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2017 Formula Kite World Championships

On November 20, 2017   |   By kiteworldmag.com

The final event of the racing season takes place this week in Oman

 

After an incredible year of tour stops in Europe and around the world, the final racing event of the season is now underway and the best racers in the sport are there for one last clash!

 

Images: Toby Bromwich

A clique of reigning and former kite racing world champions are lined up ready to fight it out with a clutch of young pretenders on the flat waters of Omans dramatic coastline as they vie for the prized 2017 Formula Kite crowns.

The impressive roster of the worlds fastest kitefoil racers represents the showdown of the year in what will surely be breathtakingly tight contests on the Gulf of Omans crystal clear waters off Muscats Al Mouj Beach.

 

 

The much-anticipated head-to-head battles will see reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Champion, Monacos Maxime Nocher, attempt to see off title challenges from Frances Nico Parlier, the open Kitefoil Class world title holder, and his countryman Axel Mazella, the KiteFoil GoldCup World Series victor.

In the womens divisionraced separately from the men over the six days of competitionreigning IKA Formula Kite world title holder, the USs Daniela Moroz, still just 16, is trying to keep her nerve and ignore the expectation heaped on her.

 

 

With 58 competitorssix of them womenfrom 22 countries and six continents, the hotly-contested title fight hosted by Oman Sail, with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, will provoke intriguing battles on warm waters bathed by consistent sea breezes.

Oman Sail has already staged a host of the sports most prestigious events, including the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series, the Extreme Sailing Series and the Laser World Championships.

The addition of the IKA Formula Kite Worlds to that line up chimes with its vision to project the Sultanates profile on the global stage. A colourful opening ceremony that welcomed the athletes, gave voice to that vision.

The Formula Kite Worlds, run over five days racing, is a closed event that restricts riders to four registered series production kites and one production hydrofoil. It is the same format that will be deployed if kiting is successful in its bid to become a showcase event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The impending decision partly explains why such a strong field has turned out for the kite racing calendars climactic event.

 

 

Just over a year after she stunned the kite racing scene when she scooped the Formula Kite crown in China aged just 15, Daniela Moroz, is trying to balance the pressures that come with being the title holder.
Im really excited to do another world championship, but its a lot of pressure, she said. People have expectations of me now, so its a bit stressful. But Im trying to relax, listen to my gut, and tune it all out. The competitions got a lot hotter.

Last years runner-up, former world champion Elena Kalinina of Russia, will inevitably be a strong contender, but the French duo of Alexia Fancelli and Anas Mai Desjardins have been training hard with the men on their Enata team.

 

 

Desjardins, also 16, is excited about the chance to take part in her second world championship, especially since she has joined Team Enata that has given her access to more-competitive equipment.
I love this equipment and its not like last year at all, she said. Now the stuff is not the problem. I cant blame my equipment any more. If theres a problem, its me.

Maxime Nocher, returning after a four-month hiatus from kiting, is eager to add to his three successive Formula Kite world crowns but fears it will be a tough ask in the face of such stiff competition that also includes former title holders Johnny Heineken, of the US, and Germanys Florian Gruber.

 

 

I havent been in the water for more than a month, so we will see, said Nocher. Im here for the fun. Of course Im keen to retain my title, but Im realistic about it.

 

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