MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers.

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

MINI Kitesurf European Tour Championship in Kiteboarding Freestyle skatchy wind conditions Double Elimination and Course Racings continues

Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are  still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20Competitors woke up to another beautiful and clear day in the South of France, Almanarre. With a good breeze and the possible promise of contestable winds, Freestyle and Course Racings continued. Showing up prepared and ready for anything, the event site quickly filled up for the first skippers meeting. Blowing side onshore from the right in the morning, the first possible start was done at 10h30. With a not anticipated light lunch blow, it became a waiting game into the afternoon at 2pm for the Freestylers. Riders as well as spectators remained ready to wait it out for going on with Double Eliminations and its finals. At that time, racers changed after a sunny lunch break to bigger kites and continued the battle on the water. Six races were done on that 2nd competition day. The course provided tactical challenges that made not only for good racing, but excellent spectating as well. The race leaving spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was to come. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.With the fleet on bigger kites, Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Julien Kerneur (FRA) are still leading the fleet, while Florian Gruber from Germany helds still fourth place after Blazej Ozog (POL). Steph Bridge (GBR) managed to hold top placement. Katja Roose (NED) earned a consistent second. With around 20-25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions. -25 knots of wind, the doubles continued around 2pm. Early on, riders such as Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) from Austria came back and advanced until the quarter finals beaten by Liam Whaley (Cabrinha). The day ended with the finals, which featured Mario Rodwald (Germany) against Liam Whaley (Spain). Both of these riders have had an amazing start and demonstrated great progression over the winter time. In this heat, Mario won out. The sheer number of tricks completed by him bring the victory of the 1st European tour stop, closing out the day with much excitement and enthusiasm. Notably, the final women’s heat took place between Sabrina Lutz (GER) and title holder 2012 Annelous Lammerts (NED), when Sabrina crashed her kite and Annelous advanced. A super women final was announed and finally Sabrina (NKB) won the women’s double elimination of the first MINI KTE tour stop. After another long day on the beach and on the water, the day will finish with a big concert night and a local DJ. All racers will be estimate tomorrow morning for the 3rd skippers meeting of the European Championship Tour 2013. For tomorrow, the forecast looks to light wind conditions.

Day three of the MINI KTE tour stop in France brought an bout of very light, or better, no wind. The double elimination in Freestyle was already effected, while Mario Rodwald (GER) and Sabrina Lutz (GER) captured victory of that 1st european tour stop. The focus of the day was concentrated on course racing.

The sunny day, however, had different plans. Passing the time with laying in the sun for a fresh-faced sun teint by savoring a lolli-pop of Chupa Chups, enjoying a fresh RedBull, chatting in social medias or educating oneself in Wifi time in the rider’s area of the event site.

That while, all race competitors hoped with every calm breeze that passed, that better conditions were moments away. Course director, Markus Schwendtner, adapted due to these light conditions.

Some racers are looking to hold onto their positions and others ready to redeem themselves. For the last possible start, the wind did begin to pick up, and riders acted quickly to pump up their 17m kites in preparation.

Unfortunately they realized their wishful thinking did not materialize, and the wind began to die just as suddenly as it had picked up.

Freestyle riders like Hannah Whiteley, Liam Whaley and Bram Bast sat around the rider’s area to enjoy and to relax for another upcoming party night of Hyères, nearby St Tropez. For a refreshing moment in the afternoon, head judge Bas Koole, announced an incredible wakeboarding session, which spanish rider Liam Whaley obtained. During that time, the race crew was waiting outside for any mermaids, those who didn’t appear and finally released the riders around 6pm.

Tomorrow, racers arrive to the beach at 10am for the first skipper’s meeting of the day. Wind is expected to be light as well.

 

Double Olympic Medallist Rod Davis on the inclusion of Kiteboarding for Rio 2016

Rod Davis, sailer and double Olympic medallist, recently published in Sail-World an article with his thoughts on the inclusion of Kiteboarding or the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

Rod Davis, sailer and double Olympic medallist, recently published in Sail-World an article with his thoughts on the inclusion of Kiteboarding for the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

Rod Davis, sailer and double Olympic medallist, recently published in Sail-World an article with his thoughts on the inclusion of Kiteboarding for the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

 

“Several months ago, the International Sailing Federation, the sailing’s world governing body, decided to take Kite boarding to the 2016 Olympic Games.
The collateral damage of that decision is: Windsurfing is out.

Talk about the crap hitting the fan! Some saw it as a forward progressive thinking, most were stunned by the disbelief of it all.

Quickly the windsurfing fraternity started a counter-revolution, mounting what might be described as a rebellion. They wanted heads to roll. The ISAF representatives and any country that voted for the kite boards should be the first with their necks on the chopping block.

Too bad the board lobbyists did not muster their troops before the vote, when the first warning shots were fired.

Six months previously a call to arms was issued by ISAF: The question of windsurfers or kite boards as an Olympic class will be decided at the May meetings.

