Scoring Clinic for Young Kiteboarders in Costa Brava

Source: WKT

WKT Youth Cup 2016
Photo: Santi Font & Noe Font

Day five of the Youth Cup in Costa Brava saw an immediate start to the action directly after the Scoring Clinic. With the conditions for the day looking good, the riders prepared themselves around 12 to be immediately immersed in the day’s events, and to continue with the boys U17, boys U15 and Women’s Double Eliminations.

We were graced with the best day of wind of this summer so far according to locals. The young shredders weren’t short of tricks to display and the day offered spectators the best day of action of the Youth Cup 2016.

Today riders who lost in the single had the chance to battle out for the world champion crown in each category. They’ve been training hard all year round for this moment and the action performed today was top notch as expected.

In the girls U17 the local rider Nina Font (ESP) rode amazingly well today fighting back to back to the final where she met and defeated Claudia León (ESP). This led to a girls Super Final to solve the draw. This time Claudia answered with full force and had her best heat of the competition regaining her throne as junior world tour champion 2016.

The Brazilian Mikaili Sol won the U15 division. She was literally unstoppable demonstrating that she is the girl to beat and is ready to put the big girls in trouble.

The men U17 division displayed an amazing level, this kids are definitely ready to play with the big boys. We started with semifinals between Maxime Chabloz (SUI) and the Frenchman Nino Liboni. It was a really tight heat with such technical tricks like Slim, Crow mobe or Backside 313. The consistency of Chabloz assured him a place in the final.

On the other side we had the Philipine star Christian Tio against the Frenchman Romain Giuliano. We were expecting an amazing performance from Tio, but it wasn´t his day, just a few tricks and lots of crashes. Meanwhile Giuliano kept landing tricks and went directly to the final getting Tio to dispute 3rd and 4th place in the B-Final.

The final show U15 delivered an amazing performance by the young talents. Undefeated Chabloz (Sui) landed amazing tricks; Slim5, Heart Attack, Back mobe, Front to blind and backside 313. At the same time The Frenchman Giuliano displayed a sick repertoire of tricks; Heart Attack, Hintemberger FS3, Slim, Back to blind and Backside 313. The final result was really tight but Maxime Chabloz pulled it off in the end.

Right after the girls double elimination we changed to the boys U17 double elimination were we enjoyed top level riding. The man of the day was Francesco Contini (ITA), who managed to climb from the bottom of the ladder defeating several riders and meeting the South African talent Jason Van der Spuy.

We hope for a good forecast tomorrow, let’s see if we can finish Double elimination of Boys U15 and U17. The Prize giving ceremony is scheduled at 17:00 where we will crown the champions of the Youth Cup 2016.

Results from the WKT Youth Cup 2016

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World’s Fastest Ready for KiteFoil GoldCup

Source: IKA

The keenly-awaited first act of the KiteFoil GoldCup kicks off in just two weeks with the planet’s leading racers honing their skills and tuning equipment in preparation for what is sure to be an utterly engrossing contest.

With southern Italy’s rolling Calabrian hills framing the blue Mediterranean race track, the riders from all corners of the globe will line-up on the warm, flat waters off Gizzeria’s party-fuelled Hang Loose Beach.

The venue — with its reliable summer thermal winds that regularly hit 15kts to 18kts — is fast becoming a favourite for the racers, many of whom are returning to do battle again following last year’s exhilarating International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) GoldCup tour stop.

The Monegasque rider Maxime Nocher, who proved peerless over four days of hard-fought racing last July and went on to triumph in the KiteFoil GoldCup series, will again be on the starting line.

But since the Formula kite class has now essentially been transformed into a hydrofoil discipline, most of the highly-accomplished racers who had previously focused on course boards have switched their attention solely to foils.

None more so than Britain’s Olly Bridge, 18, who demonstrated his ability to learn fast at the first stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour in La Ventana, Mexico, and the kitefoil European Championships in Sardinia, where he snatched the second podium spot, growing quicker and more consistent as the event progressed.

Only Nocher on his F-one Diablo foil kites and Taaroa Sword2 hydrofoil outpointed the British teenager riding for Northkiteboarding, but using a Levitaz Aspect Bionic hydrofoil and Elf foils kites.

Spain’s Florian Trittel will also be a force to be reckoned with on his KFA hydrofoil and Elf Joker kites after his increasingly-assured performances as the Europeans reached their thrilling climax, earning him the third podium spot.

