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Bridge and Kerneur Dominate the Scoreboards

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It may have been called the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships, but it was the Europeans who reigned during this regatta. French competitor Julien Kerneur and British competitor Oliver Bridge kept their names at the top of the scoreboards consistently despite the inconsistent racing conditions throughout the week. Bridge took first overall in the kiteboard class while Kerneur took home the top spot for kitefoils, finishing eleven points in front of second-place finisher Nico Landauer. Demonstrating their versatile athleticism, both also gained podium finishes in the remaining fleet. Kerneur finished second in kiteboards and Bridge took third in the kitefoil class.

Bridge, who won each of the races in the kiteboard fleet said that today was the perfect end to a regatta. “It was great to win all four races in the formula class,” Bridge said. “It was good to end winning, it was good to end an event like that.” The winner of the kiteboard class is only 17 years old and has no intention of slowing down. Next month, he will be competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final held in Abu Dhabi.

Kerneur, one of the most well-rounded competitors in the sport, had one of the cleanest campaigns possible. He raced a nearly perfect regatta, with eight first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. Both second place finishes were thrown out as his two lowest scores, leaving him with a total of eight points for the entire regatta.

Winds finally picked up on the last day of racing, with lulls seeing speeds of 8 kts and highs of 11 kts. With stronger winds, the true test of the course came from the tricky placement of the kelp, and clever navigation ended up paying off more than just racing fast. “There was so much kelp near the top mark,” said veteran racer Bryan Lake. “Once I saw people were struggling in the water, I went up and all the way around. It ended up saving me a lot of time, that’s how I got third,” Lake said of Race 8.

Also with two podium finishes is local San Diegan Nico Landauer, who ended the regatta in third for kiteboards and second for the kitefoil class.

The occasionally light winds and heavy patches of kelp, the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championship ended up requiring a lot of smart racing in place of simply fast racing. The technical maneuvering around both the race marks and obstacles in the water was a great display of what competitive athletes kiteboarders and kitefoilers truly are.

To see the full results, individual race scores, pictures and aerial footage, visit www.sdyc.org/kiteboardna.

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Kerneur Poised for a Double Victory

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His fellow competitors can't stop talking about the high tides, large surf and light winds, but back on the beach Julien Kerneur was all smiles. The French native finished first in each of the three races on the third day of the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships. "I'm good in the light wind," Kerneur said. Unlike many of the fellow competitors used to racing in winds of at least 12 kts, Kerneur says he is very comfortable with the lighter breezes that have been present throughout the competition. "I practice in these conditions, so it's familiar. Without the kelp on the course today is very clean racing. It's easy for me to look and take the speed."

Today's race course was mostly kelp-free, a welcome sight to the many athletes who have spent the past two days getting tangled in the patches of green. "Once you get out there, it's about as perfect as you can ask for," Leif Given said after competing in the day's two kitefoil races. Unfortunately for the kiteboarders, the breezes became patchy in the early afternoon and the Organizing Authority suspended all racing after the boards completed their first race of the day.

Those hoping to knock Kerneur out of his first place spots, which he currently holds in both kitefoils and kiteboards, will be crossing their fingers for stronger winds tomorrow. One of those hopefuls is British kiter Oliver Bridge, currently sitting in fourth for kitefoils and second for kiteboards. Bridge is no stranger to the top of the scoreboard, having recently won the 2014 Formula Kite European Championship in Poland.

After today's racing, competitors in both fleets became eligible to throw out their lowest scores. Winds permitting, the final day of racing is scheduled to begin Friday, October 10 at noon. Visitwww.sdyc.org/kiteboardnato see results, photos, updates and more. Tomorrow's racing will take place near the Hotel del Coronado, in front of Avenida de las Arenas.

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Winds pick up speed and competition

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Consistent breezes allowed for the completion of seven races on the second day of the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships. With winds averaging about eight to nine kts, the Kiteboard class was finally able to get out on the water and onto the race course. During the day, the Kiteboard class finished a total of four races, while the Kitefoil class completed three more races for a total of five overall.

Though the winds may have improved, competitors found that most of the challenge was coming from underwater. A contestant in both fleets, Nico Landauer explains that although the kelp and weeds in the water were tough for Kitefoilers, it was far more brutal for Kiteboarders. "You are lower down so it just gets tangled up in your legs," Landauer said of the board fleet. In fact, navigating around  the kelp turned out to not only be a challenge, but became a prominent factor in who ended up as the scoreboard leaders. "The key is to stay in pressure, but clear of kelp. Whoever did that won the race," Landauer said.

It would appear that ambition pays off, with the three pack leaders that have emerged after the second day of racing each competing in both fleets. Currently sitting in first place for the Kitefoil class and second place for the Kiteboard class is French kiter Julien Kerneur. Only one point separates Kerneur from Oliver Bridge, the current leader of the Kiteboard class and forth place position in the Kitefoil class. The third scoreboard leader is Nico Landauer, currently sitting in third place for Kiteboards and second place for Kitefoils. Rounding out the top three positions for the Kitefoil class is Bryan Lake.

With four races completed in each fleet, the competition is officially considered a regatta according to the racing rules. The Kitefoil class became eligible for a throw out score at the completion of the fifth race, and the Kiteboard class needs one more completed race to toss their worst score.

Results will be updated atwww.sdyc.org/kiteboardnaand depending on weather, Thursday's racing is tentatively scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM. Interested spectators will be able to watch the competition from Coronado Beach. The racing will take place in the ocean, right in front of Avenida de las Arenas.

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