Day One & Two – HydroFoil Pro Tour La Ventana, Mexico

The first Hydrofoil Pro Tour stop of the year kicks off in La Ventana

 

 

Registration took place at Casa Tara Retreat on March 25th, a different venue to last year from which to kick off the event, with riders and brand representatives having flown in from various corners of the world to attend. At times, it’s not been uncommon to hear half a dozen languages being spoken at the breakfast table and the Hydrofoil Pro Tour has quickly become the most followed kite racing circuit to date. The riders have been meeting every morning at Playa Central event site for breakfast, before the Skipperʼs meeting. La Ventanaʼs steady winds provided five good races on day one, March 26th 2017, with Rob Dean running a flawless day with low onshore winds which was a welcome respite from the nuking 25-30 knots weather in the days leading up to the races.

 

There’s been an amazing turnout for this first event and some big surprises so far in the standings. After the first couple of days this is how the table’s looking!

 

1 – Olly Bridge GBR

2 – Maxime Nocher MON

3 – Axel Mazella FRA

4 – Riley Gibbs USA

5 – Riccardo Leccese ITA

6 – Florian Gruber GER.

 

Gibbs is the only USA Sailor in the top 6, the rest hailing from countries in Europe. This shows the strength of the Europeans and how seriously they take their racing, whether it be on a flat board or a foil. Riccardo Leccese has looked noticeably worn so far in the event, limping a little at times, perhaps due to the sheer pounding his body took last year winning the tour outright so it will be interesting to see how responds to an early lead from British rider Olly. 

Since kitefoil racing began in San Francisco during the summer of 2012, in just a few short years the sport has grown world wide luring great athletes, designers and manufacturers to many kite destination venues, some competing and others for the networking opportunities, R&D and the Tech Talks. The birth of kitefoil racing and the high speed action it entails is attracting a new breed of riders to the sport from diverse sailing and windsurf racing backgrounds. The conversations had during these events are what allow the manufacturers to push their design teams to master the skills and knowledge in order to build high quality protective gear, stronger masts, lighter boards & bars, better safety systems, resistant materials, improved bridals and much more.

On day two, March 27th, we saw light winds coming from the Northwest and the wind line just struggling to make its way into the bay but there were some exciting events happening on the water all the same and racing started up later in the day. Here’s some of the action from the second day of the competition with commentary from Rob Dean. Some serious pace from the riders and great insight into the challenges of racing in such a tight pack.

 

Stay tuned for the updates from day three and learn more about the tour at www.hydrofoilprotour.info

 

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