With World Sailing’s decision not to bar a number of riders who participated in prohibited IFKO events, the stage is now set for leading French racers Axel Mazella and Julien Kerneur — who placed second and third last year — to enter the fray. Compatriot Nico Parlier, injured last year, is also eligible.

Yet the wild-card could still be Riccardo Leccese, the veteran Italian-Colombian racer. On his Ozone R1V2 foil kites and MikesLab hydrofoil he dedicated himself to foil racing last year and placed fifth overall in the GoldCup Italy stop and fourth in this year’s Europeans after a blistering start where he racked up numerous bullets.

For the women the battle is bound to be tight in the warm breezes of southern Italy in July. Multiple Formula world champion Britain’s Steph Bridge has the pedigree and clinched the Italy GoldCup win last year, trumping Russia’s Elena Kalinina.

But the reigning Formula world champion Kalinina, just 18, repaid the compliment at the recent kitefoil Europeans, besting her old foe to grab the top podium spot. Bridge admitted she has yet to fine tune her riding in the new foiling environment if she is not to see her teenage rival disappear into the distance.

For riders and spectators who will pack the weekend beach for the Sunday showdown finale of the opening IKA GoldCup stop, it will inevitably be an enthralling encounter.



World Kite Tour Youth Cup Action Continues

Source: KWT

Photo: Santi Font & Noe Font

Amazing performances from all riders on the second day of competition of the World Kite Tour (WKT) Youth Cup 2016. Today it was the boys turn. Lars De Groof (U17) from Belgium showed us amazing skills landing five sick tricks from different categories; backside 313, 313, Heart Attack, Slim and Back to Blind, this kid is knocking at the senior’s Tour door.

In the U15 category Frenchman Oscar Pirreneau, advanced to the quarter finals, Oscar is doing great, landing tricks like a Double S-bend to Blind and Heart Attack. With this kind of progression, Oscar will be playing with the big boys next year. Pure talent for a rider that has only been kiting a couple of years!

The other Frenchie Théo Fermon had to fight hard to beat the Spaniard Joan Mir. The heat was really tight against Joan, who surprised everyone with his improved technique and skills this year.

“I am really happy, I enjoyed every second of my heat, and the conditions were great I feel really confortable at this spot. Joan did great too but he crashed many times and I could take advantage while he was re-launching the kite, landing a good 313 at the end of the heat. Now I have to focus on the next round which is against the Austrian Max Samhaber”, explained Théo Fermont.

We had the pleasure to have a few words from local Costa Brava rider  and Senior Pro Rider Rita Arnaus. “I love this spot, this is where I learned to kite and I always pass by to support my friends and team mates. I competed in this event a few years ago and I always had fun and learned a lot. I really recommend young riders to come and enjoy the experience.
You meet people from all over the world and the campground at La Ballena Alegre is great, it has everything you need and there is always a good vibe”, Arnaus said.

Around 4:30 p.m. (GMT+2) competition was called off due to dropping wind. The kids continued to play at the beach and slowly started to pack their equipment to rest for the next day of competition.

As for U17 category, tomorrow we’ll have what should be a very interesting heat featuring the Italian Francesco Contini and the Frenchman Nino Liboni, these two shredders are surprising everyone with their sick moves.

Tomorrow, a clinic will be held in English and the next days in Spanish and French. The WKT Crew will give a talk to the new generation of kiteboarders about the importance of their image as professional athletes and the opportunities that athletes can have after their competitive career. They will also discuss about the importance of physical training in addition to kiteboarding in order to prevent injuries. The meeting will take place at 9:30a.m.

The forecast looks good for the afternoon with south winds on the 14 to 18 knots. If that happens we will have some action of girls and boys U17.



Intense day at Kiteboarding European Championship

Source: Icarus Sailing Media

Image: Icarus Sailing Media

It has been a very intense competition day, with nine rounds for the entire Fleet. Tomorrow in the medal series, the top 10 men will race in the platinum fleet, then the remaining gold fleet, and the silver fleet including the medal races for the women.  Each fleet will race 4 non-discardable single counting races that will add to their current final series score.

The defending world champion Nocher took back the lead of the fleet, by remarkably scoring four 1st places out of four, behind him the battle was on fire! Today, in addition to his main rivals, Riccardo Andrea Leccese and Oliver Bridge, there was the pressing Florian Trittel Paul and amongst others the young Croatian Martin Dolenc, age class 2000, Under 18 world champion and rising star of the fleet; the Slovenian Toni Vodisek, who realised an authentic climb up to the center of the top ten and the Polish Blazej Ozog.

