PKRA Arrives in Noumea New Caledonia

Shortly after a successful stop in Haikou, Hainan Island, China, the best riders from all over the world arrived today for the REEF Kitesurf Pro here in Noumea, New Caledonia. With the welcome sight of lush palms, white sand beaches, and a generally exotic feel, competitors welcomed this familiar tour stop with expectations of an amazing week ahead.

While many riders did arrive as planned and on time, others were unlucky enough to miss connecting flights throughout parts of Asia, and the difficulties of traveling as a professional athlete with loads of excess baggage proved itself a hurdle for many to overcome on the way here. As a result, a number of riders were delayed in their attempts to reach their destination; however, this will only create an extended period for registration, and will not affect any other portion of the scheduled competition.

Those that did arrive to Noumea on time did so with a bit of jetlag and plane exhaustion, yet the site of luxurious accommodations, warm tropical air, and a chill island vibe did much to inspire renewed energy and good moods. Located in the South Pacific, New Caledonia stands as an overseas territory of France, which is located between Fiji and Australia in the Coral Sea. As the fourth consecutive year the PKRA has returned to this location, many riders consider it their favorite spot, where strong winds and ideal conditions always make for an incredible competition.

PKRA Arrives in Noumea New Caledonia

PKRA Arrives in Noumea New Caledonia

This year in New Caledonia will prove to be especially outstanding, as the 2012 World Champion will be decided here in just a matter of days, and the race for the top has never been so close. The top men and women remain in hot pursuit of the world title, and it is up to this event to provide a winner.

For tomorrow, the forecast looks light with some expected rain showers; however, the conditions look to be strong later in the week and into the weekend. Emotions are running high and tensions are even higher in this final stop of the year, as every competitor and PKRA fan begs the question – who will be champion in 2012?

Americans John and Erika Heineken are the new world champions

They reached their goal this afternoon after four days of intense competition in the event organized by the Yacht Club Cagliari at Poetto beach

Americans John and Erika Heineken are the new world champions

Americans John and Erika Heineken are the new world champions

 

The two brother and sister are from San Francisco – the very cradle of the discipline of racing. John have been for years one of the stars of the international kitesurfing. He is class 1988 and has defended the title, already won in Sylt Germany last year . Erika the older sister (class 1986) instead is at her first worldwide success. She won at her debut in the competition with determination and regularity in front of the defending champion, Britain’s Steph Bridge.

Decisive for the award of titles Men and Women, the two Medal race for each fleet, that by late morning pledged to turn the ten finalists emerged from the qualifying rounds.
Only one course-race was laid in close proximity to the beach to allow a better understanding and participation of the large audience that since the morning rushed to the beach to see the last day. The Mistral, hampered beside cloud formations at low altitude, and made his entrance only around 13 h..
With all previous scores not counting,beside only the final position as one result, the finalists have come to the decisive two races with the burden of the position gained during the preliminary races.
A fact that could have jeopardize the victory of the Heineken brothers.

At the first race in fact, the leader of qualifications (J. Heineken) had scored a second place, behind compatriot Adam Koch who was in third position in the preliminaries. Only the final victory of Johnny in the last race gave him the title in front of Kock. Third place went to the Frenchman Julien Kerneur, on a par with Italian Andrea Riccardo Leccese, excluded, however, from the podium by virtue of finishing position (a fifth, against the fourth opponent).

Women’s position in Fleet was decisive also in head-to-head between Heineken and Bridge. Steph won the first race and Erika had to win the second to reach the gold. In third place, separated by five positions, the French Caroline Adrien. The Italian Alice Brunacci ended up eight place (8th).
The colorful prize giving, animated by mc master Pietro Porcella ended up in glory the championship.

ALICE BRUNACCI
“For me it was already a dream to be in the top ten, I never thought to get so high,” said the kitesurfer Follonica, “I am very happy at this point I’ll try to make the Olympic campaign.”

ERIKA HEINEKEN
“Even after dominating the first part of the championship, I found myself in the last race to decide the fate of the championship. It was a difficult time but I’m happy that I went through, it was a tough week but fantastic”

JOHN HEINEKEN
I’m so glad I won again the world title. This time with 10 times the stress of last event because of the formula that doesn’t consider the results of the qualification rounds. Particularly fun to win with my sister on the side.

