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Watch Benjamin Beholz and friends having a great weekend in Lake Como, Italy.

This episode of Benjamin Beholz’s series, shot in Italy, is packed with kiteloops and loads of fun. Watch Ben shredding in Lake Como!

Watch the highlights of the final day of competition in Italy at the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships.

Check the results here.

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

The fourth day of the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships was intense. Check IKA report below.

CHAMPIONS POISED TO RETAIN CROWNS DESPITE INTENSE PRESSURE AT KITEFOIL WORLDS

The current men’s and women’s title holders, France’s Nico Parlier and the US’s Daniela Moroz, are sitting in pole position to retain their crowns after a scintillating penultimate day of hydrofoil racing at the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite Worlds fought out in Italy.

But the pair both stumbled in several races under stiff challenges from ever-faster kitefoil rivals. The slips blotted their previously-perfect records at the world championships being contested on Lago di Garda with its breath-taking mountain backcloth.

In near-perfect foiling conditions, in breezes that built during the afternoon from 6kts to around 11kts, Britain’s returning Olly Bridge picked up a bullet and a second in his day’s four races to leave him second overall.

It was an audacious move that landed him the vital win in his day’s final race. He gybed early on the last downwind leg and surged past Parlier and fellow countryman Connor Bainbridge as they were preoccupied battling one another for the lead.

Yet Bainbridge was still able to hold the third spot overall that he had begun the day with, courtesy of a hard-fought bullet, a second and third placed finishes in what he admitted was fastest and toughest kitefoil fleet ever assembled.

For Moroz, still just 18 and tilting at her fourth successive Formula Kite World title, her day was slightly mixed when she opened with two second placed finishes, losing out to Russia’s Elena Kalinina, 21, in each case.

The former world champion inflicted fatal damage on her US rival when she twice opted for a gutsy port-tack start to give her the advantage of the better pressure and “lift” under the spectacular cliffs on the right side of the track.

In the first instance Kalinina made the bold move stick when she was able to pass ahead of the 30-strong women’s fleet and cruised to victory after two high-octane laps of the trapezoid course.

But the second time she tried the same manoeuvre, she lost the advantage and had to duck behind the fleet at the start line. Still, the advantage on the right side of the course earned her a hundreds-of-metres lead and she was able to hold off Moroz’s relentless pace, winning by a whisker after a drag-race to the line and a photo-finish.

The uncharacteristic defeats lit a fire under Moroz and she translated that anger into two convincing wins in her day’s final two races in the five days of competition at the Campione Univela-hosted Worlds—supported by Regione Lombardia.

After the opening four-race qualifying series that was disrupted by storms off Campione del Garda, the 87 men were seeded in “gold”, “silver” and “bronze” flights, while the women battled in their own separate series.

Parlier carried a slight points advantage in the closing two days’ finals’ series, but was all too aware that Bridge and Bainbridge were breathing down down his neck and the slightest slip could cost dearly.

Bainbridge immediately put down a marker with a well-earned win in day four’s opening race and kept up the pressure. But he, too, faltered when he placed 11th in his day’s second race, though he was able to discard the score.

“It was great,” said Bainbridge. “That’s the hardest fleet ever in hydrofoil. It was so tight and I got pushed out to the side in one race and it put me down the order. It just feels faster and everyone is closer than ever. Olly Bridge has been out for four months and come back with a vengeance which is great to see.”

Bridge himself was more circumspect, but pleased with his lightning pace and the move that secured him victory over his closest rivals in the last race.

“Everyone’s doing really well now,” said Bridge. “Before I came here I hadn’t really concentrated or trained, so I didn’t come with any expectations. But I’m still going well, which I’m happy with.”

Kalinina, too, was pleased to have finally stolen a march on Moroz, but was under no illusions that she needed all her experience to outwit her rival’s undoubtedly superior pace.

“Daniela Moroz is just faster than me, so I had to do something, like catch a big wind shift by going to the right of the course,” said Kalinina. “It was fun racing and I’m happy to use some tactics and strategy. That’s when it becomes more challenging. It’s great.”

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five men after four Final Serries races (two carry forward, one discard)

1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 8.0pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 12.0pts
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 12.0pts
4 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 16.0pts
5 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 29.0pts

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five women after seven races (two discards)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 5.0pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 8.0pts
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 19.0pts
4 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 23.0pts
5 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 23.0pts

Source: formulakite.com

Rain, thunder showers and lack of wind stopped the competition on Day Three of the 2019 Pascucci KiteFoil World Championships. Check here IKA report.

