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Kerneur Poised for a Double Victory

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His fellow competitors can't stop talking about the high tides, large surf and light winds, but back on the beach Julien Kerneur was all smiles. The French native finished first in each of the three races on the third day of the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships. "I'm good in the light wind," Kerneur said. Unlike many of the fellow competitors used to racing in winds of at least 12 kts, Kerneur says he is very comfortable with the lighter breezes that have been present throughout the competition. "I practice in these conditions, so it's familiar. Without the kelp on the course today is very clean racing. It's easy for me to look and take the speed."

Today's race course was mostly kelp-free, a welcome sight to the many athletes who have spent the past two days getting tangled in the patches of green. "Once you get out there, it's about as perfect as you can ask for," Leif Given said after competing in the day's two kitefoil races. Unfortunately for the kiteboarders, the breezes became patchy in the early afternoon and the Organizing Authority suspended all racing after the boards completed their first race of the day.

Those hoping to knock Kerneur out of his first place spots, which he currently holds in both kitefoils and kiteboards, will be crossing their fingers for stronger winds tomorrow. One of those hopefuls is British kiter Oliver Bridge, currently sitting in fourth for kitefoils and second for kiteboards. Bridge is no stranger to the top of the scoreboard, having recently won the 2014 Formula Kite European Championship in Poland.

After today's racing, competitors in both fleets became eligible to throw out their lowest scores. Winds permitting, the final day of racing is scheduled to begin Friday, October 10 at noon. Visitwww.sdyc.org/kiteboardnato see results, photos, updates and more. Tomorrow's racing will take place near the Hotel del Coronado, in front of Avenida de las Arenas.

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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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