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  1. Ozone - R1 V3 Racing Machine Out Now!

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  2. Boao, China 10 May 2018 1). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The victors of both the boys and girls titles at the TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom Youth World Champions sealed their wins with dominant performances that mirrored their progress through the enthralling event on China’s tropical Hainan Island. The Dominican Republic’s Adeuri Corniel was almost untouchable in the high-octane races, capturing the title with room to spare. He was so far ahead in the rankings, he was able to discard first places from earlier elimination round deciders. 2). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. If anything, Spain’s Nina Font Castells grabbed the girls’ title with a display that was even more consistent, taking four straight elimination deciders from the six that were squeezed into the three days of racing. 3). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth Worlds staged on the sparkling waters of Asia Bay, Bo’ao, also doubled as the final qualification event for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. In landing their world titles, Corniel and Font Castells also earned their nations a coveted spot at the games in Buenos Aires in October when kiteboarding’s first Olympic medals will be awarded. Three other slots each for boys and girls were also secured at the Youth Worlds. The boys’ places were won by China’s Haoran Zhang, Croatia’s Martin Dolenc, and France’s Benoit Gomez. But because each nation can take only one spot for boys and girls, the Dominican Republic’s Lorenzo Calcano had to be content with his third place on the podium behind Zhang. 4). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Italy’s Sofia Tomasoni forfeited her Youth World crown, but her second podium spot earned her country a YOG slot, as did China’s Kewen Li and France’s Poema Newland, who finished third and fourth respectively. In the complex calculus of YOG qualification, Italy and China’s podium finishes in Asia Bay take precedence over earlier victories at continental qualifiers in Dakhla, Morocco, and Pranburi, Thailand. Italy and China now cede those places to Germany after Alina Kornelli posted a second in Dakhla, while Thailand will get a place at the YOG after Nichanan Rodthong took a third spot in Pranburi. The joy and relief was evident in the cheers, smiles and hugs among the young athletes on the beach as racing was cut short on the fifth and final day of competition due to an impending thunderstorm. 5). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. But by then the strongest competitors among impressive fleet of 38 boys from 23 nations, and 24 girls from 14 countries, had already established themselves in the scores of intensely-quick slalom races over five downwind legs. The format, using registered series production inflatable “tube” kites and registered series production twin-tip boards, was specially designed for the Youth Olympics because of its accessibility for young athletes as the equipment is common to that used by most kiteboarders. 6). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Yet with jumps and heart-stopping mark roundings, the action in the boardercross-style kiteboarding is intense with the drama of crashes and tangles never far away. Freestyle star Corniel proved that he had the speed and the mental toughness necessary as the pressure of the competition mounted and the lure of an Olympics’ place drew ever closer. “I’m really happy,” he said. “We’ve been training for months and came prepared. For me both things are the same. It’s important to represent the Dominican Republic, but it’s fantastic I’m World Champion too.” 7). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Font Castells was similarly buoyant about her emphatic victory. “It feels great. With the Olympics, it’s the first time kiteboarding is in the games, so it’s amazing to be going there. But the world title is really cool as well, so I’m really happy.” Tomasoni was among the first to congratulate her old friend Font Castells even though it cost the Italian her world crown, lost in her opening days’ uneven performances. “I actually feel good right now,” said Tomasoni. “I had some issues in the first day’s races, but I managed to bring my focus back and change my attitude, so I’m happy I could do that. Now it’s amazing to be going to the Youth Olympics too.” Youth Worlds host China had already secured one YOG slot through Jingle Chen, but coach Zhai Dahui was delighted to bag a second for Haoran Zhang after he just missed out at the qualifiers in Thailand. 8). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. “After we came back from Thailand we didn’t have a lot of time to train,” said Dahui. “But Zhang has done really well, especially as he was up against the fastest riders in the world. He had to beat all of them. So we are delighted to make it to a second YOG spot.” 9). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. TOP FIVE BOYS (after six eliminations, two discards) 1 Adeuri Corniel (DOM) 4pts 2 Haoran Zhang (CHN) 11.5pts 3 Lorenzo Calcano (DOM) 14pts 4 Martin Dolenc (CRO) 19pts 5 Benoit Gomez (FRA) 20pts 10). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. TOP FIVE GIRLS (after six eliminations, two discards) 1 Nina Fonts Castells (ESP) 4pts 2 Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) 13.5pts 3 Kewen Li (CHN) 19pts 4 Poema Newland (FRA) 19pts 5 Alice Ruggiu (ITA) 21pts Youth Olympic Games qualifying nations, boys Dominican Republic (Worlds) China (Worlds) Croatia (Worlds) France (Worlds) Antigua & Barbuda (Continentals) Brasil (Continentals) Marocco (Continentals) Slovenia (Continentals) Philippines (Continentals) Australia (Continentals) Argentina (Host Country) IOC Universality Place Youth Olympic Games qualifying nations, girls Spain (Worlds) Italy (Worlds) China (Worlds) France (Worlds) Dominican Republic (Continentals) Venezuela (Continentals) South Africa (Continentals) Germany (2nd ranked country in the Continentals behind Italy) Thailand (2nd ranked country in the Continentals behind China) New Zealand Argentina (Host Country) IOC Universality Place 2018 TT:R Youth World Championships - Day 5 Recap Full results, all elimination series results, and live scoring are available at: www.twintipracing.com YOG qualification events North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018 Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018 Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018 2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 May 2018