OLYMPIC AMBITIONS UNLOCK RESOURCE BONANZA FOR KITEFOIL RACING

Dreams of capturing coveted Olympic medals when kitefoil racing makes its debut at the 2024 Games in Paris has prompted nations to invest heavily in kiteboarding programmes to unearth and hone top athletes.

The dynamic of kiteboard racing on display at the 2019 Pascucci KiteFoil World Championships being fought out on northern Italy’s Lago di Garda has altered dramatically since the sailing discipline won Olympics inclusion last year.

Now a number of countries with strong sailing backgrounds and big Olympic ambitions have fielded large national squads, often made up of extremely young athletes who will reach their peak by the time the mixed team kitefoil relay graces Marseilles venue.

But on day three of the world championships off Campione del Garda—supported by Regione Lombardia—rain and thunder showers stopped the reliable Ora thermal winds from building and prevented any racing.

The results of the four races from the opening day’s qualifying series will seed the the 87 men into “gold”, “silver” and “bronze” flights for the final two days of competition to decide the 2019 world champion, while the 30 women will continue their own separate series.

With the French holding three of the top five spots—including reigning and former world champions Nico Parlier and Maxime Nocher—they are well placed to come out on top.

While the world championships are for individual athletes, the French sailing federation (FFV) is looking to the future and has pumped resources into the team, funding two coaches, Ariane Imbert and Antoine Weiss.

Veteran kite racer Imbert’s conditioning and training programme includes a series of four-day training camps in Montpelier for the nation’s top four men and one woman. Weiss’s responsibility is for eight younger athletes, three girls and five boys.

“The change is a lot since kiteboarding became an Olympic discipline,” said Weiss. “The money available has multiplied three or four-fold since that decision. Since this year, with the Games inclusion, the federation put us in the Olympic programme.”

Those kind of resources also afford the French team the luxury of having two coach boats on the water at the world championships, allowing Weiss and Imbert to focus more closely on their charges.

The large number of national coach boats on the water off Campione Univela, especially evident as the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) trialled the mixed team relay kitefoil race format for the first time, is a dramatic illustration of the step-change.

If anything the British team, backed by the British Kitesports’ Association (BKSA) through the governing Royal Yachting Association (RYA), is even better resourced. It boasts two coaches and a physiotherapist at the world championships.

he British have a strong roster of men in Olly and Guy Bridge, and Connor Bainbridge, who are being guided by professional sailor Stevie Morrison. But beyond multiple former world champion Steph Bridge, the ranks of kiteboarding women were thin.

An appeal for women to join the Olympic kitefoil programme drew 130 applicants from diverse sports and disciplines. But coached by Jonnie Hutchcroft, that was whittled down to six, most of them already top-level dinghy sailors.

“The object is to bring the girls up to speed by the end of the year,” said Hutchcroft. “But we want them competitive by September. Basically we feel we will need three teams competing at any point to be successful in the end.”

Britain’s Olympic sailing success pushed the RYA to back kiteboarding in the belief it could replicate the record in kiteboarding.

“Olympic medals are what it’s all about,” said Mark Nicholls, RYA senior manager. “But our goal is also to have the maximum number of people on the water having a good time. There’s no better way to inspire them than by winning Olympic medals.”

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five men after four races (one discard)

1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3.0pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 4.0pts
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 4.0pts
4 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 5.0pts
5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 5.0pts

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five women after three races

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 3.0pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 6.0pts
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 14.0pts
4 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 15.0pts
5 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 15.0pts

Source: formulakite.com

Here is IKA report from Day Two of the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships.

NOVEL MIXED KITEFOIL RELAY TESTER FOR OLYMPICS DEBUT PROVES A HIT

A special test event to trial the new mixed relay race format that will be used when kiteboarding makes its historic debut at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games saw the US’s reigning Formula Kite world champion Daniela Moroz and partner Evan Heffernan top the standings.

But the pair edged out France’s Alexia Fancelli and former world champion Maxime Nocher by just one point in a day of thrillingly close race action on northern Italy’s breath-taking Lago di Garda on the sidelines of the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships.

With all the world’s fastest kiteboarders gathered to contest the world championships—hosted by Campione Univela and supported by Regione Lombardia—most who could muster a mixed team joined the trial for which one day was set aside.

