA, who posted six wins out of six today. 7). Formula Kite, World Championships Oman 2017 Fancelli was pleased to have bagged a second and a trio of third place finishes that gave her the edge and put her in second place on the leaderboard over former Formula Kite World Champion, Kalinina. The pair, are just one point apart going into the final day. “I’m so pleased that I’m in the game with Elena Kalinina for a second-place finish,” said Fancelli. “We’ve had a long day, but I’m absolutely going faster. So now it’s about tactics and reading the wind shifts on the course to earn the best advantage.” Full results can be found at: www.formulakite.com/results Top five men after 12 finals series races (two discards) 1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 14pts 2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 27pts 3 Axel Mazella (FRA) 31pts 4 Riley Gibbs (USA) 56pts 5 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 87pts Top three women after 23 races (four discards) 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 19pts 2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 43pts 3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 44pts (Provisional results before protest hearings) 2017 Formula Kite World Championships - Day 4 Recap www.omansail.com
  7. Parlier and Moroz crowned 2017 Formula Kite European Champions after a week of racing in challenging conditions. Istanbul, Turkey - 18 August 2017 Nico Parlier (FRA, Ozone/Mikes Lab) took the men's title after neck on neck racing with his french rival Axel Mazella (FRA, Enata) with the lead swapping race by race on the final day in front of Tirmata Beach, Istanbul. The event kicked of last Saturday with the iconic Bosphorus Race - a long distance race over approximately 41 km from Tirmata Beach right into the heart of Istanbul in ideal sailing conditions with 9 knots northerly winds and moderate seas. 29 out of the 36 strong fleet saw the finishing line right in front of Ortaköy Camii Mosque, after having passed all three bridges that connect Europe with Asia. Day two of the championship saw perfect summer holiday weather - with winds never reaching the required 6 knots minimum over the course area, racing was postponed to the next day with a promising forecast for the rest of the week. Conditions changed over night though, with an enormous storm in the north of the Black Sea pushing big waves onto the shoreline of Istanbul and putting up a difficult task for the race committee to get any racing underway. The qualifying series for the men, originally planned to span over two days, had to be extended to reach 5 races, with only a short window during the day were the seastate allowed racing at all without putting competitor's and crew's safety at risk. The first day of the final series saw the AP flag flying for the whole day again, with no chance to the the race committee boat out of the harbour due to the big waves. It all came down to the final day with a mangeable seastate and the race committee keen to catch up with the lost races of the previous days. In total, 9 races for each Gold, Silver and Women's fleet were run before the cut of time at 17:00. In every single race, Parlier and Mazella changed the lead several times, but in the end Nico Parlier was able to maintain the lead in almost all races, even if only by a very small margin. Several times the two rivals came over the finishing line overlapped after chasing each other around the course. It was only Olly Bridge (GBR, Flysurfer/Levitaz) who was able to break the dominance of the two frenchmen in a couple of races, strengthening his third position overall. In the women's fleet, reigning World Champion Daniela Moroz (USA, Ozone/MikesLab) dominated competition from day one, winning the Bosphorus Race and from then on every single race except of one DNF in the 14 race single series, securingher the European crown with a perfect score. The remaining two podium places were hard fought for between Alexia Fancelli (FRA, Enata) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Levitaz), with the better scoreline in the end for the french runner-up. TOP 5 MEN after 5 qualifying series and 9 final series races 1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 13 pts 2. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 18 pts 3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 31 pts 4. Theo Lhostis (FRA) - 40 pts 5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 43 pts TOP 5 WOMEN after 14 races 1. Daniela Moroz (USA) - 12 pts 2. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) - 29 pts 3. Elena Kalinina (RUS) - 34 pts 4. Anais Desjardins (FRA) - 40 pts 5. Bilge Ozturk (TUR) - 126 pts Full results: www.formulakite.com/results
