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  1. 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour 8/6/2017 Report Eric Due, editor Absolutely perfect racing conditions on the bay today! The sun is out, the wind is up, and the racing is off the charts fast. Going into the day Nico Parlier, France, is pretty solidly taking the win based on points and amazing consistency. Axel Mazella, France, and Johnny Heineken, San Francisco, USA, are in a hot battle for second and third separated by just a couple points. Fourth through sixth is hotly contested by Olly Bridge, Great Britain, Joey Pasquali, San Francisco, USA, and Riccardo Lecesse, Italy. Daniela Moroz, San Francisco, USA, ripped her way around the course finishing 17th out of 46 overall and the only female competitor. Nico hammered in a few more bullets today and then seemed to take things a little more conservatively for the last couple heats finishing solidly first overall. Axel and Johnny battled it out throughout the super windy conditions. Each saw drama on the water. Crashes, near misses, and just staying alive on the super fast downwind legs meant one mistake and points would rip past you. Each battled hard and Axel managed to just hold on to second with one point separating third to Johnny over the thirteen total races. The battles continued throughout the fleet with fourth through sixth hotly contested. Olly is on fire today pulling in a couple thirds to extend his hold on fourth place. Joey Pasquali put in an incredible last heat in the strong winds to finish second, jumping him into fifth overall. Rounding out the battle is Riccardo who despite having his foil damaged yesterday, managed to borrow and hold on to sixth overall. Watching, competing, and covering the event has been amazing to witness these kiters rip off the start line, race towards the beach, and somehow mostly miss each other in the trickiest port/starboard tacking first jibe. The windward rounding sees racers accelerate from 25 knots to 40 plus knots almost instantly as they dive their kites. Truly spectacular racing to be a part as well as watch. The San Francisco Hydrofoil Pro Tour finishes up today marking the half way point in the International tour. The next event is in Fehrman, Germany August 19th to the 23rd. Point D’Esny, Mauritius on September 19th to 22nd and finals in Sydney, Australia on November 8th to 12th. This is the hottest wind powered racing on the planet. If you are in these locations. Spread the word. Go on down to the event and check it out! A huge thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, racers, families, and especially the St. Francis Yacht Club and racing office for putting together another stellar event. Location: Crissy Field Hosted by: St. Francis Yacht Club
  2. 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour 8/5/2017 Report Eric Due, editor Game on! The fog started parting early and racing started at 11am PST. Today brings a combination event with three heats of course racing followed by the Bay Challenge racing to Berkley Pier and back. Now that we have over five heats of racing the dropouts start taking effect. There are battles brewing all over the field and today brought some sailing drama. With yesterday being a wash, three heats are run before the 1:30pm skippers meeting for the Bay Challenge. The wind just started coming up with many on 15m kites. Nico Parlier blasts out three bullets to lengthen his commanding lead. Axel Mazella is having a better day today and rips out solid seconds but has a possible over early. Johnny Heineken ends the course racing portion of the day tying up for second battling out the podium finishes with Axel. With only one board collision and a kite tangle with a sailboat, the racing has been clean and fast. The wind is picking up for The Bay Challenge as the fog backs off almost to the bridge for the 3pm start. This is a race from the San Francisco bridge to Berkeley Pier in the east bay and back. After an upwind start rounding a mark, it is an open course through the bay. These points count towards the overall Hydrofoil Pro Tour and mixes in a great distance and tactical aspect. The fleet ripped east north of Alcatraz, riding the pressure and tide. Racers round a mark at the Berkeley Pier and jam back upwind. Reaching back to the upwind finish in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club, Nico Parlier pulls in the fastest time ever to Berkeley and back at 30:21, smashing last year’s time of 45:20 by Johnny Heineken. Johnny Heineken finishes a solid second ahead of Axel Mazella, firming up second place for the day for Johnny. The finals are tomorrow right on the waterfront! Check out the beach live with the Park Service crissy Field camera. With the racing this fast and battles brewing throughout the pack, tomorrow will be an epic day with a solid forecast. Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers for enabling an incredible event. Location: Crissy Field Hosted by: St. Francis Yacht Club
  3. 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour 8/4/2017 Report Eric Due, editor Today, the second day of racing for the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour in San Francisco, CA, USA at Crissy Field brought abnormal conditions. The skies are filled with clouds which shuts down the wind. Brief rain showers pass through as the wind shifts west to south and back. Reports of 2-4 knots, brief surges to 10, and back to nothing keep teasing the racers and race committee. At 4 pm the official notice comes to cancel racing for the day. Racing took a turn to trimming, tweaking, and adjusting gear on the beach while everyone waited. One of the benefits of downtime during an event is checking out everyone’s gear and perfecting your own. Hydrofoil racing keeps pushing the technology limits of modern materials and designs. F-One Kites has helped push the limits along with Ozone, Flysurfer, and new players like Enata Kites. The technology designs in the foil ram air kites has changed dramatically over the last few years to go faster, fly more stable, and point down wind better. The hydrofoils also continue to advance pushing the limits of carbon fiber and hydro dynamics. Mike’s Labs foils continue to be a top leader in performance. Spotz, Axis, Enata, KFA, Levitaz, F4, are all pushing boundaries, design, and performance. This means speed. Lots of it. Forty plus knots of speed downwind. Twenty five plus knots upwind at incredible angles. Addictive speed. Smooth speed. The pinnacle of hydrofoil racing should be on tomorrow as the forecast improves. Follow us online over the next few days. Check out the beach live with the Park Service crissy Field camera. Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers for enabling an incredible event. Location: Crissy Field Hosted by: St. Francis Yacht Club
  4. 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour 8/3/2017 Report Eric Due, editor Racers ready, start countdown ticking, nerves and energy are up. Bammm! The start gun goes off and forty-six racers are off the line! The 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour starts off today in San Francisco, CA, USA at Crissy Field. The skies are overcast while the colorful kites race across the skyline. The international attendance of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour has incredible athletes on site racing the fastest kite racing gear on the planet. The competition is fierce again this year. We have competitors from France, Italy, Germany, England, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Brazil and more. The four races today started out in light winds making the racing tricky with solid wind in the middle of the course and light winds inside and at the leeward marks. These conditions test the best of sailors and make for good tactical decisions and some luck. Ripping around the course in first for the day is last years winner, Nico Parlier from France followed by Riccardo Lecesse from Italy in second, pulling out a bullet in the final heat of the day. Rounding out the top three is local racer Johnny Heineken. The depth of talent goes deep and anything can happen over the next few days. Check out the registered racer list for the latest results updated throughout the day. Come on down and check out the event if you are local. Follow us online over the next few days. Even check out the beach live with the Park Service crissy Field camera. Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers for enabling an incredible event. Location: Crissy Field Hosted by: St. Francis Yacht Club
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