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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

Watch the recap video from Day One at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.

3 Races for men and 2 races for women completed on day one of the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.

This year, the Défi Kite made history with 228 kiteboarders competing in 3 races in 30 knots of Tramontane wind, and 60 km long race.

Nicolas Parlier and Alexia Fancelli have conquered the Défi Kite trophies 2015 in Gruissan, France.

Watch the highlights of this years event held in challenging wind conditions.

Défi Kite 2015 | Top 5

Men
1. Nicolas Parlier
2. Axel Mazella
3. Maxime Nocher
4. Benjamin Petit
5. Martin Turbil

Women
1. Alexia Fancelli
2. Marie Desandre Navarre
3. Ariane Imbert
4. Elsa Bories
5. Marie Gautron