KiteFoil World Series set to crown champions in Sardinia

Registration at Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam

The world’s fastest kitefoil racers are poised for battle

 

The Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam plays host for the fourth and final act of the globe-trotting tour. It all comes down to this – who will take home those KiteFoil World Series Championship titles?

 

Words: Ian MacKinnon
Photo Credits: IKA / Alex Schwarz

Registration at Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam

Registration begins… the calm before the storm?

 

The climactic finale over the five-day Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam, sponsored by Regione Sardegna tourism and the City of Cagliari, is set to be one of the hardest-fought after kiteboarding won inclusion in the line-up for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Slovenian teenager Toni Vodisek (above) sits in pole position to lift the crown after dominating the the tour’s first three stops in the “open” discipline, with its minimal restrictions designed to foster continued development.

Among the 24 women battling in the mixed fleet, the US’s reigning four-times Formula Kite world champion, Daniela Moroz (below), 18, proved as dominant as Vodisek, with a hat-trick of tour stop victories.

She will also be up against reigning KiteFoil World Series title holder, Kirstyn O’Brien, (USA) and former Formula Kite world champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina. With a fresh crop of newcomers fuelled by Olympic ambition—including Britain’s Ellie Aldridge and Australia’s Breiana Whitehead—the mouthwatering deuls will no doubt be fierce.

 

Daniela Moroz - Formula Kite Europeans 2019

Daniela Moroz – Untouchable?

Last week at the “closed” Formula Kite Europeans at Torregrande, Sardinia, Toni Vodisek was not invincible. France’s Axel Mazella exposed the chink in Vodisek’s armour, taking the title while the Slovenian had to be content with the podium’s second step.

The twist sets the stage for an intriguing showdown on the Tyrrhenian Sea track, where they are among the 66-strong fleet from 21 nations and all six continents that will fight for a slice of the €20,000 prize purse up for grabs at the regatta, organised by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari.

Britain’s Connor Bainbridge, Germany’s Florian Gruber and another Frenchman Théo de Ramecourt, will also be doing their utmost to ensure that whoever triumphs in Cagliari and lifts the 2019 IKA KiteFoil crown will have earned it.

The KiteFoil world title carries the added incentive that the winners will pick up  a share of the total of €27,000 set aside from each tour stop purse, to be divided equally between the men and women.

 

KITEFOIL WORLD SERIES FINAL:
02 Oct – 06 Oct 2019
Cagliari Poetto beach, Italy – www.sardiniagrandslam.com 

Sardinia IKA KiteFoil World Series Final

 

To stay ahead of the pack, head to kitefoilgoldcup.com for realtime results and rankings.

 

 

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