Poland is the only nation who deploys two athletes, Blazej Ozog and Maks Zakowski, in a Medal Fleet which represents the entire Europe: from the Principality of Monaco (Nocher) to Great Britain (Bridge), Italy (Leccese), Spain (Trittel), Croatia (Dolenc), Slovenia (Vodisek, another Under 18 athlete in the final), Germany (Gruber) and Austria (Geislinger).

The Under 21 Russian Elena Kalinina is projected towards the women’s title. Since Monday she has firmly taken the lead, leaving to the British Steph Bridge, the new role of chaser but leaving open for tomorrow a splendid duel for the title.
Although several places seem to be settled already, with 40 points on the line for the medal series and no discards, any mistake can costs places or the podium.

Overall standings after 10 Final Series races (two carry forward scores, two discards)

1. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) – 14 pts
2. Oliver Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) – 23 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) – 26 pts
4. Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) – 41 pts
5. Toni Vodisek  (SLO, Elf/Levitaz) – 65 pts

1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) – 10.5 pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, F-One/Levitaz) – 173 pts
3. Jade O’Connor (IRL, Elf/Banga) – 29 pts
4. Emile Mazeikaite (LTU, Flysurfer) – 41 pts
Full results:

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Format Changes for Foiling Kiteboards at SWC

Source: IKA

Kiteboarding action. Image Credit: Marini Orsini

With the class rules for the Formula Kite class changed to allow registered production hydrofoils, IKA has agreed with World Sailing and the SWC Weymouth & Portland Organizing Authority to change the format to fleetracing with three single counting medal races on the final day.

Registration for kiteboarders remains open and riders are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Get in touch via to register.

For the full World Sailing Press Release click here.

Mondial Du Vent, one of the longest running Kiteboarding events

Source: World Kite League

The first day of the Mondial Du Vent saw a total of 60 riders from 19 different countries gathered for the opening ceremony in celebration of competing in one of the worlds longest running Kiteboarding events. Mondial Du Vent is literally the “festival of the wind”, every year promoting Kiteboarding as it’s main event, front and center.

Even though there was little chance for wind today the tension between the athletes was high. With a return to competition for Liam Whaley and rumors circulating about Adeuri Corniel (Ariel Corniels younger brother) riding at a very high level, it’s clear that this competition will be exciting for both the spectators and top seeded men alike.

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On the Women’s side of the draw there was a noticeable absence of Karolina Winkowska (last events winner), which surprised a few riders, there was however the addition of a few riders not present at the last event. Dioneia Vieira, Francesca Bagnoli, Mika Sol are three such Women and they will no doubt push hard to fill the gap left by Winkowska and give the already top seeded women something to fight for. Mika Sol from Brazil is competing in her very first championship event, with a strong presence in recent Junior events it will be interesting to see what this rising star can do.

Tomorrows forecast looks enticing with a chance of wind from early on the riders will have a skippers meeting at nine o’clock sharp. We wish all the riders the best for this event, good luck and safe riding to all!

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Jesse Richman joins Ride Engine Line Up

Source: Ride Engine

Few fits in the kiteboarding industry could be more appropriate and well-suited than Jesse Richman joining the ranks of Ride Engine.

As an innovative new brand, Ride Engine is focused on challenging the status quo and setting ourselves apart from the standards set by the industry. Jesse has been doing the same thing over his decade-long career as a professional athlete, and nothing could resonate with us more.

Few have dominated the sport of kiteboarding like Jesse. In a world where specializing has become the norm, he has made an exceptional career out of doing the contrary. From winning King of the Air and multiple KPWT world titles to death-defying stunts, globetrotting expeditions and big-wave pioneering at Jaws, Jesse is a true legend who simply cannot be confined, categorized or labeled.

Ride Engine is ecstatic to have Jesse aboard our team of elite pro riders. His experience, expertise and passion for our great sport will be truly invaluable as we forge ahead in developing our game-changing hard-shell harnesses, limestone-based wetsuits, travel bags and other watersports accessories.

Jesse sat down with Ride Engine to answer a few questions about the brand, our innovative products and what he hopes to contribute to the team:

RE: “Problem Solved” is a running theme we have at Ride Engine. From your perspective, what problems did you have with other harnesses and how does the Armor harness solve them?

Jesse: There are two specific problems that my Ride Engine harness has totally solved.

First: My kite setup for Jaws. It’s extremely difficult to be comfortable with a kite harness and flotation vest (which I find really nice to have when riding big waves). The Ride engine harness fits really well with my setup because of how low-profile it is. It also gives me more freedom, with the sliding rope. So now I can lean into my turns way more because I have more freedom to move around.