  3. Boao, China 07 May 2018 1). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Young kiteboard racers from the Dominican Republic charged to the top of the leaderboard after a long day of close-fought racing at the TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships being staged on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. Freestyle star Adeuri Corniel (DOM) grabbed the top spot with a dominant performance on the penultimate day of the competition, seizing three wins from three in the crucial elimination round deciders. 2). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The exuberant young competitor easily cast aside his poor start in the opening races after two windless days at the beginning of the competition, which will also serve as a qualifier for the the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina in October. Countryman Lorenzo Calcano held the third spot after similarly consistent showing in breezes that stiffened to 25kts, providing for thrilling battles in the high-octane format specially designed for the youth games where kiteboarding’s first Olympic medals will be awarded. Only local favourite China’s Haoran Zhang—like the rest of his team flying a distinctive kite made up of his national flag—was able to split the pair with a series of gritty and sparklingly quick races that saw him take a second and third spot in the day’s elimination finals. 3). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. In the equally hard-fought girls’ division, which makes up almost 40 percent of the 62-strong fleet of athletes born between 2000 and 2003, Spain’s Nina Font Castells built on her overnight lead with two elimination round victories from three. 4). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The 2017 European TT:R Youth World title holder was a model of consistency, though she slipped up in the first elimination round on day four of the championship when she failed to make the final, an error she was able to rectify with a discard. Otherwise, her pace and uncanny ability to keep clear of trouble and tangles at the marks that are rounded at full speed on the five downwind legs of the slalom course served her well and gave her a commanding points lead. But the defending International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth World Champion, Italy’s Sofia Tomasoni, also clawed her way back into contention to sit second on the leaderboard, equal on points but ahead in the standings of China’s Kewen Li. 5). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Tomasoni’s day began badly when she failed to make the opening elimination decider. She sank down in the sand after coming back to the beach, overcome with emotion. But she regrouped and with the help of her strong Italian team, which has four girls in the top ten, she posted two strong finishes. Team-mate Alice Ruggiu sits in fourth spot on the leaderboard after a mixed day’s outing. But a second place in one elimination decider was enough to keep her nose in front of the strong French athlete Poema Newland who posted consistently high-placed finishes after a poor opening foray. 6). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Ruggiu was clearly elated with her performance and revelling in the competition in the strong breezes, flying her smallest kites. “In the first elimination I got a second. Now I’m strong because I like to go fast and I like these conditions.” If the opening day of racing was marked by a rash disqualifications among the girls’ fleet for crossing the start-line early, the second was characterised by tangles at the marks or the spectacular jumps as the wind accelerated. The tangles were a measure of the mounting pressure on the athletes and the tightness of the racing as the girls sped around the marks with metres of one another, unwilling to give any quarter. In the boys’ division Corniel faced no such problems, able to keep clear of other competitors with his sheer, raw pace that invariably gave him the lead rounding the crucial first mark, affording rivals little chance to pass him. 7). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. “From the start boat to the first mark I get ahead because my speed is good,” he said. “If someone’s close behind me I can find a bit more speed to keep clear and avoid tangles. I love this and I really want to represent my country. The mental thing in this is really tough. You really have to use your head, way more than in freestyle. It’s great.” TOP FIVE BOYS (after five eliminations, two discards 1 Adeuri Corniel (DOM) 3pts 2 Haoran Zhang (CHN) 6pts 3 Lorenzo Calcano (DOM) 8pts 4 Cameron Maramenides (USA) 14pts 5 Xaver Keibler (GER) 15pts TOP FIVE GIRLS (after five eliminations, two discards) 1 Nina Fonts Castells (ESP) 3pts 2 Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) 10pts 3 Kewen Li (CHN) 10pts 4 Alice Ruggiu (ITA) 12pts 5 Poema Newland 13pts 2018 TT:R World Championships - Day 4 Recap Full results, all elimination series results, and live scoring are available at: www.twintipracing.com YOG qualification events North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018 Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018 Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018 2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 May 2018
  4. Boao, China 06 May 2018 1). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Costly mistakes by many of the favourites to take the titles at the 2018 TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom Youth World Championships in Hainan, China, threw up a few surprises at the top of standings after the first day of racing. After two frustrating, windless opening days, many of the young athletes seemed over-anxious and committed the cardinal error of crossing the start-lines early and were eliminated from heats or the all-important elimination round decider. 2). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. As a result some, like reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth World Champion Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) and boys’ title holder Cameron Maramenides (USA), found themselves down the leaderboard. The pressure was magnified by a field stacked with the strongest TT:R talent as athletes from around the globe have gathered to fight for the eight remaining places for kiteboarding’s first medals at the Youth Olympics Games (YOG) in Argentina in October. 3). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Day three of the competition being contested on the warm waters of Bo’ao’s Asia Bay finally served up the conditions the 38 boys and 24 girls from 26 countries need for the high-octane downwind slalom discipline. The breeze quickly built from 12kts eventually hitting more than 20kts by mid-afternoon, seeing most of the competitors switch from their largest 17m or 19m kites to 11m kites as the scores of short, sharp races progressed. As the tropical breezes freshened the race committee was able to introduce obstacles to be jumped on two of the course’s five legs, with the result that many of the competitors incurred penalties that further juggled the order. 4). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. But it was the mistake of pushing too hard at the start and crossing the line early that was the biggest problem, particularly in the girls’ fleet when sometimes most of the competitors in the six-person heats were disqualified. Spain’s Nina Font Castells, the current European TT:R Youth Champion, was the exception. She held her nerve and proved consistently quick to give her the overnight lead with a first and second spot in the crucial elimination round deciders 5). