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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   
The RS:X Youth World Championship 2014 began yesterday with three races. The first leader in the male category is Toni Bonet ESP, day ranks 3/3/2, meaning a 10 points' lead already. Clément Bourgeois FRA and Oël Pouliquen FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Ma Kwang HKG and Sara Wennekes NED share the lead in the female category, Noy Drihan ISR and Emma Watson GBR are 3rd at equal points.
The event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The prematurely announced frontal system from the West will finally arrive today with wind speeds of 25-30 kn and 3-meter-waves and an 'explosive day' is ahead. All details on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Eric Bellande)
The PWA World Tour French Grand Slam for Wave and Slalom specialists began at La Torche FRA on Saturday on the most western points of Britanny, but up to now, there was not enough wind to start the competitions. But the surfs on the beach are massive announcing the storm depression approaching from the North Atlantic. Spectacle guaranteed !
The PWA-Website mit dem video of day one.
Monday, October 20, 2014   
Today begins the RS:X Youth World Championship 2014 at Clearwater FL.
28 girls from 14 nations are on the entry list with the successful ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship athletes Haddad Heller ISR and Marta Maggetti ITA as favorites. In the 52 boys fleet from 19 nations are France, Israel and Poland with big delegations the main favorites.
The competition can be followed on the live ticker running on the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qingdao Worldcup event ended yesterday with the Medal Races sailed in light winds and big waves.
Byron Kokkalanis GRE was already the premature winner after the Qualification Series in the RS:X male windsurfers, and Aichen Wang CHN defended the Silver medal with a second place in the Medal Race. Maxim Oberemko RUS won Bronze. In the RS:X female windsurfers, Jiali Sun CHN was first ahead of Olga Maslivets RUS. The winner of the Medal Race Hongmei Shi CHN advanced on the 3rd place.
No change on the podium in the 470 men, where the youngsters Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP crowned their successful season with a Worldcup event victory. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Curbelo ESP finished 2nd and 3rd. The 470 women podium was all Chinese: Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN won in front of Xiaomei Xu/Ping Zhang CHN.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO controlled the only remaining contender for the first place, Pavlos Kontides CYP, during the Medal Race and finished on top. Tom Burton AUS defended the 3rd place. Dongshuang Zhang CHN had an easy victory in the Lasers Radial, as her direct 2nd-ranked opponent Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR flopped in the Medal Race. Tina Mihelic CRO won Silver, Sara Winter NZL Bronze, as the Belarussian finished last in the Medal Race collecting heavy 20 points .
All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   
Good wind conditions prevailed also on the 4th and 5th day of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, and a number of national records were improved. The windsurfer Remo Diethelm SUI - his faster brother Patrick has also an Italian passport and his records are Italian - improved the official Swiss record on 48,31 kn, the veteran Anders Bringdal SWE set the new Swedish record on 50,3 kn. The report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, October 18, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qualification Series ended yesterday with 3 races, sailed in a fresh 18-22 kn breeze. The Medal Races are already underway this morning.
Byron Kokkalanis GRE was the premature winner in the RS:X men yesterday evening already. Winner in the Medal Race was Maxim Oberemko RUS, but he remained on rank 3 behind Aichen Wang CHN. Leader change however in the RS:X women, where Jiali Sun CHN moved on top with two race wins. In today's Medal Race, she controlled the previous leader Olga Maslivets RUS defending her first position. Hongmei Shi CHN, winner of the Medal Race advanced on rank 3.
The other Medal Races have not yet been completed this morning at 7 hrs CET. The 470 team Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP extended their advance in the men two-person dinghy event on 10 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Cabrero ESP will start to the Medal Race from the positions 2 and 3. On a solid path to victory are Mengxi Wei/Yani Xui CHN in the 470 women. Their advantage is 9 points.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Pavlos Kontides CYP 4 points behind will duel for the final victory. Tom Burton AUS finally reached the podium, a place he will have to defend today against Wannes Van Laer BEL and Michael Bullot NZL. Fully open is the situation in the Lasers Radial: The leading duo has been disqualified, and the new top group consists now of Dongshuang Zhang CHN as first, followed by Sara Winter NZL, Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR and Tina Mihelic CRO closely behind.
All ranking lists (the Medal Races will end around 11 hrs CET. and the ISAF report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, October 17, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
Light winds and a substantial currant prevailed on the 3rd day of the Qingdao ISAF Worldcup. The 470s and Lasers sailed one race each, the RS:X two.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is the light-wind specialist Dongshuang Zhang CHN winning this race. On rank two 4 points behind are Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR, Tina Mihelic CRO and Sara Winter NZL at equal points. Tonci Stipanovic CRO extended his lead in the Lasers Standard with another race win on 6 points. Pavlos Kontides CYP and Wannes Van Laer BEL remained on the ranks 2 and 3, in spite of the fact, that they sailed their discard result yesterday.
New leaders in the 470 men are Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP finishing 2nd yesterday as the only of the top teams finishing among the first boats. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kigalis GRE are now 2nd with a 4 points backlog. Sozykin/Gribanov RUS advanced on rank 3. In the 470 women, Mengxi Wei/Jani Xu CHN extended her overall lead with another race win. Xu/Zhang CHN and Chen/Gao CHN are now the closest opponents.
Two races per category were sailed in the windsurfer: Byron Kokkalanis GRE delivered his worst results so far (5 and 9) in the RS:X men, but nevertheless he clearly stays on top ahead of Aichen Wang CHN on a solid 2nd rank. In the RS:X women, Olga Maslivets RUS, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, remains clearly on the first place. Jiali Sun CHN is new on rank 2.