The crop of former world champions teamed with their fellow countrymen added to the drama and intensity of the nail-biting format, with Russia’s Elena Kalinina and highly-ranked Denis Taradin taking the third place overall.

In the case of Britain’s multiple former world champion Steph Bridge, she teamed up with middle son Guy, the current European Formula Kite champion. Despite their top-notch pedigree, they could only place seventh.

The novel round-robin format involves the man and the woman racing one lap each of the track against half the 22 teams, with the added complexity of a “flying” handover when the second team member begins their lap just as the other finishes.

It certainly spiced up the action when stronger team members handed big leads to their weaker partners, or vice versa, only to see them slip back, or charge to the head of the order. The result was a far greater shuffling of the order than is common even in kitefoil racing.

The adoption of the new mixed team relay format—which will no doubt be refined until 2024—was necessary after kiteboarding was allocated one Olympic medal, coupled with a stipulation that there should be gender parity in the event.

Nonetheless, the prospect of Olympics inclusion has spurred national sailing federations to pour unprecedented resources into kiteboarding in the quest for coveted medals.

The 2019 World Championships off Campione del Garda can already boast the biggest foiling fleet ever assembled, with 87 men and 30 women from 29 countries. But many nations like Britain, France, Poland and China also have funded coaches on the water for their many young racers.

Steph Bridge, long a supporter of kiteboarding’s Olympics inclusion, was sold on the mixed relay format even after a chilly afternoon on the water when ten near back-to-back races were contested.

“I enjoyed it,” said Bridge. “Of course it’s frustrating if you’re winning and the other person doesn’t do well. But that brings teamwork to the sport, which is something new and very welcome.”

Russian Denis Taradin, lucky enough to partner Elena Kalinina, is another convert. “Hands down I’m in love with this new discipline,” he said. “It completely changes the dynamic. I’ve long raced with the guys, but to put girls in the mix changes everything. It’s really, really fun.”

Evan Heffernan had the added pressure of teaming with Daniela Moroz and crossing the line early to earn a disqualification, squandering the lead she handed him in their first race. But with a discard, the pair were able to claw back the overall win.

“This format’s pretty cool,” he said. “The changeovers were very smooth, though we could do better. And perhaps the races could be a little longer, so that they’re more tactical and enable you to make up for mistakes. But it was great fun.”

Top five Mixed Relay Teams after five round-robin flights (one discard)

1 USA (Daniela Moroz / Evan Heffernan) 6pts
2 FRA (Alexia Fancelli / Maxime Nocher) 7pts
3 RUS (Elena Kalinina / Denis Taradin) 7pts
4 GER (Leonie Meyer / Florian Gruber) 9pts
5 POL (Julia Damasiewicz / Jakub Jurkowski) 10pts

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five men after four races (one discard)

1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3.0pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 4.0pts
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 4.0pts
4 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 5.0pts
5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 5.0pts

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five women after three races

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 3.0pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 6.0pts
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 14.0pts
4 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 15.0pts
5 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 15.0pts

Source: formulakite.com

Watch the highlights of Day 1 of the 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championship, on Lake Garda, Italy.

Check the IKA report from the first day of competition on Lake Garda, Italy.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS OPEN ACCOUNTS WITH FLAWLESS RUNS AT FORMULA KITE WORLDS

Reigning kitefoil title holders France’s Nico Parlier and the US’s Daniela Moroz got the defence of their crowns off to a perfect start in stellar conditions at the Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships played out on the splendour of northern Italy’s Lake Garda.

Both dominated their respective fleets, with a delighted Parlier taking all four of his races, while Moroz left the other women in the fleet of 30 trailing far in her wake on the trapezoid course in 10kts to 12kts of breeze.

The opening exchanges of the 2019 edition of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Worlds were fought out by the athletes in the largest and fastest foiling fleet ever assembled.

The championship battles to be disputed over four days of high-octane action off Campione del Garda have drawn 87 men and 30 women from 29 nations, many spurred by the prospect of kitefoil racing making its debut at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

With such a large men’s fleet, it was divided into three seeded flights for the first of the two-day qualification series. The top of the order will ultimately fight for the crown in the closing finals’ series, while the women race in their own separate series.

Britons Olly Bridge and Connor Bainbridge, racing in the same “red” flight, had a good day on the water with each taking two bullets and two seconds to leave them second and third respectively in the overall rankings.