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. “I’m doing well and I’m happy to be in this position,” she said. “But it’s not over yet, so I don’t want to get too excited. I will just keep my focus. I know there are a lot of good racers in the fleet, like the two Chinese girls. Other girls are making mistakes, like going over the line early or getting penalties.” The leader in the boys’ division, Germany’s Xaver Kiebler, seemed even more surprised by his day’s performance that left him top of the rankings, but no less delighted. 6). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. “Today was really, really good for me,” he said. “I think there are a lot of people making mistakes. I’m in first place but I feel I’m a little bit lucky to be there. I got a second and a fourth in the elimination decider, but I’m on top. A lot of others had OCS [On Course Side disqualifications]. So it’s better to take a bit more time, even if you start a fraction later.” China’s Haoran Zhang suffered from inconsistency, winning the first elimination round final to the delight of the cheering local support on the beach, only to fail even to make the second round final. Nevertheless his performance was enough to leave him in second place, just one point ahead of the Dominican Republic’s Lorenzo Calcano, who was delighted with his showing against such a strong fleet. 7). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. “I’m really happy,” he said. “I feel I’m very fast on the start. My main thing is that I don’t get nervous. I’m not afraid of the other racers, even though many of them are very good. Now I just have to stay focused.” TOP FIVE BOYS (after 2 completed eliminations) 1 Xaver Kiebler (GER) 6pts 2 Haoran Zhang (CHN) 8pts 3 Lorenzo Calcano (DOM) 9pts 4 Tiger Tyson (ANT) 11pts 5 Maxime Chabloz (SUI) 13pts TOP FIVE GIRLS (after 2 completed eliminations) 1 Nina Fonts Castells (ESP) 3pts 2 Kewen Li (CHN) 8pts 3 Alice Ruggiu (ITA) 10pts 4 Jingle Chen (CHN) 11pts 5 Lola Ulrich (FRA) 14pts Full results, all elimination series results, and live scoring are available at: www.twintipracing.com YOG qualification events North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018 Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018 Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018 2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 May 2018
  5. Boao, China 05 May 2018 1). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The appeal of the relatively new kiteboarding discipline of TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom for young athletes is underscored by the number of competitors who have travelled from all over the globe to battle for the Youth World titles in China. The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Slalom World Championships—which also doubles as the final qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina—sees 23 nations fighting for four spots in the boys’ division and 14 nations going after another four in the girls’ group on the tropical island of Hainan. For the 62 athletes all born between 2000 and 2003 the chance to land the remaining spots to compete for kiteboarding’s inaugural medals in Buenos Aires in October was an irresistible opportunity. 2). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The downwind TT:R slalom/boardercross format specially-developed for YOG to foster easy accessibility for young kiteboarders is proving a perfect springboard to high-end kite hydrofoil kiteracing competition among the athletes who have caught the racing bug. But on the second of five scheduled days of racing at the Youth Worlds the onshore breeze again failed to blow with sufficient consistency to allow any racing. But the forecast breezes for the closing three days appear good. For most of the competitors who flocked to the YOG regional qualifiers in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, Dakhla, Morocco, and Pranburi, Thailand, the TT:R Slalom discipline was their first taste of racing. The vast majority of the athletes come from a freestyle kiting background—some like Christian Tio (PHI) and Adeuri Corniel (DOM) at the highest levels—and were surprised by the thrill of competing in races. 3). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. Part of the draw is that the equipment they must use, four registered series production inflatable “tube” kites, and one production twin-tip board, is familiar to every kiteboarder over the world. The high-octane downwind TT:R slalom/boardercross format races that are run in as little as 10kts breeze was developed to optimise the performance of the “tube” kites and twin-tip boards, with the added drama and spectacle of obstacles to be jumped to showcase kiteboarding’s unique qualities. The 10-strong Italian team’s coach, Simone Vannucci, has seen a sea-change in the young kiteboarders who have been under his guidance for more than a year. “I absolutely believe this style of racing is a pathway to high-end kite hydrofoil racing,” said Vannucci. “I’ve seen the proof with my own kids. Some are already looking to the next step, and some have hydrofoils.” 4). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. For Vannucci, the key to the format’s success in attracting so many young competitors was the choice of equipment that was easy to use, accessible, affordable and familiar. “I think the winning aspect of this class was selecting the equipment that was totally familiar to the kids,” he said. “It was the only way to get them out from the beach and teach them some sailing and to get them on to kitefoiling. It was guaranteed this was the best way to do it. “In doing so we taught them competitiveness. I see in their eyes the desire to compete. Once they catch the bug they’re hooked. My point is that if we want to create new kite hydrofoil sailors, the only way is to look for them in kiting because it requires such good kite handling skills.” Connor Bainbridge, the British team’s coach, was skeptical at first that TT:R would act as a springboard. But the top kitefoil racer, with long experience in windsurfing and sailing, has been converted by what he has seen. 5). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. “I wasn’t a believer before, but what I’ve seen here and over the last year convinced me it’s a great pathway to high performance racing,” he said. “The simple equipment and accessibility make it ideal.” Now, all involved are looking for the future when they hope kite hydrofoil racing will be included in the medals line-up for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 when the young TT:R competitors have graduated. Full results, all elimination series results, and live scoring will be available at: www.twintipracing.com YOG qualification events North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018 Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018 Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018 2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 May 2018