All ranking lists and the video summary.
Today's races are already underway, and with the prevailing 18 - 20 kn breeze, it is again the fresh winds specialist's turn. The report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
Rough conditions prevailed for the 171 competitors from 21 nations on the second day of the Qingdao Worldcup with a 18 kn breeze and a strong current.
Team of the day were in the 470 men the multiple Youth World Champions Jordi Xammar/Joao Herp ESP with two 2nd ranks, joining the leaders Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis GRE on top of the overall rankings. Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN extended their lead in the 470 women
With another race win, Tonci Stipanovic CRO is the clear leader in the Lasers Standard. Pavlos Kontides CYP follows 3 points behind and Wannes Van Laer BEL defended his 3rd place as well. Thanks to the discarded result, Tom Burton AUS advanced now on rank 8. A overthrow happened in the Lasers Radial Winning twice, Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR has taken the lead in front of Tina Mihelic CRO and Dongshuang Zhang CHN.
A class of his own is Byron Kokkalanis GRE in the RS:X men. His advantage on the second-ranked Aichen Wang CHN is 16 points. Almost with the same advance is Olga Maslivets RUS on top of the RS:X women.
All ranking lists and the video report of the day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qingdao Worldcup began yesterday in an 8 kn breeze. Lasers and 470s sailed two, the RS:X windsurfers three races. Gusts and a strong current made the competition quite challenging. Tonci Stipanovic CRO mastered the conditions flawlessly and won both heats in the Lasers Standard. His training's partner Pavlos Kontides CYP was twice on rank 2. The Worldcup leader Tom Burton AUS however is already in difficulties with the day ranks 10 and 20, leaving him on rank 14 overall. First in the small Laser Radial fleet is the previous year's winner Dongshuang Zhang CHN. Sara Winter NZL follows on rank 2.
In the 470 men, Mantis/Kagialis GRE succeeded to keep control over the strong Chinese teams on the ranks 2 to 4. In the 470 women, the leaders are Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN ahead of Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN, the only non-Chinese team in the fleet.
A big fleet but not many international athletes compete in the windsurfing races. In the RS:X men, first is the only European competitor Byron Kokkalanis GRE, closely followed by Qi Xue CHN. On top of the 30 RS:X women are at equal points Yunxiu Lu CHN and Olga Maslivets RUS, the only non-Chinese in the fleet.
All ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © L�deritz Speed Challenge.)
Yesterday, there must have been a lay day at Luderitz ... at least on the event website. A first prize giving ceremony was held, with Patrick Diethelm SUI/ITA as fastest with 51.09 kn. 17 national records have been broken so far. More on the event facebook page.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014   
Early this morning UTC, the 4th ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup Event began on the Olympic waters of Qingdao CHN. Missing in China are the 49ers, 49ersFX, Nacras-17 and the Finns. The forecast announces a moderate North breeze around 10 kn, with cool temperatures. Unfortunately, neither the event website nor the ISAF Worldcup page contain any news on today´s activities yet.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014   
Last Saturday, the Luderitz Speed Week 2014 in Namibia was kicked-off. As in the previous years, this is the reunion of the fastest Kiteboarders and Windsurfers trying to establish personal, national and World records on the specially prepared race channel pushed by an optimal wind.
Already on the first three days, a number national records were beaten. The fastest windsurfer was Patrick Diethelm SUI/ITA setting the new national record on 51,09 kn. Franz Grabner AUT improved the Austrian record on 47,22 kn. The list of 48 participants.
The event website with the reports of the first three days as well as the video of the 2nd day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014   
The 4th ISAF Olympic Worldcup event of this year in Qingdao CHN begins today with the Practice Race. 470 (M + W), Laser Radial and Standard as well as the RS:X-Windsurfers (M + W), 213 boats in total, are on the entry lists. The USA are represented by the 470 women's team Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha. Here the list of participants by nation. For the first time, price money is at stake, 18'000 US$ for the winners by class.
The event website and the ISAF preview.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014   
After the Gold-Cup Acts of Vallarta MEX and Silvaplana SUI, the inaugural Kitefoiler Worlds ended on the last weekend with the Gold-Cup of Townsville AUS. Johnny Heineken USA was once again the man to beat ... and he won again overall ahead of Nico Parlier FRA and Maxime Nocher FRA. In the women, Sophie Calliet FRA earned the title ahead of Steph Bridge GBR and Anastasia Akopova RUS. The report.
All races were covered live on the Internet including comments and GPS tracking. In a 17 kn wind speed, the kitefoilers race at 25 kn upwind, accelerating on almost 35 kn downwind. Here a video sample of the excellent video coverage.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, October 6, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA World Tour Sylt Grand Slam ended yesterday without wind. Only on two of the nine race days, competitions could be held, i.e. a Slalom and a Freestyle Elimintion. José Estredo VEN secured the Freestyle Worlds title winning in Sylt. For Arnon Dagan ISR, this was his first Slalom victory on the World Tour.
All other details on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, October 5, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Finally after six days' waiting, a light breeze filled in on Sylt GER for the PWA World Tour season-ending event. The Freestylers completed a Single Elimination with ie Jose Estredo VEN as winner, advancing on rank one of the overall annual rankings. The Slalom drivers started with the second run but the wind fainted after a few heats and racing was abandoned. The wind forecast for today - the final day of the Grand Slam - are not very encourageing, so that the Wave specialist will most probably remain without results.
All details on the PWA website.