Equally, France’s Théo de Ramecourt opened his account racing in the “blue” flight with a pair of bullets that helped propel him to fourth spot overall. He had found himself up against former world champion Maxime Nocher (MON) and the pacy Denis Taradin (RUS).

Nocher, racing in the thermal mountain breeze that kicked-in like clockwork in early afternoon, picked up a bullet himself and sits in a comfortable fifth place overall after the total of 15 races run back-to-back at a dizzying pace.

Most of the racers quickly figured that the right of the track on the first upwind leg under the spectacular cliffs afforded a “lift” and better pressure in the slightly shifty conditions that provided scintillating foiling conditions for the athletes’ 18m and 21m kites.

Perhaps one of the day’s biggest surprises was French novice Benoit Gomez capturing the sixth spot overall, competing in the same “blue” flight as Parlier. Gomez, who cut his competition teeth in the Twin-Tip: Racing discipline, racked up two seconds and two fourths.

But it was two-time defending world champion Parlier who put down a marker showing he will be the one asking all the questions of the young pretenders to his crown, with his superior pace and tactical nous very much on display.

“The wind was pretty light—a nice thermal breeze,” said Parlier. “But it’s a super-interesting wind. It spreads the course very wide. You just had to go to the cliff—very interesting. I won the four races in my fleet, so it couldn’t be better. I’m very happy.”

Moroz was similarly pleased with her outing in the women’s three races, adopting the same strategy as Parlier in seeking the better pressure under the cliff, while gybing early to go inside on the downwind legs, on the track’s left.

“It was super nice out there,” said Moroz. “I was on my 18m kite feeling well powered, but downwind was really nice. So it’s a good start for me and I’m feeling pretty happy.”

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five men after four races (one discard)
1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3.0pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 4.0pts
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 4.0pts
4 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 5.0pts
5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 5.0pts

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five women after three races
1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 3.0pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 6.0pts
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 14.0pts
4 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 15.0pts
5 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 15.0pts

Source: formulakite.com

The 2019 Formula Kite World Championships starts in Italy. From 30th April – 05th May 2019, the best kitefoil racing riders will be competing on northern Italy’s beautiful Lake Garda.

Check here IKA press:

BIGGEST AND FASTEST FLEET IN YEARS SET TO IGNITE FORMULA KITE WORLDS

The lure of Olympic glory has drawn the largest fleet in years—studded with all the world’s fastest kiteboard racers—eager to do battle on northern Italy’s spectacular Lake Garda at the 2019 Formula Kite World Championships.

A full complement of 87 men and a remarkable roster of 30 women, many of them novices in the high-octane discipline of kitefoil racing, will take to the track at Campione del Garda in five days of competition.

Last year’s decision to include mixed kiteboard team racing in the line-up for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris has encouraged many young athletes from a total of 29 countries to join the fray to hone their skills and race-craft, with nations like Britain, Poland and France showing impressive commitment.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Pascucci Formula Kite Worlds will be decided over four days of fleet racing action, with a clutch of reigning and former world title holders fighting it out at the top of the order.

The regatta—sponsored by Pascucci and supported byRegione Lombardia—will crown the world champions after the men do battle in qualifying and finals’ series, while the women fight it out separately in their own series.

The stunning panorama of snow-capped mountains framing the lake’s crystal-clear waters will serve as a fitting tapestry to find the world champions at the event being hosted by Campione Univela.

France’s Nico Parlier, the current men’s champion, will be defending his crown against bitter rival and former title holder, Monaco’s Maxime Nocher.

Reigning European Formula Kite champion, Britain’s Guy Bridge, will undoubtedly push the pair all the way, while his returning brother, Olly, can never be ruled out in the hunt for podium positions.

Fellow countryman Connor Bainbridge, who posted strong finishes in last year’s IKA KiteFoil World Series, has been training hard through the winter in Mexico in the hope of challenging for the coveted crown.

Frenchmen Théo de Ramecourt, Axel Mazella and Theo Lhostis will never be far off the pace in what is bound to be tight and enthralling action played out before the lake’s breath-taking splendour.

Defending three-time women’s Formula Kite title holder, the US’s Daniela Moroz, still just 18, will have to see off challenges from her new young rivals as well as seasoned former champions Russia’s Elena Kalinina, Britain’s Steph Bridge, and France’s Alexia Fancelli.

Towards mid-regatta, one day will be given over to testing the format for the mixed team Formula Kite relay racing in what will likely be an intriguing and challenging match-up for the world’s best men and women kiteboard foil racers.

Source: formulakite.com