  6. Boao, China 04 May 2018 1). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The lure of winning kiteboarding’s inaugural medals at the forthcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina has pushed many countries to field large national teams at the TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. For the first time in kiteboarding, big national squads backed by their national sailing and kiting federations have made the trip to Hainan Island’s Bo’ao in the hope their young racers can land some of the remaining eight slots for the games in Buenos Aires in October. While racing on the water is an individual effort, the racers, all born between 2000 and 2003, have been revelling in their national team identities. Even smaller nations with fewer resources have provided backing, including team clothing, to foster national pride. On the first of five scheduled days of racing at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth Worlds on Asia Bay, which will also serve as a YOG qualifier, the wind failed to climb above the required 10kts necessary for fair TT:R Slalom competition. But the forecast for the days ahead look good. 2). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The lay day under the tropical sunshine saw the 38 boys and 24 girls from 26 countries and six continents chill under the palm trees in their team groups as they waited in vain for the breeze to build, kites pumped and ready for action. The biggest team of five boys and five girls, including reigning TT:R Youth World Champion Sofia Tomasoni, is that of Italy. It has been shepherded for more than a year by Simone Vannucci, his position funded by the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV), which also helps the competitors with equipment. 3). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. But the possibility of burnishing national reputations has also encouraged smaller, poorer nations like the Dominican Republic to find some resources for a coach, training, equipment and funds to travel. With two boys and two girls in China, the squad has been training under top foil racer, Florian Trittel, a former 29er class World Champion. He travelled to Cabarete from his native Spain to conduct week-long training camps every month for almost a year. Trittel’s programme and the travel of the young athletes has been financed by the Dominican Republic Sailing Federation and national Olympic Committee through the Cabarete Kite Academy, which saw the potential kiting for personal development. 4). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. “For these four guys it is very much a matter of national pride to represent their country,” said Trittel. “But the people of the Dominican Republic are not wealthy, so these kids know the only way they can compete for their country is if they get support.” Lola Ulrich, a member of the six-strong French squad which also boasts a coach, training programme and physiotherapist funded by the French Sailing Federation (FFV), is immensely grateful for opportunities offered by being part of the team. “To be part of the team is great,” she said. “For me it’s definitely a super experience. I learned so much to get to a high level. There’s the technical advantages as we have more eyes and more brains to see things. In France we’re very, very proud of being French. I didn’t expect that, and I didn’t expect that journey. It changed me in some ways.” 5). TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom World Championships in China. The host nation’s four-strong Chinese team is also well-resourced by the China Yachting Association (CYA) which has seen the potential of kiting to grow in the country, while also being drawn by the hope of success on the Olympic stage. Zhai Dahui, coach and team manager, has been training the squad for several years, but focused on TT:R when the youth games became a possibility. “The main reason for the backing is that we have the opportunity to go into the Olympics,” said Dahui. “The Olympics is very important.” Full results, all elimination series results, and live scoring will be available at: www.twintipracing.com YOG qualification events North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018 Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018 Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018 2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 May 2018
  7. 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
  8. Lighter Breezes Reshuffle the Pack at TwinTip: Racing Europeans Gizzeria, Italy 15 July 2017 Lighter breezes that nevertheless fuelled scintillating downwind slalom racing in the kiteboard TwinTip class saw some of the leaders who had dominated their divisions over the opening days come unstuck and slip down the order. In particular the US’s Daniela Moroz, the 16-year-old Formula Kite Foil world champion, ceded the overall lead after several poor heats put her down the order and threatened to derail her bid for the crown in the girls’ division of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Kitesurf Europeans in southern Italy. On the fourth of the five-day competition being hosted on the flat waters off Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach in Calabria, the French rider Victor Bachichet, 17, took an opportunity to seize the lead in the boys’ division with an especially gutsy performance in his last elimination final of the day. But in the Open division, Croatian rider Martin Dolenc, also 17, remained unflappable and blisteringly quick even as his closest rivals found better pace and consistency, chipping away at his overall lead. The penultimate day of the contest that is employing the format to be used at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina next year was marked by breezes that took time to build and rarely struggled above 12kts. Yet the 112 riders from 21 nations—including 68 boys and 28 girls who will be eligible for the Games in Buenos Aires—were easily able to post searingly-fast times on the track of five downwind legs, completing each of the dozens of eight-person heats in a little over three minutes. The slightly softer airs forced race officials to leave out the jumping obstacles that had added to the already spectacular format. But the scorching mark roundings, with riders barely metres apart, led to a clutch of tangles as the pressure mounted on competitors unprepared to give any quarter with a European crown in their sights. Yet in the girls’ division China’s Jingle Chen nosed her way into the top five of the girls’ standings after a carefully-calculated performance that secured wins in both her day’s elimination rounds, laying to rest her forgettable foray of opening rounds when she crashed or tangled pushing too hard at the wrong times. “In the first three days I just crashed too many times,” said the 16-year-old who has her sights firmly on the prize of YOG qualification. “I’ve learned that I