Olly Bridge and Maxime Nocher take the cake at the ISAF sailing World Cup in Abu Dhabi!
The ISAF sailing World Cup is one of the most prestigious race events on the calendar, and was hosted last week in the decadent location of Abu Dhabi. 20 of the world's top Kite racer's gathered to compete in a 4 day high speed showdown, along with other Olympic sailing classes.
For Kiteboarding to be integrated and included in such a reputable event and embraced by the Olympic sailing world is always encouraging for the sport as a whole.
Thanks to textbook race conditions, Stage 1 – which was completed on the first day – took the form of 4 fleet races in order to determine a seeding for Stage 2. Stage 2 has undertaken a new format known as Short Track, a series of 40 elimination heats to ascertain the top 10 riders to compete in the Finals.
On Medal Race Day, North Team Riders Maxime Nocher and Olly Bridge found themselves going head to head for 1st and 2nd place, with the added pressure of the $10,000 cash prize for the winner.
Both athletes put in star performances, and showed immense skill in keeping calm as the nerves and tensions built. With the finish line in sight, Olly steamed ahead to take gold and Maxime silver.
A huge congratulations goes to both Team Riders, who have show a lot of dedication to their sport this season!
*check the half finals and finals (5h 15min)
North Kiteboarding wins men and womans kite race world championship!
The Formula Kite Race World Championships took place on the Black Sea in Istanbul. Attracting the fastest men and women riders on the planet from over 20 countries, it was an impressive 5 day show of outstanding performance. Amongst our riders the new 2015 North Race Ltd 69 was the optimum weapon of choice, proving itself through its results, finishing consistently within the top 3 ranking.
The first two days of qualifiers saw the arrival of stronger winds, and riders rigging 11 – 15m Kites for a series of races which determined a Gold and Silver Fleet split for the days to follow. The Men's Race discipline was dominated by NKB Team Riders Olly Bridge and Maxim Moocher, with Blasco Ozog showing great form following Appendix surgery a few weeks prior to the event. In the Women’s discipline, Steph Bridge showed a return to full power and performance, demonstrating from the get go that she was in it to win it!
As Racing got underway there were signs of history in the making, with a double victory for both mother (Steph) and son (Olly) looking promising. However, a bad decision on Kite choice cost Olly his World Title on Day 4. The Regatta was now in the hands of Maxime Nocher who progressed into Medal Race day with 14 points, a clear lead ahead of the other top three riders. All of the four Medal Races were won by Olly Bridge bringing him closer to the top three, but it wasn't enough to make up for the damage done the previous day.
It's clear to see that the fastest Team in the world right now is North Kiteboarding and they're unstoppable. Be sure to follow them next week when they head to the Kite Race European Championships in Poland.
Maxime Nocher 1st
Olly Bridge 3rd
Blasco Ozog 4th
Steph Bridge 1st
Theo 9th silver fleet
Axel 6th silver fleet
Kitefoil Gold Cup - Silvaplana
The second Kite Foil Gold Cup stop was held on one of the highest mountain lakes in Europe- lake Silvaplana at 1800 mtrs above sea level. Kiters came from all over the world to compete in this growing discipline which has attracted the worlds best kite racers.
The first couple of days saw the normal gradient south wind coming up the valley from the Maloja Pass which bought excitement to the qualifying series with plenty of position changes. North riders from France, Maxime Nocher and Nicolas Parlier proved why they are leading the french foiling stops and gave Mr Johnny Heineken from USA some close racing. Current Formula European champion, Oliver Bridge from the UK made some decent tactical decisions giving him 3 bulletts on the final races and putting him in 2nd place going into the Gold Fleet races. Younger Brother, Guy Bridge - age 14 took top 5 places in all the 9 qualifying races giving him an 8th position going into the Gold Fleet. Meanwhile, Mum - Steph made it the only Woman to get in the Gold fleet.
