The Sardinia Grand Slam crowns Axel Mazella

The Sardinia Grand Slam crowns Axel Mazella

The Sardinia Grand Slam has returned its verdict. Axel Mazella is the new Kite Foil World Champion. After 4 days of racing, the Frenchman only needed to firmly keep his fourth place to overcome the former world leader, Toni Vodisek, in the general classification.

Nothing could have been done even by the compatriots fighting at the Poetto in Cagliari. First of all Theo De Ramecourt, who returns home with the most deserved victory of the Sardinia Grand Slam. To Nico Parlier, winner of the Sardinian stage in 2018 and world champion in 2017, second place was not enough. After losing the title last year in the direct battle with Maxime Nocher, this year he had to settle again for the silver medal (both at the Sardinia Grand Slam and in the World ranking).

Nocher, Kite Foil World Champion in 2018, failed to replicate last year’s great performance. He finished fifth in his test in Sardinia and closed the Kite Foil World Series on the third step of the podium.

Going back to the new world champion, Axel Mazella, it must be reminded that only a week ago in Torregrande (Oristano) he also won the title of absolute European Champion of Formula Kite, beating precisely on the final Toni Vodisek. In short, 10 days were particularly fortunate for the French kiter who will hardly forget the emotions experienced this year in Sardinia.

In the female category finally the formality: Daniela Moroz is the new world champion of Kite Foil. A season to be framed that of the young American athlete, marked by four victories (in the female category) on four stages of the World Cup. Second is the Russian Elena Kalinina, third Kirstyn Obrien, winner of the world title in 2018.

The Sardinia Grand Slam World Championship is organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the aegis of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), the support of the Kiteboarding Class Italy CKI, the Italian Sailing Federation and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Tourism Department and the Municipality of Cagliari Sport and Tourism, and some private companies.

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Top five men after twenty races (three discard)

1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) – 37pts

2 Nico Parlier (FRA) – 43pts

3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) – 44pts

4 Axel Mazella (FRA) – 55pts

5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) – 87pts

            

Top five women after twenty races (three discard)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) – 306pts

2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) – 412pts

3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) – 428pts

4 Elena Kalinina (RUS) – 449pts

5 Leonie Meyer (GER) – 502pts

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Top three men

1 Axel Mazella (FRA) – 392pts 

2 Nico Parlier (FRA) – 389pts 

3 Maxime Nocher (FRA) – 386pts 

Top three women:

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) – 344pts

2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) – 303pts

3 Kirstyn Obrien (USA) – 282pts

Sardinia Grand Slam: fight against the title unchanged

Sardinia Grand Slam: fight against the title unchanged

The third day of competitions at the Poetto in Cagliari was also dismissed, where the 2019 edition of the Sardinia Grand Slam – the last stage of the Kite Foil World Series, promoted by the International Kiteboarding Association and organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari – is in progress.

After today’s 5 races the fight for the title remains essentially unchanged! The leader is still the French Theo De Ramecourt, with 26 points and author of another excellent performance with 2 successes and 2 second positions.

Behind him the French Nico Parlier, thanks to the success in the last race of the day, grabs the British Connor Bainbridge in second place (at 34 points). Fourth is the European Formula Kite champion Axel Mazella who with 39 points remains in the fight for a place on the podium. The world champion Maxime Nocher is now almost out of the fight for the medal, fifth at 67 points.

The American Daniela Moroz continues to dominate the women’s ranking. There are now only tomorrow’s races to separate her from the world title, but math is on her side. Not happy, he continues to climb the overall standings, taking 16th place with 212 points.

We recall that tomorrow, at Poetto, the winner of the Sardinia Grand Slam 2019 and the new Kite Foil World Champion will be crowned. The skipper meeting is scheduled at 10.00 with a possible departure from 11.00.

For the public on the beach watching the competition, DJ Tixi’s DJ set is to start at 12.00, which will accompany Francesco Virdis’ live street art performance.

From 13.30 it will be the turn of the Parkour Cagliari ASD exhibition which will hold introductory courses for the curious. Finally, at 4.00 pm, the awards are going to take place.