don’t need to push it to the limit in early rounds and risk not qualifying for the crucial elimination finals.” Twice on day four Daniela Moroz failed to reach the elimination round finals, ensuring she was knocked off her perch at the top of the leaderboard. Rival, 15-year-old Nina Font Castells (ESP) took that honour even though she, too, had a mixed day at the races. But Bachichet, one of the riders sporting snowboard-type goggles against the ferocious amount of spray thrown up by other competitors, held his nerve too, to go top of the boys’ standings in a nerve-jangling elimination final. The French teenager, who took up TwinTip racing just three months ago with YOG qualification his goal, had led the final until the first mark when Toni Vodisek (SLO) squeezed past on the inside in audacious move. Both tussled all the way down the course’s next four legs until Bachichet finally overhauled his 16-year-old rival in photo-finish after a drag race to the line. It earned Bachichet the boys’ top spot overall, just ahead of Cameron Maramenides (USA) and Vodisek. Britain’s Olly Bridge also narrowed the gap to Dolenc in the Open division, but with the Croatian commanding the top of the leaderboard since the opening round, he appear to be in pole heading into what will surely be a gripping finale. OVERALL STANDINGS Girls’ 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’ 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 (two discards) 1 Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 13pts 2 Olly Bridge (GBR) - 19pts 3 Florian Gruber (GER) - 27pts 4 Axel Mazella (FRA) - 37pts 5 Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) - 37pts All heat results and overall rankings are available through the LIVE scoring at twintipracing.com 2017 IKA TwinTip:Racing Europeans - Day 4 Recap video
  9. Controversy Over New Refereeing as Racing Gets Cleaner and Margins Finer Gizzeria, Italy 14 July 2017 Young kite racers and their parent-coaches appear to be struggling to get to grips with a new “referee” concept devised to cope with a huge number of short, sharp high-octane heats and the relentless pace of the TwinTip racing format. Organisers at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R European Championships in southern Italy have been deluged by some of the 112 riders from 21 countries demanding explanations for judging decisions on penalties for tangles or touches on obstacles to be jumped. Novice racers, or perhaps those more accustomed a traditional sailing process that allows them to register a written protest and present their case for redress for perceived infringements to the jury, have been non-plussed by referees’ decisions that seem to allow little room for appeal. But with the format to be used for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina next year that saw organisers stage 53 high-intensity downwind slalom heats on day three, each lasting a little over three minutes and starting like clockwork every 5 minutes, a similarly quick decision process had to be found. International judges at the five-day event enthralling spectators on Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach with high-speed action and gripping mark roundings accept the “referee” concept can be fine-tuned and are open to discussion to find improvements. But they maintain they are doing the best for the interests of all competitors and have had to make an incredible 187 referee calls in just three days of competition, a level that would be unsustainable under the traditional jury system. Croatia’s Martin Dolenc had little need of the referees’ decisions. The spell-bindingly quick 17-year-old held his lead at the top of the leaderboard for the third successive after a precise display that left his rivals in awe. His uncanny ability to position himself to cross the start line first with split-second timing allowed him to control many of his races. After seven elimination rounds Dolenc had a healthy lead over Britain’s Olly Bridge, who clawed his way back into contention when he was able to discard two poor scores. Bridge climbed the ladder at the expense of Germany’s Florian Gruber in third and France’s Axel Mazella in fourth. Just a few points separate them, marking the ferocity of the battles on the flat waters in breezes that hit 17kts and proved ideal for the slalom format. “Martin Dolenc is just very, very fast,” said Mazella. “He usually makes a good start and gets to the first mark in front of us. From there he can control the whole field. It’s nearly impossible to get past him. But he’s been incredibly consistent too.” In the 28-strong girls’ division made up of those eligible from a place at the YOG in Buenos Aires, Formula Kite Foil world champion Daniela Moroz (USA) has been growing in consistency and finding her groove in the unfamiliar format and tops the standings. The 16-year-old kitefoil racing prodigy is a virtual novice on a TwinTip and initially struggled to jump the obstacles without hitting them and incurring penalties. But with a little more practice she got the art dialled on day three, bringing her one step closer to her goal of winning a YOG qualifying spot. By contrast her closest rival in second spot, Spain’s Nina Font Castells, 15, is a freestyler who has come to racing and is no stranger to jumping. Yet the TwinTip Europeans is just her second race competition, and one she is revelling in. “The Spanish team is working to go to the Youth Olympics,” she said. “But it’s not my main goal. I’m just having fun with my friends and and enjoying the racing. It’s fun. My main aim in the race is always to try to start first and avoid tangles.” As the competition progressed and riders gained experience, there were noticeably fewer of the tangles that had dogged the opening two days as racers misjudged mark roundings and collided with rivals. Cameron Maramenides (USA) jumped up to lead the standings in the boys’ division after the overnight leader Toni Vodisek (SLO) had a forgettable day that did not go as he had hoped. OVERALL STANDINGS Girls’ IKA Europeans top five after three elimination rounds 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) - 6pts 2 Nina Font Castells (ESP) - 8pts 3 Isotta di Domenico (ITA) - 16pts 4 Alina Kornelli (GER) - 21pts 5 Chiara Adobati (ITA) - 24pts Boys’ IKA Europeans top five after three elimination rounds 1 Cameron Maramenides (USA) - 11pts 2 Anthony Picard (FRA) - 12pts 3 Victor Bachichet (FRA) - 12pts 4 Lorenzo Morelli (ITA) - 16pts 5 Toni Vodisek (SLO) - 16pts Open IKA Europeans top five after seven elimination rounds (two discards) 1 Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 6pts 2 Olly Bridge (GBR) - 13pts 3 Florian Gruber (GER) - 15pts 4 Axel Mazella (FRA) - 16pts 5 Atte Kappel (SWE) - 17pts All heat results and overall rankings are available through the LIVE scoring at twintipracing.com 2017 IKA TwinTip:Racing Europeans - Day 3 Recap video