I don’t have a side in this war. No vested interest it sailing either one in a competitive way, I am not a coach to, nor do I profit from either windsurfing or kiteboarding. That makes me unusual as most of what you hear and read, with all its passion and theatre, is dealing to self interest.

I am surprised as anyone that the kiteboard got voted in over the windsurfer but upon further reflection I am not convinced that is a bad thing.

The kiteboarder’s mantra is that their form of sailing is the fastest growing in the world. Windsurfers counter with ‘but there is no established racing as we know it’. Point and counter point, like a debate, but a debate that has a lot at stake for each side.

Take a step back for moment and answer one question. ‘Is kite boarding the future?’ If your answer is yes, then it should be brought into the highest level of the sport – as soon as possible. No mucking around, let’s get on with it.

If windsurfers are the future that will expand the Olympic spirit and sailing within that, ‘Great’ let’s go back to them.

The point is ‘don’t be afraid of change just because it is change.’ Embrace it.

Everything else will become details that will, and have been, handled in the past.

Like when the revolutionary, new fangled event of stand-up-sailing-surf-board was inserted into the hallowed ranks of the classes sailed at the 84 Olympic Games.”

 

KSP Mauritius Double prize for One Eye KSP kitesurf pro Fantasy League

Le Morne, Mauritius – August 31, 2012: Round two of the 2012 Fantasy KSP powered by Fantastar.comopens today for the Mauritius One Eye Kite Surf Pro. The game will remain open from today until midnight on September 6, 2012 (GMT), just hours before the start of this highly anticipated event in Le Morne, Mauritius.

KSP Mauritius Double prize for One Eye KSP kitesurf Fantasy League

KSP Mauritius Double prize for One Eye KSP kitesurf Fantasy League

Fantasy KSP enables fans and kitesurfers from around the world to participate in the KSP World Tour by assembling their own dream team of tour riders prior to each world championship tour event and “betting” on them to win awesome prizes. Fantasy KSP is free, fun, and open for all to play.

Attention players: due to non contestable conditions the first 2012 KSP tour event in Portgual, there are now even more prizes up for grabs in the Fantasy KSP  Mauritius as prizes have carried over from round one.

 

Mauritius_2012_prizes north kitesurf board

Mauritius_2012_prizes north kitesurf board

The Prizes for the Mauritius One Eye Kite Surf Pro Fantasy game are:

  • 1st place: North Kiteboarding “WAM” 5’10
  • 2nd & 3rd place: One Eye Kite Surf Pro jersey by ION signed by KSP riders
  • 4th & 5th place: ION T-Shirt

 

 

Remaining Prizes from the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais are:

  • 1st place: Best Kiteboarding “Kahoona” 7.5 meter kite
  • 2nd & 3rd place: EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais jersey signed by KSP riders
  • 4th to 6th place: Legendary KSP T-Shirt

 

Prizes from both rounds will be rotated, providing the first place winner with a North WAM, the second place with a Best Kiteboarding Kahoona, etc. Good luck to all players.

Log onto www.kspworldtour.com/fantasyleague.html to learn more about the game and how to create your fantasy team!  Don’t miss out on the awesome prizes and all the fun – register your team now! Then be sure to follow your riders by checking out the event’s live action as it unfolds from September 7 through 16 at www.kspworldtour.com/live

To assemble your dream team for the “One Eye Kite Surf Pro, Mauritius” fantasy round you will be able to chose from the following list of confirmed riders (please note: male local wildcards will be decided in a local qualifier just before the first heat of the main event):

 

Female riders:

Carol Bolstad (USA) – Alternate Rider

Ines Correia (POR)

Jalou Langeree (NED)

Kari Schibevaag (NOR)

Kirsty Jones (GBR)

Kristin Boese (GER)

Lilian Malschaert (NED) – Alternate Rider

Marie Gautron (FRA)

Melissa Gil (USA)

Milla Ferreira (BRA)

Ninja Bichler (GER)

Suzanne Kuiper (NED) – Alternate Rider

 

Male riders:

Abel Lago (ESP)

Airton Cozzolino (ITA)

Bastien Bollard (FRA) – Alternate Rider

Etienne Lhote (FRA)

Filippe Ferreira (BRA)

Gonzalo Gomes (POR)

Grant “Twiggy” Baker (RSA)

Guilly Brandao (BRA)

Jakob Appel (DEN)

Juan Pablo Diban (CHI)

Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS)

Lee Harvey (GBR)

Luke McGillewie (RSA)

Marciel Lopes Almeida (CPV)

Mauricio Pedreira (BRA)

Max Bonieux (MRU) – Alternate Rider

Mitu Monteiro (CPV)

Patri McLaughlin (HI)

Pedro Henrique (BRA)

Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA)

Sebastien Schmitt (REU) – Alternate Rider

Sky Solbach (USA)

Local Wildcard 1 TBD (MRU)

Local Wildcard 2 TBC (MRU)

 

 

Photographer:   John Bilderback            Location: Le Morne / Mauritius