Day one of the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup – the largest and most well attended PKRA tour stop of the year - saw offshore winds ranging from 6-14 knots that persisted throughout most of the day. Although the winds were contestable at
Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) have won the 2014 Formula Kite World Titles.
On the final day of competition in Burc Beach, Istanbul/Turkey, 4 medal races were run in both mens and womens fleets, in perfect conditions and winds averaging 12-15 knots.
Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) was on fire today after yesterdays equipmen upset, winning all 4 medal races and earning himself the bronze medal in this years world championships, while Nocher had a commanding 14 point lead after the opening series and played it safe, staying out of trouble and finishing 5-3-5-7 to stay 3 points ahead of Silver Medallist Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) who barely defended a 1 point lead over Bridge with a 3-2-2-2 score today.
In the womens fleet, Bridge won 3 out of 4 medal races, and extended her 3 point lead after the opening series. Last years world champion Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) dropped her kite in race 3 and couldnt finish the race, and with that 11 points on the scoreboard dropped down to third place. 17 year old Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) scored a solid 3-3-2-2 getting her up into second place.
Three more Gold Fleet races were run after the conclusion of the medal races, with Florian Trittel (ESP, UC/Ozone) claiming first place on a 2-1-1 score, Maks Zakowski (POL, UC/Ozone) coming second, and Torrin Bright (NZL, UC/Ozone) in third.
Prizes were awarded in front of thousands of spectators in the evening, before an impressive beach party finished off this years world championships.
1. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) - 34 pts
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 37 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 38 pts
4. Blazej Ozog (POL, North) - 52 pts
5. Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) - 57.8 pts
1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North) - 21 pts
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) - 29 pts
3. Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) - 37.7 pts
4. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 50 pts
5. Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone) - 59 pts
Full results can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014FKWorldsResults.pdf