For more information: www.kitecagliari.com

Men Results (Medal Race):

1. John Heineken (USA), 1-2-1, points 4
2. Adam Koch (USA), 3-1-2, 6
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA), 6-3-4, 13
4. Riccardo Andrea Leccese (FRA), 2-6-5, 13
5. Maxime Nocher (FRA), 7-4-3, 14
6. Bryan Lake (USA), 5-5-6, 16
7. Florian Gruber (GER), 4-8-7-,19
8. Olivier Dansin (FRA), 8-7-9, 24
9. Dave Robertson (NZL), 9-9-8, 26
10. Wilson Veloso (BRA), 10-10-10, 30

Women Results (Medal Race):

1. Erika Heineken (USA), 1-2-1, points 4
2. Steph Bridge (GB), 2-1-2, 5
3. Caroline Adrien (FRA), 3-4-3, 10
4. Nayara Licariao (BRA), 5-3-5, 13
5. Christine Boenniger (GER), 6-5-4,15
6. Elena Kalinina (RUS), 7-6-6,19
7. Katja Roose (NED), 4-7-dnf, 22
8. Alice Brunacci (ITA), 8-dnf-dnf, 30
9. Lilian De Geus (NED), 9-dnf-dnf, 31
10. Justina Sellers (NZL), 10-dnf-dnf, 32

Men Youth: Oliver Bridge (GB)
Women Youth: Elena Kalinina (RUS)

Men Master: Wilson Veloso (BRA)
Women Master: Steph Bridge (GB)

Men Grand Master: Alex Aguera (USA)

New Zealand and Dominican Republic join IKA International Kiteboarding Association as national members

The latest members to the International Kiteboarding Association are the New Zealand Kite Racing Association and the Dominican Kite Association, representing membership in remote parts of the world. We welcome our new members and hope to see your sailors very soon on our events around the world.

The latest members to the International Kiteboarding Association are the New Zealand Kite Racing Association and the Dominican Kite Association, representing membership in remote parts of the world. We welcome our new members and hope to see your sailors very soon on our events around the world.  Next up in the pipeline are Egypt and Madagascar - the family of national kite associations is constantly growing and we expect to pass the 50 national member associations mark before the end of the year.

The latest members to the International Kiteboarding Association are the New Zealand Kite Racing Association and the Dominican Kite Association, representing membership in remote parts of the world. We welcome our new members and hope to see your sailors very soon on our events around the world. Next up in the pipeline are Egypt and Madagascar - the family of national kite associations is constantly growing and we expect to pass the 50 national member associations mark before the end of the year.

Next up in the pipeline are Egypt and Madagascar – the family of national kite associations is constantly growing and we expect to pass the 50 national member associations mark before the end of the year.

kiteboarding new Olympics classes RYA National Ranker Portland Harbour

The first weekend of the RYA Olympic Classes National Ranker took place over 22nd-23rd September at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and Giles Scott took a clean sweep of race wins.

kiteboarding new Olympics classes RYA  National Ranker Portland Harbour

kiteboarding new Olympics classes RYA National Ranker Portland Harbour

Racing got underway in a steady 12-14 knots with superb sunshine on Saturday with all classes managing four races except the Kiteboarding class – making its RYA National Ranker debut – who ran six on the opening day of the event.

But Sunday saw a different story with extremely strong winds gusting 40 knots preventing any further action at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue.

Giles Scott, who won the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta crown back in June, was dominant in the heavyweight Finn class, securing four race wins ahead of Skandia Team GBR teammate Mark Andrews who posted four seconds in the seven-man fleet.

Mike Wood and Hugh Brayshaw, fresh from their silver medal at the 470 Junior Europeans, came out on top to secure their first National Ranker win in the double-handed event, three race wins and a fifth easing them to a five-point margin over Amy Seabright and Eilidh McIntyre, who posted 4,4,2,4 to top the female fleet.

In the 49er event, the new pairing of Edd Clayson and Mark Asquith battled off strong competition from Skandia Team GBR squad sailors Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign and James Peters-Ed Fitzgerald as they posted 8,1,2,2 on the only day of racing to finish the weekend one point in front of their closest rivals, who occupy second and third respectively.

The weekend welcomed two of the new Olympics classes, which will make their event debuts at the 2016 Games in Rio.The new addition of men’s and women’s kiteboarding, which will replace windsurfing, welcomed 16 competitors who completed six races in Portland Harbour.

Tom Squires, along with many of the other competitors who have made the transition from the RS:X windsurfer, took three race wins in his first competitive kiteboarding event to top the table ahead of 15-year-old Oliver Bridge, the son of the four-time kiteboarding world champion, Steph Bridge, who took event honours in female fleet.

The Mackay FX, also referred to as the 49er FX, has been chosen as the women’s two-person skiff for 2016, and four crews did battle in a highly-competitive fleet with Frances Peters and Katrina Best (née Hughes) proving a successful transition into the new class as they topped the leaderboard ahead of Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth.

Barrie Edgington, Skandia Team GBR Development Squad Manager, said: ‘The weekend was very successful with some superb racing on the Saturday. The two new Olympic classes were very positive. There was a good blend of existing kiteboard racers and RSX squad sailors. Working with the BKSA ensured that the test event for the RYA had competent racers and assistance with some of the new challenges of running this dynamic new class.

