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Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:49

Today marked the first official day of competition for our Junior Olympic hopefuls. On a picture-perfect day on Cabarete beach, 20 heats were completed over the course of 3 hours, showing just how fast paced this sport is. It was a very exciting day filled with super close finishes. 

Representing North America and the Caribbean, the top finishers for today in the boys qualifying were: Tiger Tyson of Antigua, Cameron Maramenides of the U.S.A, Adeuri Cornial of the Dominican Republic took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively.  

For the girls division, Lou Marin of the Dominican Republic consistently took first in all of her heats. Paula Herma, also of the Dominican Republic finished in 2nd place followed by Faviola Collazo-Velez of Columbia.

In the South/Central America division Geronimo Lutteral of Argentina held on to the lead confidently, taking first in all his heats. Close behind was Anthar Racca of Mexico followed by Manuel Soares Dos Santos Neto of Brazil.

For the girls division, Ona Romani and Adela Mendoza, both of Argentina, finished 1st and 2nd followed by Maria Valentina Alvarez Villarroel of Venezuela who took a close third.

The highlight of the day was certainly when Lorenzo Calcano of the Dominican Republic won his heat on a kite several sizes smaller than any other, and he closed it by borrowing a board to finish!

Extremely close heats in all divisions kept everyone intently watching and eager for more. Be prepared for a potential shake up in the leaderboards as many competitors are consistently improving their times and climbing the ranks. Riders will be back at it again tomorrow 12 PM Atlantic time, weather permitting.

OVERALL STANDINGS AFTER 3 ELIMINATIONS

North America / Caribbean BOYS
1. Tiger Tyson (ANT)
2. Cameron Maramenides (USA)
3. Adeuri Corniel (DOM)

North America / Caribbean GIRLS
1. Lou Marin (DOM)
2. Paula Herrmann (DOM)
3. Faviola Collazo-Velez (PUR)

South / Central America BOYS
1. Geronimo Lutteral (ARG)
2. Anthar Racca (MEX)
3. Manoel Soares Dos Santos Neto (BRA)

South / Central America GIRLS
1. Ona Romani (ARG)
2. Adela Mendoza (ARG)
3. Maria Valentina Alvarez Villarroel (VEN)

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoring: www.twintipracing.com

YOG qualification events

North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018
Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018
Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018
2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 MAy 2018 (TBC)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 15:01

The 27 young Olympic hopefuls waited for the classic Cabarete thermals to kick in today, but with the day's uncharacteristic cloud cover, there were just a few short bursts of wind not quite strong enough for even these young racers.

Tomorrow we expect the amazing kiteboarding conditions that Cabarete is known for to return. Until then, we wait in classic kiteboarding fashion!  Like surfing, kiteboarding is a sport for athletes with a zen like acceptance of weather changes and an appreciation that spending the day napping on the beach instead of riding is still better than almost anything else one could be doing. 

The alternative would be constant frustration, a state that is contrary to the serious but relaxed culture of these water sportsmen and women. 

On this first official day of competition, riders were oriented to the local conditions, official rules, and the week’s course layout. By the time they compete, all this will need to be second nature to these young athletes because their exceptional speed means these heats are not expected to exceed three minutes each.

These are some of the fastest young riders in the world, riding in one of the premier kiteboarding locations on the planet, so these trials promise to be a once in a lifetime experience for all contenders regardless of the outcome.

All eyes are on the North American team with Cameron Maramenides and Tiger Tyson who have consistently taken top spots in previous slalom competitions. For the girls heat the favorite is the Dominican Republic team and specifically  Lou Marin, with her years of kiting experience and dedication to the sport has shown that she is the favorite amongst the female competitors.

However many newcomers to this league show great potential to shake things up. With this being both the first youth Olympic qualifiers and also the first IKA slalom competition on this side of the world, it should be an excellent next 4 days to keep your eye on.
 

YOG qualification events

North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018
Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018
Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018
2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 03-08 MAy 2018 (TBC)

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoring: www.twintipracing.com

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:07

Today marks the start of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Quaifications in kiteboard slalom racing, the first ever in Olympic history.

