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.”
Congrats Maxime Nocher, winner of the La Ventana Kitefoil Goldcup!
Maxime Nocher, North Kiteboarding wins the inaugural IKA KiteFoil GoldCup 2014 in La Ventana, Mexico in an impressively dominating way:
The epic battle ensued after a brief delay on day one. By late afternoon the wind had slowly built to six knots and the sailors rigged their biggest kites. Sailing at speeds more than doubling the windspeed the competition was fierce. French sailor Maxime Nocher, North Kiteboarding, was clearly dominant in the light wind qualifying series scoring all first place finishes. However with strong wind forecasted this championship was still up for grabs.
Saturday the 15th saw the traditional "El Norte" winds having sailors rig their 7m and 9m kites. 3 races peer fleet were on the day's agenda. Johnny Heineken, Joey Pasquali and Bryan Lake showed the whole fleet how many hours they have logged the past summer and this winter by always coming in the top 7 in all races but nothing close to Frenchmen Maxime Nocher who once again took the day winning every race.
On Sunday the 16th the El Norte came in strong and heavy with 40-knot gusts and offshore winds. The strong winds made the race committee hesitant from running races due to the big swell and call for the first ever hydrofoil bigair competition. Local rider Adam Withington won this big air contest with the highest jumps, combination of tricks and smooth landings, followed by Herve Rousseau in 2nd and Maxime Nocher in 3rd.
The last day of the regatta saw perfect and traditional La Ventana winds coming strong, heavy and consistent from the North. At the end of the regatta, Maxime Nocher, North Kiteboarding, took all bullets earning his 1st place.
RESULTS KITEFOIL GOLDCUP LA VENTANA
1. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North Kiteboarding/Taaroa)
2. John Heineken (USA)
3. Nicolas Parlier (FRA, North Kiteboarding/Spotz)
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)
Maxime Nocher in St. Barth
We arrived to St. Barth the 4th of June in the evening, the next day, we were able to ride in "La Baie des Flamants" for training and to check the best wind direction to optimize our chances of record. Normally, we thought to have the best conditions (East orientation) for the next day, the 6th of June. We went to ride in a big lagoon to test the wind and I tried to choose the best material but unfortunately I wasn't able to ride with my 9 meter and Julien even with his 11m had lots of difficulty to go upwind... We realized that the east wind is too hot and not strong enough.
The 7th of June the weather was not the best, we had 15 knots NE, but we decided to lauch the crossing from St-Barth to St-Martin (34 kilometers). We called the security boat, which would come in 1 hour. During this hour, we prepared our material, analyzed the wind, it varied from 5 to 20 knots due to the cloudy weather. First big question, the size of the kite! I decided to take my 9m Dyno with 24 meter lines! Julien and Remi decided to use the same size. When we arrived at the start line, the wind was stronger than expected.
The start is done, and after 10 minutes of navigation I managed to get some distance to Remi and Julien, the problem was, I was alone, I didn't know the 100% correct direction. After a few minutes the boat opener joined me to help me for the cape and at this time we were able to finally see Julien and Remi. The speed of the opener boat side of me was around 30 knots. After 25 minutes of crossing, we saw the Saint-Martin coast line and I thought I'm late comparing to the last record! So we tried to go even faster. In the end my final time was 39 minutes and 8 seconds. I couldn´t believe it. This record is the new record for a crossing from St-Barth to St-Martin for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The old record was owned by Alexandre Caizergue since 2009 with a time of 44 minutes.
Thanks a lot to North Kiteboarding and ION to support me for this incredible experience! I'm very happy to have succeeded in this challenge.