Sunday, 19 June 2022 21:39

Young riders Julia Damasiewicz (POL) and Martin Dolenc (CRO) both became first-time winners of a World Series event today at the conclusion of KiteFoil World Series Traunsee in Austria.

With only one race completed after three days of competition, the pressure was on to squeeze in as much racing as possible on the final day. With higher than average air temperatures of almost 30 degrees Celsius in Upper Austria, the thermal breeze on the 12km-long freshwater lake struggled to kick into gear.

Saturday, 18 June 2022 23:05

There were three race winners on day three of KiteFoil World Series Traunsee, although it wasn’t an outcome to please everyone.

After no racing the previous two days of scheduled competition, the 6 to 8 knot breeze offered some hope of getting some racing completed. There was never a lot of weight or certainty to the breeze however, with the top of the race course always looking soft near the windward mark.

Friday, 17 June 2022 23:13

The fickle lake winds tantalised the riders with the prospect of racing on day two of the KiteFoil World Series Traunsee in Austria, only to send their hopes crashing to the water.

Time and again the race committee attempted a race start for the men in yellow and blue qualifying groups, but the disappearing breeze at the top of the course made it impossible for the riders to keep their kites in the sky.

Thursday, 16 June 2022 19:03

Chaotic mountain weather meant no racing for day one of the KiteFoil World Series Traunsee in Austria. Warm weather and scarcely a breath of wind was suddenly interrupted by sudden gusts and lashings of rain. Kitefoil racing wasn’t an option. Instead the 58 male and female riders had to make their fun in different and creative ways. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 22:22

Fifty-eight of the most accomplished riders from 26 nations and five continents are ready to compete in the KiteFoil World Series Traunsee in Austria over the next four days from 16 to 19 June.

Registration day produced perfect foiling conditions on spectacular Traunsee, Austria’s answer to Lake Garda. With the blazing sun driving air temperatures up to 28 degrees celsius, the thermal winds rose to 16 knots in the southern section of the 12km-long lake near Salzburg.

Monday, 28 February 2022 21:47

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Executive Committee echoes the reaction of the International Olympic Committee regarding the developing situation in Ukraine.

Sport can be a force for good, bringing competitors from around the world together, united by the values of equality, inclusion, respect and fairness. We hope that the hostilities will end and that constructive dialogue will lead to the resolution of any differences.

In the meantime, following the resolution issued by the IOC Executive Board earlier today, the IKA Executive Committee will not accept athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus in any IKA class event. Furthermore, the IKA Executive Committee will not consider any class activities in Russia and Belarus or any cooperation with Russian or Belarusian entities.

The IKA Executive Committee will continue to closely monitor the situation and may adapt its recommendations and measures according to future developments.

The IKA Executive Committee reaffirms the call of the IOC President: “Give peace a chance”

IOC statement

Saturday, 04 December 2021 19:20

Axel Mazella and Poema Newland have become champions of Gran Canaria, the fifth and final event of the 2021 KiteFoil World Series. Both French riders have also been crowned champions of the 2021 season. For Mazella, this is his third World Series title to go with his victories in 2017 and 2019. For Newland, her maiden victory in the Series is the perfect conclusion to a dramatic year of improvement.

Friday, 03 December 2021 18:26

Day three of the 2021 KiteFoil World Series Gran Canaria saw the breeze gusting too strongly for the riders to get out through the shore break at Playa de las Burras. Again no racing, but few murmurs of disappointment from the fleet.

Thursday, 02 December 2021 17:59

The ‘racing postponed’ flags were displayed at 2pm on day two of the 2021 KiteFoil World Series Gran Canaria. Winds gusting over 30 knots at the Playa de las Burras meant no racing for the day. Even so, top German rider Flo Gruber ventured out for some high-wind kitefoiling practice in gnarly conditions.

Wednesday, 01 December 2021 18:48

Asked what a Frenchman eats for breakfast in Spain, today’s winner smiled: “I eat an English breakfast in Spain. Look at my skinny legs! I need bigger legs to go faster, and that’s why I need an English breakfast.”

Another rider familiar with the Great British breakfast is Connor Bainbridge who powered his way to victory in the opening race, with Mazella breathing down the Briton’s neck all the way to the high-speed finish. Bainbridge followed up with three second places and would have taken second in the last race of the afternoon but for a crash just before the finish line which dropped him to third.

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