Twenty-Seven aspiring junior Olympians from 9 countries in North and South America (including Central America and the Caribbean) joined us in hopes of representing their home countries for a once in a life time opportunity. We have competitors from the USA, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Puerto rico, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia & Brazil.

These fierce young athletes are up for a challenging week of competition. Those who come out on top will have a shot at glory in the 2018 Youth Olympics. We wish the best of luck to everyone competing in this first ever Olympic trial as we expect to see an intense week of racing play out. 

Monday, 04 December 2017 07:57

It was rather complicated to get to Barra Grande for everyone involved in the 2017 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships but the stakes were high and 54 young kiteboarders from 11 countries went into the adventure of traveling to the paradise like beach on the north corner of Brazil to battle for the world championship title, get some valuable practice and experience in the Youth Olympic Games format and earn extra berths for their country in the YOG qualifying events in early 2018.


 
Barra Grande rewarded them with warm strong winds on a golden sandy beach and an excellent event organization.  Challenging conditions ensured fast runs, high jumps and a lot of fun for the competitors, who seemed to come back after every heat with huge smiles on their face.
 
Just one rider from the USA was enough to bring the title to the country where kiteboarding first appeared. 

15 years old Cameron Maramenides went kiting for the first time when he was just months old on his dad’s Dimitris’ shoulders.  At the age of two he was standing on Dimitris’ board and at four he was riding his own board with a tiny kite, unhooked.  When his dad got a custom-made harness for him at the age of six, Cameron thought it was easy! 
He has been freestyling since then until last June, when his stepmom Helen read something about the YOG and they decided to give it a go. 

Support but also expectations for performance in school are the norm and Cameron ‘just’ made it to the worlds, after scoring the ‘required’ grades in the first semester.  Once he got to Barra Grande though, everything went his way. 

He got a big lead with four first places in the first two days and that afforded him a few mistakes and tangles in the following days.  Next challenge for Cameron, as with many of the competitors in the event, will be to get a spot to compete in the YOG, but for now he wishes he could stay in Barra Grande.  Perfect wind, perfect location, fun kiting and so many good riders.  As the venue was so remote and it was an adventure to get there, he didn’t expect a big turnout but all the top guys were there, plus a few very talented newcomers, like Manolo who finished second. 


 
‘Manolo’ is Manoel Soares Dos Santos Neto.  He comes from the north of Brazil and is part of the Brazilian Kiteboarding Association Program.  A thrilled Augusto Sampaio, president of the Brazilian kiteboarding association, the ABK, said that it has been very hard to organize such an event but his dream has become true this week, both with hosting the best young kiters of the world in such an important competition but also through Manolo’s silver medal and the performance of the rest of the team.  

He is the heart of the ABK, organizing lots of events every year and although TwinTip Racing is very popular and there are hundreds of entries at the events, the kids are training with very limited recourses and with minimal support from the government and the sailing federation, the CBV.  Augusto hopes that the results will draw the attention of the CBV to the potential of the kiteboarding youth and it seems that his hopes will be heard.
 
Walter Boddener, Events and Youth Manager of the CBV who followed the competition closely and was one of the key contributors to the success of the event, was impressed by the level of the competition and of the Brazilian riders.  Lots of new talents and an amazing silver medal that was a pleasant surprise.   He admits that although kiteboarding is very new for the Brazilian sailing community, for sure there will be support towards the YOG in co-operation with the NOC and he hopes to see Brazilian riders in Argentina.


 
Argentina, as the organizers of the 2018 YOG have an entry in both boys and girls but they want to go further than that.  TT:R is already popular in the country and attracts kiteboarders of all ages in the competitions.  The kiteboarding association is working very closely with the sailing federation and are trying to use the YOG as a vehicle to bring more youth to the sport. 

