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KTA News:IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup – Finals

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Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria—Monegasque Maxime Nocher sealed his victory in the KiteFoil GoldCup in Italy with a virtually unrivaled demonstration of speed, power and flawless technique that left the chasing pack peering at his back in the distance

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IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Italy Day Four

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Nocher Clinches Kite Foil Championship in Italy with Imperious Display

Monegasque Maxime Nocher sealed his victory in the KiteFoil GoldCup in Italy with a virtually unrivalled demonstration of speed, power and flawless technique that left the chasing pack peering at his back in the distance for much of the competition.

11709570 10206857837626159 6036327339089572632 n (1)The reigning Formula kite world champion's sheer pace and extreme angles sailed upwind and downwind ensured he snatched four bullets from the top "gold" fleet's five races on the final day of four at the engrossing contest in southern Italy.

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Nocher was so dominant, especially in "gold" fleet's racing in the perfect 9kts to 12kts of thermal Mediterranean breeze, that he had an unassailable lead with two races still to play out on the windward-leeward track just off a packed Hang Loose Beach.

Almost immediately Nocher turned his attentions to the next round of the four-stop KiteFoil GoldCup world tour in San Francisco at the end of the month, where he knows the competition will be even tougher with Nico Parlier (FRA) and Johnny Heineken (USA) both slated to race.

"Right now I'm really pleased with the win here," said Nocher, as he came ashore after the last race. "I'm looking forward to San Francisco. If I can win again there I'll win the whole GoldCup. I think Nico Parlier will be there and the Americans, so it'll be tough. But that's good."

The KiteFoil GoldCup's latest stop — following the first in La Ventana, Mexico — also offered up some new equipment twists in the lightly-regulated "open" class. In Nocher's hands the Taaroa Sword2 with new wings proved as quick as ever, while his F-one Diablo foil kite showed itself as formidable as the relatively recent Flysurfer Sonic FR. But Levitaz's new Aspect Bionic hydrofoil also emerged as a force to be reckoned with.

Despite Nocher's emphatic win through his display of unmatched consistency, the young French rider Axel Mazella — who took the second podium spot — and compatriot Julien Kerneur gave him a run for his money, both snapping at his heels and on occasion overhauling him in the nip-and-tuck battles on the smooth waters.

Mazella, 17, riding a Taaroa Sword2 with developmental wings and an Elf Joker foil kite, realised he had his work cut out for him because of Nocher's speed around the course. In the last race he got a slice of luck when Nocher caught a plastic bag in the water and had to jump to clear it, but then the same misfortune befell him later in the race.

"Maxime [Nocher] is just very, very fast," said Mazella, who also took the Under 21 title. "I might be a bit quicker, but he is fast with better angles.

Kerneur, riding a 15m Paraavis GVX foil kite and a Taaroa Sword2 hydrofoil, went one better than his fellow countryman grabbing a bullet in a split-second photo-finish at the expense of Nocher in the day's third race.

Mazella also lost out to Kerneur in the fourth race of the day when he crashed during a thrilling drag race to the finish line, slipping two places in the process.

The "gold" fleet's two-lap course, typically completed by the winners in 12 minutes and 30 seconds, saw a number of riders start on a port tack to take advantage of the lift near the beach on the right side of the track.

But the tactic ensured most had to give way to the starboard riders and duck beneath the pack, many of whom tacked at the first possible opportunity to gain the same right-hand side advantage.

Benni Boelli (GER), riding a Flysurfer Sonic FR kite and Levitaz Aspect Bionic hydrofoil, used the right side of the course well often showing the same blistering pace as the top riders. His performances on the third day, the first of "gold" fleet racing, helped earn him a fourth place in the overall standings.

In the alternate "silver" fleet, also made up of 24 riders, North Kiteboarding rider Steph Bridge (GBR) came top for the women with a series of solid third places on the final day, just outpointing Airush's Alexia Fancelli (FRA), who was the second woman and fifth overall in the fleet and Russia's Elena Kalinina third and seventh respectively.

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Maxime Nocher (MON) - 9 points
2. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 23 points
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA) - 29 points
4. Benni Boelli (GER) - 47 points
5. Riccardo Leccese (ITA)) - 50 points

Full Results: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2015KFGCItalyResults.pdf

Flickr: GoldCup Italy Album

Video Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CHsRMBY4CA
Video Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDgWOoJGH_k
Video Day 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otlvfns-x2M
Video Day 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFTwVggB2Zo

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About IKA

The IKA was formed to give an international platform to the skills and talents of competition kiteboarders throughout the world. Since 2008, the IKA has been developing competition formats and rules as a class association within the International Sailing Federation, with the ambition of securing kitesurfing an Olympics berth.

