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2014 Formula Kite Asian Championships Day 5

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The ocean in front of the Qanat Quartier beach area was alive with colour yet again yesterday, as Kiters from around the world hit the waters to compete for the last day of the Asian Kite Racing championship.

Both men and women’s fleets were able to complete the full schedule of 12 races in the final days medal race series.

Winds were extremely light ranging from 6-8knots only, meaning riders had to be extremely technical with their riding skills.

Narapichit Pudla (THA, P1/Ozone) was crowned the Asian Champion after the 6 day event, with Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) sweeping the podium with 1st positions in the Men’s Open fleet, Under 21 fleet and Under 18 Fleet. The ladies event saw a close battle between Elina Kalinina (RUS, ELF/TMV) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North), with Elina clinching the first position of the ladies Fleet after the tie break.

The Championship ended with a closing ceremony at the Grand Hyatt hotel, with prizes presented by President of Qatar sailing & Rowing Federation, Mr Khalifa Al Suwaidi.


1) Oliver Bridge (GBR, North)                                                       13 points
2 Florian Trittel (SPA, ML/ Elf)                                                       17 points                           
3) Florian Gruber (GER, Ozone / TMV)                                           21 points                          
4) Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone)                                            30 points           

5) Mario Calbucci (ITA, TMV/Elf)                                                   31 points                                

1) Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf / TMV)                                                13 Points
2) Stephanie Bridge (GBR, North)                                                13 Points
3) Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone)                                       27 Points
4) Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone)                                                   36 Points
5) Jade O’Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone)                                              36 Points

ASIAN Champion:
1) Narapichit Pudla (Thai, Ozone)                                                58 points
2) Osama Shihab (Jorden, Ozone)                                              61 points
3) Channon Phrakaew (Thai, North)                                           150 points

Full results can be seen at  http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014AsiansResults.pdf

The Event Video Highlights can be found here:https://vimeo.com/ikaclass

Pictures can be downloaded from our Flickr Channel


2014 Formula Kite Asian Championships Day 4

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Spectators were able to enjoy a spectacular scene on the Qanat Quartier beach, The Pearl Qatar, yesterday afternoon. From 3pm, kites began to fly, transforming the sky into a rainbow of colours. With music flowing, beach games in action, and the addition of Kiteboard races, the scene was a splendid platform for sport activity.

Both men fleet racing and women fleet racing have completed the required 3 races each to qualify the event as an international championship, the first to be held in the Gulf region. Final races will continue tomorrow to close the championship.

Steph Bridge (GBR, North) maintained her lead of the women’s fleet , followed closely by Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) and Jade O’conner (IRL, TMV/ Ozone). For the Men’s, Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) took first place, with Florian Gruber (GER , Ozone / TMV) coming a close second and Florian Truttel (SPA, Moviestar / IFINS) took third place.

Racing continues tomorrow with the Medal Series for the top 10 men and top 10 women, if conditions allow, before the 2014 champions will be crowned at the evening ceremony in the Grand Hyatt Hotel.



1) Oliver Bridge (GBR, North)                                     4 Points

2) Florian Gruber (GER, Ozone / TMV)                         8 Points

3) Florian Trittel (SPA, ML/ Elf)                                  10 Points

4) Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone)                         12 Points

5) Mario Calbucci (ITA, TMV/Elf)                                 17 Points


1) Stephanie Bridge (GBR, North)                               5 Points

2) Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf / TMV)                                8 Points

3) Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone)                     16 Points

4) Jade O’Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone)                             18 Points

5) Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone)                                  18 Points

Full results can be seen at http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014AsiansResults.pdf

The Video Highlights of Day 4 can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154720442300478&set=vb.829800477&type=2&theater


2014 Formula Kite Asian Championships Day 1

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The first internatonal Kiteboarding Championship to be held in Qatar got off to a great start yesterday, thanks to the arrival of some afternoon winds.

Kiters spent the morning preparing their equipment no the beach of Qanat Quartier, The Pearl Qatar, whilst waiting for the wind to pick up to the minimum requirement of 6 knots. At 10 am the first race for the mens fleet went into sequence as scheduled, but the wind dropped down under the margin soon again and races where postponed. Just after 3 pm, the wind arrived back and the riders all set out to the race course.

The Race committee made the most of the varying conditions and got two races for the mens fleet and one race for the womens fleet in, before the sun set and further races where postponed to tomorrow.

Steph Bridge (GBR, North) held the lead and finished first womens fleet ahead of Jade O’Connor (IRL, TMV/Ozone) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf), while her son Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) took first place in both races held for the men’s fleet. In second position after two races sits Riccardo Leccese (ITA, MikesLab/Ozone) ahead of Mario Calbucci (ITA, TMV/Elf).

Racing continues until Saturday 15 November with the Medal series scheduled to take place.

The first start for tomorrow is scheduled for 10am if conditions permit, lasting until the sun sets at 4.45pm.


1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North)                 2 pts

2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone)       5 pts
3. Mario Calbucci (ITA, TMV/Elf)              8 pts
4. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Ozone)          13 pts
5. Alexander Bachev (BUL, UC/Ozone)   13 pts

1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)                 1 pt
2. Jade O’Connor (IRL, TMV/Ozone)        2 pts
3. Elena Kalinia (RUS, TMV/Elf)                3 pts
4. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone)   4 pts
5. Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone)               5 pts

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