Mario Sampaolesi, the Argentinian coach, says that kiteboarding is exciting, is youthful, is cool, is urban.  There are lots of locations in Argentina which are ideal for kiteboarding and TT:R can be for everyone.  It is affordable, it easy to learn and get on the water, it is the perfect tool to bring more people close to sports in general.  Our primary goal, he says, is to create a better society, we believe that good results will follow.


 
On the other side of the world, the Thai kiteboarders are working hard too.  With the Asian and Oceanian qualification event in Thailand in March, Sarun Rupchom, one of the top ranked TT:R riders in the world and Nichanan Rodthong traveled to Barra Grande but there are a lot more kiteboarding back in Thailand.  For the same reasons as in Argentina, TT:R racing is becoming more and more popular and Narapichit ‘Yo’ Pudla, the Thai coach, expects to see a good number of countries battling for the single available qualification spot.
 

Europe will probably be the hardest fought continental qualification with many good riders from a good number of countries.  The best European, Victor Bachichet, the reigning European champion, only managed to finish third in Barra Grande.  ‘It was a cool event with lots of wind and lots of tangles.  Maybe I should start training with boots, it was hard to keep the board on my feet’ he laughs.  He now plans to focus in preparing for the European qualification event in Dakhla and try to qualify France but also manage to come on the top of the French riders and get the ticket to Buenos Aires. 

A difficult feat as Benoit Gomez and Anthony Picard follow closely, finishing fourth and fifth.  For sure tough in-nation competition from a country which seems to dominate in all forms of kiteboarding events.  France was the leading nation once more, not only in the boys but also in the girls’ fleet, where three French were among the top six, led by a thrilled Lola Ulrich winning the silver medal.  Lola had a lot of fun in a completion that tested her physically and mentally.  She is planning to train hard and try to qualify both her country and herself to the YOG.  ‘It is a dream but suddenly it is approaching fast’ she said. 


 
To realize her dream, she will have to get the best out of Nina Font Castells, the European champion from Spain who finished third in Barra Grande and the strong Italian team which seems to have several girls, lead by the unstoppable Sofia Tomasoni who couldn’t believe that she won.  ‘When I came to Barra Grande I did not expect that she will finish first but there was strong wind, there were many races and I won a lot of them!’  Only now she realizes that there is a possibility for her to participate in the YOG and she plans to work very hard to earn her place.  ‘If I qualify I will start thinking about it. One step at a time’


 
Markus Schwendtner, CEO of the IKA and race director for the event was also smiling at the end of the races.  Barra Grande delivered perfect but challenging conditions, for both competitors and organizers.  The ABK and the CBV delivered a great organization both on and off the water.  180 starts, 230 penalty calls and more than 200 rescues in five days of completion.  He was impressed by the grassroots work done by the ABK, full of praise for the performance of the Brazilian sailors and he looks forward to return to Brazil in the future.  For the time being, just like the riders, IKA will focus on the delivery of the qualification events.  

The list of the additional places each country is entitled to for the qualification events, further to the one entry per country, will be published soon and the first event is just six weeks away.
 
Results Girls

  1. Sofia Tomasoni – ITA
  2. Lola Ulrich – FRA
  3. Nina Font Castells – ESP

Results Boys

  1. Cameron Maramenides – USA
  2. Manoel Soares Dos Santos Neto – BRA
  3. Victor Bachichet – FRA

YOG qualification events

North and South America: Cabarette, DOM, 15-20 January 2018
Europe and Africa: Dakhla, MAR, 20-25 February 2018
Asia and Oceania: Pranburi, THA, 13-18 March 2018
2018 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships: Boao, CHN, 10-15 April 2018 (TBC)

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoring:www.twintipracing.com

 

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:27

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has opened registration  for the 2017 TT:R Youth Slalom World Championships in Brazil.

The quota allocation for the Youth Olympic Games qualification events (the maximum number of entries per country) will be based on the results of this 2017 Youth World Championships.