Second: Holding my kite down in super strong wind. When I want to do a big air session, I aim to find the line between too much power (where I get ripped off my edge) and not enough power (when I want more power to jump higher). If I find that perfect place in the middle, then I get close to my maxim jump height for the day. My Ride Engine harness gives me so much support that I can actually pull back on my kite with more leverage then before. So now I can actually hold down more power with my Ride Engine harness and, in turn, have more power to jump higher.

RE: Ride Engine is a grassroots brand started in a garage by a surf/kite bum and his friends. What is it about the brand story and what it has become today that appeals to you?

Jesse: From the beginning, Ride Engine has been driven by innovation and performance. The kite harness has been well-established for a long time now and there are many companies out there making good products. To make something the same as everyone else is doing doesn’t really do anything for a brand or the sport. However, if you make something that is so much better, different, path-changing and radical, it will get noticed by the world. Just as it has for Ride Engine- started in a garage and onto the big stage now, with more fuel in the tank and more resources at its disposal.

It’s the open-minded thinking and need to make something better than anyone else in the world that I really connect with … never settle, and enough is never enough!

Ride Engine has come a long way, but we are still at the beginning with many years of innovation ahead of us!

RE: You’ve really stepped up your big-wave game over the last few years. How does the Armor Harness and the sliding rope spreader bar effect your performance in the surf?

Jesse: It’s pretty wild how different the armor harnesses are. There is a lot that I notice in feel and performance. The low-profile is key- more freedom to move as I please with a more dispersed support load. It’s cool: The harness is smaller but it feels like it covers more area on my back.

The sliding rope was interesting at first. I took a few sessions to adapt, but after I got it dialed in it has been crazy. Now I have so much more flexibility and maneuverability. All of this gives me more to work with on a wave. How the bow kite massively effected kite wave riding, the Ride Engine harnesses are doing similar. Now, in all wave conditions, I use this harness and it helps with each scenario, from Jaws to double over head side shore waves to onshore chop, I feel more confident riding a waves then I ever have because I’m so much less restricted.

RE: With the fixed hook spreader bar, how does the Armor Harness effect your freestyle game? What features of the harness benefit a rider of your amplitude and intensity?

Jesse: When I started kiting, I used a seat harness. It was easier on my back and worked well, but when I started getting into more advanced freestyle I had to switch. We need to be able to move into a wide variety of positions and anything we wear can get in the way. So a seat harness doesn’t work for that.

This is where the low-profile Ride Engine harness comes into play for freestyle. They don’t get in the way at all; low profile means it feels like it’s almost not there when your upside down unhooked passing the bar. Nothing to snag on and nothing to slow your rotation down. Support is also massively improved. In strong winds, I have sessions where I can hardly hold an edge. I need to be able to pull back away from the kite to hold my kite down. The solid frame support gives me more leverage on my kite so I can actually hold down more power and send it even higher.

RE: With a small brand like Ride Engine, you’ll have the opportunity for a lot of direct input on innovation of our harnesses, wetsuits, bags and other products. Is that something you’re looking forward to, and why?

Jesse: Kiteboarding is my passion. It’s where I feel at home, it’s what comes natural to me and it’s what I’m driven to do and to push my limits with. One thing that gives me a lot of satisfaction in kiting is sharing it with friends and awesome people. Seeing the stoke that everyone gets from this sport is amazing. So, being a part of the innovative Ride Engine team and giving input into design is so cool for me.

I ride a lot and I ride hard; there are a lot of things that I notice with the gear that I ride. Nothing is perfect, everything can be improved and with an open mind everything will be. I’m totally looking forward to working with the radical team at Ride Engine to make awesome products that stoke riders out, keep them safe, help them improve and enjoy their sport with more comfort than ever before. Together we’re going to push ourselves, and our great sport, to the next level of fun.

When Ship Gets Real – Kiting Recon Mission (Watch)


Drop the Naish crew on a remote island for a kiting recon mission during the windiest weekend of the year and what’s caught on film is nothing short of shear anarchy.

Jesse Richman, Karlie Thoma, Christian Barcellos and Alden Simmer will have you gritting your teeth as they boost in the shallow waters of Lana’i while dodging razor sharp reef and remnants of an abandoned ship.

Driven by adrenaline, powered by wind and bonded by fire, this enticing edit will have you scouring the garage for a cooler and a kite for the weekend ahead.

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