Olly and Steph Bridge crowned European Champions!
A double victory for North Kiteboarding - Oliver and Steph Bridge crowned European Champions. Well done!!
The Kite Race European Championships in Italy brought the best racers to the town of Gizzeria at the Hang Loose Beach. Following the first 2 days of the qualifying series the 78 mens fleet was split into gold & silver. Going into the gold fleet, Oliver Bridge from GB was leading and he ensured that things stayed that way.
After 7 gold fleet races, Oliver won 5 of them which gave him a 16 point advantage over his opponent Ricarrdo Leccese (ITA) in 2nd place. In 3rd place going into the medal race day & fully dialed into these conditions was NKB rider Maxime Nocher from France.
The medal race day took the form of 4 shorter races with riders on 17mtr Dyno kites and their biggest fins. The beach was linned with spectators & those that were not at the event were following the racing live on the Trac trac. The wind was shifting and many position place changes took place making things exciting. At age 15, Oliver showed great maturity to hold things together and to remain in control of the regatta securing his triple title win: Under 18's, Under 21's, and Mens European Champion.
Sailing a consistent and tactical week, Maxime Nocher (FRA) was on the podium with 3rd position while team mates filled the other top 10 placings: 6th Blazej Ozog (POL), 7th Florian Gruber (GER), 9th Olivier Dansin (FRA). 5 NKB positions filled the Top 10 mens Platinum races.
The womans fleet was won by Steph Bridge, making this a rather unique Mother & Son duo European championship win. Steph also wins the womans masters while Ariane Imbert takes 9th overall & 2nd in the womans masters.
The youth division was won by Oliver Bridge, however another outstanding performance was by Yannis Hundt (GER) who was 2nd youth and 2nd in the gold fleet overall. The other gold fleet NKB results were Charles Delaue (FRA) 7th, James Johnson (DEN) 11th and Theo (FRA) 16th.
All the racers now prepare for the World Championships in China in November where the final showdown for the year will take place.