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2019 KiteFoil World Series – China – Day Four

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 …

Snowkite

Red Bull Ragnarok 2018 – Close win in demanding 9th Ragnarok

After four hours of kiting in the ninth edition of Red Bull Ragnarok, Florian Gruber of Germany secured the victory with a margin of just two minutes down to last year’s winner and fellow German Felix Kersten. In the difficult wind conditions, only three out of the 350 kiters completed all 105 km within the time limit. More than 350 kiters from 30 nations all around the world had come to Hardangervidda, Norway to battle through 105 km of kiting on skis and snowboard within a time limit of five hours. Even though this year’s course was almost 30 kilometers shorter than last year’s, the changing and challenging wind made it a hard race on the sunny mountain plateau. After four hours and one minute, Florian Gruber crossed the finish line as the overall winner and winner of the men’s ski category, just two minutes ahead of last year’s winner Felix Kersten. This is Gruber’s second win, he also took home the victory in 2016. © KYLE MEYR / RED BULL CONTENT POOL “Amazing, I think this is the hardest time, it’s my third time competing here, and for sure the hardest one. We had at first good wind, smaller …

Allgemein

Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race lures the world’s best

For the first time in its seven-year history the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race will include a battle of the world’s best women alongside internationally-ranked men. Female world number 1 Elena Kalinina has confirmed her place and she’ll be taking on a battle of youth versus experience against last year’s Women’s title holder Steph Bridge from Devon, UK. Not yet 21, the Russian has taken out all the top women’s titles of late including this month’s 2016 IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup Finals in Qatar, the 2016 IKA KiteRacing European Championships, the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour and the World Cup of Kiteboarding in 2015 in Italy. Steph has also had a great year, breaking two world sailing records and was fastest female to ever race around the Isle of Wight at the World Speed Racing Festival. She is a five-time Kite Race World Champion. Steph and oldest son Olly (19) are Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton veterans and winners – competing in their fourth edition this year and for the first time with Olly’s younger brother Guy (16). The brothers are fierce competitors and training partners. Olly continues to podium in races around the world and was European Race …

Snowkite

Red Bull Ragnarok 2016

350 kiters from over 30 countries were gathered on the icy mountain plains of Hardangervidda in Norway, to compete in the world´s biggest and toughest snowkite competition. In just a few hours the weather went from sunny and windy, to cloudy with no wind at all, until it finally picked up again. Choosing the right kite and strategy was the key to success, and Peter Martel (CAN) was the first male snowboarder to pass the finish line after five laps – finishing the course of 100 kilometers in four hours and 49 minutes. ”My start was really rough, I had to run and walk in kneedeep snow, and was really sweating and struggling. I managed to take lead, but then my steering line broke during my final lap, and I fell behind again, and had to tie a knot and use my lines in the best way. It was the most challenging race I’ve ever been in” says Peter Martel. This years edition of Red Bull Ragnarok is the sixth, and the competition is growing each year. 350 participants stands as a new record, gathering kiters from all over the world, with 30 different nationalities from all continents. ”I love …

Keahi de Aboitiz

World Tour Champions 2015

Time to Crown the 2015 World Tour Champions At five fantastic kitesurfing events of the 2015 season all athletes were fighting for the titles of the World Tour. Competitions took place in Freestyle, Slalom, Wave and the 2015 re-introduced Big Air discipline. This year riders also had the chance to fight for a new overall title. With outstanding performance the World’s top kiteboarders have shown their dedication, talent and perseverance to win the titles. After five events spread out across the globe it is our pleasure to announce the following Champions of the World Tour 2015: Freestyle Men: Liam Whaley (ES) / Cabrinha Freestyle Women: Gisela Pulido (ES) / Best Big Air Men: Kevin Langeree (NL) / Naish Big Air Women: Gisela Pulido (ES) / Best Wave Men: Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS) / Cabrinha Wave Women: Jalou Langeree (NL) / Naish Slalom Men: Florian Gruber (GER) / Ozone Slalom Women: Katja Roose (NL) / Airush Overall Men: Aaron Hadlow (UK) / North Overall Women: Gisela Pulido (ES) / Best Freestyle Men: Liam Whaley had his eyes set on the crown since the start of the year. He had an extremely strong start in Dakhla, taking 1st place at the season …

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