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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/

Find out all about Day 3 at KiteFoil World Series in China. Check IKA report bellow.

IKA Report:

KITEFOIL WORLD SERIES’ LEADER SURGES TO TOP AFTER SLOW START IN CHINA

Slovenian teenager Toni Vodisek finally got his nose in front at the top of the standings at the KiteFoil World Series in China after a stellar run of races in lighter airs on the penultimate day of the competition.

Vodisek, 19, who leads the World Series after a dominant win at the first tour stop in Italy in July, grabbed three bullets from the day’s five races, helping him vault up the order from his fourth position overnight.

In doing so he leapfrogged multiple former world champion, France’s Maxime Nocher, who had held the lead throughout the opening two days of the competition off Shandong province’s Weifang Binhai beach.

But with just two points between the pair, and former world champions Axel Mazella (FRA) and Florian Gruber (GER) only a few points adrift snapping at their heels, the final fourth day of the series’ second tour stop is poised for a climactic finale.

The Weifang regatta, boasting €60,000 in prize money, is the first of back-to-back stops in China, ahead of the World Series’ final at Cagliari’s Poetto Beach on the Italian resort island of Sardinia next month, when the new world champions will be crowned.

Vodisek has won a remarkable eight of the 16 races over the first three days fought out in a variety of conditions. But a mixed opening, dogged by ill-luck when he struck fish or seaweed with his foil, put him down the order.

On day three his three wins on the smooth waters in 7kts to 9kts breezes were accompanied by a second and a third, with three discards finally allowing him to put aside some of his poor results that had held him down.

“I’m first? Wow!” said an exhausted but elated Vodisek, coming to the beach after the day’s last race. “I can barely walk. It was a good day at the office, though. And I like my office. After the first day I just said I wanted to win races; I don’t care how I finish up. That seems to be working for me.”

Nocher had maintained his slender lead at the head of the order for the opening two days with remarkably consistent, high-placed finishes, including a couple of bullets. But Vodisek’s ability to grind out wins against the toughest competition, including Formula Kite world champion, Nico Parlier, were enough to give him the edge.

Britain’s Guy Bridge, sitting in sixth spot overall, had a better day, notching up a bullet, a second and a third in the five races, that were enough keep him in touch with the leading pack.

“That definitely went better today,” said Bridge. “I got a bullet. I felt I had been going all right before. I was there or there abouts for the first couple of days, but not really clicking. Today is good. The wind’s a bit tricky, but not many shifts.”

In the nine women racing in the mixed 35-strong fleet from 15 countries, reigning Formula Kite world champion Daniela Moroz (USA) has a comfortable lead over her nearest rival, Russia’s Elena Kalinina and Kirstyn O’Brien (USA).

Top five overall after 16 races (three discards)

1 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 32pts
2 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 34pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA) 43pts
4 Florian Gruber (GER) 44pts
5 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 63pts

Top five women after 16 races (three discards)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 141pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 225pts
3 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 234pts
4 Ellie Aldridge (GBR) 249pts
5 Maddy Anderson (GBR) 324pts

Full results:www.kitefoilworldseries.com/results

Source: http://kitefoilgoldcup.com/

The action continues in China at the KiteFoil World Series in Weifang Binhai. Check IKA report.

WAFER THIN MARGINS DIVIDE LEADING KITEFOIL RACERS AT WORLD SERIES IN CHINA

Little separates the leading pack at the head of the order at the KiteFoil World Series in Weifang Binhai, north-east China, after another day of scintillating racing where the top athletes traded high-placed finishes.

Just two points lie between the top three men after 11 high-octane races at the half-way point of the four-day competition being played out on the Yellow Sea off Shandong Province.

With 2019 World Series’ tour leader, Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, 19, claiming three bullets from the second day’s six races, it appeared he could steal a march on the leading trio, before some misfortune and a couple of mixed performances left him in fourth spot overall.

France’s former multiple world champion, Maxime Nocher, just held his lead in the standings with four remarkably consistent second-placed finishes in breezes that began the day averaging 15kts, gusting to 18kts, before easing back to 9kts.

Another former world champion, Germany’s Florian Gruber, retained his second spot by a whisker with an impressive outing that racked up two bullets, a third and three fourth places, a performance that proved his prototype Levitaz race foil has the pace to match the Mike’s Lab Bullet foils under the feet of most of the leading athletes.

France’s Axel Mazella, also just one point adrift, closed out the leading trio. His day was a model of consistency with scores that included a bullet, two seconds and two thirds in the increasingly-tight and ever-quicker kitefoil fleet.

The early promise of strong winds fuelled by a typhoon skirting the windward-leeward track failed to materialise, but the breezes that prompted many of the competitors to eventually put up their largest 21m kites were more than enough to foster searingly-quick racing.