‘The RS:X windsurfers who have learnt their new trade over the summer months did very well in the kiteboarding event with Tom eventually coming out on top in an exciting and close fought six races against the more experienced boarders including four-time world champion Steph Bridge, and her son, Oliver, who filled the top places.

‘The girls in the 49er FX raced amongst a very competitive 49er fleet and did very well to hold their own in what were some fantastic sailing conditions. The four boats had some great racing with Frances and Kat emerging as the leaders, showing they have transitioned well into the new Olympic class for 2016.’

Edgington concluded: ‘It’s great to see Mike and Hugh continue their form in the 470 following their silver at the Europeans, they are certainly a team to watch out for in the future. The new teams who have only recently moved across from the 420 into the 470 are also looking very confident with some very strong performances at their first event which great to see.’

Entries are being accepted online for the second weekend of the RYA Olympic Classes National Ranker at the RYA Racing Event Website. The Notice of Race for the series can also be found on the event website.

To avoid a late entry fee entries must be made by Monday 8 October.

The recently updated 2012 RYA Olympic Classes Handbook now includes information on the three new Olympic classes, plus regatta details for all Olympic and Paralympic Classes, grant eligibility for both squad and non-squad sailors, and squad selection criteria for Skandia Team GBR.

2012 RYA Olympic Classes National Ranker – WPNSA:

Finn

1st Giles Scott
2nd Mark Andrews
3rd Peter McCoy

470 M

1st Mike Wood/Hugh Brayshaw
2nd Craig Dibb/Matt Rainback
3rd Richard Mason/David Kohler

470 W

1st Amy Seabright/Eilidh McIntyre
2nd Joanna Freeman/Katie Tomsett
3rd Anna Burnett/Flora Stewart

49er

1st Edd Clayson/Mark Asquith
2nd Dylan Fletcher/Alain Sign
3rd James Peters/Ed Fitzgerald

49er FX

1st Frances Peters/Katrina Best
2nd Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth
3rd Mary Rook/Hannah Diamond

Kiteboarding M

1st Tom Squires
2nd Oliver Bridge
3rd Lee Pasty Harvey

Kiteboarding F

1st Steph Bridge
2nd Alice Shoulder
3rd Izzy Hamilton

Skandia Team GBR website

by Matt Carter

Naish Torch Premiering the new and improved 2013 kite

State-of-the-art C-kite for competition freestyle, power freeriding and unhooked waveriding.

Naish Torch Premiering the new and improved 2013 kite

Naish Torch Premiering the new and improved 2013 kite

The Torch flies quickly through the air and will depower easily with a quick check of the board edge. Power is delivered smoothly, with depower similar to a bridled kite by virtue of the kite’s ability to fly fast. Whether you are hooked in or unhooked, riding is effortless and precise. The position of the kite’s struts makes it stiffer in the air, for even more precise handling.

The Torch is equally at home winning heats on the world stage as it is ripping up your home beach.

“The Torch, I think, is the most legendary and successful C kite on the market. I always compare it to a sports car. It’s powerful, stable, and turns smooth. If you want power it will generate it and that is perfect for freestyle. The kite feels so natural to me. What we’ve done with the 2013 Torch is made the small sizes slightly slower and the big sizes slightly faster. My goal for this years kites was to make all sizes have close to the same turning speed and feel.” – Kevin Langeree

Sizes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14

 

Kiteboarding Rio Olympic New course racing equipment kites and kiteboard registration scheme

The discussions regarding the equipment for the Olympic Games is still ongoing, but one thing has become clear in the meantime – the registration system has to change.


Therefore, the current registration system for boards and kites for the course racing discipline will cease to apply on August 31st 2012 and replaced by a system with a yearly registration cut-off.

Kiteboarding Rio Olympic New course racing equipment kites and  kiteboard registration scheme

kite kiteboard cabrinha crosbow olympic board and kites race

This means, that any equipment where the registration process has been completed by August 31st 2012 will be eligible 60 days thereafter under the current registration system. From September 1st 2012, the following registration schedule will apply:

2013
Deadline for registration of new equipment: January 1st 2013. By this date, the registration process must be completed and proof of 25 boards built provided. Equipment is then eligible for racing from April 1st 2013 (this might slightly change due to ISAF requirements). Final details will be provided over the course of the next weeks.

2014
Deadline for registration of new equipment: March 1st 2013. By this date, the registration process must be completed and proof of 25 boards built provided. Equipment is then eligible for racing from September 1st 2014 (this might slightly change due to ISAF requirements).

Both class rules and registration system will undergo slight changes in terms of material limitation, required numbers of equipment built, and equipment used during an event (respectively the whole season). As this is all subject to ISAF negotiations, details will not be know before after the Olympic Games, and we will fully update you on this as soon as possible.