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2016 Formula Kite Worlds in China from 9 to 15 September 2016

2016 Formula Kite Worlds in China: Day 6- 15.09.2016

2016 Formula Kite Foil Worlds in China: Day 5- 14.09.2016

Final Series (Gold races): for results after protest, click here

Overall Women after protest

Gold Races: results men overall before protests

Gold Races Overall Before Protest
Weifang (China), 14 September 2016

Yesterday there was no wind. There will be no additional qualifying heats forr Men.

From today they will start the Gold Races and Silver Races for Men.

Here below the firsts positions for men before the start of Gold Races:

  1. Nico Parlier Ozone­Lynch Associates­The Black Dog­Mike’s Lab­Julbo­Delta FitnessLa coccinelle immobilière ­Sooruz, 2.0 points
  2. Riccardo Andrea Leccese Ozone­ MikesLab ­COGUA kiteboarding,­ 4.0 points
  3. Maxime Nocher Fone ­Yacht club Monaco ­Baticoncept ­LIP­Orezza, 6.0 points
  4. Axel Mazella (U21) F­One, Manera, SEAGALE, l’Aventure, Volkswagen 8.0 points
  5. Oliver Bridge (U21) North kites, Levitaz, Volvo cars 10.0 points
  6. Mario Calbucci (U21) Banga Foil, UC distribution, Elf, Circolo Lauria 12.0 points
  7. Florian Trittel MOVISTAR, KFA, BRUNOTTI, FLYCAT 14.0 points
  8. Theo Lhostis (U21) core kitebording franceblue power marine banga foil air tahiti nui + 16.0 points
  9. Bruno Lobo GOVERNO DO MARANHÃO, FERRONORTE, KFA 18.0 points
  10. Theo de Ramecourt (U21) 20.0 points
  11. Blazej Ozog ETISOFT, FLYSURFER, MOSES HF, VOLVO 22.0 points
  12. Julien Kerneur AIRUSH / PROLIMIT / FFVL 24.0
  13. Florian Gruber Flysurfer, Levitaz, Airush, NP Surf, Freizeit & Sport GmbH 26.0 points
  14. Martin Dolenc (U18) (U21) Flysurfer, Levitaz, surfpunk boards, animal 28.0 points
  15. Maks Zakowski Tiger Team II, Ozone Polska, O’neill, Moses 30.0 points
  16. Guy Bridge (U18) (U21) Volvo Cars, Edgewatersports, Cat Rugged Phones, The Beachhouse Exmouth 32.0 points

At this link overall Gold and Silver Assignments.


2016 Formula Kite Worlds in China: Day 3 – 12 and 13 September 2016

Flight Assignments day 3

no wind on day three and four of the formula kite worlds in Weifang, China. Fingers crossed for tomorrow !

Light breezes tantalised racers at the Formula Kite (foil) World Champions for a second straight day, but remained stubbornly insufficient to get off any races in the women’s or men’s “gold” and “silver” fleets.

In the absence of action, the 60 riders for 19 countries were briefed on the status of kiting’s bid for a slot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and voiced concerns over some possible strategies apparently unfolding.

Markus Schwendtner, International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) CEO, outlined the possible pathway to an Olympics berth and the potential pitfalls that could lie in the way.

Key among the elite racers’ fears is that the Neil Pryde group — Cabrinha’s parent company — is attempting to establish a “one design” CR:X class with its convertible low performance foil and twin-tip board, and tube kite, in the hope of establishing a “class” and offering if for Olympics inclusion.

Riders were told that in line with their wishes, the IKA’s favoured option is to hold a “beauty contest” of leading high-performance hydrofoils and kites, choosing one of each eligible for mass production two-and-a-half years out from the Olympics as a one design model to be used in the Olympic Games and it’s qualifier events, so all athletes could train and compete on the same equipment while keeping the costs for World Sailing MNAs (National Sailing Associations) low.

