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  1. We've already showed you the video from May with the race with captain Alex Thomson, Sam Light and Fred Hope. Today we present Sam Light's perspective.
  2. Morph The Yucatan

  3. Final Results HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico

    The 6th shuttle of the day has taken off, there were more than half a dozen yesterday and still more tomorrow. The 1st stop of the Hydrofoil racing season had a grand opening with various wind conditions that made for an even playing field for all racers. La Ventana lived up to its windy reputation, rated #1 kite destination in the world in 2011 by the Discovery Channel and the rest is history. La Ventana is the opening event each year in this sailing discipline - its official, the 2017 race tour circuit has begun! This was another event that will go down in history as one of the most intense competitions to date. 57 Riders from 23 Countries gathered to battle it out on the course, set by Rob Dean - official race director of Hydrofoil racing since 2014. By the end of Day 4, on March 29th, Maxime Nocher, once again, was awarded as Champion of the 1st stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, representing Yacht Club Monaco and new brand, Enata, also sponsored by Orezza & Lip. 1). HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico Not far behind was Oliver Bridge GBR in second place, followed by Axel Mazella FRA, then Riccardo Leccese ITA, and closing the top 5 is Florian Trittel ESP. The top 10 included Nicolas Parlier FRA in 6th, Florian Gruber GER in 7th, Julien Kerneur FRA in 8th, Martin Dolenc CRO in 9th and Theo Lhostis FRA closing the top 10 with Europeans. Competition amongst the riders has gotten close. As stated on Day 1, the Europeans saw the bar set high and have met that bar and surpassed the American athletes during the opening of the 2017 race season. There were 6 women registered in the race - in 1st place Daniela Moroz USA, 2nd place Gina Hewson AUS and 3rd Cath Dufour CAN, 4th Bitna Kim KOR. It will be great to see more women out there on the course. Looking forward to a growing female fleet in the races to come. 2). HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico There are major benefits of getting the top hydrofoil racers and manufacturers together, being leaders in the industry. There are conversations that are facilitated when chilling on the beach, waiting for wind and the chit chat that apres kite happy hour entices. Playa Central served as the heart of the action for the duration of the event. The topics that rang loudly were new developments in safety (harnesses, helmets and vests) after 2 of the 57 athletes injured their ribs during training sessions - Sam Bullock and Joey Pasquali, who toughed it out and continued to support the races as spectators. The riders and judges also discussed the changes in some of the kite sailing rules, how it will affect the outcomes of protests and how race directors have new responsibilities to the riders to set the course with these new rules in mind - this is why Dean is admired and loved by the riders and organizers. He runs a perfect regatta, pulls it off every time and makes it look so easy. 3). HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico This year the drone footage that was captured will make you feel you were here, pilot Petr Kokes and credit must be given to Sebastian Tron Media for getting in the water with those blades and swimming in between those buoys to get the perfect shots. “Can’t wait to come back to La Ventana in 2018.” “We just want to race.” “See you in Montpellier. See you in San Francisco.” 4). HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico Those were the sentences spoken over and over amongst those who attended. One topic avoided by the riders was, sailing politics - it is clear that the riders have faith that the organizers of this tour have their best interests in mind and are pushing for their recognition - the popularity of the tour speaks for itself. There are rider sponsorships in sight for individuals and the athletes are being approached for R&D by manufacturers, designers are sharing information and the hydrofoil industry is quickly accelerating the advances and expectations of the gear. Thanks to these new ideas, there are is a bigger effort on behalf of the manufacturers to produce better products in the kiteboarding industry. The riders want to train, race, train some more and race again. There is a champion in each and every one of the riders who attended the tour. IFKO and IKA, within WS are battling it out for the ownership of the sport and IOC has appeared to have made its decision. One thing is for sure, the riders of the HFPT have one thing on their mind - the angle of attack for the best finish. 5). HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico While boards turn in to magic carpets, flying 1 meter above the water and fins turn in to underwater airplanes with wings that boil, the kite racing board set up is redefined by riders and manufacturers as sailing vessels, no longer called a simple board. “We are sailors,” said Moroz, named female Champion of the competition and ROLEX Yachtswoman of the Year. Many of the competitors stayed extra time and/or arrived early to enjoy the rest of the sights around Baja. Surfing on the Pacific, and Sea Lions at Isla Cerralvo, spier fishing in the Bay and visiting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, some say - Espiritu Santo and Balandra, for example. George Hradil from Delta Hydrofoil & Vadim Polonsky from Green Hat Kiteboarding even saw a humpback whale during their excursion while swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz, a rare event they were lucky enough to witness. If you are looking for a foil paradise, join us in La Ventana, self-proclaimed foil capital of the world and Playa Central, a sweet spot with world famous margaritas, kite lessons, accommodations and so much more. 6). HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico La Ventana season is officially from October - April and May - July there is an easterly wind that comes in every afternoon at 12-15+ knots. The weather in LV is foilable almost all year, just ask Gabor Vagi, grand master in the event for the 4th year, who gets out there every single day - literally. April 1st becomes Day 1 of the planning of the 2018 HFPT - we are getting ready for you again next year. “This was like a World Championship! One of the toughest events I’ve been to, for sure,” said Oliver Bridge. Professional foilers, sailors, amateur foilers, manufacturers, fans, come to La Ventana where you are guaranteed at lest 60 riders from 20+ countries - this event keeps growing, and if you are in the market for a foil, this is where you want to be at the end of Day 4 of racing. 7). HydroFoil Pro Tour in Mexico Many who have attended, like Florian Gruber, actually missed the Snowkite Open this year due to overlapping dates with this event, being that he is the 2016 Winner means this HFPT championship destination is proving itself year after year with growing popularity. This can only mean one thing - more prize money and more opportunities for the athletes who make this spectacle possible through dedicated training and birth-granted talent. PR by Olivia Rose Photos by Sebastian Tron
  4. HydroFoil Pro Tour La Ventana, Mexico - Day 3

