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IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Italy Day Two

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Tricky Conditions With Gusty Cross-Offshore Winds Cut Short Racing

Riders faced a frustrating day on the beach when competition was halted after just three races at the KiteFoil GoldCup in increasingly flukey and unstable winds, only contest to resume in the early evening with another three races.

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But on day two of the championship — when the wind switched 180 degrees from the opening day and varied between 2kts and 15kts on the start line — Monaco’s Maxime Nocher again proved devastatingly quick, scoring a two bullets and a second in the “yellow” fleet’s three races.

In the day’s first race Nocher appeared to be in a good position on the second upwind leg of the one-and-a-half laps of the windward-leeward track, but was forced to tack again to round the final windward mark after apparently misjudging the lay line in the fickle breeze, allowing Simone Vannucci (ITA) to snatch victory after a strong race.


Yet Nocher’s dominance afforded him time to pull an aerial 360 at the top mark, “just for fun”, in his day’s final race keeping him top of the leaderboard. He will be seeded head of the 24 riders in the “gold” fleet for the final two days of the competition taking place off Hang Loose Beach, the second stop of four on the KiteFoil GoldCup world tour. The bottom-ranked 24 racers will compete in the “silver” fleet.


Nocher — riding his F-one foil kite and board, teamed with a Taaroa Sword2 hydrofoil sporting new high-aspect wings — has thrown down a marker for the other riders and shown his set-up to be fast in varying conditions.


In the alternate “blue” fleet made up of the field’s other half, Airush’s Julien Kerneur (FRA) riding a 15m Flysurfer Sonic foil kite and Sword2 hydrofoil, racked up two bullets and a second place to keep him hard on Nocher’s heels in the standings.


Kerneur traded first and second spots with Benni Boelli (GER), who reiterated the potency of the Flysurfer Sonic foil kite and Levitaz Aspect Bionic hydrofoil that earned him the third seeding for the final days’ “gold” fleet racing.

Britain’s Olly Bridge, who had struggled for pace on day one with his Elf foil kite and Sword2 hydrofoil, also scored two third places after switching to a Levitaz hydrofoil being used to dramatic effect by others.


“The conditions are pretty tough, much harder than yesterday,” said Bridge. “The gusts are everywhere on the course and shifting. But this foil is much better. It goes upwind much better and is more stable.”


Adrian Geislinger (AUT) also employed his 15m Flysurfer kite and Levitaz foil sporting the unexpectedly successful rear winglet to score a third, second and fourth in the “yellow” fleet.


Geislinger was clearly thrilled with his improved showing in the testing conditions that left him in fifth place overall and left him poised to contest a podium spot.


“Tactics were really important today,” he said. “You always have to look very carefully for the gusts and lulls. The conditions were really difficult. Every 10 minutes, or so, you’d get stronger winds. Normally it was 10kts, but then it would hit 20kts. The left side of the course was better, with big lulls on the outside.”


Still, the Flysurfer kite and Levitaz foil with its “awesome” rear wing have given him a big fillip, dramatically improving his performances from the first stop of the kitefoil tour at La Ventana  in Mexico, where he could place no better than the middle of the fleet.

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 8 QUALIFYING RACES

1. Maxime Nocher (MON) - 8 points
2. Julien Kerneur (FRA) - 11 points
3. Benni Boelli (GER) - 17 points
4. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 19 points
5. Adrian Geislinger (AUT) - 24 points

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

Video Day 1: https://youtu.be/3CHsRMBY4CAVideo Day 2: https://youtu.be/gDgWOoJGH_k

Flickr Channel: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95313618@N08/sets/72157655259143600

For more information contact:
media contact: Ian MacKinnon
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web: 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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KTA News:IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Kicks Off in Italy

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World’s Leading Kite Foiler’s Limber Up Ahead of Opening Ceremony

Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria, Italy—Many of the globe’s leading kite hydrofoil riders tested out the warm waters of the Mediterranean, warming up ahead

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IKA KiteFoil GoldCup Italy Day One

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Near Flawless Performance Gives Nocher Edge in Thrilling Kite Foil Championship Opener

IMG 5583Reigning Formula kite world champion Maxime Nocher demonstrated his devastating turn of speed in the kite hydrofoil class, scoring four bullets in five races that cemented his place at the top of the leaderboard on the first day of competition.

The Monaco rider competing in the "yellow" fleet made up of half the 48 racers — the other designated the "blue" fleet — might even have made a clean sweep of five had he not crashed on a downwind leg to the finish line and concede the win to Axel Mazella (FRA), who also had a good opening day at the KiteFoil GoldCup Italy.

Fellow countryman Julien Kerneur (FRA) made hay in the "blue" fleet scoring several bullets that kept him in strong contention in second spot overall when the fleets are re-arranged for day two of the event's qualifying series being being hosted off Hang Loose Beach, Gizerria, south-west Italy.

But one of the bigger surprises on a day of intense, fast-pace racing that saw the riders scythe through the blue Mediterranean at jaw-dropping speeds, was the success of Benni Boelli (GER), who ended in third position overall.

His 15m Flysurfer foil kite, in combination with a Levitaz hydrofoil with radical rear winglet and narrower ASV board, offered him blistering speed that saw him steal third place in the day's final race despite an ill-judged pin-end start gamble that failed and put him almost at the back of the 24-strong pack.

But in the two laps of the windward-leeward track, which the winners typically completed in about 10 minutes in the breeze that built from a 9kts average to 12kts under clear skies, Boelli was able to blaze a path back into contention.

"This 15m Flysurfer kite is the one I'm used to riding at home, so I feel very comfortable with it," said Boelli. "Not long ago we found a good set up with the Levitaz foil. The front wing is normal, but the rear wing is experimental and the fuselage is longer. It's working very well."

The sheer speed of the Flysurfer kites and Levitaz foils combination prompted Simone Vannucci (ITA), no slouch himself ending eighth overall, to joke that the Levitaz foils should be banned, an impossibility as the class remains "open".

"I tried these Levitaz foils and they're very fast," said Vannucci, owner of ASV Performance and also a Flysurfer team-rider. "These foils should be protested on the grounds of technical advantage."

Yet even the Flysurfer-Levitaz riders will have to contend with Nocher's pace on his F-one foil kite, board and Taaroa Sword2 hydrofoil with new G10 wings that ensured he stayed well ahead of a classy field that included the likes of Olly Bridge (GBR) and Peter Mueller (GER), who ended fifth overall riding Flysurfer and Levitaz.

On the third day of the four-day championship the fleets will be seeded into the top "gold"and bottom "silver" fleets to compete for the podium positions. With the seven women mixed in among the men, qualification for the "gold" fleet will be a tough ask for them.

But Alexi Fancelli (FRA), riding a Taaroa Sword2 hydrofoil, managed a good showing just stealing a march on reigning Formula kite world champion Steph Bridge (GBR). Both were able outstrip many of the men finishing about half-way down their respective fleets.

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OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 5 RACES

1. Maxime Nocher (MON) - 4 points
2. Julien Kerneur (FRA9) - 7 points
3. Benni Boelli (GER) - 8 points
4. Axel Mazella (FRA) - 8 points
5. Peter Mueller (GER) - 11 points

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

Daily Video: https://youtu.be/3CHsRMBY4CA

Flickr Channel: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95313618@N08/sets/72157655259143600

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: 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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