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2014 Formula Kite World Championships Day 2

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The Bridges strike back on day 2 of the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships before the Final Series starts tomorrow.

It was a tight battle today in the womens fleet with Steph Bridge (GBR, North) swapping first places with defending World Champion Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone). Heineken scored three bullets bringing her in 0.7 points striking distance to Bridge, sitting in first now with 12 points.

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Still sitting strong in third position is 17 year old Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf). Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) and Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone) complete the top 5.

In the mens fleet, 17 year old European Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) scored three bullets to sit in first place, tied in points with defending World Champion Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone). Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) is close on their heels only 4 points behind, and Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) who proved his lightwind skills today climbing up into 4th position and Blazej Ozog (POL, North) only a few points behind.

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Racing continues tomorrow with the final series for the men, when every competitor carries two times his position forward after the qualifying series. The real racing starts now when the top guys battle it out in the gold fleet.

The womens fleet continue their single opening series with another 4 races scheduled.

The forecast is lighter for the next two days, which gives the light wind specialists a chance to catch up after racing in stronger breeze for the past two days. The wind prediction for the medal series day on Saturday still looks strong, which means that the 2014 world titles are wide open.

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Overall standings after 8 races:

MEN:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 10 pts
2. Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) - 10 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 14 pts
4. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) - 19 pts
5. Blazej Ozog (POL, North) - 20 pts

WOMEN:
1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North) - 12 pts
2. Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) - 12.7 pts
3. Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) - 20 pts
4. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 25 pts
5. Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone) - 33 pts

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

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2014 Formula Kite World Championships Day 1

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Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) and Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) top the leaderboard at the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships at Burc Beach, Istanbul/Turkey. In the womens fleet it is a neck-on-neck battle between Steph Bridge (GBR, North), Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/ELF) and Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone).

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The first day of competition kicked off in challenging conditions with 18-20 knots of wind and heavy swell left over from yesterdays storm. The race committee set up a new 2/3rd's course with a longer first beat and two shorter laps to allow for tactical opportunities. A long reach to the finish line right in front of the beach with high speeds and spectacular crashed pleased both spectators and media representatives.

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Gruber and Leccese dominated their respective flights with three bullets each. 17 year old European Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR,North) gave Leccese a run for his money in the green flight, with several lead changes in every race and a solid 2-2-2-1 result in the end. Alejandro Climent (ESP, UC/Ozone) and Blazej Ozog (POL, North) both showed a consistend performance to complete the top five.

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The strong womens fleet saw a battle between Bridge, Kalinina and defending world champion Heineken with three different winners in four races, with Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) showing a consistant performance for fourth place and 16 year old runner-up Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) coming in fifth position.

Racing continues tomorrow with qualifying races for the two-flight mens fleet and the single openng series for the womens fleet. The forecast looks a bit lighter than todays tough conditions, with increasing winds towards the medal series races on saturday.

Overall standings after 4 races:

MEN:
1. Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) - 5 pts
1. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 5 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 7 pts
4. Alejandro Climent (ESP, UC/Ozone) - 11 pts
5. Blazej Ozog (POL, North) - 13 pts

WOMEN:
1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North) - 7 pts
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) - 10 pts
3. Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) - 10.7 pts
4. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 14 pts
5. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 26.7 pts

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

For more information, contact the International Kiteboarding Association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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KTA News:Roof of the World Regatta Tajikistan

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The KTA has joined forces with etc4CA who are the regatta organisers and founders of the Roof of the World Regatta who in collaboration with META (Murghab Eco-Tourism Association) aim to help boost tourism in the Eastern Pamir of Tajikistan and

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