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Bridge and Kalinina crowned 2014 Formula Kite European Champions

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The final day of the 2014 Formula Kite European Championship was meant for medal races of the top ten competitors from men's and women's fleet, but the wind was too weak to run any races all day long. In the afternoon the official closing of the Championship took place.

Despite the wind speed that was varying between 1 and 5 knots, the day was anything but boring to the spectators at the beach. There was a wakeboarding contest, in which some of the competitors took part. Others packed their equipment and tried to catch the last sun rays. At 5 pm all officials, organisers and competitors gathered in front of DUNE apartment building to celebrate the 2014 European Champions.

Magdalena Węgielnik opened the ceremony by thanking everyone for the great event and summarizing it shortly in her speech. After that, Olga Roszak-Pezała, representative of Mielno community, said a few words, followed by Markus Schwendtner, the CEO of the International Kiteboarding Association. They both expressed their contentment with the Championship and congratulated all the competitors and organisers.

Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) was crowned European Champion in three categories: men under 18, men under 21 and men open. The Vice-Champion's title in the open category went to Florian Trittel (ESP, TMV/Ozone). The last competitor to stand on the podium was Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone).

The women's division was won by Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf). Agnieszka Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone), is the Women's Vice-Champion after the competition in Mielno and Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone) finished third.

Final Results:

UNDER 18
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North)
2. Alexander Bachev (BUL, UC/Ozone)
3. Martin Dolenc (CRO, UC/Ozone)


UNDER 21
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North)
2. Florian Trittel (ESP, UC/Ozone)
3. Maks Zakowski (POL, UC/Ozone)

MASTERS
1. Tomek Janiak (POL, RRD)
2. Viktoras Seputa (LTU, North)
3. Erwin Gruber (GER, TMV/Ozone)

OVERALL WOMEN
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf)
2. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone)
3. Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone)

OVERALL MEN
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North)
2. Florian Trittel (ESP, UC/Ozone)
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone)

Full results:   http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2014FKEuropeansResults.pdf

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Formula Kite European Championships Day 4

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The fourth day of the competiton was dedicated to the last races of the men's fleets gold and silver and the women's fleet, before the medal races on Sunday. After waiting the whole day the Race Committee managed to get racing underway in marginal breeze, with 3 races for the gold fleet and one race each for silver and women completed.

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Oliver Bridge (GBR/North) defending his top podium spot with a 1-5-1 score. Back in second place now is Florian Trittel (ESP, UC/Ozone) while yesterdays second ranked Alejandro Climent (TMV/Ozone) dropped his kite in the first race right in front of the finish line and couldnt finish, dropping him down to 8th position. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) defended rank 3 with only 2 points ahead of fourth ranked Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) who had a strong performance with a 2-1-4 score in the light winds.

Over in the womens fleet, Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) is still in top position but had to take her first defeat in this championship with Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) having the bullet of the day. Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone) is sitting in third position, but except forKalinina the competition is still fully on.

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Although the most important part of the day began in the afternoon, many spectators spent the whole morning at the beach in front of the DUNE apartment building. We also had some special guests on the beach - people with disabilities that took part in the „You and me" integration programme. They were supposed to take their first kitesurfing lesson with a small kite, yet the wind was too weak for that.

Maks Żakowski, defending Polish Champion in Kiteracing, is content with the course of the day: „Today the wind came at around 4 pm, as forecasted, so we had been waiting from the morning and we had some good races afterwards. I got a sixth place twice and a tenth once, which let me keep my seventh place in the ranking".

Andy Curnow, the race officer at the Championship, explains his decision to move the course: „We started off quite close to the shore with the first race, but the wind died below the acceptable level, so we went out, about 3 km to the sea, where we had 6-8 knots and had four more quality races".

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Overall Standings after day 4:

MEN:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 9 pts
2. Florian Trittel (ESP, TMV/Ozone) - 22 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 27 pts
4. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 29 pts
5. Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) - 33 pts

WOMEN:
1. Elena Kalinia (RUS, UC/Elf) - 6 pts
2. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 11 pts
3. Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 16 pts
4. Jade O'Connor (IRL, TMV/Ozone) - 18 pts
5. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 18 pts

Full results: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2014FKEuropeansResults.pdf

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