The Weifang Binhai World Series’ regatta—with its €60,000 prize purse—is the first of back-to-back tour stops in China, ahead of the climactic finale on the Italian resort island of Sardinia next month when the best overall riders will be crowned KiteFoil world champions.

Reigning KiteFoil title holder, the US’s Kirstyn O’Brien, one of 15 women racing among the 35-strong mixed fleet from 15 nations, has shown growing pace and consistency in Weifang to the point where she currently sits between Formula Kite world champion, Daniela Moroz (USA) and former title holder, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, on the leaderboard.

“The competition here in this fleet is great,” said O’Brien. “Now everyone is closer together all the way round the course. That’s why I like racing with the guys. You have others close by to measure yourself against. It helps a lot that I’ve been training with some guys in the Dominican Republic, rather than on my own in the US.”

Mazella, sitting in third spot overall, was also happier with his improved performance on day two that kept him hot on the heels of the leaders, though like the others he was looking over his shoulder at the charge of Vodisek in fourth overall.

“After the first day everyone was super-close,” said Mazella. “And again today it will be tight on points. But I feel I’m going better today. I made better starts for sure, which helped a lot. As the wind got lighter, if you had a poor start, there was just no way to make a comeback. I was pretty consistent.”

Top five overall after 11 races (two discards)

1 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 23pts
2 Florian Gruber (GER) 24pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA) 25pts
4 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 34pts
5 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 42pts

Top five women after 11 races (two discards)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 89pts
2 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 154pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 160pts
4 Ellie Aldridge (GBR) 183pts
5 Maddy Anderson (GBR) 220pts

Full results:www.kitefoilworldseries.com/results

Source: http://kitefoilgoldcup.com

The 2019 edition of the KiteFoil World Series has already started in China. Check IKA report below.

IKA Report:

TOP KITEFOIL RACERS PLAY LEADERBOARD SNAKES AND LADDERS AT WORLD SERIES IN CHINA

The opening skirmishes at the Weifang Binhai stop of the KiteFoil World Series in north-eastern China saw the leading contenders play Snakes and Ladders as they traded places at the top of the order in stellar conditions.

But when the dust settled, France’s multiple former world champion, Maxime Nocher, riding his own Flymaax brand kites, topped the standings with a solid tally of scores that included a bullet, a second and third-placed finishes in breezes that built from 7kts to 13kts.

Former world champion, Germany’s Florian Gruber, also opened his account at the second of the four-stop “open” kitefoil tour with an assured bullet and a second that were enough to secure him second spot overall in the standings.

Four-time female Formula Kite world champion, the US’s Daniela Moroz, in the 15-strong women’s fleet racing among the men, finished day one in Shandong province’s Weifang in ninth overall, partly thanks to a remarkable third in the second race.

The first of four days’ competition at the opening of back-to-back World Series’ China stops got off to an unpromising start with stubbornly light airs, but they eventually filled perfectly to allow the race director to squeeze in five high-intensity races.

The second stop following the opening act in Gizzeria, Italy, in July, is sponsored by the Weifang Binhai Tourism Group, whose ambition for the region is reflected in the total prize purse of €60,000, by far the richest in kiteboarding.

The rich pickings have drawn most of the world’s fastest kiteboarders—35 athletes from 15 countries worldwide—eager to battle on the Yellow Sea’s smooth waters. Among their number is a clutch of reigning and former world champions, and the tour’s current leader, 19-year-old Slovenian Toni Vodisek, who triumphed spectacularly in Italy.

Yet his Weifang campaign got off to a faltering start before he found his groove, rounding out the day with two wins that left him fifth overall. He complained cheerfully that his opening races had been marred when his foil, like the other athletes, had struck fish.

“In the first three races I hit things in the water and it cost me, putting me down the order a bit,” said Vodisek. “In the last two races everything was the same, but I didn’t hit anything, that was the difference. So I guess I’m ‘two-fifths’ happy.”

Second-placed Gruber encountered his share of fish too, but his opening win and second-placed finish were enough to put him on track for a good result if he can repeat the feat over the coming three days of competition.

“I hit a lot of fish,” said Gruber. “They were even jumping out of the water. But I had a good start to the day with a bullet. And when the wind got stronger towards the close I felt more confident. I’m super-happy. Good start. Let’s push for the next days.”

Leader Nocher also crashed a couple of costly times, courtesy of the fish, he believes. But his speed and consistent scores were sufficient to give him the top spot, though he knows all is still to play for.

“I’m quite happy about my day,” said Nocher. “My kites are going well. Perhaps I don’t have quite the angles of the others. But I’m going fast and my VMG is good. I’m quite happy about the start.”

A beaming Moroz, still 18, was also delighted with her day and the third-placed finish among the men in the ever-faster and more competitive foiling fleet.

“The third—I’ve no idea where that came from,” said Moroz. “I was so stoked. I’d rounded the first top mark in the lead, but Maxime Nocher got ahead by the bottom mark. Still, afterwards the guys were all asking which way I’d gone? I said I wasn’t telling them, as they never tell when they beat me.”