Outside the Olympic pathway events, development of foils and kites would continue apace as normal to ensure equipment keeps going forward and does not become quickly dated and outmoded.

If kiting jumped the hurdles, any equipment could ultimately be chosen by the equipment and events committees of World Sailing (WS), kiting’s governing body under the International Olympic Committee (IOC), possibly in May next year.

But first comes the thorny issue of inclusion. WS is under pressure from the IOC to include kiting in its line-up (and to achieve gender equality), but is not able to increase the 10 medals available, which means that some creative work needs to be done with regard to the events of the current classes to get kiting into the Olympics.

WS is due to discuss its plans for the medals line-up at its annual conference in Barcelona in November, which will give a strong indication as to kiting’s prospects. A final decision will be taken at a WS special assembly in February by delegates from Member National Authorities (MNA).

A decision to include kiting would then have to be agreed by the IOC in June.

Most of the racers are extremely keen to see kiting win an Olympics slot, and were comfortable with the plan outlined. But they were anxious to get the message out that concerned kiters needed to push and educate their own country’s MNA delegates on the kiting’s merits, and stressed the desirability IKA should launch its own sophisticated media and PR drive to ensure success.

Similarly, the brands represented, Flysurfer and particularly Ozone, were alarmed at the prospect of one company cornering the Olympic market.

Neil Pryde has IOC connections as the maker of windsurfing’s RS:X class, and industry rivals and riders alike fear it could use their new CR:X one design hybrid class as a bridgehead to be chosen for the 2020 Games.

2016 Formula Kite Worlds in China: Day 2 – 11.09.2016

Young American Crushes at Formula Kite World Championships >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


Weifang Binhai, China (September 11, 2016) – When dying winds on the opening day of the Formula Kite World Championships kept the women off the water, US rider Daniella Moroz, just 15, wasted no time to humble a classy field in the 11-strong women’s fleet, leaving reigning world champion Russia’s Elena Kalinina, 18, far in her wake, with Steph Bridge (GBR) even further adrift.

Fifty-eight riders from 19 countries have assembled to battle for the title, the first since rule changes at the beginning of the year altered class rules to accommodate hydrofoil boards in the fast-shifting environment of kite racing.

With winds today that built from about 20kts to around 26kts coupled by a mounting swell, the teenager was in a class of her own with four emphatic victories in the women’s fleet’s four opening races.

Moroz will be hoping the challenging breezes that match her home spot, San Francisco’s Crissy Field, continue over the next four days of racing for the women’s fleet, aware that arch-rival Kalinina is quick in light airs.

Deploying a Mike’s Lab foil and Ozone R1 V2 kite, Moroz admitted her smallest 9m wing was a bit much. “I was a bit overpowered, but with the wind in San Francisco, I was able to work with it. I tried to play it pretty safe, not do anything crazy and stay comfortable while keeping an eye on [Kalinina].”

In the men’s division, French rider Nico Parlier dominated his fleet with a flawless four bullets as he reveled in unusually blustery conditions that suit both his racing style and equipment.

Even in his day’s final race when reigning world champion Maxime Nocher (MON) threatened to finally snatch a victory on a searingly-quick reach to the finish, Parlier was just able to squeeze out his rival on the line in a photo-finish.

The contrast to the opening day could hardly have been more stark. In dying light airs and sultry heat, Parlier could only manage a fifth spot in his sole race. But in the windier conditions, Parlier was in his element on his smallest 11m Ozone R1 V2 kite and Mike’s Lab foil that proved ideal.

“These are definitely my conditions,” he said. “Beforehand I was very worried about the light conditions I thought I’d find here. Certainly this spot is different from every other I’ve been to. There seems to be some dust or mud in the water. It doesn’t feel fast. But I’m just trying to do my best and improve my skills.”

His pitch-perfect performances in the conditions were at odds with those of the stellar group of chasing riders in his qualifying fleet — one of two for the men — who found themselves outgunned and overpowered.

