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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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Inconsistent breeze leaves most Kiteboarders beached

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If competitors didn't already know that the AP flag signaled postponement, its lack of movement on the flagpole would have been a good indicator. Racing was scheduled to start at noon, but winds were too light to reach the minimum speeds that the competitors would need to keep their kites in the air until around 2:00 PM. With winds finally shifting between five and seven kts, the Organizing Authority decided that the hydrofoil class should take to the water first. Hydrofoil Kiteboards need an average of at least 6 kts, while kite boarders need at least eight kts. Although those speeds are considered the bare minimums for both classes, many of the competitors have little to no experience competing in such light winds.



Just in case the entry list featuring some of the top names in the sport wasn't competitive enough, weather and racing conditions gave the regatta an entirely new challenge. After making it past some relatively high breaking waves, the foil fleet was ready to begin the first race of the day. Sixteen racers began the first race, but only seven were able to cross the finish line. Racers were facing challenges from all directions, with light winds above and patches of kelp below.

"That kelp was just deadly," said foiler Ariel Poler when he came into the shore. "The wind was so light, but the kelp was the trickiest part."

Half of the foil board fleet came back to shore after the first race, while the remaining eight stayed out on the water for what would be the second and final race of the day. Everyone who started the second race was able to finish, giving their scores a large boost.

Oliver Bridge's decision to stay for the second race paid off well with a first place finish. Even after not completing the first race, Bridge's end of day position was fifth. Home water advantage proved to be true, with San Diegans Nico Landauer and Bryan Lake who competed in both races and finished in first and second place overall.

The previously light breeze quickly died after the second race, and at 3:45 PM the Organizing Authority decided to postpone all further races until Wednesday. The kiteboard class has yet to race.


Competitors and spectators alike are hoping that Wednesday will bring bigger breeze and more favorable racing conditions. Results will be updated at www.sdyc.org/results14/kiteboardna_res.htm and depending on weather, Wednesday's racing is tentatively scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM.

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Kiteboard North American Championships are headed to Coronado

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The winds and waves of Southern California are about to be taken over by a fleet of world class competitors. From October 6 – 10, the San Diego Yacht Club will bring together the best that the sport has to offer as they serve as host for the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championship.



The competition will feature both Formula Kiteboard and Hydrofoil Kiteboard sailors, and will be held under specified conditions laid down by both the International Kiteboarding Class Association and ISAF. A total of 21 competitors will compete this week, with 14 competitors in the Kitefoil class and 14 competitors in the Kiteboard class. Cameron Biehl, Oliver Bridge, Julien Kerneur, Nico Landauer, Nick Levi, Ty Reed and Denis Taradin are the seven ambitious competitors who have set to accomplish the grueling task of competing in both classes.

One of those seven is veteran kiteboarder Ty Reed, who says that these types of competitions are what his sport waits for every year. "Competing in any continental championship is always special," Reed said. "I was in the top ten in San Francisco at this event last year and I will be looking to improve in my home waters."

Don't be fooled by the North American name, this year's competition has brought in athletes from all over the world. Six different countries will be represented in this year's four-day competition. Last year's North American champ Johnny Heineken is not competing and the rest of the 2013 scoreboard leaders are ready to make a play for the coveted top spot.



One of those 2013 scoreboard leaders to keep an eye on is San Diego local Bryan Lake, who placed second at the end of last year's competition. This year has brought in a new winning streak for Lake, who has so far in 2014 snagged first place finishes in both the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup and the Surf Worldcup competition in Podersdorf. Adam Kock is the other returning competitor from last year's top five.

Racing will take place over four days and the famous Hotel del Coronado will serve as the backdrop for this year's competition, as the competitors will spend the week on Coronado Beach at regatta headquarters. Practice racing on the ocean will be held on Monday, Oct 6, following Registration and the Opening Ceremony on the lawn at SDYC. Racing is scheduled to take place Tuesday through Friday, with the first races of the day tentatively scheduled for 1:00 PM.



To see the complete list of competitors, view race results and stay up-to-date with the competition, visit our website at www.sdyc.org/kiteboardna. For media inquiries, interviews, questions or additional information, please use the contact information listed below.

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