Top five overall after five races (one discard)

1 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 10pts
2 Florian Gruber (GER) 13pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA) 14pts
4 Nico Parlier (FRA) 14pts
5 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 20pts

Top five women after five races (one discard)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 34pts
2 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 63pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 73pts
4 Ellie Aldridge (GBR) 83pts
5 Valeria Garashchenko (RUS) 91pts

Full results:www.kitefoilworldseries.com/results

Source: http://kitefoilgoldcup.com/

It was victory for reigning KiteFoil GoldCup men’s champion Maxime Nocher along with Anais Mai Desjardins in the women’s fleet, who sealed victory in the year’s first event from four races in light breezes that threatened to die at any moment. But even the fickle airs that shifted and barely topped 8kts were a welcome relief after three windless days that made for a stop-start competition, the first international kite competition in Korea, staged off Boryeong’s stunning Daecheon Beach.

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While the breezes toyed with riders and race officials alike, Nocher (MON) was flawless on the final fifth day on the Yellow Sea’s flat waters, controlling each of the races even as Italian Riccardo Leccese snapped at his heels hoping for an error or mishap that never came. Nocher, on his unmarked 19m Enata foil kite and Enata hydrofoil, proved unbeatable in the whole regatta marked by a lack of wind, adding the closing day’s four bullets to two he secured on the competition’s opening exchanges.

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Riding a Mike’s Lab foil and Ozone R1 prototype kite, Leccese managed a good run of second spots that earned him the podium runners-up slot. Yet in the penultimate race he came momentarily unstuck when he struggled to leave the beach in the failing breeze close to shore and failed to make the start, a result he was fortunately able to discard.

Poland’s Maks Zakowski took the chance to grab a second spot in that race to the peerless Nocher, an opportunism that built on consistent placings throughout the event and won him the third podium spot, his best placing in an International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup.

In the women’s group racing among the men, the novice 16-year-old Anais Mai Desjardins (FRA) caused an upset when she overhauled Alexia Fancelli (FRA) with a good run of results on the final day, with Korea’s Bitna Kim taking the third podium spot.

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The IKA KiteFoil GoldCup, hosted and sponsored by the Korea Windsurfing Kitesurfing Federation, is the first of four slated globe-trotting stops for 2017, with back-to-back events in China in mid-September next on the cards.

But the wind that refused to play ball during the Korean event played havoc with the KTA TTR slalom race open due to be staged simultaneously. It proved impossible to get away any races despite interest provoked by the format to be used in next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

And while the final day proved tricky at times even for the foilers, they were still able to display scintillatingly-quick pace with their largest 18m and 19m kites in patchy breezes that occasionally dipped below 4kts.

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In those zephyrs there is little margin for rider error with every tack and gybe requiring balletic precision. Yet the foilers still clocked almost more than 20kts on the two-lap windward-leeward track off Daecheon Beach.

None did it better than Nocher. But even he—like every other rider—caught debris and seaweed on his foil that threatened to derail his bid.

“In the day’s second race I was leading by far, but I caught a plastic bag and just couldn’t remove it and keep moving,” he said. “Leccese passed me and I still had the bag on my fin. I did that whole leg with the plastic bag, but past the gate it came off. Then I got the lead again.

“So, overall I’m very happy to have won this event. It’s been hard to deal with these conditions, but I’m near perfect in these light winds and Leccese could do nothing.”

Leccese remained happy with his second podium spot, nonetheless, sure it showed he still had pace even in the lighter breezes that favoured neither his physique nor his equipment.

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“Overall I’m pleased with second spot,” he said. “It’s solid. I’m attacking the front of the field again. That puts me in a good frame of mind. I felt I was controlling the races at or near the front. Most of the others were on 19m kites, except for me on an 18m, yet I was still competitive.”

For Zakowski, on a Moses Comet foil and Ozone R1V2 kite, the decision to swim and body-drag off the beach just as Leccese came unstuck in the penultimate race’s dropping breeze proved fortuitous.

“I swam 200m to catch the wind to get out and it allowed me to finish that race second,” he said. “But my results have been very consistent, so I’m glad about that. Not up and down. This has been my best result, so I’m pretty happy.”

Also running in amoungst the mixed Gold Cup fleet was the Masters fleet which saw the popular Turkish rider ‘EJ’ Ginyo take the top podium postion over his rivals France’s, Benjamin Petit and American Amil Kabil.

IKA KiteFoil GoldCup, Korea Final Results

MEN
1 Maxime Nocher 5pts
2 Riccardo Leccese 13pts
3 Maks Zakowski 20pts

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WOMEN
1 Anais Mai Desjardins 53pts
2 Alexia Fancelli 62pts
3 Bitna Kim 76pts

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MASTERS
1 Ejder Ginyo
2 Benjamin Petit
3 Amil Kabil

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