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Toni Vodisek and Daniela Moroz take the 2019 KiteFoil World Series Weifang titles. Check IKA report of the last day of competition.

IKA Press Release:

SLOVENIAN TEENAGER MAKES IT CONSECUTIVE WINS WITH TRIUMPH AT KITEFOIL WORLD SERIES IN CHINA

Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek clinched victory in dramatic fashion at the death of the KiteFoil World Series’ second tour stop at Weifang Binhai, north-east China, after four action-packed days of tight racing in near-perfect conditions.

Vodisek, 19, who dominated the tour’s first act in Gizzeria, Italy, in July, suffered a catastrophic crash while leading in the final day’s last race. He struck something in the water pushing hard on the first downwind leg, breaking his kite lines and putting him out of the race.

But by then the teenager, who exploded into the top echelon this season, had already done enough in the regatta’s two final days to guarantee another top podium finish that puts him on course for the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil world title to be decided at the series’ finale on the Italian resort island of Sardinia next month.

Before that, though, Vodisek will again find himself pitched against the toughest opposition in a few days’ time at the tour’s third stop, also in China, on Fujian province’s Pingtan island, where the windier conditions pose an altogether different challenge from the closing travails of Weifang.

“I just went ‘loco’ in the water after I hit something,” said Vodisek. “I said, bye-bye guys. It felt horrible. So, to find I won, it’s nice. It feels amazing. Now let’s go for the third one.”

Multiple former world champion, France’s Maxime Nocher, who held the lead for Weifang’s opening two days with consistent finishes, but slipped behind behind with Vodisek’s stream of bullets, took a well-earned second podium spot keeping in front of Florian Gruber (GER) and Axel Mazella (FRA).

“I enjoyed it,” said Nocher. “I’m happy to come back to the podium. Today I was really looking out for Florian Gruber and Axel Mazella, so I was less focused on Toni Vodisek. Perhaps I should have been, but I’m happy with second. We’ll see what happens in Pingtan where it’s windier, which I prefer.”

In the final day’s four races, which began in 9kts of breeze and quickly built to around 14kts under clear skies, Vodisek was on fire, often grabbing back the lead in searingly-quick downwind legs to give him three bullets.

But former world champion Florian Gruber (GER), the self-proclaimed “old man” of the fleet at 25, also clawed his way up the order to the third podium spot with a second, third and fourth that were just enough to overhaul Mazella on the leaderboard.

“It’s a great day, and great to be back on the podium. Excellent.” said Gruber. “It’s getting better. I’m steady in the top ten. I got a fourth in Gizzeria. So, I’m pretty happy with that. There’s also my motivation. It’s more fun when I can keep up with the top guys.”

Four-time Formula Kite world champion, Daniela Moroz (USA), among the nine women in the 35-strong mixed fleet from 15 nations, was also able to keep up with the top guys and far outpace her women rivals, eventually finishing 12th overall.

“My last day was alright,” said Moroz. “Finally I had a clean start, something I’d struggled with in the last few days. I was happy with the speed off the start. I’d been trying to go off the boat end. But I made a decision to switch to the middle of the line and it worked much better for me. Happy with that.”

Former world champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, just squeezed ahead of Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) to take second, though on the final tight day of racing she feared she may have conceded the advantage to her rival.

“It was not easy today,” said Kalinina. “Everyone was out with their big kites and sometimes you get overpowered. With Kirstyn O’Brien it was close. She was really good today and I thought she’d overtake me. I wasn’t confident, but that’s racing.”

2019 KiteFoil World Series Weifang (Overall)

1 Toni Vodisek (SLO)
2 Maxime Nocher (FRA)
3 Florian Gruber (GER)

2019 KiteFoil World Series Weifang (Women)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA)

Under 19

1 Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Max Maeder (SNG)
3 Alexander Ehlen (FRA)

Masters

1 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)
2 Soon Ho Kwon (KOR)
3 Benjamin Petit (FRA)

Grand Masters

1 Benjamin Petit (FRA)
2 Roman Liubimtsev (RUS)

Top 3 Asia

1 Max Maeder (SNG)
2 Haoran Zhang (CHN)
3 Qibin Huang (CHN)

Full results: www.kitefoilworldseries.com/results

Source: http://kitefoilgoldcup.com/

Toni Vodisek and Daniela Moroz are the big winners from the act 1 of the 2019 KiteFoil World Series. Check out the highlighst of the last day in Gizzeria.