  8. Fresh Faces Crowned at IKA TwinTip:Racing Europeans to Cap a Thrilling Competition Gizzeria, Italy 16 July 2017 A clutch of new young stars, most of them kiteboard racing novices, were crowned at the finale of the first TwinTip: Racing Europeans in southern Italy after almost a week of high-intensity action in the new discipline. But the competition that was marked by thrilling drama in near-perfect conditions ended with a whimper when the clockwork-like wind went missing on the final fifth day of the 2017 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R European Championship. Until the last minute race officials tried to squeeze in a few more heats, but the little breeze that came remained stubbornly unstable and largely below the 10kts judged necessary for fair and exciting competition in the downwind slalom format that will be used in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina next year. Still, the riders who had topped the standings at the end of day four were delighted with the outcome and believed they had done more than enough to earn their crowns over the remarkable 175 short-sharp races that were run in the Open, Boys and Girls divisions. Croatia’s Martin Dolenc, 17, took the Open title with unmatched pace and precision that left his veteran racing rivals awed and even himself a little surprised. The teenager dominated the Open class, sitting top of the leaderboard right from the opening exchanges. “I’m so, so happy,” said Dolenc. “This is my first European senior title, so it’s really great to get it. To be honest I’m really surprised. I just didn’t expect to be this fast. I wasn’t really training for this before coming here, just a couple of sessions.” Yet in the Boys and Girls under-19 divisions made up of those who will be eligible for the YOG in Buenos Aires it was a very different story with the lead changing hands as the young riders who had little experience of TwinTip racing got to grips with the format. France’s Victor Bachichet, 17, grew faster and more consistent as he gained in experience and took the Boys’ title with a sparkling photo-finish win in his final elimination round on the competition’s penultimate day. In the process he just squeezed out the US’s Cameron Maramenides, 15, who took the second podium spot. The Frenchman praised his younger rival as a model of pacy consistency who had pushed him all the way. “I’m really super-happy to win this first event,” said Bachichet. “It was so cool. We’ve had good boys, good girls, and good pizza. Before I came I didn’t expect to win. I hoped to be in the top ten, but not first. It’s great experience to come here and test your level. Now I’ll definitely train for the YOG qualifiers.” The Girls’ under-19 European crown went to Spain’s Nina Font Castells, 15, who claimed the top spot on the leaderboard on day four after the US’s Daniela Moroz, the Formula Kite Foil world champion, had several poor races that put her down the order. Moroz, 16, had dominated the first three days of the Girls’ competition and looked odds on to take the title even after the introduction of jumping obstacles on the course that caused her to have to rethink her game. Castells, by contrast, is a freestyler with little race experience, so at least the jumps were not an alien concept. As she waded ashore on Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach after an abortive attempt to get some Girls’ racing away on the final day, the teenager was still having difficulty processing her victory. “It feels good,” she said. “But I need to relax and take it all in. I’m so stoked, but it’ll take time for me to really realise what has happened. It would be wonderful to go the Olympics and represent my country. But I’m not going to think about that. I’ll just keep doing my ‘job” and take it one step at a time.” The prospect of a place at the YOG had prompted 68 boys and 28 girls—out of a total of 112 riders from 21 nations—to make the journey to Italy to practice new TwinTip racing format ahead of upcoming continental Olympic qualifiers. The races of downwind slalom courses of five legs, with jumps depending on the conditions, were designed to make it as accessible as possible to young kiters. The eight-person heats last about three minutes and start relentlessly like clockwork every five minutes. But the concept of refereeing infringements—rather than the more traditional system of post-race protests adjudicated by a jury—caused some controversy as the inexperienced racers believed they should have recourse to appeal decisions. IKA race officials recognised that it had taken riders time to get used to the unfamiliar system and accepted that there are some areas that could be improved, particular that penalties should better fit the