Like Parlier, the likes of Nocher, Axel Mazella (FRA) and Florian Trittel (ESP) had expected characteristic light breezes to bathe the Yellow Sea off Weifang, eastern China, and had failed to register small enough kites for the championship’s six days.

The men will race one further day of qualifying, before being seeded into “gold” and “silver” fleets, with the top 10 securing places for the medals races of the final climactic day to crown the 2016 Formula Kite world champion.

Italian-Colombian Rikki Leccese staked his claim with a great outing, claiming three bullets and a second place in his fleet’s four races. Noting that he, too, was on a Mike’s Lab foil and Ozone kite begins to seem like a tired refrain and suggests the leading trio had some unfair advantage. They hadn’t. But a change in conditions could change everything.

But for Leccese’s closest rivals, Britain’s Olly Bridge and Mario Calbucci, who racked up a clutch of second and third places between them, a shift in the weather might be their best hope of keeping them in the title hunt.

MEN Overall standings after five races (one discard):
1 Nico Parlier (FRA, Ozone/Mike’s Lab) — 4pts
2 Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/Mike’s Lab) — 5pts
3 Maxime Nocher (MON, North Kiteboarding/Banga) — 8pts

WOMEN Overall standings after five races (one discard):
1 Daniela Moroz (USA, Ozone/Mike’s Lab) — 4pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Banga) — 8pts
3 Steph Bridge (GBR, Flysurfer/Levitaz) —16pts

2016 Formula Kite Worlds China: Day 1 -10.09.2016

Very light wind today. All kiters with the biggest kite they have (size: 19 – 18 – 17)

Men have been divided in 2 Flights (Yellow and Blue), the Women are in Red Flight.

Here below the results of races of day 1: 



Hydro Foil 2016 Formula Kite Worlds China: Description and Details

The event agreement of 2016 IKA FORMULA KITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP was officially signed in Nice (France) on 9 August 2016, that means the globally top kitesurf event will be held in Joy Sea Beach Binhai Weifang on 9-15 September 2016.

Weifang is a well-known tourist city in China, for being the home of kites. Binhai Economic and Technical Zone is the area that is developing fastest in Weifang. It is no longer a desolate place, but now a famous seashore resort in the north of China with excellent seashore facilities, e.g. hotels, restaurants and baths. The new beach in Binhai, Weifang receives over fifty thousand tourists every weekend.

Weifang Binhai has a vast global impact as it firstly started kitesurf and organizing kitesurf events in China, international kitesurf events are continuously held here for 8 years. China State Physical Culture Administration has duly authorized naming Weifang Binhai as international kitesurf training base.

2016 IKA HYDRO FOIL FORMULA KITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is organized by Weifang Binhai Economic and Technical Zone Administrative Committee and undertaken by Weifang Binhai Tourism Group.

