sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship day 1 + Video
IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship day 1 + Video

'2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship day 1'    Alexandru Baranescu    Click Here to view large photo

At the IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship, reigning kiteboard racing world champions, Johnny Heineken and sister Erika, continued where they left off the at last year’s finals in Italy. The siblings proved they were the duo to beat, scoring bullets in all their races on the first day of competition at the course racing championships being hosted by China for the first time.

But Johnny Heineken (USA) did not have it all his own way as he had to share the top spot on the leader board with Florian Gruber (GER), who was competing in a separate fleet as the 120 men were split into three groups, also scored perfect points in his four races.

The riders from more than 40 countries enjoyed almost perfect conditions as winds of more than 20kts blew steadily over Boao’s King Bay, Hainan, throughout the full day of action at the International Kiteboard Association’s (IKA) course racing world championships.

2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship day 1 -  Alexandru Baranescu   Click Here to view large photo

The five-day event to crown new world champions for men and women – who were racing in one 40-strong fleet – is organized and managed locally by Kite Tour Asia (KTA) and the resort of King Bay, which is serving as the main sponsor.

Racers agreed that they liked the course that had been laid almost the length of the bay. But many found the two-metre swell breaking on the reef near the weather mark especially challenging, causing spills even among the top riders, before it was moved to shorten the track slightly.

Even Johnny Heineken admitted he suffered some a few moments in the conditions but was stoked with his performance, particularly as he found himself racing in a competitive fleet that included the likes of men’s number one seed Riccardo Leccese (ITA), Brian Lake (USA) and Maxime Nocher (FRA).

'I’m racing in a strong fleet, so I’m very happy,' said Heineken. 'So far it’s going well. The conditions were perfect for my 10m kite. I sailed pretty cleanly and didn’t get into any bad situations. Sure, I had a couple of spills, but everyone else had problems too.'

2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship day 1 -  Alexandru Baranescu   Click Here to view large photo

Several of the men’s races had troublesome starts with several tangles downing multiple kites that drew gasps from the Chinese spectators watching the drama unfold. They had lined the beach which was carpeted with hundreds of multi-coloured kites pumped, ready for action.

After each of the men’s fleets completed four races Jhon Mora (CAY) was fifth in the overall standings, followed by Wilson Veloso (BRA), Oliver Bridge (GBR) and Tomek Janiak (POL).

In the women’s fleet Bridge’s mother, Steph Bridge (GBR) gave Erika Heineken a run for her money but was forced to follow her across the finish line in each of their three races, with the American’s speed and near flawless performance giving her an unbeatable advantage.

2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship day 1 -  Alexandru Baranescu   Click Here to view large photo

'It was perfect,' said a beaming Heineken, wading ashore carrying her board after chalking up another win. 'They moved the course in a little, so it’s no longer in the breaking swell. The chop was crazy there.'

The young Russian kiter Elena Kalinina was also obliged to trail in Heineken’s wake, but was delighted to finish the day third in the overall standings.



Kiteboard Tour Asia website


by Neil Godbold


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116897

4:02 PM Thu 21 Nov 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





























Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















Sailing World Cup Hyeres- Top sailors to face off as Gold Fleet Racing
Anti-boating legislation debated in Florida House
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Laser images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Nacra 17 images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mitakis lead reduced on day 2
Will late spring thaw spell trouble for boaters?
Byte CII Worlds and YOG Continental Qualifier at Riva del Garda
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Battle continues for U.S. sailors
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Qualification stage comes to a close
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1   
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha   
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray   
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US