Bridge boys having some fun in Australia
Bridges dominate Freestyle Jam competition
Not satisfied just with his second place in last week’s Kiteracing Oceanics Championships course racing, 16-year-old Olly Bridge from Devon in the UK has also taken out the Men’s Open Freestyle Jam competition, ahead of Simon Wichterman in second and Luca De Prato in third.
Held on Sunday (22 December) in winds of between 15 and 20kn at Leighton Beach Fremantle, the competition included ten categories and a prize pool of $5000. The results were dominated by the talented Bridge family.
Olly’s youngest brother Tom Bridge, at 12 years already a PKRA and European Freestyle Youth Champion, took out the Junior Mens Freestyle comp over his older brother Guy Bridge and Billy Hampton in third. But 14-year-old Guy Bridge was the strongest in the Junior Mens Big Air, winning the category.
The Women’s competition was taken out by local kiter Christine Gaudieri, a past Australian Freestyle Championships winner. In second place was local freestyler-racer kiter Fabienne Bosinger and in third Shannon Ducker.
Fremantle local Simon Wichterman took out the Mens Big Air and Carola Poblete won the Womens Big Air.
Full results are listed below.
The Freestyle Jam competition was run by WAKSA – Western Australian Kite Surfing Association Inc – and was run as part of the new Kiteracing Oceanic Championships event. Groups of kiters competed in revolving 10-minute heats and scores came from their top 10 tricks.
The Championships, including the Freestyle Jam, will return to Fremantle in early December 2014 and is officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
The State Government through Tourism Western Australia is a proud supporter of the Championships.
For more nformation visit http://kiteoceanics.com or the event Facebook and Twitter pages.
Mens Open Freestyle
1st Olly Bridge
2nd Simon Wichterman
3rd Luca De Prato
Womens Open Freestyle
1st Christine Gaudieri
2nd Fabienne Bosiger
3rd Shannon Ducker
Junior Mens Freestyle
1st Tom Bridge
2nd Guy Bridge
3rd Billy Hampton
Mens Big Air
Womens Big Air
Junior Mens Big Air
Best Old School Trick Mens
Best Old School Trick Womens
Best Old School Trick Junior Mens
Kite racing Oceanic Championships
After the world championship in China two weeks later, two of the NKB race team, Olly bridge and Blasco Ozog travelled south to Perth, Western Australia to compete in the kite racing oceanic championships.
The kite racing oceanic's started on the 11th of December at Leighton beach. Perth gave us the best racing conditions, sunny 30 degrees, sea breeze of 6-15 knots throughout the regatta. The first two days consisted of the qualification series. 42 racers were split into two fleets. Both fleets races with 8 racers over the first two days. 16 year old Olly Bridge was putting the pleasure on current world champions Florian Gruber, managing to qualify into the gold fleet as 2nd. Blasco Ozog managed to qualify 5th.
On Friday competitors raced in Gold and Silver fleets in a long day of five races with the top 21 Men’s division competitors in Gold, pitting the fastest racers up against eachother creating a fierce battle.The pack was tight and the pressure on in today’s Finals Series races of the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships at Leighton Beach, Fremantle. Olly Bridge was fighting to track down world champion Florian Gruber. Olly Bridge took a bullet in the 2nd race gold feet.
Going into the final day of racing Sunday, Olly Bridge was in a combatable second with only 8 points away from first and 12 points in front of 3rd place Riccardo Leccese. Blasco Ozog moved up into second, 5 points away from 2nd.
The final day of racing consisted of 4 races with the top 10. The wind was blowing a steady 6-8 knots. Olly Bridge managed to score a 3,1,2,6 which translated into 2 nd place in the men's open and 2nd in the under 21's. Blasco Ozog managed to score a 5,DSQ,5,2. placing him in 5th overall. All in all, a great event for the NKB team!
THE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE - AGAIN.
North Kiteboarding team members Sabrina Lutz (Germany) and Mario Rodwald (Germany) are the 2013 European Freestyle Champions in Kiteboarding.
Stefan Spiessberger (NKB) wins the tour stop. North Kiteboarding domination.
The German front-runners Mario Rodwald (22) and compatriot Sabrina Lutz (24) went into a thrilling competition in Castelldeldefels, Spain. The weather gods gave their support to the 78 riders from ten nations and so the kiteboarders took off to run the single elimination on the stormy mediterranean waters of Castelldefels. In the athletic freestyle competition the riders compete against each other in a knock out system. Judges award points for the most complex tricks and jumps. Everything went well for the two german front runners until some upset was caused in the semi-finals.
Austria's Stefan Spiessberger (24, NKB) who was close on Rodwald's heels in the overall ranking, kept his nerve and won over the German in the semi finals in a very tight match. Rodwald finished third, but Spiessberger continued his winning strike and sent spanish superstar Alex Pastor to the second place. The Austrian's win wasn't enough however to prevent Rodwald from defending his 2012 European Championship title.
In the women's division, Sabrina Lutz faced a similar fate and she too lost and won at the same time. She lost in the semi finals against her nemesis, the reigning european champion Annelou Lammerts (20) and she also managed to finish in third position, but despite her loss against Lammerts, the girl from germany won the title! She had simply already gathered enough points to secure the 2013 title. Danish talent Therese Taabbel (17) secured a second place in Castelldefels.
The winds soon calmed down and the racers were sent out to battle out their tour winner on a course staked out with buoys. Again it was a german who managed to get in front. Florian Gruber won over Julien Kerneur from France and Russia's Ivan Doronin. Then the wind decided that it was time for siesta and returned only on the very last day, when two more races could be run. Florian Gruber won race two and got a second place in the last race, which secured him the event win. However he couldn't get the overall titel due to two missing points that made North Kiteboarding team rider Maxime Nocher from France a very happy tour winner while securing a safe 2nd place in Castelldefels! Well done Maxime!
Congratulations to the whole North Kiteboarding Team, dominating the European Tour!
Freestyle - European Champions 2013
1. Mario Rodwald (Germany, North Kiteboarding)
2. Stefan Spiessberger (Austria, North Kiteboarding)
3. Jerrie van de Kop (Netherlands)
1. Sabrina Lutz (Germany, North Kiteboarding)
2. Annelous Lammerts (Netherlands)
3. Nanette van der Snoek (Netherlands)
Freestyle - Results for Tour stop Castelldefels
1. Stefan Spiessberger (Austria, North Kiteboarding)
2. Alex Pastor (Spain)
3. Mario Rodwald (Germany, North Kiteboarding)
1. Annelous Lammerts (Netherlands)
2. Therese Taabbel (Denmark)
3. Sabrina Lutz (Germany, North Kiteboarding)
Course Racing - 2013 Tour winners
1. Maxime Nocher (France, North Kiteboarding)
2. Florian Gruber (Germany)
3. Blazej Ozog (Poland, North Kiteboarding)
1. Katja Roose (Netherlands)
2. Aga Grzymska (Poland)
3. Anastasia Akopova (Russia)
Course Racing - Results for Tour stop Castelldefels
1. Florian Gruber (Germany)
2. Maxime Nocher (France, North Kiteboarding)
3. Julien Kerneur (France)
1. Astrid Berz (Switzerland)
2. Katja Roose (Netherlands)
3. Anastasia Akopova (Russia)
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.