The final couple of days the wind did not play the right game & did not allow any medal races to be completed. This meant that the overall scores for the 9 races stay as:
Oliver Bridge 2nd
Nicolas Parlier 3rd
Maxime Nocher 4th
Guy Bridge 8th & 1st Youth
Steph Bridge 17th & 1st Woman
The racers now switch discipline and head to Istanbul for the Formula Kite World Championships which start on 18/8.
Team North Kiteboarding proves unstoppable at The French International Kite Foil Championships
The French International Kite Foil Championships was held in La Ciotat, Côte d'Azur in southern France. Attracting the ever growing number of Kite Foil Race competitors, riders from across Europe gathered to compete for the Title.
Maxime Nocher, who has been dominating the Gold Cup Kite Foil Championship was the favourite going into the event. Performing outstandingly, he won all but four of the races, riding with huge consistency and control. Not far behind him was his Foil team mate Nicolas Parlier and UK's Olly Bridge who was there to compete in his first Foil event.
The new 2015 Dyno was the weapon of choice for North Kiteboarding riders, who used everything from 5m to 15m over the four day event, proving themselves and the Dynos high performance in the variable winds.
Olly started as he meant to go on, winning the final two races and staying true to his competition ethos; '”You are only as good as your last race!” Normally a Formula Class rider, Olly is the current mens European Champion so this event was a good opportunity to see which were the quickest foils and to size up the competition.
Guy Bridge was competing in his first Race event and secured a 16th overall and made the podium with a 3rd in the Youth division. Herve Rousseau won the Masters and placed 6th overall, proving that he has no intention of slowing down, scoring top five results amongst a strong fleet.
The woman's fleet was strong, with many racers having years of experience on Foils. Attending her first Foil Race event was Steph Bridge, taking 2nd place with Ariane Imbert placed 3rd overall.
The Kite Race Foil Tour is off to Lake Silvaplana in August, where racers from all over the world will congregate for the second stop on the Gold Cup Tour
1st Maxime Nocher
3rd Nicolas Parlier
4th Olly Bridge
6th Herve Rousseau
16th Guy Bridge
2nd Steph Bridge
3rd Ariane Imbert
The Dyno dominates as Maxime Nocher claims the Under 21 World Champion Title
The IKA Kiteboard Race World Championships hit Poetto Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Sardinia. The Yacht Club Caligari was at centre stage for the Master and Junior World Chamionship Race from May 12th – 18th.
The trade Mistral wind blew in from the north-west delivering world class conditions for the first day of the competition. North Kiteboarding Rider Maxime Nocher was there to fight for the Under 21 World Champion Title, but faced hot competition from Maks Zakowski (Poland.) With strong and gusty winds increasing throughout the day, riders put in a fantastic performance around the simple course, crossing the finish line that ran parallel to a crowded and cheering beach. Maxime put in an outstanding effort, although it wasn't enough to put him in the lead, leaving him and Maks neck and neck after the first day of competition.
Day two was greeted by a change in wind conditions, much to Maxime's delight. The usual Mistral switched to Libeccio, a south-west onshore wind. After repositioning the course to suit the conditions, competition got underway. Choosing a 17 m Dyno, Maxime dominated all four of his races with ease putting him ahead of Polish rival Maks Zakowski, and at the top of the leader board.
As the Libeccio wind continued into day three, Maxime lost out to Maks, giving him a double victory and turning up the heat for the two riders looking to claim the title. Continuing into day four, the final day, Maxime pulled out all the stops rigging an 11m Dyno. Blasting across the finish line first in the last three races gave him the Under 21 World Champion Title.
Catching up with him after the competition he says; “ I'm stoked about the title and my result against Maks, as he is talented and a phenomenally dedicated rider, committed to training hard every day. I'm positive about the Worlds in Turkey, as I have been training hard and am doing my best to push the limits. I don't worry about the conditions really as I am confident that the Dyno is the best inflatable kite out there, which allows me to concentrate on the race.”