    Again, a little chill set in last night and promises for a great day of wind for today for the final day of Racing. On Day 2 of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour the wind was light and steady, 8-11 knots for Races 6, 7, and 8. Direction was 355 degrees to 20 degrees magnetic. Race 9 - light and steady 6 knots, most of the riders had to swim in this one, therefore the race was abandoned. The sea state was blue, flat water, light seaweed. The forecast for March 28th, Day 3 showed a building breeze from 000 degrees, coming in at 18-24 knots towards the middle of the day - much different than previous days. The sea state for yesterday was choppy with heavy wind swell. Rob Dean scheduled and achieved six successful races for Day 3 in these conditions, full power and live action with Joey Pasquali streaming LIVE on Facebook. See more on the official HFPT page. Top competitors for yesterday who were battling it out in stronger wind were Nico Parlier putting up some stiff competition, riding Ozone kites with a Mike’s Lab foil, Maxime Nocher on Enata, Olly Bridge flying Flysurfer, riding Levitaz and Axel Mazella with F-one and Taaora. Riccardo Leccese is also performing spectacularly, sponsored by Ozone riding Mike’s Lab foil. 1). HydroFoil Pro Tour La Ventana, Mexico Today’s protests amongst the riders were primarily related to tangles. The conditions went from calm to almost still on Day 2, compared to 20-25 knots of consistent wind on Day 3 gusting up to 30 knots. Needless to say there were some hostile tangles happening on the water, some protest while many hug it out on the beach. The thermal adds 7-10 knots to the forecast in La Ventana so seems like yesterday’s thermal wind surprised many of the riders who are just discovering the destination. La Ventana lived up to its reputation and has delivered various wind conditions for the riders to compete in - there are no excuses in this race. Light wind to high winds, the race has provided all conditions. Many competitors, like Ejder Ginyol from TUR, Bitna KOR, John Von Tesmar USA, chose to spend the entire season in La Ventana thanks to the various training opportunities the wind conditions provide throughout the late fall and winter months. There are steady winds until late April and in May as summer sets in, the magical thermal effects starts to fade but the bay continues to get a steady breeze from the East of 12 - 15 knots every afternoon. 2). HydroFoil Pro Tour La Ventana, Mexico Playa Central supports hydrofoil racing since 2014, first and foremost because this type of event stimulates riders and manufacturers while pushing their design and creative process to their limit by going as fast as they can in all conditions. Many of the manufacturers come to La Ventana perform R&D practices, as well as promotional videos for their brands; amongst them, Matt Taggart with Ozone, Benni Boelli with Flysurfer, Adrian Geislinger with Levitaz, George Hraldin with Hydrofoil Pro Tour Press Release Day 3 LA VENTANA March 29, 2017 Delta Foils and many more. World champions of various disciplines are here to battle it out for the HFPT. 3). HydroFoil Pro Tour La Ventana, Mexico The parties have been kept light but surely tonight all will celebrate the spectacular range of wind that this destination has provided. On Day 4, the wind line can be seen coming in from the distance. The last skipper’s meeting will take place at 10:00 hrs, led by Rob Dean. The forecast shows steady wind coming in all day through the North. Racing should start around noon. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Final press release after prize ceremony announcing the Champion of the 1st stop of the 2017 HFPT. Results after 3 days: Men 1- Olly Bridge 2- Maxime Nocher 3- Axel Mazella 4- Riccardo Leccesse 5- Florian Gruber Women 1- Daniela Moroz 2- Gina Hewson 3- Catherine Dufour PR by Olivia Rose Photos by Sebastian Tron
  5. Todo H2O

  6. Hydrofoil Pro Tour : Mexico

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    Hydrofoil Pro Tour Round 1 : MEXICO We are excited to announce the first stop of the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour. Kicking off we see the tour head to the the much beloved paradise location of La Ventana. The worlds very best hydrofoil racers, as well as those simply looking for an incredible racing location, will once again descend upon Playa Central. As the famous Mexican saying goes…”Cada cual hace con su vida un papalote y lo echa a volar” “We each make a kite of life and fly it as we will” We hope you’ll bring your kite and make the most of life by joining us us for an incredible 2016 season opener. Bring on the warn sunny day, action packed Hydrofoil racing and non-stop festivities. See you in Mexico!!!! Olya “By the Riders, for the Riders” The websites are currently under construction but for the time being please find the NOR at the link below Entry Link: http://tinyurl.com/o9fqxgb NOR: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pjejb7yh8r4wt2d/2016%20HFPT%20Mexico%20La%20Ventana%20NOR%20v1.pdf?dl=0
  7. La Ventana Magic

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