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)

Nico Parlier and Daniela Moroz claim the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World tittles on Lake Garda, Italy. Check here the report.

Reigning Champions Successfully Defend Crowns at Formula Kite Worlds in Italy

France’s Nico Parlier and the US’s Daniela Moroz mounted successful defences of their titles in difficult conditions at the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships played out on the waters of northern Italy’s stunning Lake Garda.

For 18-year-old Moroz the crown was a remarkable fourth in succession, while Parlier could bask in the glow of three back-to-back Formula Kite world titles in the face of increasingly-stiff challenges from ever-quicker fleets stacked with talent.

Moroz came into the five days of competition in a relaxed frame of mind, but was nonetheless stoked with her unbroken haul of titles against a growing women’s fleet eager to break her dominance.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said a beaming Moroz. “It was challenging and I learned a tonne. I know it’s only going to get harder from here as more girls start getting into it and begin training with more intensity. It was pretty cool racing on iconic Lake Garda for the first time, too.”

Likewise, Parlier sees that kiteboarding’s inclusion in the line-up for the 2024 Olympics in Paris has made the competition even tougher with a host of new young faces, which only serves to make his third championship victory sweeter.

“I’m really happy as I didn’t expect it much,” said Parlier. “It’s definitely getting harder. The guys are getting quicker and it’s pretty tight. I felt really fast, but many are close to me. The starts were insane with 30 in the ‘gold’ fleet. The racing was really interesting here under the cliffs.”

The championships—hosted by Campione Univela and supported by Regione Lombardia—fizzled out in slightly disappointing fashion when an icy 40kts storm blew over the track, coating the overlooking mountains with snow and preventing racing on the final day.

The opening men’s qualifying series for the 87 athletes had been shortened, too, by a lack of wind on day three, with another day given over to the first trial of the mixed team relay format to be used when kiteboarding debuts at the Olympics’ Marseilles sailing venue.

But with enough races on day one to seed the top men’s “gold” flight, the athletes and the women’s fleet had each enjoyed four pulsating races on the championship’s fourth and penultimate day.

While Parlier and Moroz had dominated the opening races, they found the competition tougher towards the close. Parlier could only manage one bullet to match his second and two third placed finishes in breathtakingly quick and close racing.

Britain’s Olly Bridge, returning after break when he seems to have recharged his batteries, took a bullet, second and fifth spots that were just enough to maintain his second place overall.

“I’m pretty happy to be honest; it’s a good result,” said Bridge. “I wasn’t expecting too much. I was riding well and making good moves in the races, so I was pretty relaxed. I felt good and I think that helped.”

Bridge just edged out fellow countryman Connor Bainbridge. He finished equal on points but lost out on count backs and took the third podium spot with what was still stellar racing in the ultra-competitive fleet.

“I’m super-happy with the result,” said Bainbridge. “I definitely wanted to be on the podium, and it’s nice to be there with Olly Bridge and Nico Parlier—two others at the top of their game. But the next stop I want is top of the podium.”

Former world champion Russia’s Elena Kalinina was equally pleased with her second podium spot, clinched in such a spectacular setting at Lake Garda against such a tough fleet.

“I liked this competition a lot, and I’m happy with my progress,” said Kalinina. “I really enjoyed this spot and racing in the girls’ fleet. It’s got so big it will definitely push the level, which makes it interesting.”

