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2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships racing slalom

Racing Gets Tighter – Day 2 Of The TT:R World Championships

On July 27, 2018   |   By

The gap between the leading kiteboard racers narrows as they fight for the world title inGizzeria,Italy.



Words: Ian Mackinnon / Photos: ICARUS Sports

The reigning world champions who had suffered mixed fortunes in the opening exchanges found better speed and consistency to propel them up the rankings on the second of the five scheduled days of racing off GizzeriasHang Loose Beach.

GermanysFlorian Gruber, the defending two-times world champion, pushed passed the overnight leader, FrenchmanTitouan Galea, with a measured performance and a confident victory in his days sole elimination round decider.

In the womensTT:R Worldsdivision FrancesPoema Newlandcemented her overnight lead with a solid outing in the light breezes that varied between 10kts and 14kts, despite rain and unseasonal thunderstorms that circled in the Calabrian hills overlooking the track.

But reigning TT:R Youth World Champion,Nina Font Castellsof Spain, bolstered her campaign when she climbed to second place in the standings with a victory in her days only elimination round decider.

Font Castells improved showing was partly the result of a mistake by the Dominican RepublicsLou Marin, who crossed the line first, but finished joint second after she incurred a penalty during the race.


Hang Loose Beach slalom


Her fellow countryman,Adeuri Corniel, had no such problems in theTT:R Pump Kite Trophybeing run in tandem with the open world championships to offer young athletes a chance for further practise before OctobersYouth Olympic Games(YOG) in Buenos Aires.

Corniel, the current TT:R Youth World title holder after his victory in China in early May, has been virtually untouchable, easily winning every one of his races on the opening two days of the regatta.

FrancesBenoit Gomez, also a YOG qualifier, again finds himself in second place in the standings, unable to match the pace of the talentedCorniel, an accomplished and rising star in kiteboardings freestyle discipline.

I was second yesterday, and Im second again, saidGomez. Corniel is just faster. Partly, Im just a lot heavier at 95kgs, which is a bit of a problem in these lighter winds. Also, Ive got a new Upeksha Gawa board that Ive only used five times. Its faster, but more complicated and I need to get it dialled in.

Like many others in the Pump Kite division he is focused on honing his skills for YOG, where the riders will be restricted to four tube kites and a twin-tip board identical to those they are using in Italy.

In the womens division, the girls born between 2000 an 2003 who have qualified for YOG, chose to go for TT:R World title glory, but are also able to use it as practise as most racers are using tube kites.

All the Olympic girls decided in the end to enter the open division to train for Buenos Aires, saidFont Castells. I can definitely feel everyones getting better. It really keeps you motivated to improve. So its great Im up to second. On the first day I was a bit underpowered for the conditions.

Mens TT:R Worlds leaderGruber, too, found himself a little short of power in the lighter conditions of the first day and was pleased to get his hopes a hat-trick of titles back on track with a win on day two.

Im pleased to win the elimination round decider to go top, saidGruber. But in the process I broke my favourite 15m [foil] kite in a bit of a tangle on the beach. So Ill have to change it. Lets see what happens.


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