Event Location: Barra Grande, Brasil
Dates: 26 November - 1 December 2017
Maximum quota per gender and country: 10 entries
Notice of Race: clickHERE
YOG Qualification events Notice of Race: clickHERE

Entries are limited to a maximum of 10 competitors per country per gender (10 boys, 10 girls). Only competitors born in 1999 and later are eligible to compete.

Entries will be confirmed on a first come-first served base. 

The entry deadlnes for the Youth Olympic Games qualification events in 2018 have been amended accordingly. Riders can register now until 06 December 2017 with entries to be confirmed on 08 December 2017 latest.

Registration is available at
BOYS: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/events/upcoming-events/ttr/116-2017-tt-r-youth-worlds-boys
GIRLS: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/events/upcoming-events/ttr/117-2017-tt-r-youth-worlds-girls

Sunday, 01 October 2017 16:00

The Registered Series Production Equipment lists for boards and kites that may be used at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the 2018 qualification events have been published on the TwinTip:Racing class website.

The full lists can be found here:

New board registrations include:

  • Axis (Limited 140)
  • Cabrinha (Stylus 150/160, Tronic 137/141/149)
  • FT Design (Giopyx 140)
  • F-One (Trax HRD Carbon 136/137)
  • Nobile (2HD 134, T5 134/140)
  • North (Jaime Textreme 139/142, Spike Textreme 144)
  • Upeksha (Gawa 163/166)

New kite registrations include:

  • Airush Vantage (7-19)
  • Cabrinha Contra (13-19) and Switchblade (7-11)
  • F-One Furtive (6.4-19)
  • North Rebel (5-15) and Dyno 2015 (5-18)
  • Ozone Edge V9 (5-19)

In addition, all Leading Edge Inflatable kites registered in previous years for the Formula Kite class as listed on the above list are eligible if they comply with the TT:R class rules.

Please note that all equipment must comply with the class rules, i.e. carry registered equipment plaques. As some of the equipment has been already on the market it is important that competitors check compliance of their equipment against the class rules (http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/TTR2017CR280117-[21809].pdf)

Sunday, 24 September 2017 09:28

Germany’s Florian Gruber maintained his composure to see off challenges that could until the last race have derailed his bid for the inaugural International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R World Championship slalom title in China.

In clinching victory on the final day of competition in Pingtan, Gruber made it back-to-back TT:R world titles after seizing the twin-tip course racing crown in Weifang, China, a year ago.

But to ensure victory in Pingtan on the fifth day of competition Gruber—who began the day equal top on points with three other riders—knew he could not afford to put a foot wrong with European champion Martin Dolenc (CRO) breathing down his neck.

“I was defending my World title and it was fun,” said a delighted Gruber. "But right up until the last race I knew Martin Dolenc had a chance to win too, so it was good to beat him, especially after he won the Euros.”

In the hotly-contested women’s division, 17-year-old local favourite, Jingle Chen (CHN), secured the World Championship title after a series of races that saw the overall lead change hands constantly as the breeze freshened to a punchy 17kts.

“I’m so happy that I could win here because I’m the local girl,” said Chen. “I know that the stronger winds are better for my style of racing. But, still, I was a bit nervous and excited beforehand, so it was great to come out on top.”

The championship on the East China Sea off Pingtan’s Beach was part of the China International Kiteboarding Festival that also hosted the third round of the 2017 IKA KiteFoil GoldCup being staged simultaneously.

The fast-emerging TT:R slalom-boardercross discipline of knock-out heats of eight riders is fast and furious. Riders race over five down-wind legs, jumping obstacles to spice things up, in mini-contests that last barely four minutes.

The format, devised to ensure ease of access for the most riders using twin-tip boards and inflatable tube kites, will be used at the Youth Olympic Games next October in Argentina. In Pingtan it attracted 65 riders from 17 countries to the TT:R Worlds and the U-19 TT:R Youth Open, made up of those who will be eligible to compete in Buenos Aires.

In the Boys’ competition the rivalry was particularly intense in five hard-fought elimination rounds staged over three days, though in the end Tiger Tyson (ANT) took the top podium spot, just edging his training partner Cameron Maramenides (USA), and Thailand’s Sarun Rupchom.