Besides potential Olympic kite racing format, several professional tours are sanctioned by the IKA, from freestyle through wave riding to the experimental "open" hydrofoil discipline. Additional programs of the IKA include cooperation with KB4Girls, focused on empowering women through the sport of kiteboarding, the Kite Board Tour (KTA) Race centers which are offering training and coaching opportunities to sailors in south-east Asia, and the KTA Kite Kids' program which is offering training and participation programs to children in emerging countries.

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IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Italy Day Three

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Tight High-Octane Racing in Ideal Conditions Throws Up Enthralling Battles

Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria—The contest for the top spots on day three of the KiteFoil GoldCup saw intriguing tactical battles on the water, with the leading riders trading places in the top fleet's five races.

But Monaco's Maxime Nocher emerged on top despite a crash near the windward mark on his last race of the day in the "gold" fleet that put him down the order and an earlier disqualification — reversed on appeal — for being over the line early.

IMG 6272The dramas for the young rider masked a near perfect day with four bullets in the stiffening thermal breeze that steadily increased from 9kts to 15kts, forcing race officials to lengthen the windward-leeward track and riders to put up their smaller 11m and 12m foil kites.

Axel Mazella (FRA), riding the same Taaroa Sword2 hydrofoil as Nocher, scored a bullet and a couple of seconds to keep him in close touch on the leaderboard going into the final day of the championship being staged off southern Italy's Hang Loose Beach, the second of the four-stop kitefoil gold cup tour.

Fellow countryman Julien Kerneur started the day strongly with a trio of consecutive third places, but faltered slightly as the exhilarating competition intensified, the breeze picked up and riders figured how best to use the shifts on the right side of the course near the beach.

In the "gold" fleet's fourth race of the day, completed in just under 11 minutes even after the course was extended, Nocher both demonstrated his fluency and vulnerability. The young monegasque on his 12m F-one Diablo foil kite was overhauled by Peter Mueller (GER) riding a Flysurfer Sonic FR foil and Levitaz Aspect Bionic hydrofoil on both upwind legs of the two-lap course, only to see handsome leads reversed in the drag race downwind.

"I was fast upwind, first to the mark both times," said Mueller. "But Nocher is quick downwind. I also decided to sit back a little and not go too deep. There was a large gap to third place, so I wanted to protect the second spot and not risk losing many places with a crash."

Flysurfer-Levitaz team-mate Benni Boelli (GER), who finished the day fourth in the standings, threw down the gauntlet to the other riders in the day's first two races, snatching two seconds, but slipped from reckoning a little in the closing duels.

The young Briton Olly Bridge, clawing his way into contention on a borrowed Levitaz hydrofoil after starting the day seeded 11 following the qualifying series, finished the day in seventh spot overall after securing a couple of hard-fought fourths.

Bridge opted to start on a port tack in several races in order to gain the advantage of the lift near the beach on the track's right side. The tactic meant he was only able to cross the line after most of the "gold" fleet had passed on starboard tack.

But it was effective enough that he was able to lead by the upwind mark, though both Mazella and Nocher were able to reassert their advantage with shrewd tactics of their own in the steady breeze under clear skies.

"I tacked too late because Maxime Nocher was covering me," said a slightly disconsolate Bridge. "Then Axel Mazella was below me. But the port start was good and I should have won from that position."

Mazella, 17, riding his Elf Joker kites, concedes he is a little slower on upwind legs than the likes of Kerneur and Boelli on their Flysurfer kites, but knows he will be in his element on the downwind stretches.

"I know I have just that bit better speed downwind," said Mazella. "I may not have the [radical] angles of Nocher and Kerneur, but I have the speed."

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER ONE CARRY-FORWARD SCORE AND 5 FINAL SERIES RACES

1. Maxime Nocher (MON) - 5 points
2. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 12 points
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA) - 19 points
4. Benni Boelli (GER) - 20 points
5. Riccardo Leccese (ITA)) - 24 points

Full Results: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2015KFGCItalyResults.pdf

Flickr: GoldCup Italy Album

For more information contact:

media contact: Ian MacKinnon
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
web: www.internationalkiteboarding.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/ika.events
Instagram: @hangloosebeach
liveblog: kitenews.fr

About IKA

The IKA was formed to give an international platform to the skills and talents of competition kiteboarders throughout the world. Since 2008, the IKA has been developing competition formats and rules as a class association within the International Sailing Federation, with the ambition of securing kitesurfing an Olympics berth.

Besides potential Olympic kite racing format, several professional tours are sanctioned by the IKA, from freestyle through wave riding to the experimental "open" hydrofoil discipline. Additional programs of the IKA include cooperation with KB4Girls, focused on empowering women through the sport of kiteboarding, the Kite Board Tour (KTA) Race centers which are offering training and coaching opportunities to sailors in south-east Asia, and the KTA Kite Kids' program which is offering training and participation programs to children in emerging countries.

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