Sunday, 11 July 2021 16:58

Four days and 17 races later Denis Taradin (RYF) and Daniela Moroz (USA) are the winners of the KiteFoil World Series Gizzeria, the first of five events of the 2021 season. They have both been leading since the early stages of the event, Denis fighting till the very last race with Axel Mazella (FRA) only one point behind him in the final ranking and the winner of today’s second race. Toni Vodisek (SLO) is third with more than twice the points of the first two, but it is a big achievement for the Slovenian rider who was forced to a halt for an injury at the end of the 2019 season.

Saturday, 10 July 2021 19:10

The wind was already blowing strong and steady this morning when the 100 competitors arrived at Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria, for day one of the Final Series of the first event of this year's KiteFoil World Series. The typical north-westerly breeze was coming a little more from offshore, generating bigger waves for the first time so far on the generally flat surface of the racecourse. Flying over the beach, the kites were smaller than yesterday as the wind forecast were calling for a stronger winds in the afternoon. From 13 knots in the first race, it picked up to over 20 knots, and as the anemometer rose up the kites shrank down and the riders had to put in place new skills.

Saturday, 10 July 2021 00:10

A perfect day of sun, wind and kitefoiling in Gizzeria, Italy, at the Hang Loose Beach, for the last five races of the qualification series. The 100 competitors took to the water as scheduled and alternating went in and out of the water for the different races of the two fleets. A steady 15 knots breeze pushed the kites all afternoon on the flat waters off Gizzeria Lido, and apart from a few tangles here and there, everyone had fun flying over the racecourse.

Thursday, 08 July 2021 22:21

One hundred kiters from 28 nations were very eager to start the 2021 season today in Gizzeria, Italy, at the Hang Loose Beach Club for the first Act of the 2021 KiteFoil World Series. The energy was high since the morning, and as soon as the wind picked up the competitors where ready to launch their kites. The whole group is divided into two fleets and the first to start were the yellow one, while the blue one had to face a halt due to a temporary drop of wind. A short postponement ashore was followed by six more races, with the wind blowing up to 14 knots and only dropping drastically for a thrilling final race for the blue fleet, in which the sailors had to pump hard to stay on the foils until the finish line. Considering the overall fairness of the competition and the effect on all kiteboards involved, especially with regard to equal chances for the yellow and blue fleet to qualify for the final series on Saturday and Sunday, the Race Committee later decided to abandon this race and resail it on Friday before new flight assignments come into effect.

Wednesday, 07 July 2021 19:38

They’re back. After a long, forced, leap year, the kiters and the KiteFoil World Series are back for a full season. The first event of the year kicks off tomorrow, June 8th, in Gizzeria, Italy, at Hang Loose Beach Club, a very appreciated spot among kiters around Europe. The sea breeze blew consistently all afternoon from north-west with flat water, for the fun of the many athletes who tested the racecourse today, eager to get their boards flying.
 
The maximum number of entries was struck way before the deadline, and 100 athletes from 26 nations will hit the water tomorrow for the first race scheduled at 12am. Five windward-leeward races each day for the two fleets: blue and yellow on Thursday and Friday, gold and silver on the weekend based on their first two days qualification results. All the categories will be on the same course, as the KiteFoil World Series are open. Men, Women, Youth (U19) and Masters (35+) will all race together from tomorrow until Sunday, June 11th when the 15,000 Euros prize pot will be shared among the top ten Women and Men.
 
Official website: https://www.kitefoilworldseries.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiteclasses/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kitefoilworldseries

 

Sunday, 20 December 2020 16:42

Gran Canaria proved to be the premium location for European December sailing once again today, with a perfect 16-20 knot breeze pumping through for the final day of racing. Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) secured the overall win in the open division, with Ellie Aldridge (GBR) taking out the Womens title and Arthur Lhez (FRA) crowned the Under 19 Champion. 

Guy Bridge (GBR) led the pack early in the first race of the day but Maxime Nocher (FRA) managed to overtake by the first downwind mark and sailed a higher course on the following upwind, with Theo de Ramecourt sailing a lower, faster course, managing to overtake by the first tack. The lead was extended by the second downwind, with Theo taking a comfortable win in the first race of today over Maxime, with Martin Dolenc (CRO) completing the podium. 

Saturday, 19 December 2020 19:41

With a slightly cloudy morning, there were a few worried faces around the rigging area, but the confident words from the locals proved correct, with the clouds blowing away and a perfect 16-20 knot gradient breeze blowing through, with the orange flag being displayed at 1105 local time. 

The benchmark in this regatta so far has been Theo de Ramecourt (FRA), whose base strategy has been to focus on his own performance rather than worrying about other riders. Minimising mistakes has certainly proved a good strategy in this regatta, although luck is somewhat involved; with seaweed on the race course, which gets picked up by the riders’ hydrofoils, causes not only drag, but can also cause crash-inducing ventilation, and when the competitors are riding at speeds between 20 and 40 knots, one mistake can cost hundreds of meters.

Friday, 18 December 2020 20:01

 “Today is perfect,” commented Markus Schwendtner, Class Manager of the IKA, as the riders launched their 11m kites into the warm trade winds as they head out for a day of epic racing here at the stunning location of Playa de las Burras in Gran Canaria, Spain. Winds were between 18-23 knots from the same direction as yesterday, the reliable gradient breeze blowing in from the North East.

The first race of the day, Race 4 overall, got underway at 1153 with a clear start, all on starboard. At the top mark, it was Maxime Nocher (FRA) who was in the lead, followed by two Flysurfer kites, Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) and Guy Bridge (GBR). On the downwind, the delta between first and second was slashed, with Theo following Maxime around the right hand-bottom mark close enough to see the hairs raised on the back of Maxime’s neck as the riders all headed back towards the beach, which was lined with spectators.

Thursday, 17 December 2020 17:17

Today was certainly filled with excitement here at the final event of the kiteboarding calendar, with the action starting even before the first warning signal, the strong winds combined with a launching area in the lee of the peninsula causing a stressful environment as riders struggled to launch and get out to the clear winds. This caused a slight delay in the start, with the first race getting away with a clear start 20 mins behind schedule, at 1120 local time.

A delayed start, however, is still better than no start, and all competitors are thrilled to have the opportunity to race at all. The global pandemic has been the focus of the world's attention all year now, but in times like these, continuing to have and hold sporting events is more critical than ever.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 22:16

Ending the most difficult year of international sports on a high, all signs are pointing to an amazing event coming up here in the Canary Islands over the coming days. COVID-19 has made it very difficult for the global community, and international competition has not been exempt. Huge efforts have been made by event organisers, local and federal governments, class organisers and competitors, demonstrating a huge display of co-operative strength and community in order to continue to run events in these difficult times.

Compounding on the achievement of simply being able to run an event, this particular competition represents a number of great milestones, as Markus Schwendtner, Class Manager of the IKA said in the opening press conference this morning; “This will be the first event since the International Olympic Committee formally announced that kiteboarding will be included in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

© 2020 International Kiteboarding Association. All Rights Reserved