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2018 IKA TT:R World Championships and Pump Kite Trophy – Day 5

On August 1, 2018   |   By kiteworldmag.com

Nail-Biting Finale at TT:R Worlds as Champions Crowned in Italy

 

Words:Ian Mackinnon /Photos:Alex Schwarz

The TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships went down to the wire with local girl Italys Sofia Tomasoni seizing the title in a nerve-jangling final race at the end of five days of thrilling kiteboard slalom-boardercross action.

Tomasoni had been playing catch-up after a faltering start, only managing to capture and hold the leaderboards top spot on the last day at Gizzerias Hang Loose Beach track, picking up her first senior championship crown to add to her previous TT:R Youth Worlds title.

Im really stoked because I so much wanted this second title, said a visibly relieved and elated Tomasoni. This is where I learned to kite. This is where my family are. Its fantastic to get it here. I had problems on the first two days. That was heavy for me. But I managed to change my mindset, so its great.

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Florian Gruber goes for glory

Germanys Florian Gruber was similarly thrilled to claim the crown in the mens TT:R Worlds division, his third successive title. But his task had proved easier and his assured performances in the high-octane TT:R discipline ensured he dominated and could have sat out the final day and still won.

It might have seemed easy, but its always hard, said Gruber. I had pretty clean racing most of the time and I didnt make too many mistakes, so I was pretty relaxed. But for sure all the younger kids have got a lot better in the last year, because theyve been training for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). So, I really enjoyed it.

One of kiteboardings most exciting prospects, who Gruber did not have to face, is the Dominican Republics Adeury Corniel. He chose to compete in the TT:R Pump Kite Trophy,being run in tandem on the equipment that will be used at Octobers YOG in Argentina, where kiteboarding makes its Olympic debut.

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Adeuri Corneil in the competitors’ chill-out area

Corniel, the reigning TT:R Youth Worlds title holder, led the mens Pump Kite division from start to finish and rarely put a foot wrong, winning almost every one of his races and all the vital elimination round deciders.

It feels amazing, said Corniel. This game is about concentration and focus, thats the most important thing. Im super-happy. Its not easy to keep winning every race. Ive been training really hard, but so has everyone else and they could all win. The levels so high now.

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Tomasoni tanks it into a corner!

The womens Pump Kite Trophy was won by Polands Oliwia Hlobuczek, who got the better of Russias Anna Fedorova and Brazils Maria Beatriz Dos Santos Silva in hard-fought racing in moderate breezes that ranged from 10kts to 16kts, occasionally hampered by unseasonal thundershowers.

But the spectacularly-quick TT:R downwind slalom format, specially-developed for the YOG in Buenos Aires, has proved particularly popular. 58 young athletes from 19 countries –women making up 40 percent of the field – made the trip to Gizzeria to fight for glory.

It was in the womens open TT:R Worlds – contested on any kite and any twin-tip board – that the competition was fiercest, with any of the top 10 competitors capable of lifting the crown and a share of the 10,000 prize money.

Perhaps the biggest loser was overnight leader, Germanys Alina Kornelli. She showed just how difficult it can be to win despite two good days in the middle of the regatta. Her points lead ebbed away on the last day thanks of two disqualifications for tangles that kept her out of the elimination round deciders and put her down to fifth overall.

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Poeme Newland on the charge

By contrast, early leader, Frances Poema Newland, had lost ground as the competition progressed, after a series of uneven outings. But she regrouped and did enough on the final, tense day of racing to take the second podium spot, leapfrogging the USs double Formula Kite hydrofoil champion Daniela Moroz, who took third.

It was so hard because it was so up and down in the womens division, said Newland. I was fourth overall earlier on the last day and I really didnt want to finish there again. I always seem to finish fourth. So, I am really pleased.

 

FINAL DAY HIGHLIGHTS

 

RESULTS

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Top three men TT:R Worlds (after eight elimination rounds, three discards):
1. Florian Gruber (GER), 5pts
2. Martin Dolenc (CRO), 8.5pts
3. Victor Bachichet (FRA), 14.5pts

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Top three women TT:R Worlds (after eight elimination rounds, three discards):
1. Sofia Tomasoni (ITA), 10.9pts
2. Poema Newland (FRA), 13.5pts
3. Daniela Moroz (USA), 19pts

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Top three men Pump Kite Trophy (after eight elimination rounds, three discards):
1. Adeury Corniel (DOM), 6pts
2. Lorenzo Calcao (DOM), 16pts
3. Cameron Maramenides (USA), 19pts

 

TT:R WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PUMP KITE TROPHY

Top three women Pump Kite Trophy (after 16 races, four discards):
1. Oliwia Hlobuczek (POL), 16pts
2. Anna Fedorova (RUS), 20pts
3. Maria Beatriz Dos Santos Silva (BRA), 28pts

 

 

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