The Sardinia Grand Slam World Championship is organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the aegis of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), the support of the Kiteboarding Class Italy CKI, the Italian Sailing Federation and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Tourism Department and the Municipality of Cagliari Sport and Tourism, and some private companies.

Top five men after sixteen races (three discard)

1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) – 26pts

2 Nico Parlier (FRA) – 34pts

3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) – 34pts

4 Axel Mazella (FRA) – 39pts

5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) – 67pts

            

Top five women after sixteen races (three discard)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) – 212pts

2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) – 317pts

3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) – 335pts

4 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) – 338pts

5 Leonie Meyer (GER) – 363pts

Sardinia Grand Slam: Theo De Ramecourt keeps the top The British Connor Bainbridge advances

Sardinia Grand Slam: Theo De Ramecourt keeps the top The British Connor Bainbridge advances

The second day of racing of the 2019 edition of the Sardinia Grand Slam, the last stage of the Kite Foil World Series, promoted by the International Kiteboarding Association and organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari, has just ended at the Poetto in Cagliari.

Unchanged the trend seen yesterday in the day of debut. With two successes on five races, and a total of 22 points, the French Theo De Ramecourt is firmly at the top of the provisional standings.

Behind him at only two points, surprisingly, we find the British Connor Bainbridge. Today in the water he was the best and entered the medal zone thanks to two race victories, a second place and two third positions.

Third, on today’s virtual podium, the reigning champion of the Sardinia Grand Slam, the French Nico Parlier.

The Poetto beach instead looks cursed for the leader of the Kite Foil World Series Toni Vodisek. The Slovenian, in five races, has collected three missed starts, one sixth and one fortieth place. The ascent to the summit now becomes really difficult, but nothing is said until the last moment!

Among women, the American Daniela Moroz continues to reign supreme, bringing herself to 93 points from second place, the very young Polish kiter Julia Damasiewicz.

Tomorrow is the third day of racing. Six tests are scheduled with Skipper Meeting at 11.00 am and the first possible start at 12.00.

The Sardinia Grand Slam World Championship is organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the aegis of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), the support of the Kiteboarding Class Italy CKI, the Italian Sailing Federation and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Tourism Department and the Municipality of Cagliari Sport and Tourism, and some private companies.

Top five men after eleven races (two discard)

1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) – 20pts

2 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) – 22pts

3 Nico Parlier (FRA) – 24pts

4 Axel Mazella (FRA) – 27pts

5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) – 43pts

            

Top five women after eleven races (two discard)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) – 117pts

2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) – 220pts

3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) – 233pts

4 Elena Kalinina (RUS) – 233pts

5 Leonie Meyer (GER) – 237pts

 

 

Sardinia Grand Slam: a start with French dominion

Sardinia Grand Slam: a start with French dominion

The regattas at the Poetto in Cagliari – for the 2019 edition of the Sardinia Grand Slam, the last stage of the Kite Foil World Series, promoted by the International Kiteboarding Association and organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari – have started.

The rehearsals, six throughout the day, started at lunchtime, after the skippers’ meeting at 11.00, with gusts of wind that fluctuated between 22 and 30 knots. In the first four races the scenario seen last week at the Formula Kite European Championship and in the other three rounds of the Kite Foil World Series repeated: the Slovenian Toni Vodisek against the strongest French athletes arrived in Sardinia.

It was a heads-up match between Vodisek, Theo De Ramecourt, Axel Mazella (fresh winner of the European title) and Nico Parlier, winner of the 2018 edition of the Sardinia Grand Slam.

At the end of the fourth race the Slovenian was first in the partial classification but the two missed starts in the fifth and sixth race, due to the breaking of the bridle given the strong wind, relegated him to fourteenth position leaving the temporary podium in the hands of France. So we have Theo De Ramecourt first with 11 points, second Axel Mazella with 13 and third Nico Parlier with 15.

First among the Italians has been the very young Lorenzo Boschetti, author of a constant test that earned him the 13th right above the current leader of the Kite Foil World Series, Vodisek.

In the women’s category, on the other hand, the forecasts have been kept from day one: Daniela Moroz wins and convinces! The US, after having dominated the Sardinia Grand Slam 2018, the European Formula Kite and presented herself in Cagliari as the undisputed leader of the Kite Foil World Series, dominated today’s races.