In a tense final day’s races, the trio traded the top three spots,. But it was Tyson who kept his nerve seeing Maramenides first crash as he led the penultimate finals race, and then disqualified after he crossed the line early in the last race.

“I’m really, really happy,” said Tyson, 15. “In the race where he crashed I was just behind him. We rounded the first and second marks cleanly, but he kept looking back. Then he just went flat on his face. In the last final I knew he [Maramenides] was over early, so I didn’t take any chances. By then I knew I could discard the score and couldn’t be beaten anyway.”

Gruber had no such margin for comfort in the Men’s title. A win by Dolenc in the final race would have given him the title. But the Croatian could only manage finishing third faced with Gruber’s superior pace, and ultimately took the second podium spot, with France’s Julien Kerneur just behind.

“In that last race I had a good start, and on the first reach I was always winning,” said Gruber. “That was definitely the goal. Once you have that spot you’re out of trouble and behind the others have to take care as you’re in control. I’m super-happy with the back-to-back world titles here in China.”

OVERALL STANDINGS

Men
1. Florian Gruber (GER) - 3 pts
2. Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 6 pts
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA) - 7 pts
4. Theo Lhostis (FRA) - 9 pts
5. Narapichit Pudla (THA) - 10 pts

Women & Girls
1. Jingle CHen (CHN) - 11 pts
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS) - 16 pts
1. Kirstyn O'Brien (USA) - 19 pts
4. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) - 22 pts
5. Benyapa Jantawan (THA) - 23 pts

Boys
1. Tiger Tyson (ANT) - 3 pts
2. Cameron Maramenides (USA) - 5 pts
3. Sarun Rupchom (THA) - 6 pts
4. Remel Trentillo (PHI) - 13 pts
5. Hiro Karamon (JPN) - 14 pts

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoring:www.twintipracing.com

Friday, 22 September 2017 18:46

The drama promised by Twin-Tip: Racing at the inaugural International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Worlds in China delivered in spades when several of the favourites were knocked off their perches.

With the return of Pingtan Island’s normally predictable winds that went largely missing for three days, both the men’s and women’s leaders found themselves pushed down the leaderboard but remain in the hunt going into the final day.

Only the leader of the Boys’ U-19 division, Tiger Tyson (ANT), strengthened his hold on the top spot with a gritty performance in the second elimination final when he seized an unlikely victory, passing arch-rival Cameron Maramenides (USA) on leg three in the short, sharp down-wind slalom race.

Yet the unpredictable nature of the TT:R slalom-boardercross format, which will be used at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next year when kiteboarding makes its Olympic debut, could still throw up further surprises.

The event in Pingtan, part of the China International Kiteboarding Festival that is also hosting the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup simultaneously, has attracted 65 riders from 17 countries. Many of them are eager to hone their skills ahead Olympic qualifiers next year.

The twin-tip format of five short downwind slalom legs, with obstacles to be jumped introduced if conditions permit, was devised for ease of access for all kiters. Kiters in the Youth divisions are only allowed to use inflatable “tube” kites.

But in the 11kts to 13kts that blew up over the East China Sea just off Pingtan’s beach it was the leading men on their high-aspect foil kites who provided the excitement in their second elimination final.

France’s Julien Kerneur was taken out by his compatriot Theo de Ramecourt when they tangled, ending both their races. Kerneur was given redress and fifth spot, while de Ramecourt was disqualified for his troubles.

Asian Twin-Tip champion Narapichit "Yo" Pudla took the win to go top of the leaderboard overall—just. In doing so he knocked European TT:R champion Martin Dolenc off the top spot—just. In fact, the scores are so tight that the pair are equal on points, with Pudla just nosing it on count backs, locked with Germany’s Florian Gruber and France’s irrepressible Theo Lhostis.