  10. Croatian teenager Martin Dolenc cemented his position at the top of the leader board at the kite racing TwinTip European Championships in southern Italy with another strong performance. But Dolenc, 17, leading the Open division after a long day on the blue Mediterranean waters in perfect breezes that climbed to around 17kts, found himself pushed ever harder as rivals dialed-in their skills in the new format. 1). Racing European Championship When the thermal breeze kicked in early afternoon on day two of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R European Championships, it fueled intense close-fought racing over a remarkable 49 short, sharp heats lasting just three minutes each. The format of downwind slalom racing being pioneered in preparation for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next year fostered a thrilling spectacle and more than a fare share of tangles as riders misjudged their close-quarters mark roundings and collided with other competitors. 2). Racing European Championship The introduction of obstacles-sausage-shaped buoys to be jumped - on the last two legs of the course later in the proceedings, further added to the drama, and tested riders more used to simply racing as fast as possible on the water’s surface. Racers, including 68 boys and 28 girls eligible to compete in Buenos Aires, have shown their enthusiasm for the adrenalin-fueled TwinTip racing by flocking to Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach for the five days of competition. 3). Racing European Championship In all 112 racers from 21 countries - studded with a clutch of world champions and former world champions-have come to the classic Hang Loose Beach venue that is hosting a major kiting event for the sixth year in succession. Slovenian Toni Vodisek wrested control of the boys’ division with a solid third spot after a second elimination round. That built on his overnight second position and gave him the overall lead, leapfrogging 16-year-old Tom Bridge (GBR), a former freestyle junior world champion. But it was another junior freestyle champion, the Dominican Republic’s Deury Corniel, 17, who seized the win in day two’s elimination final, demonstrating his pace and power and going some way to right the wrongs of a disastrous opening day that put him well down the order. 4). Racing European Championship “The first day was a bad one in my life,” he said. “But today was amazing. This racing is really tough. You feel like your feet are breaking, but you’re prepared to do things just because you want to win. You’re mind decides what you need to do to win.” In the girls’ division Formula Kite Foil world champion Daniela Moroz (USA) found herself back in her customary top spot overall, but unusually she was again eased out of first place on the day by racing novice, Germany’s Alina Kornelli, who edged the day’s elimination round final in a photo-finish. “We’re team Germany and we were chosen because we were born in 2000 or later and would qualify for the Youth Olympics,” said Kornelli, 17. “I’d never raced before and I came to see if I liked it. It’s really fun. It’s cool. And of course it’s my ambition to be in the Olympics.” 5). Racing European Championship Dolenc may also choose to make a bid for Argentina. His pace has served him well keeping at bay Florian Gruber (GER), who sits second overall, and veteran TwinTip racer Atte Kappel (SWE) in third spot, who believed he was still feeling his way in the ultra-short format. “In these races the start is so important,” he said. “That’s why we’re seeing quite a few OCS penalties for riders crossing the start line early. If you’re two seconds behind at the start you just can’t make it up, as you might in longer course racing” OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 2 ELIMINATION (BOYS AND GIRLS) / 4 ELIMINATIONS (ADULT OPEN) Boys (U19) 1. Toni Vodisek (SLO) - 5 points 2. Tom Bridge (GBR) - 10 point 3. Anthony Picard (FRA) - 10 points 4 .Lorenzo Morelli (ITA) - 11 points 5. Cameron Maramenides (USA) - 14 points Girls (U19) 1. Daniela Moroz (USA) - 5 points 2. Nina Font Castells (ESP) - 5 points 3. Claudia Leon Martinez (ESP) - 12 points 4. Isotta Di Domenico (ITA) - 14 points 5. Chiara Adobati (ITA) - 15 points Open 1. Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 3 points 2. Florian Gruber (GER) - 8 points 3 .Atte Kappel (SWE) - 10 points 4. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 11 points 5. Theo De Ramecourt (FRA) - 14 points All heat results and overall rankings are available through the LIVE scoring at internationalkiteboarding.us 2017 IKA TwinTip:Racing Europeans - Day 2 Recap Video
  11. The opening exchanges of the fast-paced kiteboarding twin-tip European championships in southern Italy delivered the expected high-drama that left some of the title favourites licking their wounds as they grappled with the new format and unfamiliar equipment. One of the biggest surprises came when the US’s Daniela Moroz, the 16-year-old Formula KiteFoil world champion, fell rounding the final mark as she was well clear and cruising to certain victory in the girls’ final. The crucial mistake after she had easily won her earlier two races in the tricky, shifting thermal breeze that eventually built to 14kts, put her down to third place overall. But with four days of the five-day International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Kitesurf European Championships to come, the teenager knows she can rectify her error. “I just totally messed up my gybe at that last mark,” said Moroz, ruefully. “I had to body-drag for quite a long time to get my board. But at least I was able to get places back on the reach to the finish line and got third in the end.” The twin-tip slalom format, the same as that to be used at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next year, has prompted a huge field of 112 riders from 21 countries to converge on Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria, to hone their skills in preparing for qualification events that could secure a place in Buenos Aires. Fast and furious downwind races over five reaches that are wrapped up in barely three minutes require no specialist equipment beyond a twin-tip board and kites, make the competition easily accessible to the average kiteboarder. But the added excitement of close fought contests with heart-stopping mark roundings and finishes close the shore, make the drama on the perfect, flat Mediterranean waters bathed by reliable thermal breezes compelling viewing. Croatian Martin Dolenc, 17, competing in the mixed Open division in the fickle breezes that saw the wind back and veer, forcing race officials to take several breaks to reset the course, suffered none of the misfortunes that dogged some of his rivals. The teenager took two bullets in the two Open finals of the day, leaving him top of the leaderboard in the division courtesy of several good starts and his scorching pace on the short legs that left others in his wake. “I know I have really, really good speed and I made solid starts that are so important,” he said. “I was on my 18m Flysurfer [kite] which is really good and makes me quick, I think. my gybes around the mark are quite bad, so I really need to work on those.” With many