Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Isotak Ocean

2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race Worlds- Winners crowned in China

by Icarus Media on 25 Nov 2013
Prize giving day five of the IKA Kiteboard Race World Championship 2013 on November 24, 2013 at King Bay Qionghai, China. Photo by Alexandru Baranescu / KTA © Icarus Sailing Media http://www.icarussailingmedia.com/

Reigning women’s kiteboard racing world champion Erika Heineken (USA) ended an almost flawless series to take successive titles on the final day of the event in China.

But brother Johnny Heineken (USA) was deprived of a similar feat by the stellar racing of 19-year-old Florian Gruber (GER) who snatched to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) course racing world title from the American’s grasp.

'I think I’m going to need a couple of days before it really sink in,' said a beaming Gruber. 'My motto for the week was to go fast and stay safe from tangles. It really paid off for me. Initially when I saw the opening days’ conditions I though it wasn’t for me, but it worked out.'

The final day of event at Boao, Hainan, was characterized by extremely light and fickle winds that all but prevented racing and sealed the rankings as they stood at the end of day four, with the exception of one or two swapped places.


With the breeze filling in as the final cut off for racing fast approached, race officials decided to try got the top ten men in the platinum fleet on the water for the first of three scheduled races. But it was only possible to complete one race with the men flying their 17m and 19m kites.

In the difficult conditions Maxime Nocher (FRA) won over Gruber, with Johnny Heineken in third. Nocher’s victory advanced him one place in the overall standings, leap-frogging 16-year-old Olly Bridge (GBR) to give the Frenchman a podium finish.

But the breeze did not co-operate and died before the top ten women had their chance to get on the track, much to the relief of some of the competitors who felt the conditions too fickle and light for fair racing.

The failure to get any women’s races off left Steph Bridge (GBR) and sixteen-year-old Elena Kalinina (RUS) with the second and third spots on the podium, trailing Erika Heineken who had won 13 of her 14 races in the conditions that lightened towards the end of the event.


'I sailed so well in the rest of the event,' said Heineken, clearly elated with her back-to-back titles. 'I lost one race. The girls are improving a lot, but I expected a bit more competition. I felt the lighter conditions at the end were not ideal for me. But I’ve been practising light-wind kiting and I’ve improved. I was happy to show the other girls that. Had it just been 10m weather, they’d have said ‘that’s why she won’.'

Yet the first three days of the event, which was organized and locally managed by Kite Tour Asia (KTA) and the resort development of King Bay, were staged in conditions of around 20kts that runner-up Bridge believed played Heineken’s strengths.

'With Erika Heineken, she’s living in the right venue for the conditions we found here,' said Bridge. 'She’s able to train with her brother in San Francisco. It was great for her. Perhaps if we’d got another day of light winds like yesterday which suit me better, I’d have had a chance at the world title.'


Still, Markus Schwendtner, CEO of IKA, believed the conditions that varied over the five days showed that those who came out on top really deserved their titles.

'For the event, talking about consistency of the riders, we had strong wind and light wind that all the riders had to cope with,' said Schwendtner. 'For me, that really makes the winners true champions. The levels of so many riders have gone up so much. We have seen new riders rise to the highest levels, with many of the top ten swapping places. It’s very exciting for the future.'



IKA Formula Kite World Champions 2013 – Day 5 results and standings

Men - click here
Women - click here

Web: http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kiteboardtourasia







X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 2Musto AUS 2017 660x82 3Pantaenius - Worldwide Support

Related Articles

SWC - Hyeres - Mazella and Parlier dominate racing on Day 2
A grey, overcast morning welcomed the sailors from the ten Olympic classes as well as the Open Kiteboarding A grey, overcast morning welcomed the sailors from the ten Olympic classes as well as the Open Kiteboarding (foiling Formula Kite) and the 2.4 Norlin OD, a Para World Sailing event, to the boat park with an expected morning breeze of seven - twelve knots from the west.
Posted today at 5:44 am
Sailing World Cup Hyères –Day 2– Zegers and van Veen show how its done
Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen were unstoppable on day two, winning both Women's 470 races in convincing style Out of the 534 competitors from 52 nations racing across ten Olympic events, Open Kiteboarding and 2.4 Norlin OD, the Dutch team were the standout performers.
Posted on 26 Apr
Racing in Formula Kite Short Track format at Day 1 of SWC - Hyeres
Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances/bragging rights Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging rights as the second event of the 2017 series got underway in Hyères, France.
Posted on 26 Apr
Sailing World Cup Hyères – Laying down a marker
Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging right In the 38 strong Women's Windsurfer fleet, Israel's Noga Geller came out flying with superb starts and speed. Feeling comfortable in the conditions, she snapped up the first two race wins.
Posted on 25 Apr
World Cup Series in Hyères – Racing needs to be fast, not the food
Spanish sisters, Carla and Marta Munté Carrasco, sail together in the 49erFX and know they have a problem. Many sailors will be brimming with confidence after browsing the weather forecast and will be striving for gold in Hyères. But it is a team small in stature that know exactly where they stand in terms of performance that intrigues.
Posted on 24 Apr
2017 World Cup Series Hyères - Back to the future
When round two of World Cup Series takes place in Hyères many sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of podium. When round two of the 2017 World Cup Series takes place in Hyères, France from 23 - 30 April, many attending sailors know what it feels like to stand on top of an Olympic podium.
Posted on 20 Apr
Full day of action at Day 1 of IKA Youth Freestyle World Championships
For a week in April, the St. Pierre La Mer becomes the breeding place for kiteboarding champions of the next general. It is very early on the first day of the competition, seeing 70 young riders between nine and 21 years pumping up their kites before the skippers meeting. The Tramontana is already blowing with 25 knots, but the forecast gives the race committee only one day to complete as much as possible of the schedule.
Posted on 7 Apr
World's best kitefoilers heading to Korea for KiteFoil Gold Cup
It offers wide, sandy beaches with reliable side-onshore winds; a perfect setup for world level kiteboard racing action. Double World Champion Maxime Nocher is determined to defend his 2016 title, but the competition will be tight with several runner-ups aiming for the podium.
Posted on 3 Apr
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar – Palma winners crowned
A mix of established Rio Olympic campaigners and emerging young talent shared the top podium spots when the event ended While it is the first major Olympic classes regatta victories for the up and coming winners of the 49er class, for the triumphant Men’s 470 pair, the Laser Radial, the men’s RS:X, the outright winner of the Princesa Sofia Trophy is 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Zofia Noceti-Klepacka.
Posted on 1 Apr
Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Showdown Saturday on Bay of Palma
The final day of the 48th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar on Mallorca’s Bay of Palma will be a test for sailors The final day of the 48th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar on Mallorca’s Bay of Palma will be a test for sailors but also for the new formats which are designed to produce simpler, more engaging action on the last day.
Posted on 1 Apr