The women’s fourth round was similarly incident packed. Russia’s Elena Kalinina controlled the race from the front, but behind, China’s Jingle Chen somehow pushed her way past two rivals from fourth position to second, leaving Alexia Fancelli (FRA) and MaryJane Gajisan (PHP) third and fourth.

Yet it was TT:R world ranked number one, Kirstyn O’Brien who came off worst. She finished the race fifth, pushing her down to third place overall just behind Kalinina and Chen respectively, who are equal on points.

In the Boys’ division of those who will be eligible for YOG in Buenos Aires next October, Tyson’s win over Maramenides, avenging a defeat at the European championships in Italy in July, was particularly sweet.

“I got just got past him at the end of third leg at the mark,” said Tyson, 15. “He had gone slightly too high and that left a gap on the inside where I could just get past.”

OVERALL STANDINGS

Men
1. Narapichit Pudla (THA) - 5 pts
2. Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 5 pt
3. Florian Gruber (GER) - 5 pts
4. Theo Lhostis (FRA) - 5 pts
4. Julien Kerneur (FRA) - 9 pts


Women & Girls
3. Elena Kalinina (RUS) - 5 pts
2. Jingle CHen (CHN) - 5 pts
1. Kirstyn O'Brien (USA) - 8 pts
4. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) - 8 pts
5. Maryjane Gajisan (PHI) - 11 pts

Boys
1. Tiger Tyson (ANT) - 2 pt
2. Cameron Maramenides (USA) - 4 pts
3. Sarun Rupchom (THA) - 6 pts
4. Haoran Thang (CHN) - 8 pts
5. Jiangang Wu (CHN) - 12 pts

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoring:www.twintipracing.com

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:15

The opening skirmishes at the first TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) World Championships in eastern China lived up to the fast-emerging kite discipline’s deserved reputation for excitement and drama.

In no time at all, on the opening day of five, the leading women were scrapping for any small advantage in the intense, short downwind races and several of the leading contenders tangled fuelling competing pleas for justice to the on-shore umpires.

But the appeals were the exception rather than the rule at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R World Championships being staged on the ideal natural arena off Pingtan Island’s beach in conditions that were only a fraction shy of perfect.

The East China Sea served up flat water and a steady breeze of 11kts to 13kts in the large sheltered bay to kick off the action in the sixth successive edition of China International Kiteboarding Festival.

The festival highlights Pingtan as international kiting spot welcomed 112 riders from 28 nations and regions who will compete in the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup and Twin-Tip course racing disciplines being run alongside the TT:R Worlds.

In the Men's Open division it was Croatia’s Martin Dolenc, 17, who put himself in the driving seat with a series of controlled performances that saw him top of the table after the first elimination round. 

      

The IKA TT:R European champion, who dominated the event in Italy in July over days of nail-biting competition, showed again that he had the nerve and timing to position himself for the all-important start that virtually guarantees a win in the eight-person heats lasting barely four minutes.

In his wake he left France’s Theo Lhostis, and Germany’s former Formula Kite world champion Florian Gruber respectively. Equal on points just behind the top three sit France’s Julien Kerneur and the Asian TT:R champion, Narapichit “Yo” Pudla (THA), who is confident that with more races he has the pace and race-craft to get the better of his rivals.

“I won a couple of the heats really well,” said Pudla.”But in the elimination round final I got boxed in at the start with Atte Kappel and was quite far back, but I managed to get back into contention. If I can avoid tangles and get a clear start, I think I showed in the races I won that I’m definitely fast enough.”

Tiger Tyson, of Antigua and Barbuda, sits in pole position in the U-19 Boys’ who will be eligible for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires next year where the TT:R slalom/boardercross format will be used, just ahead of Cameron Maramenides (USA) and Sarun Rupchom (THA).

“I won every race overall,” said Tyson, 15, “I like these conditions as I was well powered on my 17m kite. I think I’m doing better because I’ve done quite a bit of foil racing and that has helped my racing and tactics. But TT:R is much more simple; it’s all about power and giving it your all.”

