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2014 Formula Kite African Championships Day 3

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The African Kite Race Championship 2014 continued for its third day at 7Bft Kite House in Soma Bay. The day saw the possible come-back of Florian Gruber and offered some surprising twists, proving this championship is still any man's game.

Florian Gruber was determined to reclaim the course and grabbed first place in two of Day 3's races. Riccardo Leccese was not far behind, placing first in the third race of the day. Slowly sneaking up on Gruber and Leccese is emerging young talent Oliver Bridge, son of last year's defending champion Steph Bridge. Oliver Bridge landed in third by the end of Day 2 and surprised everyone by effortlessly winning the second race of Day 3.

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In the women's division, Elena Kalinina began to lag behind Steph Bridge who dominated the day, winning three out of four races. After some serious defeats by Kalinina earlier in the week, it seemed Bridge was about to accept her fate of placing second to Kalinina, but with still two race days left to go it is obvious she will not give up this championship without a fight.

Day 3 was risky from the start as Gruber had fallen ill and Leccese decided to make some unconventional choices with his kites, opting for an 8 meter kite which proves to be more challenging on lighter wind days. Still, both found themselves thriving in these unfavorable conditions.

Quote Florian Gruber / Germany: "The 3rd day of the African Championships had not started so well, I had a bit of an ear- and headache but as soon as I got myself on the water I was fine. I won twice, which gives me a push for tomorrow and I came third another 2 times. I know that I can be on top of the race and will put even more wood on the fire tomorrow."

Quote Riccardo Leccese / Italy: "In the third race, all my other competitors were on a 10 meter and I finished neck and neck with Florian. That means even if I'm underpowered I can keep the rhythm and I don't back off: I always push to the limit."

Midway through the race, it's clear there is still a lot of tough competition between these riders and the title. Adding another twist to the week's events is the introduction of the TwinTip:Racing challenges on Day 4.

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It was an eventful race day in Soma Bay and after really pushing to prove themselves on the course, the riders are happy to polish of the day with some rest and relaxation.

Quote Riccardo Leccese / Italy: "I'm looking forward to going back to The Breakers. A swim in the pool would be great and to sit around.

Overall Standings after Day 3:

MEN:
1. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) - 11 pts
2. Florian Gruber (GER, Ozone/UC) - 21 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North/North) - 33 pts
4. Alejandro Climent (ESP, Ozone/UC) - 39 pts
5. Blazej Ozog (POL, North/North) - 45 pts

WOMEN:
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Temavento) - 12 pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North/North) - 15.7 pts
3. Aga Grzymska (POL, Ozone/MikesLab) - 28 pts

Full results can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014FKAfricansResults.pdf

Photos from day 3 can be found here: http://bit.ly/1pFjqFw

Vision can be downloaded through Filezilla or an FTP site using the following information:

Host: ftp.fleetracingtour.com
Username: kiteafricans
Password: kite.africans2014
Folder: kite_africans_2014_day_3_raw_material


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2014 Formula Kite African Championships Day 2

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The African Kite Race Championship 2014 stayed true-to-form on the second race day at 7Bft Kite House in Soma Bay with more exciting competition between some of the world's top kite racers.

The winds were strong again and gave the kiters the chance to really show off their skills. Following the first day's races, indisputably dominated by Riccardo Leccese and Elena Kalinina, Florian Gruber and Steph Bridge, their top competitors, plotted their strategy for Day 2. Everyone's been watching their fellow kiters' strategies and today they came well prepared to match them.

Leccese came in first in every race on day 2, leaving him with a perfect score. While confident in his skill, he knows Gruber is serious about winning this championship and would not make it an easy race today. Florian Gruber is holding second place but is confident that with 3 days to go in Soma Bay he is still primed to reach his goal.

Riccardo Leccese / Italy: "Today was another amazing day for me. Usually your competitors always watch what you do so you have to compensate your strategy. Today I noticed they were playing my game and it was working. I've been training and I was committed to what I had to do today so I changed my game as well. It worked. Catching up from behind is really important for me and it builds my confidence."

Florian Gruber / Germany: "The first 2 days are over and I am currently on a solid second rank. This is super as it was my overall goal to occupy at least one of the first three places. Now we will see if I can attack Riccardo who is currently first, I am going into doing some fine-tuning and it will be a tough couple of days ahead for me."

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Likewise, Kalinina from Russia was pleased with today's results. After a successful morning, she briefly fell behind only to emerge victorious in the final race and is enjoying the rivalry with last year's defending champion, Steph Bridge, who does not deny that Kalinina is a tough and worthy competitor. Kalinina: "Today were good races for me. I have a great fight with another girl from England, Steph Bridge, and it was good because we were racing together."

Steph Bridge / UK: "For me I got 2 better results and 2 OK results against Elena the Russian girl who seems to be kicking my butt here in this event and I think we are fighting harder and its getting tougher."

This year's top riders are familiar with Soma Bay's kite conditions which provided them with an amazing race in 2013. It seems tomorrow will take an interesting turn as the winds will become lighter and the racers will have to change their strategy once again, a challenge they are looking forward to.

Kalinina: "The forecast says tomorrow and the day after tomorrow the winds will be lighter. I train a lot on such conditions so I hope it will be a good race for me."

Leccese: "When I left Egypt last year I said I had to come back to this amazing place because the conditions were epic. Last year there were some strong wind and some light wind days. I think that is very important for the competitors. I hope to run through all the conditions. I will prepare my formula to keep leading."

Results after Day 2:

MEN:
1. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) - 7 pts
2. Florian Gruber (GER, Ozone/UC) - 16 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North/North) - 29 pts
4. Blazej Ozog (POL, North/North) - 29 pts
5. Alejandro Climent (ESP, Ozone/UC) - 29 pts

WOMEN:
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Temavento) - 7 pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North/North) - 12.7 pts
3. Aga Grzymska (POL, Ozone/MikesLab) - 19 pts

Full results can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014FKAfricansResults.pdf

Photos from day 2 can be found here: http://bit.ly/UKtpA2

Vision can be downloaded through Filezilla or an FTP site using the following information:
Host: ftp.fleetracingtour.com
Username: kiteafricans
Password: kite.africans2014
Folder: kite_africans_2014_day_2_raw_material.mov


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