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Competition update - KiteFoil GoldCup events and dates

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2016 is going to be an exciting year for kiteracing, and especially for the high performance KiteFoil class.

A new event has just been added to the calendar - on the famous Burc Beach in Turkey riders will compete for 15000 USD prize money and 100 points for the 2016 KiteFoil World Championships.

The event starts on the 8th of August (registration day). Late registration on the morning of the 9th will be arranged for confirmed entries that are travelling from the Hydrofoil Pro Tour event in San Francisco.

On the last day (13th of August), the final race of the event will be a long distance race down the Bosphorus, finishing in downtown Istanbul.

The 2016 KiteFoil GoldCup is the World Championship of the IKA KiteFoil class. The GoldCup kicks of with the first Act in Gizzeria, Italy, from 13. to 17. of July, and after the Turkey leg moves on to Korea in October (tbc) and the final in Qatar from 15. to 19. November, where 20000 EUR prize money and the world champion titles will be awarded.

There is also the possibility for another high prize money event in Spain later this season.

Registration for Gizzeria and Turkey is open at http://internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/course-racing/events/upcoming-events/kitefoil-events

The updated Notice of Race can be found here: http://kitefoilgoldcup.com/index.php/rules

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Essaouira postponed to avoid date clash with the Tarifa Strapless Pro

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As previously announced, the World Kite League is planning a wave event in Essaouira. After the inital planning for the beginning of July, it turned out that the event would overlap with the dates of the Strapless Freestyle Pro event in Tarifa.

We want to enable all riders to take part in all the events, and therefore postpone the Essaouira event until later in the year, most likely September. Stay tuned !

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Nocher and Kalinina claim first European Championship Titles on foiling Kiteboards

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Medal races conclude the 2016 IKA KiteRacing European Championships - for a first time on foiling kiteboards in both the regulated Formula Kite class and the open development KiteFoil class.

Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) stayed flawless in the 4 race medal series on the final day of the competition at Poetto Beach, Cagliari.

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With only the top 10 riders in the platinum fleet, the race committee of the Yacht Club Cagliari around Race Director Andy Curnow set up a 6 minute two lap course, providing new challenges to the fleet. With a spacious start line, tactics at the start played an important role.

Nocher went into the medal races with an comfortable lead, and took not any risk to allow any upsets.

The battle was expected between second ranked Olly Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) and Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) who was leading the event after the qualifying series. Only three points apart, and 40 points up for grabs throughout the four races, this was the highly anticipated match race.

However, the young Briton playedit self as well, winning 2 races and scoring another 2 and 6, while Leccese lost ground in every race and finished never better than 5th.

And from the back, orginially with 15 points behind expected to be the safe 4th place, Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) showed a consistant performance and it all came down to the final race where Leccese only had to stay within 4 places of Trittel.

But Trittel scored a third place while Leccese lost ground in every manouvre, having him finishing in 8th, tied in points with the young spanish rider. The tie was broken through the better results in the medal series, and Trittel found himself with a surprising podium finish - a nice present at the day before his birthday.

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On the womens side of things, Kalinina never got in trouble, finishing a flawless event with another four bullets. For the Russian female champion this comes as a confirmation considering that she also won the 2014 and 2015 titles.

Large crowds witnessed exciting close racing thoughout the whole week in champagne sailing conditions, leaving a smile on the face of competitors and officials alike. A complete schedule with a total of 52 races in make the 2016 an event to remember for everyone, and raised the bar to a high level for the upcoming competitions of the season.

The event came to an end with the prizegiving on the beach, and the crowning of the 2016 European Champions.

U 18
1. Toni Vodisek (SLO)
2. Martin Dolenc (CRO)
3. Tomasz Glazik (POL)

U 21
1. Olly Bridge (GBR)
2. Toni Vodisek (SLO)
3. Martin Dolenc (CRO)

MASTER
1. Marvin Baumeister (GER)
2. Ivan Doronin (RUS)
3. James Johnsen (DEN)

GRANDMASTER
1. Enrico Tonon (ITA)
2. Dario Piras (ITA)
3. Marco Calbucci (ITA)

KITEFOIL WOMEN OVERALL
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
2. Steph Bridge (GBR)
3. Gina Hewson (AUS)

FORMULA KITE WOMEN OVERALL
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
2. Steph Bridge (GBR)
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL)

FORMULA KITE & KITEFOIL MEN OVERALL
1. Maxime Nocher (MON)
2. Olly Bridge (GBR)
3. Florian Trittel (ESP)

Full results: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2016FKEuropeansResults.pdf

Event Pictures:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154979146904062.1073741841.288650139061 

Hi resolution pictures are available on request

Event Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/IKAClass

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