The women’s division is headed by world ranked number one, Kirstyn O’Brien (USA). She managed to keep just ahead of powerful racers, China’s Jingle Chen, Elena Kalinina (RUS) and Alexia Fancelli (FRA), thanks to a discard after three rounds, but was revelling in the moment.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said O’Brien. “It’s just nice to race against the women, not to say that it’s easy, especially on the start line. But this is a great venue.”

OVERALL STANDINGS

Men
1. Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 1 pt
2. Theo Lhostis (FRA) - 2 pts
3. Florian Gruber (GER) - 3 pts
4. Julien Kerneur (FRA) - 4 pts
5. Narapichit Pudla (THA) - 4 pts

Women & Girls
1. Kirstyn O'Brien (USA) - 3 pts
2. Jingle CHen (CHN) - 3 pts
3. Elena Kalinina (RUS) - 4 pts
4. Alexia Fancelli (FRA) - 5 pts
5. Maryjane Gajisan (PHI) - 7 pts

Boys
1. Tiger Tyson (ANT) - 1 pt
2. Cameron Maramenides (USA) - 2 pts
3. Sarun Rupchom (THA) - 3 pts
4. Haoran Thang (CHN) - 4 pts
5. Remel Rentillo (PHI) - 5 pts

Full rankings and live elimination ladders with scoring:www.twintipracing.com

Saturday, 16 September 2017 09:50

The winners of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Twin-Tip Open in China were crowned at an exuberant closing ceremony after an event that offered a total of €10,000 prize money.

Britain’s Olly Bridge took the victory in the Men’s division, seeing off challenges from the French duo of Julien Kerneur and Theo de Ramecourt, who claimed the second and third spots respectively on the podium.

Perhaps the biggest upset was that Croatian Martin Dolenc, 17, who took the title at the TT:R Slalom Europeans in southern Italy in July, could only place ninth overall after failing to make the final.

With a chance for only one elimination round because of lack of wind, Dolenc had no opportunity to make up for any slip up. In good conditions scores of races and many elimination rounds are staged giving the opportunity for any mistakes or mishaps to even out.

But the IKA TT:R Slalom Open in Weifang, a down-wind format of short-sharp elimination heats in the format that will be used at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires next year, is merely the appetiser for the IKA TT:R Open World Championships on the windy Chinese island of Pingtan next week.

The Weifang TT:R Open was taking place alongside the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup which fared a little better as the foils can race in lighter winds than the twin-tipers who required stable minimum of 10kts for fair and exciting racing.

But many of the world’s fastest foilers also decided to take part in the TT:R event bringing the number of competitors to 43 from 12 nations.

France’s Alexia Fancelli won the Women and Girls’ division, while Thailand’s MaryJane Gajisan took second to see off Russia’s Elena Kalinina in third and Anaïs Mai Desjardins in fourth on count-backs as they were equal on points.

In the Boys’ U-19 division—those who will be eligible to compete at YOG in Argentina—Thailand’s Sarun Rupqhom using a specially-developed Upeksha slalom twin-twip just pipped Tiger Tyson (ANT) in second and Zhang HaoRan (CHN) in third.

Full results:http://www.twintipracing.com/results

The fleet is now heading to Pingtan Island for the open age world TT:R championships starting on September 18, 2018.

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Last Event

Youth World Championship

Barra Grande 2017

Brazil

 Event Winners

male Cameron Maramenides United States
female Sofia Tomasoni Italy

Current World Ranking Standings

Men
 1 Martin Dolenc Croatia 331 pts
 2 Florian Gruber Germany 330 pts
 3 Theo de Ramecourt France 289 pts
Women
 1 Jingle Chen China 270 pts
 2 Kirstyn O'Brien United States 243 pts
 3 Elena Kalinina Russia 201 pts
Boys
 1 Cameron Maramenides United States 311 pts
 2 Tiger Tyson Antigua and Barbuda 279 pts
 3 Victor Bachichet France 259 pts
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 2 Nina Font Castells Spain 249 pts
 3 Poema Newland France 223 pts

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