The African Kite Championship 2014 returns to Egypt the Red Sea at 7Bft Kite House in Soma Bay. Champions from around the world, top-ranked sailors, and emerging young talent have travelled to Egypt to compete for the 20,000 Euro prize money given out by the Egyptian Sailing and Water Ski Federation and Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports join in the thrilling challenge to hunt down the German world champion Florian Gruber in his efforts to defend his title in 2014.
As first in the world, Gruber's competitors are keen to take his ranking and know they must bring their best skills to Egypt to do so. Most notably is Italies Riccardo Leccese who placed fourth in last year's championship.
African Kite Racing Championships Day 1 Summary:
The first day of the African Kite Championship 2014 kicked off with an exciting start at 7Bft Kite House in Soma Bay. In the men's division, German world champion Florian Gruber faced off with his toughest competitor Riccardo Leccese. For the women's division, the UK's Steph Bridge, last year's contenting champion, raced to defend her title against Russia's emerging talent Elena Kalinina.
Leccese and Kalinina, who both came in 4th in last year's African Kite Championship in Soma Bay, have made stunning comebacks on their first day of racing. Leccese dominated the first day placing first in all 4 rounds, followed closely by Gruber placing second. Likewise, Kalinina grabbed first place throughout the day with Steph Bridge close on her tail.
Quote Florian Gruber / Germany: "Today, we finished the first race day and I am currently runner-up, not far away from Ricardo. It is possible to beat him. The next few days will be a tight race for the title."
Quote Riccardo Leccese / Italy: "With the champ, Florian 'the flow', I have a good relation outside the water but in the water we are warriors. If you are a fish you have to have a shark in your tank, otherwise you sleep. Florian is my shark and I am his, we are always battling for the first position. I like that healthy rivalry. I have been training a lot, I am really committed to do well this year, I won 4 rounds today and I am fully prepared."
Steph Bridge / United Kingdom: "Today I did not have such a great day but hopefully tomorrow I will find some new speed and some news feeling in my head to continue to perform like last year."
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The African Formula Kite Championships returns for the second consecutive year in Egypt. From 23rd till 28th of June Soma Bay will see epic races of the best riders around the world bringing 5 days full of action and top level competition in fleet racing while an additional event for the TwinTip: Racing Class will be held from 27th till 28th of June. The excellent conditions of the spot offering flat-water, perfect off-shore and side-shore winds guarantees a thrilling challenge where all the riders will try their best as they will compete for the 20,000 Euros prize money. At the same time the riders will aim for a good place in the world ranking in order to qualify for the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships.
The Championship is organized by the Egypt Sailing and Waterski Federation under the authority of International Kiteboarding Association, the Formula Kite Class and the TwinTip: Racing in co-operation with the International Sailing Federation.
The event includes the following disciplines, divisions and grades:
• Fleet Racing Men
• Fleet Racing Women
• Fleet Racing U18 Men and Women (born 1997 or later)
• Fleet Racing U21 Men and Women (born 1994 or later)
• Fleet Racing Master Men and Women (born 1978 or before)
• Fleet Racing Grand Master Men and Women (born 1968 or before)