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Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby Toby » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:20 pm

IKA News:

Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash


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A clique of reigning and former kite racing world champions are lined up ready to fight it out with a clutch of young pretenders on the flat waters of Oman’s dramatic coastline as they vie for the prized 2017 Formula Kite crowns.

The impressive roster of the world’s fastest kitefoil racers represents the showdown of the year in what will surely be breathtakingly tight contests on the Gulf of Oman’s crystal clear waters off Muscat’s Al Mouj Beach.

The much-anticipated head-to-head battles will see reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Champion, Monaco’s Maxime Nocher, attempt to see off title challenges from France’s Nico Parlier, the “open” Kitefoil Class world title holder, and his countryman Axel Mazella, the KiteFoil GoldCup World Series victor.

In the women’s division—raced separately from the men over the six days of competition—reigning IKA Formula Kite world title holder, the US’s Daniela Moroz, still just 16, is trying to keep her nerve and ignore the expectation heaped on her.

With 58 competitors—six of them women—from 22 countries and six continents, the hotly-contested title fight hosted by Oman Sail, with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, will provoke intriguing battles on warm waters bathed by consistent sea breezes.

Oman Sail has already staged a host of the sport’s most prestigious events, including the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Extreme Sailing Series and the Laser World Championships.

The addition of the IKA Formula Kite Worlds to that line up chimes with its vision to project the Sultanate’s profile on the global stage. A colourful opening ceremony that welcomed the athletes, gave voice to that vision.

The Formula Kite Worlds, run over five days’ racing, is a “closed” event that restricts riders to four registered series production kites and one production hydrofoil. It is the same format that will be deployed if kiting is successful in its bid to become a “showcase event” at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The impending decision partly explains why such a strong field has turned out for the kite racing calendar’s climactic event.

Just over a year after she stunned the kite racing scene when she scooped the Formula Kite crown in China aged just 15, Daniela Moroz, is trying to balance the pressures that come with being the title holder.

“I’m really excited to do another world championship, but it’s a lot of pressure,” she said. “People have expectations of me now, so it’s a bit stressful. But I’m trying to relax, listen to my gut, and tune it all out. The competition’s got a lot hotter.”

Last year’s runner-up, former world champion Elena Kalinina of Russia, will inevitably be a strong contender, but the French duo of Alexia Fancelli and Anaïs Mai Desjardins have been training hard with the men on their Enata team.

Desjardins, also 16, is excited about the chance to take part in her second world championship, especially since she has joined Team Enata that has given her access to more-competitive equipment.

“I love this equipment and it’s not like last year at all,” she said. “Now the stuff is not the problem. I can’t blame my equipment any more. If there’s a problem, it’s me.”

Maxime Nocher, returning after a four-month hiatus from kiting, is eager to add to his three successive Formula Kite world crowns but fears it will be a tough ask in the face of such stiff competition that also includes former title holders Johnny Heineken, of the US, and Germany’s Florian Gruber.

“I haven’t been in the water for more than a month, so we will see,” said Nocher. “I’m here for the fun. Of course I’m keen to retain my title, but I’m realistic about it.”

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Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby cglazier » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:02 am

Racing is from Nov 19 to 24
Some info is at formulakite.com

This is going to be a great event... actually the biggest race event of the year. 😉

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Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby cglazier » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:19 pm

After the first day of racing Oly Bridge, Guy Bridge, and Nico Parlier are leading the pack. There are three fleets.
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Postby davesails7 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:25 pm

Why did they seperate them out into such small fleets? 1 or 2 fleets seems like should have been fine with 45-50 competitors

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Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby Slyde » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:16 am

Equipment list looks interesting. Almost all riders on ML or Enata. Just a few Levitas now. 6 months ago it looked a bit different. Its pretty cut throat for the manufacturers trying to get this market. Fortunes can rise and fall in less than a year. I wonder how much of the performance difference is real and how much psychological. What would happen if you put Parlier and Mazella on a new Sword or similar? Would they still dominate? I wonder when the development curve will settle and we'll see foils that are all similar in performance but some a little better in the light, some in the heavy, some for lightweights, some for heavyweights....
There's certainly some excellent second hand racefoils on the market now. They make great freeride kit.

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Postby StillLovinIt » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:55 am

Does anybody have a list with the actual kite and hydrofoil these riders are using? It's not always obvious, for example Enata could be the kite and/or the hydrofoil.
Below is a first attempt. Feel free to re-post an updated screenshot and the CSV file content.
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CSV file content:

Name,Kite,Hydrofoil,Sponsors
Oliver Bridge,Flysurfer,Levitaz,"Flysurfer, Volvo cars, Fat face, Ion"
Nicolas Parlier,Ozone,Mike's Lab,Ozone Kites Lynch Associates Investors Europe Black Dog Julbo MLfoils&boards
Axel Mazella,Enata ???,Enata ???,"Enata, Volkswagen utilitaire, L'aventure, V8 equipment, Seagale, JEEWIN"
Guy Bridge,Flysurfer,Levitaz,"flysurfer, volvo, cat rugged phones, fatface"
Theo Lhostis,Enata ???,Enata ???,Enata/ Air tahiti nui /Jeewin /Optimumkite
Titouan Galea,F-One ???,F-One ???,Fone/Manera
Julien Kerneur,,,"AIRUSH, PROLIIMIT , JEEWIN"
Theo De Ramecourt,Flysurfer,,FLYSURFER / JEEWIN / SKSHAPES
Riley Gibbs,F-One ???,F-One ???,STFYC F-ONE MANERA
Maxime Nocher,,,OREZZA / FXM / YCM / MN2
Florian Gruber,Flysurfer,Levitaz,"Flysurfer, Levitaz, Livity, NP Neilpryde, Linestofly"
Martin Dolenc (U18) U21),Flysurfer,Levitaz,"Flysurfer, Levitaz, Rip Curl Croatia"
Alexander Bachev,,,"Livity - Live Raw Bars, Runawave wetsuits"
Jean De Falbaire,,,ANAHITA mauritius ; MTPA
Denis Taradin,,,
Toni Vodisek (U18) U21),Ozone,,"MOK KOPER, OZONE, LEVITAZ, GROOVE BOARDS, ERGO,"
Johnny Heineken,Ozone,Mike's Lab,"Ozone, Mike's Lab, StFYC, Hobie Polarized"
Sam Bullock,Ozone,,OzoneAxis
Nico Landauer (M),Peter Lynn,,Peter Lynn / Livity / Sperry / BU Boards /
Alejandro Climent Hernandez,Ozone,,"FlyingSardine, Livity Ozone, drfish_co, FVCV, foneproshopcenter"

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Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby Slyde » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:23 am

I saw it the other day but can’t find it now. As I said almost all ML and Enata foils, one Banga (Nocher), one KFA, one Spotz, just a few Levitaz, can’t remember if there were any Swords, one Moses. But my memory may be a little inaccurate. Seems Levitaz has lost its popularity real quick.

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Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby FrederikS » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:29 am

Oliver Bridge is on ML, so is Titouan, Gibbs, Ramecourt. Kerneur is on Enata foil. Based on the pictures from the event.

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Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby SparD » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:10 am

Here you go :
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Re: Worlds Top Kitefoil Racers Ready for Battle in Years Biggest Clash

Postby masterred » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:29 am

Rank Lycra Nr. Name Nat. Sponsors CT QS QS FS1 FS2 Total Nett
1 55 Nicolas Parlier FRA Ozone Kites Lynch Associates Investors Europe Black Dog Julbo MLfoils&boards 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 7.0 7.0
2 50 Oliver Bridge (U21) GBR Flysurfer, Volvo cars, Fat face, Ion 1.0 1.0 4.0 3.0 9.0 9.0
3 77 Axel Mazella (U21) FRA Enata, Volkswagen utilitaire, L'aventure, V8 equipment, Seagale, JEEWIN 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 10.0 10.0
4 45 Julien Kerneur FRA AIRUSH, PROLIIMIT , JEEWIN 7.0 7.0 6.0 7.0 27.0 27.0
5 64 Guy Bridge (U21) GBR flysurfer, volvo, cat rugged phones, fatface 4.0 4.0 17.0 4.0 29.0 29.0
6 80 Theo Lhostis (U21) FRA Enata/ Air tahiti nui /Jeewin /Optimumkite 5.0 5.0 8.0 16.0 34.0 34.0
7 3 Titouan Galea (U21) FRA Fone/Manera 6.0 6.0 13.0 9.0 34.0 34.0
8 63 Riley Gibbs USA STFYC F-ONE MANERA 9.0 9.0 2.0 19.0 DNC 39.0 39.0
9 66 Florian Gruber GER Flysurfer, Levitaz, Livity, NP Neilpryde, Linestofly 11.0 11.0 9.0 10.0 41.0 41.0
10 17 Toni Vodisek (U18) U21) SLO MOK KOPER, OZONE, LEVITAZ, GROOVE BOARDS, ERGO, 16.0 16.0 5.0 6.0 43.0 43.0
11 65 Denis Taradin RUS 15.0 15.0 10.0 5.0 45.0 45.0
12 44 Th�o De Ramecourt (U21) FRA FLYSURFER / JEEWIN / SKSHAPES 8.0 8.0 16.0 14.0 46.0 46.0
13 43 Alexander Bachev (U21) BUL Livity - Live Raw Bars, Runawave wetsuits 13.0 13.0 11.0 11.0 48.0 48.0
14 4 Johnny Heineken USA Ozone, Mike's Lab, StFYC, Hobie Polarized + 17.0 17.0 7.0 8.0 49.0 49.0
15 69 Martin Dolenc (U18) U21) CRO Flysurfer, Levitaz, Rip Curl Croatia 12.0 12.0 12.0 15.0 51.0 51.0
16 2 Maxime Nocher MON OREZZA / FXM / YCM / MN2 + 10.0 10.0 15.0 19.0 DNC 54.0 54.0
17 42 Jean De Falbaire (U21) MRI ANAHITA mauritius ; MTPA 14.0 14.0 14.0 13.0 55.0 55.0
18 62 Sam Bullock NZL OzoneAxis

this is correct from Oman, Levitaz is out from top ten apart from Florian Gruber.
Olly Bridge is on ML...
Guy Bridge is on Enata
Nocher is On Banga
More atlehet is on Enata and ML...
I think all athletes want to win and try and then use the best materials in the race. If they have abandoned Levitaz is because ML is simply better !


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