infringements. “Looking back over the whole week, where we ended up, it was really good,” said Markus Schwendtner, IKA technical director. “In the beginning it was difficult - the refereeing concept is a total game changer in sailing terms, so it was a very steep learning curve for everybody. Refereeing is a bit of revolution, but it’s the only way to deal with the large number of continuous races (175) in which the referees made more than 300 calls.” FINAL STANDINGS Girls’ (U19) IKA Europeans top five after 5 elimination rounds (1 discard) 1 Nina Font Castells (ESP) - 10pts 2 Daniela Moroz (USA) - 15pts 3 Alina Kornelli (GER) - 15pts 4 Isotta di Domenico (ITA) - 18pts 5 Jingle Chen (CHN) - 25pts Boys’ (U19) IKA Europeans top five after 5 elimination rounds (1 discard) 1 Victor Bachichet (FRA) - 13pts 2 Cameron Maramenides (USA) - 15pts 3 Toni Vodisek (SLO) - 16pts 4 Anthony Picard (FRA) - 18pts 5 Benoit Gomez (FRA) - 21pts Open IKA Europeans top five after 10 elimination rounds (2 discards) 1 Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 13pts 2 Olly Bridge (GBR) - 19pts 3 Florian Gruber (GER) - 27pts 4 Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) - 37pts 5 Atte Kappel (SWE) - 37pts All heat results and overall rankings are available through the LIVE scoring at twintipracing.com 2017 IKA TwinTip: Racing Europeans - Day 5 Recap video
  9. Daniela Moroz Named US Yachtswoman of the Year

    Portsmouth, RI (January 12, 2017) – Olympic Bronze Medalist Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) and IKA Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz (Lafayette, Calif.) today were selected as US Sailing’s 2016 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. 1). Daniela Moroz Named US Yachtswoman of the Year This selection follows the announcement in December of the eight men and six women shortlisted for the award and recognized as sailing’s top performers of the year by US Sailing. A slate of nominees, determined by the membership of US Sailing, was presented to a panel of accomplished sailing journalists, who together discussed the merits of each nominee and individually voted to determine the ultimate winners. Foiling prodigy Daniela Moroz has reached the pinnacle of her sport at the age of 15. On the world’s largest stage, the high school sophomore rose to the occasion on the final day of racing at the IKA Formula Kite World Championship last September in Weifang-Binhai, China. 2). Daniela Moroz Named US Yachtswoman of the Year Moroz was on equal points with reigning world champion, Russian Elena Kalinina, 18, on the last day of racing. Despite the light air, which had typically favored Kalinina, Moroz won all four races on the final day to secure the world championship. She won eight of 12 races overall. Moroz posted top results throughout 2016 on the Hydrofoil Pro Tour. She placed first in the women’s fleet at the Final Round in Rockingham, Western Australia and first place at Round Three in Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius. Moroz’s consistent results propelled her to the top of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour women’s final standings. “It didn’t feel real at first,” said Moroz. “I couldn’t believe it actually happened. It’s always been something I dreamed of doing ever since I started kiting. I’ve been training and racing with Erika Heineken since the beginning and she is a role model and inspiration to me. To be able to do what she did means a lot.” 3). Daniela Moroz Named US Yachtswoman of the Year “The Hydrofoil Pro Tour was awesome,” added Moroz. “It is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Traveling around the world and being able to compete is a dream. The racing is a big part of it, but it’s not everything. I’ve made some great friends along the way.” Moroz learned how to kiteboard at the age of 11 while taking lessons on Sherman Island. In the summer of 2013 she had her first racing experience out of Crissy Field at one of the Thursday Night Races. Soon after, she learned how to foil and raced the entire 2014 season on a Sword. “Both of my parents were windsurfers, so they introduced me at an early age. “I chose kiting because this sport had really taken off. Soon after I began racing, the progression from raceboards to hydrofoil had started and I followed that progression.” Moroz has her sights set on another world championship and she would like to race on the Hydrofoil Pro Tour again in 2017. She also has high hopes that kiteboarding is selected as a sailing event for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Moroz will also be preparing to compete at the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Source: US Sailing
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