Please select your home edition
Lloyd Stevenson - T2Artefact 728x90px TOP

156 athletes, 5 continents, 45 countries: the Sardinia Grand Slam ready for the Worlds' challenge

by Sardinia Grand Slam 1 Oct 02:46 PDT 8-16 October 2022
The kitefoiling show last year in Cagliari © IKA Media / Markus Hadjuk

Next October 8th to 16th the traditional sailing event in Cagliari will assign the titles of the Formula Kite World Championship, the "Olympic board" expected to debut in Paris 2024.

The Golfo degli Angeli's crystalline waters and the 6th stop of the Poetto, iconic beach of Sardinia's capital, will host the event.

Over 150 athletes to be involved, 45 Countries and five Continents represented and a great dream to chase for everyone: Formula Kite Olympic class world title. The wind blows strongly in Cagliari's Golfo degli Angeli and the Formula Kite World Championships - highlighting the new "Olympic board" set to make its debut at the Paris Games in 2024 - is day by day closer: the "Gulf of Angels" and the Poetto beach in Cagliari will host the event next October 8th to 16th. The Worlds champions will be crowned on the occasion of the Sardinia Grand Slam, an established sailing event organized by GLEsport, selected to host the kitefoiling IKA World Series queen stage last autumn.

Exactly 156 athletes are admitted (94 men and 62 women), coming from 45 countries, 43 in the Men entry list and 28 in the Women's one. France takes the lion's share with 15 participants, nine women and six men.

The reigning champion of the 2021 edition, the French Théo de Ramecourt, will be the among the stars of the transalpine expedition, as well as Axel Mazella, another valid candidate for final victory. World Championships' silver medallist in Oristano, last year, Mazella was already a brilliant protagonist and winner of the Sardinia Grand Slam 2021 in Golfo degli Angeli's waters. Serious contenders for the top positions are also Cyprus' Denis Taradin, leader of the KiteFoil World Series, and Slovenian Tony Vodisek. English team has solid chances too, starting with Connor Bainbridge, who celebrated his birthday last year by leading the Sardinia Grand Slam after day1 and who is currently looking for his best shape.

Bronze medallist eleven months ago and leader of the seasonal ranking, Riccardo Pianosi will attract the support of the Italians, as well as Lorenzo Boschetti. Runner-up in the 2022 ranking, German Florian Gruber is another expected protagonist.

Five-time world champion and several times star of the Sardinia Grand Slam, US' Daniela Moroz will try to hold her rainbow title from the attacks of British Ellie Aldridge and French Lauriane Nolot, silver and bronze at the 2021 Worlds respectively. All of them will pay attention to Gisela Pulido Borrell, the Spanish leader of the seasonal ranking ahead of Nolot (winner of 2021 Sardinia Grand Slam) and Moroz themselves.

Since yesterday, many of the expected protagonists are taking part to the European Championship in Greece. However, many other athletes are already in Cagliari, starting from the US national team - with the Women's world champion Moroz - to French and Dutch teams. Every day the Poetto welcomes new sails. By October 3rd all the members and their entourages will be in the Sardinian capital, for a total of 6,000 people expected in the hotels in two weeks.

The World Championship is organized by GLEsport with the financial contribution of the Tourism Department of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Municipality of Cagliari. The event will be held under the aegis of World Sailing (the International Sailing Federation) and IKA (the International Kiteboarding Federation), in addition to the FIV - Italian Sailing Federation and the CKWI, the Kiteboarding and Wingsport Italia Class and with the collaboration of the Chia Wind Club.


Saturday, October 8th
11.00 Local press conference
12:00-18:00 On-site registration

Sunday, October 9th
08:00-18.00 Equipment inspection

Monday, October 10th
08:00-13.00 Equipment inspection
14:00 Practice race
15:00-18.00 Equipment inspection
08:00-18:00 Profile picture photo shoot (Mandatory)
18:00 Technical meeting
19.00: Pasta Party Welcome athletes and coaches

Tuesday-Saturday, October 11th-15th
h. 10:00 Races

Sunday, October 16th
10:00 Final races
17:00 Prize giving and closing ceremony

Monday, October 17th
Departure, venue closes

Related Articles

French Olympic Week in Hyères registration open
The meeting will be all-star showing with more than 700 competitors expected from over 50 nations With Paris 2024 Olympic Games just over a year away, the world's best athletes will be present in Hyères. And on the water, the 10 Olympic series will put on a show! Posted on 1 Dec
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil-Freestyle Worlds overall
Brodel's brilliance - trail blazing to another Hydrofoil world title The Frenchman blazed his way to another hydrofoil world title, landing two moves for the first time in competition along the way. Posted on 29 Nov
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil-Freestyle Worlds day 4
A day filled with grit and determination Capucine Delannoy takes the title in the quarters before an all-Brazilian final where Kesiane Rodrigues defeated dynamic cross-over freestyler, Bruna Kajiya! Day four at the Copa Kitley GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Brazil. Posted on 27 Nov
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil-Freestyle Worlds day 3
Carew claims the double and the action continues today The Australian makes it back to back Kite-Surf world titles with this event win at the Copa Kitley GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Brazil. Posted on 26 Nov
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil-Freestyle Worlds day 2
James Carew closes in on title number two Coming into day two of the Copa Kitley GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Brazil, the top four riders were still mathematically in with a chance of claiming the world title at this second and final event of the 2022 season. Posted on 25 Nov
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil-Freestyle Worlds day 1
A double header, where Kite-Surf and Hydrofoil-Freestyle Champions will be crowned Following on the amazing Freestyle-Finals that ran on Taiba lagoon earlier this month, now it's the turn of the Kite-Surf and Hydrofoil-Freestyle riders to decide their World Champions. Posted on 24 Nov
Copa Kitley GKA Freestyle World Cup Brazil overall
One of the most hotly contested and thrilling encounters ever seen in kiteboarding After three full power Freestyle events in the 2022 season, Mikaili Sol and Gianmaria Coccoluto were crowned as the Qatar Airways GKA Freestyle-Kite World Champions on Saturday 12th November in Taiba, Brazil. Posted on 19 Nov
Copa Kitley GKA Freestyle World Cup Brazil day 2
"What more do you want? The level is insane." There are days in competition that truly go down in the history books. Day two of the Copa Kitley GKA Freestyle-Kite World Cup Brazil in Taiba is one of them. Posted on 12 Nov
Copa Kitley GKA Freestyle World Cup Brazil day 1
The final freestyle stop got off to an incredible start We always wondered just how good the performances and action could be when the world's best freestyle kiters were pitted against each other in conditions that are about as perfect as you can get. Posted on 11 Nov
Copa Kitley GKA Freestyle World Cup Brazil begins
Are you ready for the ultimate throwdown? Nine riders are theoretically in with a chance of claiming the world championship, and for most it would be their first. Posted on 8 Nov
Doyle Sails 2020 - Built for Adventure 728x90 BOTTOMHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 1 jpg BottomJ Composites 2022 - J45 v4 FOOTER