  • Event Dates: 09.09.2016 – 15.09.2016 (Detail in Schedule)
  • Divisions:
    • Formula Kite Racing Man
    • Formula Kite Racing Woman
    • Twin Tip Racing Man (Open)
    • Twin Tip Racing Woman (Open)
  • Equipment: For definition of Formula Kite, please see IKA Equipment Regulations, IKA registered hydrofoils and regular raceboard can compete in the same class in the event.
  • Event Jury: International Jury of International Kiteboarding Association
  • Event Sailing Instructions: Please see Notice of Race
  • Event Registration on IKA official website: IKA
  • On site registration: No later than 17:00 on 09.09.2106. Chinese riders and Twin Tip Racing Open can register on event’s official website, email:
  • Registration Fee: 200 EUR
  • Event Prize money: 60000 EUR
  • Riders’ international class point:200 points
  • Visa: Visa is required for visiting China. It takes 7 to 10 days to apply for visa in some areas, riders please apply for tourist visa at Chinese embassies as soon as possible. For riders’ visa application we would provide hotel reservation form, so please send your full name and passport number via email.
  • Accommodation: Free accommodation will be provided for riders by the sponsor. Riders will be staying separately at Joy Sea Hotel on the beach and Dubai Hotel which is about 15 minutes’ drive from the competition beach. Hotel rooms distribution will be decided by organizing committee.
  • Transport: The most convenient airport to Weifang Binhai is Qingdao International Airport (TAO). Volunteers will be meeting riders at Qingdao airport on 8-9 September with free shuttles taking riders to event hotel. On 16 September, free shuttles will also available for taking riders to Qingdao airport. Riders please send your detailed flight information to as soon as possible after registration for organizing committee to arrange shuttles. Please prepare RMB at Currency Exchange at airport in case you may need to pay for anything during the event like transfer fees, hotel etc.
  • Location: The competition spot features flat water and clean beach, riders can safely walk on the beach barefoot.
  • Temperature and Wind: Temperature in Weifang is about 25-30°C in September. Apparent temperature is lower if it’s cloudy or windy. Riders are suggested to prepare a wet suit. Wind may change from 8 to 25 knots, but the wind won’t be too strong mostly.
  • Schedule:
2016 Formula Kite Worlds China Schedule
2016 Formula Kite Worlds China Schedule

4 September 2016: Less than 5 days to the 2016 Formula Kite Worlds

“Battle in the eagerly-awaited first Formula Kite (foil) world championship will get underway in just five days on the waters off Weifang, China.
With most of the top kitefoil racers slated to compete, the six-day event will be one of the biggest clashes since rule changes converted Formula Kite to hydrofoiling.

The International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup and the Hydrofoil Pro Tour
(HPT) have slightly diluted competition in 2016 as some riders favour one over another, making it rare for so many of the leading riders to compete on the same stage.

Now, however France’s Nico Parlier, current HPT leader, is set to go head-to-head with his fiercest rivals in China. Fellow countrymen Axel Mazella, the KiteFoil GoldCup standings’ leader, and the multi-talented Julien Kerneur, back from injury, will undoubtedly push Parlier to the limit.

Last year’s GoldCup champion, Monaco’s Maxime Nocher, will also be very much in the mix, along with the young Briton Olly Bridge who will be looking to lay some ghosts and finally seize a world championship title that has eluded him by a whisker on several occasions.

The women’s line-up is also set for a mouth-watering showdown. The US teenage foil sensation Daniela Moroz will be up against reigning world champion, Elena Kalinina (RUS) and Alexia Fancelli (FRA).

Moroz, incredibly, bested Kalinina and Fancelli to take the top podium spot at the last HPT stop in Mauritius in August. But the American will also find herself up against multiple world champion Steph Bridge (GBR), who will be looking to make amends for a forgettable outing at the opening round of the 2016 GoldCup in Gizzeria, Italy, in July.

With at least 15 women intending to head to China, the event organisers will race the women in their own fleet rather than competing in mixed flights with the men – one of the major differences of the Formula Kite Class to the GoldCup and Hydrofoil Pro Tour.

Without doubt, though, the focus will be on the leading men. Parlier was untouchable at the HPT stop at Pointe D’Esny, Mauritius. Nocher was only able to manage a fourth in the standings, just ahead of Mazella, who had triumphed in Gizzeria.

Olly Bridge took the third podium spot at the GoldCup in Gizzeria. It was a feat he matched in Mauritius, just giving him the jump on his rivals Nocher and Mazella.

With so many riders at the top of their game the stage is set for an enthralling, no-holds barred contest in Weifang in the week ahead.




Event Start Date 09. September 2016
Event End Date 15. September 2016
Max Participation Quota Unlimited
Paid Entries 66     [View List]
Registration and Early Bird Deadline 08. September 2016
Entry Fee 250.00 EUR
Points 200
Prizemoney 50000 EUR
Event Status confirmed
Notice of Race CLICK HERE
Equipment List CLICK HERE
Location Weifang Binhai



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