races still to go and forecast strengthening breezes for the coming days, Germany’s Florian Gruber lies second in the Open division with a third in the first final. But in the second final a spectacular tangle on a blistering reach to the last mark that led to disqualification for France’s Axel Mazella and ended the German’s race, could have cost him dearly. In the end the jury gave Gruber redress that left him with a nominal third place finish, putting him just ahead overall of racing novice Kirstyn Obrien (USA) who scooped a third and a seventh spot in the two finals. The boys’ division is led by Britain’s Tom Bridge, the 16-year-old former junior world freestyle champion, who just pipped Slovenian Toni Vodisek and France’s Victor Bachichet, who lie second and third overall respectively. OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 1 ELIMINATION (BOYS AND GIRLS) / 2 ELIMINATIONS (ADULT OPEN) Boys (U19) 1. Tom Bridge (GBR) - 1 point 2. Toni Vodisek (SLO) - 2 points 3. Victor Bachichet (FRA) - 3 points 4. Anthony Picard (FRA) - 4 points 5. Tiger Tyson (ANT) - 5 points Girls (U19) 1. Poema Newland (FRA) - 1 point 2. Nina Font Castells (ESP) - 2 points 3. Daniela Moroz (USA) - 3 points 4. Claudia Leon Martinez (ESP) - 4 points 5. Chiara Adobati (ITA) - 5 points Open 1. Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 2 points 2. Florian Gruber (GER) - 6 points 3. Kirstyn O'Brien (USA) - 10 points 4. Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) - 12 points 5. Stephane Ribert (FRA) - 13 points All heat results and overall rankings are available through the LIVE scoring at twintipracing.com 2017 IKA TwinTip:Racing Europeans - Day 1 Recap Video
  12. Peter Martel, Red Bull Ragnarock 2016 Champion will tell us everything about racing on the snow in today's video. Some of you might say that it's not really 'snow time' anymore, however, I think that this is a perfect time to start preparing for Red Bull Ragnarock 2018. Check it out, grab your snowboards and head to the beach
  13. The 2017 TwinTip:Racing Asian Championships came to an end yesterday, with plenty of racing action in all divisions. Run for the first time completely in the event format which will also be used in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina when kiteboarding will make its Olympic debut, the youth riders showed that they can beat most of the open men and women competitors. The slalom/boardercross format requires equipment control and technical skills more than anything else to achieve top speeds and controlled jumps over the floating obstacles. This puts equipment choice into the background, making this event especially affordable for the emerging and developing nations,letting riders chose series production equipment "off the shelf" from a wide range of manufacturers. 1). Racing Asian Championships After 5 days of intense racing, the leaders went into the final day with only marginal leads, any mistake could change the podium positions especially in the hard fought boys division where Philippines Christian Tio had a triple handicap by competing in the boys, open mens, and freestyle divisions of the event. The 15 year old surely had the most kilometers in his legs at the end of the week ! With winds blowing in our favour from mid-morning onwards, the final day of competition kicked off with energy and high expectations in equal parts. The racers were split into different fleets than the previous few days, going from fleets of 8 to fleets of 15 on average. It made for an interesting turn of racing stats, as suddenly different names from the top contenders were pitted against each other for the first time this week. Although we have come quite accustomed to seeing the likes of Yo and Atte chasing each other up and down the race course, it’s been seldom we’ve seen Atte Kappel and Christian Tio battling it out at the front of the pack. 2). Racing Asian Championships Similarly we saw fellow Thai, Praphan Thongnak up at the front of the fleet giving Asian Champion Yo Narapichit Pudla a run for his money on a number of occasions. Even in the final day of competition nobody’s fate was certain. Nobody’s fate, that is, except for 16 year old Jingle Chen from China, who didn’t falter from her top position in a single heat this week. When she casually hopped off her board at the shore break after effortlessly leaving the rest of the women’s fleet trailing behind her, she smiled with ease and explained that in fact, it wasn’t as easy as it looked- foiling has been her main focus over the past few months and to ride a twin tip again feels very challenging- especially given the level of her competitors. Well, Jingle, your modesty matches your skills. Once all the races came to a close, 30 or so kiters took to the water for the long awaited end of week expression session. A huge crowd drew around the edge of the bleachers and spilled out onto the sand, every set of eyes captivated by the pack of riders jumping, spinning, and pulling out every trick you can imagine- however unpolished it might have been it was a genuine show of expression, that’s for sure. 3). Racing Asian Championships While kiteboarding moves gradually further and further down the Olympic path, we often find parallels drawn between our sports. For most of the parts kiteboard racing is closely aligned with the world of sailing, but here is where the difference lies- in the core of the sport, in the spirit of the riders in the last hours of a week-long competition, in the expression session, where everyone is coming together to share the water, the wind, the sun in a friendship way, put all competition aside. With the expression complete the riders finally made their way from the beach to prepare themselves for the awards ceremony and final closing party. Again sponsored and prepared by our very hands on title sponsors Moose Cider. It’s been great working with these guys and to see new support from them coming into our sport. 4). Racing Asian Championships It was a tired, but happy crew of riders, officials and event team that gathered for the awards at the atmospheric site of Wilburland for the final bash. The awards were led by TV presenter Grace Austin and MC Reo Mendoza who brought the summary of the week together and presented the winners to the assembled crowds of supporters. IKA Technical Director Markus Schwendter then closed the formal proceedings with the motivating speech that confirmed that everyone had played their part in consolidating the Youth Olympic race format choice was a good one. 5). Racing Asian Championships The week had played out perfectly on that score, some lessons learned and adjustments made for sure, but in the end we have our first Kite Olympic race been an overwhelming success, so it’s ‘onwards and upwards from here on in until 2018 with the next two major competitions in Italy (European Championships) and Korea (World Championships) giving the riders another important testing ground on their way to the Qualifier Events beginning of 2018. The complete format, scoring, qualification criteria for the 2017 World Championships and the 2018 Youth Olympic Qualifier events will be published in the next days on the Class website. Overall Standings: Men (after Qualifying round and 6 eliminations): 1. Narapichit Pudla (THA, Ozone) - 7 pts 2. Atte Kappel (SWE, Flysurfer) - 9 pts 3. Christian Tio / U18 (PHI, North) - 9 pts Women (after Qualfying round and 10 eliminations): 1. Jingle Chen / U18 (CHN, Ozone) - 8 pts 2. Aya Oshima (JPN, North) - 16 pts 3. Kathrin Borgwardt (GER, Cabrinha) - 23 pts Boys (after Qualifying round and 10 eliminations) 1. Christian Tio (PHI, North) - 11 pts 2. Sarun Rupchom (THA, Ozone) - 12 pts 3. Sirawit Prangsri (THA, Flysurfer) - 27 pts Girls (after Qualifying round and 10 eliminations) 1. Jingle Chen (CHN) - 8 pts 2. Ninachan Rodthong (THA) - 16 pts For full results in all divisions please visit twintipracing.com/results Day 5 video Day 6 video
