The TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships went down to the wire with local girl Italy’s 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 leaderboard’s top spot on the last day at Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach track, picking up her first senior championship crown to add to her previous TT:R Youth Worlds title.
“I’m 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. It’s 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 it’s great.”
Germany’s Florian Gruber was similarly thrilled to claim the crown in the men’s 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 it’s always hard,” said Gruber. “I had pretty clean racing most of the time and I didn’t 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 they’ve been training for the Youth Olympic Games [YOG]. So, I really enjoyed it."
One of kiteboarding’s most exciting prospects, who Gruber did not have to face, is the Dominican Republic’s 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 October’s YOG in Argentina, where kiteboarding makes its Olympic debut.
Corniel, the reigning TT:R Youth Worlds title holder, led the men’s 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, that’s the most important thing. I’m super-happy. It’s not easy to keep winning every race. I’ve been training really hard, but so has everyone else and they could all win. The level’s so high now.”
The women’s Pump Kite Trophy was won by Poland’s Oliwia Hlobuczek, who got the better of Russia’s Anna Fedorova and Brazil’s 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. Fifty-nine young athletes from 19 countries and five continents—women making up 40 percent of the field—made the trip to Gizzeria to fight for glory.
It was in the women’s “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, Germany’s 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.
By contrast, early leader, France’s 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 US’s double Formula Kite hydrofoil champion Daniela Moroz, who took third.
“It was so hard because it was so up and down in the women’s division,” said Newland. “I was fourth overall earlier on the last day and I really didn’t want to finish there again. I always seem to finish fourth. So, I really pleased.”
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
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
Top three men Pump Kite Trophy after eight elimination rounds (three discards)
1 Adeury Corniel (DOM) 6pts
2 Lorenzo Calcaño (DOM) 16pts
3 Cameron Maramenides (USA) 19pts
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
Full results: http://twintipracing.com/
Margins separating the top athletes in the women’s fleet at the fiercely-contested TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships are so fine that the overall leaders constantly traded places after another day of thrilling kiteboard racing in southern Italy.
But with two wins in the crucial elimination round deciders, Germany’s Alina Kornelli topped the standings going into the final day of the competition being fought out on the turquoise waters just off Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach.
On the penultimate fourth day of the exhilarating TT:R Worlds, Kornelli pushed her way up from seventh spot after discovering quicker pace and managing to avoid costly penalties that have dogged many of the other crown contenders in a field packed with talent.
The Dominican Republic duo of Adeury Corniel and Lorenzo Calcaño surged into the lead, capturing the top two spots in the standings after a scintillating day of TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) in light breezes off southern Italy’s Hang Loose Beach.
Corniel has barely put a foot wrong, winning every one of his races to cement his top spot on day three of the TT:R Pump Kite Trophy being staged in tandem with the TT:R World Championships on pristine blue Mediterranean waters.
Countryman Calcaño moved up the standings courtesy of increasingly quick and consistent performances on the equipment—four “tube” kites and one twin-tip board—that the young athletes will use at October’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina, where kiteboarding will make it inaugural appearance.
The gap between the leading kiteboard racers narrowed after an intense day at the thrilling TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships being fought out on southern Italy’s warm Mediterranean waters.
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 Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach.
Germany’s Florian Gruber, the defending two-times world champion, pushed passed the overnight leader, Frenchman Titouan Galea, with a measured performance and a confident victory in his day’s sole elimination round decider.
The opening exchanges at kiteboarding’s high-octane TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships in southern Italy threw up some unexpected leaders after a day of mixed conditions.
Twin-tip racing novice, France’s Titouan Galea, was a little surprised to find himself top of the leaderboard at the end of day one, overhauling the reigning world and European title holders in the process on the slalom track just off Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach.
The women’s TT:R Worlds fight, played out in breezes that ranged from 11kts to 14kts after earlier unseasonal thunderstorms, also saw Galea’s countrywoman Poema Newland top the standings after the first elimination round decider was completed.
A fleet of the globe’s fastest young kite racers has gathered to battle for the 2018 TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World title on the warm, turquoise waters off southern Italy’s Hang Loose Beach.
The strong field of 59 racers from 19 countries, including the two-time world title holder, Germany’s Florian Gruber, will go head-to-head in the frenetic TT:R slalom-boardercross discipline over five upcoming days of competition at Gizzeria, Calabria.
With the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on the horizon, where kiteboard racing makes its inaugural appearance, the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) also included a Pump Kite division to give qualifiers a last chance to practice against the strongest athletes.
World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport of sailing including windsurfing and kiteboarding, has published a list of qualified countries including two universality places for Youth Men Windsurfing. These two places were granted to Oman and Myanmar.
No other universality places have been claimed in compliance with the IOC qualification scheme which required applications to be made before March 31st, 2017, neither for Windsurfing nor for Kiteboarding.
The qualification system describes that unused universality places default to the World qualification events, and that the next country not yet qualified is awarded the place.
The victors of both the boys and girls titles at the TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom Youth World Champions sealed their wins with dominant performances that mirrored their progress through the enthralling event on China’s tropical Hainan Island.
The Dominican Republic’s Adeuri Corniel was almost untouchable in the high-octane races, capturing the title with room to spare. He was so far ahead in the rankings, he was able to discard first places from earlier elimination round deciders.
Young kiteboard racers from the Dominican Republic charged to the top of the leaderboard after a long day of close-fought racing at the TwinTip: Racing (TT:R) World Championships being staged on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan.
Freestyle star Adeuri Corniel (DOM) grabbed the top spot with a dominant performance on the penultimate day of the competition, seizing three wins from three in the crucial elimination round deciders.
Costly mistakes by many of the favourites to take the titles at the 2018 TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom Youth World Championships in Hainan, China, threw up a few surprises at the top of standings after the first day of racing.
After two frustrating, windless opening days, many of the young athletes seemed over-anxious and committed the cardinal error of crossing the start-lines early and were eliminated from heats or the all-important elimination round decider.
As a result some, like reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth World Champion Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) and boys’ title holder Cameron Maramenides (USA), found themselves down the leaderboard.
The pressure was magnified by a field stacked with the strongest TT:R talent as athletes from around the globe have gathered to fight for the eight remaining places for kiteboarding’s first medals at the Youth Olympics Games (YOG) in Argentina in October.