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March has been a pretty massive one on the world scene for kiteboarding, marking a very solid start to 2015. Not least of course with the covers finally coming off the much debated and whispered about Virgin take-over of the PKRA.

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Dakhla, Morocco - A thrilling Finals Day of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships at the Prince Moulay el Hassan Kiteboarding World Cup Dakhla 2015 saw Liam Whaley (ES) and Karolina Winkowska (PL) claim the Freestyle victory at Dakhla Attitude in perfect conditions. The Big Air titles go to Kevin Langere (NL) and Gisela Pulido (ES) after winning their super finals. Already on Tuesday Keahi de Aboitiz and Jalou Langeree became winners of the wave discipline. Overall it has been a magical start into the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships season 2015.

Full wrap-up report  –  http://goo.gl/tYbdgO  Results – http://www.vkwc.com/rankings

Source: VKWC official website

It would seem then that the PKRA name will be fading over the coming year as the VKWC assumes full control. With its new competition formats, high prize purses and more mainstream media drive, the sport has high hopes for Branson and his crew to take it to the next level.

There has been much debate over the past months also on the racing side of the sport. Foils both air and water wise took the world racing scene by storm, splintering the top racers into two camps for a time. While  in some respects it has seemed unsettling, the powers that be and the racers are getting their heads around it all. So, rather than limiting things, kiteboardings drive into the future seems assured. 

With its IKA Class Championships from national to world level, along with its inclusion in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, the Formula Class continues to build its links with the sailing world and its future bid towards seeing kite racing back on the slate for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) continued to dominate the fleet with another three bullets, finishing off the event with a perfect score, winning all races but one. The second place overall was also taken by the hosting country, Alejandro Climent (ESP, ML/Elf) fought his way back to the podium after a problematic first day. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) completed the podium after a very consistent regatta, only 2 points shy of the second place.

An even more impressive perfomance was shown by 17 year old Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf), winning all ten races with a margin. The second place overall goes to Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) ahead of Jade OConner (IRL, TMV/Ozone) who made her first podium appearance on a major event.

“I am so excietd with my results here. I really didn’t expect to win all the races. The racing conditions were not easy but in the end we did 10 races. The venue today in Can Pastilla was much better for launching and for racing. I hope we will be there next year. It was great to be part of the Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR with all the other Olympic classes, it is a great start for our future and hope we will be included again in more regattas with the Olympic classes.”  said event winner Kalinina.

Full report & results – http://goo.gl/7NfNSy

Source: International Kiteboarding Association

The foil board racers in the meantime were also kicking off 2015 over in Mexico as the cutting edge of the sport shows it is already supported well enough to embark on its own world completion progroamme.

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Sailed in La Ventana, Baja California the five-day event (March 24-29) was comprised of a twoday
qualifying series and a three-day championship series. Twenty-two sailors qualified to be in
the championship group “Gold Fleet” and to compete for the overall event title. 

This fully developmental fleet is witnessing an intense flurry of equipment advancements. New
hydrofoils moreover new kites (sails) were debuted down here in Mexico at this tour kickoff
regatta. To that end, Playa Central Beach Club produced a “Foil Expo” in the two days prior to
the event. Hydrofoil manufacturers, kite builders, and board shapers were all invited to show off
their new products for 2015. As pro riders prepared for the regatta the new gear and sailors were
buzzing up and down the beach at speeds which seemed even faster than just a few months
earlier.

Full report & results – http://goo.gl/oI6GGL

 Source: International Kiteboarding Association

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