She has finished 18th in the overall standings, with 83 points, leaving the Polish Julia Damasiewicz, second in the women’s rankings, with 34 points behind her and putting a serious mortgage on winning the world title!

Among the Italians the best result is that of Irene Tari, 41st in the overall standings, who had already made her mark on the occasion of the recent European Formula Kite.

Tomorrow the races are going to resume on the Poetto beach in Cagliari. Skipper meeting at 11.00. Following, the first possible departure.

Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the aegis of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), the support of the Kiteboarding Class Italy CKI, the Italian Sailing Federation and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Tourism Department and the Municipality of Cagliari Sport and Tourism, and some private companies.

Sardinia Grand Slam 2019 is about to start

Sardinia Grand Slam 2019 is about to start

Cagliari is ready to welcome the strongest international champions of Kite Foil, the new Olympic discipline, from October 2nd to 6th, the Sardinia Grand Slam, the world final of the Kitefoil World Championship, promoted by the ‘International Kiteboarding Association and organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari.

Over 80 athletes from all the continents of the world are going to meet again in the Sardinian capital for what has now become a “classic” in the international Kite Foil scene. It is in fact the third year that the world champions of this discipline are crowned in Cagliari that we remind has been included by World Sailing as a sailing class that is going to take part in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

After two years of victories by the French Nico Parlier, ruler of the Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 but mocked last year in the overall standings by the current reigning world champion Maxime Nocher, the challenge is this year even more interesting.

Surprisingly, in fact, the absolute ruler of the Kite Foil World Series 2019 is the very young Slovenian kiter Toni Vodisek, winner of the first three stages of the World Championship, silver medal at the Youth Olympics of Buenos Aires in 2018.

The Sardinia Grand Slam was preceded by Torregrande’s Formula Kite European Championship, which was staged within the Open Water Challenge 2019. On that occasion Vodisek was passed on the last day of racing by the French Axel Mazella.

The missed European title reveals the very high competitive level that we will see in the water during the Sardinia Grand Slam. It will be a battle to try to take away a title from the Slovenian, that he won’t certainly have until Sunday  October 6th. 

Turning to women, the 2018 title went to Kirstyn Obrien, author of a not particularly brilliant performance at Poetto but rewarded by perseverance and by what was done during the first two stages of the KiteFoil World Series. To enchant the Sardinian public was the very young American Daniela Moroz, who this year presents herself as the athlete to beat, above all from the impressive performance at the Absolute European Championship.

The Sardinia Grand Slam was presented this morning in Cagliari, at the Regional Department of Tourism.

“We are at the halfway point of two crucial weeks for Sardinia’s role in the international Kiteboarding scenario – Mirco Babini, president of IKA – International Kiteboarding Association, added – with the inclusion of Kite Foil among the Olympic disciplines of Paris 2024, this event is becoming increasingly important in every part of the world. It is no coincidence that we are going to have in Cagliari many athletes from more than 30 nations spread over 5 continents. It will surely be a great show and in the water we will see a great fight between over the ten strongest athletes of this discipline. Nothing is taken for granted, the battle is still open”.

“We are really proud to have brought the international Kiteboarding show to Cagliari once again – said Gian Domenico Nieddu, of Good Looking Entertainment – This city is once again able to host events of this level. As for Kiteboarding, and in general sailing sports, Poetto is now recognized all over the world as one of the best spots for competitions and training. I hope that this heritage will be further enhanced in the coming years by organizing events and events “.

“The Region focuses heavily on major sporting events scheduled from October to April, which contribute concretely to the seasonal adjustment process and represent a leading sector for the regional economy,” said Giovanni Chessa, Councilor for Tourism, Crafts and Trade of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, who added – For the next Budget, I undertake to include the Sardinia Grand Slam among the great events to be supported in the coming three-year period, so that its presence can be guaranteed in Cagliari in the future. Tourism Sardinia is growing, it has a unique heritage and is well suited to all water sports, which represent a safe investment”. 

The Sardinia Grand Slam World Championship is organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the aegis of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), the support of the Kiteboarding Class Italy CKI, the Italian Sailing Federation and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Tourism Department and the Municipality of Cagliari Sport and Tourism, and some private companies.