  14. The long awaited opener to the 2017 TwinTip:Racing season in the lead up to next years Youth Olympic Games has arrived and with it brings a combination of many firsts. The week-long event organized by KTA (Kiteboard Tour Asia) brings together both the Asian Continental Championships and Thai National Series. The event also for the first time sees the new Youth Olympic TT:R race format which all eyes are on and promises to provide some highly entertaining racing as the week progresses. Proceedings kicked off over the weekend with the Moose Thailand Kiteboarding Championships running ahead of the Continentals. It would turn out to be a weekend of near perfect conditions, with clear blue skies and winds of between 16-18kts and the 70 strong local fleet had plenty to smile about by the end of play on Sunday evening. 1). Racing Asian Championships Saturday would play host to the national TT:R fleet, which would be run over the more standard windward/leeward courses. Racing began early and race after race took us through to the end of the day. Sunday brought another day of perfect stable winds and fierce competition as the Thai Nationals freestyle heats hit the water. The early morning blessings of the full-moon Tharn Boon Tak Bart ceremony seem to have secured the conditions and a high level of riding played out on the water for the rest of the day. Following the beach award ceremony for the Moose Thailand Kiteboarding Championships, the whole event moved off to the local Thailand Kite Cable Park for an opening evening and party hosted by Moose and Red Bull, to welcome in the international riders and mark the start of the Moose Asian TT:R Championships and KTA Freestyle X. 21). Racing Asian Championships With the beginning of the international competition, IKA Competition Director Markus Schwendtner took everyone through the new Youth Olympic race format. It’s certainly a very different package to what the riders are used to, but all the talk amongst them is positive and excited to try out the slalom and boardercross formats. This is especially true for the13 younger riders who are registered in for the Asian Championship, as they have the potential to be at the Youth Olympics in 2018. The first full day of competition began somewhat slowly as the crew and competitors arrived to a beautiful, but as yet wind free morning. However, nervous reviews of the day’s weather data revealed that the situation should improve and by the early afternoon we could once again be enjoying the conditions that prevail the previous weekend for the Thai Nationals. Thankfully, the weather gods and ‘Wind Guru’ were on the ball and as A.M. shifted to P.M. the air began to move and kites were soon began to be pumped and prepared. 3). Racing Asian Championships TwinTip: Racing would lead proceedings for the day and following the skippers meeting, the riders headed for the water in anticipation of their first experience of the new slalom format. Time trials would be the order of the day, with the full TTR fleet (combining men, women and youth) racing to provide the initial rider seeding’s needed to create the later slalom race groups. Slalom and Boardercross are the chosen formats for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and everyone is eagerly waiting to see this in action. For the seeding races a figure of 8 course was in place, which being laid only metres off the beach, was certainly going to be bringing front row action for everyone. And what a spectacular sight as the 45 strong fleet blasted towards the beach from the upwind start line, rounding the first mark beachside and then settling into the figure of 8 course. Sweden’s Atte Kapple lead the way, as he would indeed do so for the second time trial also and it all seemed plain sailing as he raced towards mark 2 and the start of the figure 8. 4). Racing Asian Championships It is quite something to be watching kite racing right at the beach line, especially as they hit the centre point of the figure 8 course and need to cross through each other almost. It was testament to the skill levels of the riders on display, as many spectators voiced their expectations of certain crashes and tangles that that did not really occur at any great level. Certainly from the beach the enjoyment level was fantastic, as were the happy expressions of the returning riders. Without a doubt it was challenging racing and something quite different, but a few misunderstandings aside it seems the format was well received and time trialing has a place in the championship race week process. Tomorrow then will see the start of the Youth Olympic Slalom proper, which could also include Boardercross jumps, depending of course on the conditions of the day. For the racers though, the new opening format has wet their appetite and tomorrow’s changes are being well anticipated. 5). Racing Asian Championships From this point on the event moved across the KTA Freestyle-X, the format that combines both new school and old school tricks. Riders are required to perform both hooked and unhooked moves in their heats, with the top two moves of each style being scored by the judges to give the final outcome and winner. In the end the freestyle rider were though, not be as lucky as the racers as the third and what turned out to be the final heat of the day was cancelled due to the dropping evening wind. Not however before KPL’s Eric Rienstra and Alex Cagarin took wins in their heats to progress through to the next round. These first two heats did however show the range and versatility that riders would be needing to demonstrate over the week to make their way to the final podium which means we are all in for a freestyle visual treat as the KTA Freestyle-X unfolds. 6). Racing Asian Championships Rankings TT:R after Time Trials Men: 1. Atte Kappel (SWE) - 2 pts 2. Chriistian Tio (PHI) - 5 pts 3. Narapichit Pudla (THA) - 5 pts Women: 1. Kathrin Borgwardt (GER - 3 pts 2. Jingle Chen (CHN) - 3 pts 3. Nichanan Rodthong (THA) - 10 pts Boys: 1. Chriistian Tio (PHI) - 2 pts 2. Sarun Rupchom (THA) - 4 pts 3. Sirawit Prangsri (THA) - 6 pts Girls: 1. Jingle Chen (CHN) - 4 pts 2. Nichanan Rodthong (THA) - 4 pts
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