Main Menu Search
Use My Location

iKitesurf News

0 search result

KiteFoil World Series pingtan china racing

Tight Racing At KiteFoil World Series: Pingtan

On September 17, 2019   |   By kiteworldmag.com

Teenage tour leader poised to bag hat-trick of victories at KiteFoil World Series in China

 

 

Slovenias Toni Vodisek is within touching distance of a third successive KiteFoil World Series tour stop victory after another day of breathtakingly-tight racing at the seasons penultimate event on the Yellow Sea track off eastern Chinas Pingtan Island.

Vodisek, 19, landed two bullets and a second in the challenging conditions, with winds gusting to 27kts over a mounting swell laced with chop, that made most competitors 11m kites more than a handful.

But with Frances Axel Mazella on a charge and snapping at his heels, series leader Vodisek can afford no slip-ups in the three races of the final fifth day of the regatta, where punchy breezes and big seas will test the 27-strong mixed fleet from 13 nations to the limit.

 

 

In the final fourth race on the events penultimate day the powerful Vodisek, on his white Ozone R1V3 kite, had led round every mark with scorchingly-quick, assured racing and looked on course for another bullet.

Yet he misjudged the final bottom gate and began to gybe too soon, before thinking better of it. Mazellawho has rarely posted a finish below the top threefell into the same trap but crashed his kite, allowing Tho de Ramecourt (FRA) through to take the bullet and third spot overall.

The Pingtan regattawith prize money $40,00is the second of back-to-back China stops following Weifang Binhai last week. It sets the stage for the grand finale off Cagliaris Poetto Beach, on the Italian resort island of Sardinia next month, when the mens and womens world champions will be crowned.

 

 

Four-times International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite world champion, the USs Daniela Moroz, 18, has her eyes firmly fixed on the prize and comfortably heads the womens order in Pingtan, sitting 12th overall.

On day four she continued to press the mens fleet made up of most of the worlds fastest kitefoil racers, squeezing out a 9th place finish in the opening contest that furthered her cause.

Chasing Moroz on the leaderboard is the fast-improving Max Maeder (SNG), at just 13 one of the youngest competitors, who was looking on the bright side of the monstrous conditions in Pingtan that were proving a tough test even for the best.

 

 

People are having way worse days than me, said Maeder. I had a good day. I got round cleanly. Its difficult. But in Pingtan its about survival. Luckily Ive been in Pingtans high wind conditions before. Im just a few points behind Daniela Moroz, but shes still too powerful for me.

But it was the enthralling competition at the head of the order that proved captivating, with any of the top-rankedmen capable landing bullets even in the face of Vodiseks dominance.

Reigning Formula Kite world champion, Frances Nico Parlier, jaded and carrying illness after several weeks on the road in China, was getting closer to the blistering pace he is capable of. He earned two seconds and thirds giving him fourth overall, ahead offellow countryman, Maxime Nocher, who suffered a shoulder injury in a spectacular crash in day threes gnarly conditions.

 

 

The pairs fourth and fifth spots mean the French lock out four of the top five spots, with Mazella leading their order and intent on pushing to the end in the hope of overhauling a strong Vodisek, though the back-to-back competitions are taking their toll.

There are still three races tomorrow, but it will be really hard to catch [Vodisek], said Mazella. The conditions are really difficult here. Im really tired. I know I can go faster, but my muscles aren’t so sure. Lets see what happens.

Top five overall after 17races (three discards)

1 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 21pts
2 Axel Mazella (FRA) 29pts
3 Tho de Ramecourt (FRA) 42pts
4 Nico Parlier (FRA) 45pts
5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 64pts

Top five women after 17races (threediscards)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 147pts
2 Kirstyn OBrien (USA) 171pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 189pts
4 Jingle Chen (CHN) 258pts
5 Valeria Garashchenko (RUS) 271pts

 

 

Follow this link for full results:www.kitefoilworldseries.com/results

The post Tight Racing At KiteFoil World Series: Pingtan appeared first on Kiteworld Magazine | The original international kitesurfing magazine.