2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships—Results

Men
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR)

Women
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS)

Mixed KiteFoil Team Relay
1 USA (Daniela Moroz / Evan Heffernan)
2 FRA (Alexia Fancelli / Maxime Nocher)
3 RUS (Elena Kalinina / Denis Taradin)

Men U19
1 Arthur Lhez (FRA)
2 Oliver Hansen (DEN)
3 Scott Whitehead (AUS)

Women U19
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Valeria Garashenko (RUS)
3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)

Men U16
1 Maximilian Maeder (SGP)
2 Jakub Jurkowski (POL)
3 Michal Wojciechowski (POL)

Women U16
1 Julia Damasiewicz (POL)
2 Magdalena Wojciechowska (POL)
3 Nina Arcisz (POL)

Men (Masters)
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Nico Landauer (URU)
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)

Women (Masters)
1 Steph Bridge (GBR)
2 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)
3 Claire Durand (FRA)

Men (Grand Masters)
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Wilson Veloso Junior (BRA)
3 Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA)

Source: formulakite.com

Maxime Nocher and Kirstyn O’Brien are the 2018 World Champions!

On the final day of competition in Cagliari, Nicolas Parlier and Daniela Moroz won the Kite Gold Cup Final. Despite these results, Maxime Nocher and Kirstyn O’Brien have enough points to take the 2018 World Titles.

Sardinia hosts the Kitefoil Gold Cup World Series Final, which will decide the 2018 world title. So stay tuned!

Maxime Nocher is the current series leader winning both Act 1, Weifang & Act 2 Pingtan, but has tough competition with fellow French man Nicolas Parlier and Britain’s Guy Bridge. Triple Formula Kite World Champion & 2018 Rolex Sailor of the year, Daniela Moroz will be up against Britain’s Steph Bridge and fellow US Sailor Kirstyn O’Brien. O’Brien is the favourite to take the IKA Kitefoil world title as she has competed and performed at both China events.

France’s Nico Parlier topped off a dramatic week at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman with a near-perfect exhibition that only served to underscore his dominance and land him the title.

In the tense battles of the climactic final day’s Medal Series decider, the French rider’s sheer pace meant he had the title in the bag even before the last race, adding to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil Class world title that he secured in Italy last month.

If anything, the US’s Daniela Moroz was even more dominant in the women’s division. The 16-year-old had already won the IKA Formula Kite World Championship crown even before she took to the water on the last day, securing her back-to-back world titles.

“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.”

The more measured Parlier was equally delighted, if less vocal, about 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 presence.

“It was a good day,” said Parlier. “I had won today in the Medal Series after the second race. I 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. Right now we’re going faster and faster, and I really like that because the level of our sport’s going up.”

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 knots 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 lasted 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 breezes.

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 in the last day’s Medal Series.

Going into the final day’s competition in second spot 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.

However, Mazella responded to the pressure in the fading 6 knots to 7 knots of breeze on smooth waters. He took a win in the day’s final race, just ahead of Parlier and Bridge, to clinch the second podium spot.

“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.”

Similarly thrilled was former Formula Kite World Champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, who also found herself locked in a struggle for second spot with France’s Alexia Fancelli, in a contest that went down to the wire.

In the final race of the event, Kalinina edged the second spot on the podium when she snatched a second in the race, while Fancelli could only manage a fourth as both women struggled in the light breeze that dipped to 5 knots.

“It was very, very close right down to the last race,” said Kalinina. “The last race was the decider and we were always 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 all through 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 spot overall, Fancelli took heart from her performance that signalled a huge improvement in that she is now pushing the former world champion to the limit.

“I’m happy, but sad at the same time,” said Fancelli. “But I’m pleased with third to Elena Kalinina because I’m really close now. I’m super-happy with my progression, and I’ll be back next year to take second, or even first. I’ll definitely be working on my light-wind skills.”

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 Division
1 Toni Vodisek (SLO)
2 Martin Dolenc (CRO)
3 Mani Bisschops (AUS)

Formula Kite World Championship U-21 Division Women
1Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3 Anaïs Mai Desjardins FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship U-21 Division
1 Axel Mazella (FRA)
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)
3 Titouan Galea (FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship Grand Masters Division
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA)
3 Klas Naabo (SWE)

Formula Kite World Championship Masters Division
1 Nico Landauer (URU)
2 James Johnson (DEN)
3 Ivan Doronin (RUS)