The Sardinia Grand Slam Back Again! IKA KiteFoil World Series Poetto – Cagliari 2-6 october 2019

The Sardinia Grand Slam Back Again! IKA KiteFoil World Series Poetto – Cagliari 2-6 october 2019

SARDINIA GRAND SLAM | IKA KiteFoil World Series
Poetto – Cagliari – Sardegna – Italia | 
2-6 october 2019

The Sardinia Grand Slam Back Again!

Cagliari, August, 27, 2019 The IKA Kite Foil World Series is ready to return for the third consecutive year in Italy, in what is now globally recognized as one of the best locations to practice kiteboard in the world, Sardinia. From 2 to 6 October, the Poetto’s beach of Cagliari will be the scene of 2019 edition of the Sardinia Grand Slam World Championship, the third stage of the KiteFoil World Series!

Once again all the strongest kite athletes will arrive in the Sardinian capital, joined in the desire to win the World Title 2019.

After two years of victory by the French Nico Parlier, ruler of Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 but mocked last year in the general result by the current World Champion Maxime Nocher, the challenge has risen up again this year.

In addition to Parlier, Nocher and well-known KiteFoil champions such as Mazelle, Bainbridge, De Ramecourt and Gruber, fighting for the world title, joins the young Slovenian Toni Vodisek, who at only 19 years has already won the first stage of the race that took place from 24 to 28 July in Gizzeria.

Moving on to women, the 2018 title went to Kirstyn Obrien, author of a not particular brilliant performance at the Poetto but rewarded by the constancy and by what  she  has done at the first two stages of the KiteFoil World Series. 

The Sardinian public was enchanted by the young American Daniela Moroz, who this year looks like “the athlete to beat” after she attained the 18th place in Gizzeria (first in the female category).

Put under special observation is our own Sofia Tomasoni, 2018 Olympic Champion at Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Champion of the World, Europe and Italy of TT:R (Twin Tip Race) who is taking her first steps to the world of Foil, determined to climb the charts and represent the blue colors at the great Olympic debut in Paris 2024.

Soon will be held the two Chinese stages of Weifang and Pingtan,  now considered a “cult ”of the Kite Foil World Series, to getting the overall ranking updated and figure out which athletes will compete to bring home the 2019 World Title at the Poetto’s beach in Cagliari.

Poetto beach will be the last stage of the Kite foil World Series– is the comment of Mirco Babini, President of the IKA – International kiteboarding Association, who added – with the inclusion of Kite foil in the Olympic disciplines of Paris 2024, this event is becoming increasingly important all over the world. It is no coincidence that in Cagliari we will have more than 100 athletes from more than 40 countries spread over 5 continents. Certainly, we will see a great  show in water among the 10 strongest athletes of this discipline and with the partecipation of  many young people ready to show to the world their worth.

“Cagliari and its Poetto beach are once again a reference point for the international kiteboarding; says Gian Domenico Nieddu of the Good looking Entertainment Agency – This city confirms itself  able to host hig-level events like this,  both as regards  kiteboarding, and in general  all sports with sailing.

Poetto is now recognized all over the world as one of the best place for competitions and training. I hope that in the coming years  this natural heritage  will be further enhanced  by constant strategic actions as the organisation of events.

The Sardinia Grand Slam World Championship is organized by Good looking Entertainment and the Yacht Club Cagliari, which is responsible for the technical coordination of the sport, under the auspices of IKA (International kiteboarding Association), with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the Department of Tourism and of the Municipality of Cagliari and some private companies.

 

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 4

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 4


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Sardinia Grand Slam – Day 4

The Sardinia Grand Slam speaks once again French! For the second year in a row, Nico Parlier won the Italian stage of the KiteFoil World Series!

In the only regatta of the fourth day of competitions to Parlier a second place was enough to distance the rival Maxime Nocher (third) by one point.

If last year the success at Cagliari’s Poetto he had also earned the world title, this year it has not gone the same way. The World Champion 2018 of Kite Foil is indeed just Maxime Nocher. The Monegasque could boast the full score in the ranking obtained thanks to the successes in the two Chinese stages of the competition (Weifang and Pingtan). Parlier paid a high price for his absence at the Pingtan race, which effectively excluded him from the fight for the world title.

Similar speech in the female category. The American Daniela Moroz has literally dominated the Cagliari race but the absence in Pingtan has effectively excluded her from the race for the world title. Behind her on the podium of the Sardinia Grand Slam the British Steph Bridge, followed by the Polish Nina Arcisz.

Kirstyn Obrien, World Champion 2018, is the author of a not particularly brilliant performance at Poetto but repaid by her constancy and by what she did during the first two stages of the KiteFoil World Series.

The Sardinia Grand Slam is organized by Good Looking Entertainment with the collaboration of the Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the auspices of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia with the Department of Tourism and the City of Cagliari with the Department of Sports.

RANKINGS OF SARDINIA GRAND SLAM

MALE

1 – Nicolas Parlier

2 – Maxime Nocher

3 – Florian Gruber

FEMALE

1 – Daniela Moroz

2 – Steph Bridge

3 – Nina Arcisz

 

FINAL RANKING KITE FOIL WORLD SERIES

MALE

1 – Maxime Nocher

2 – Connor Bainbridge

3 – Theo De Ramecourt

FEMALE

1 – Kirstyn Obrien

2 – Daniela Moroz

3 – Elena Kalinina

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 3

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 3


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Sardinia Grand Slam – Day 3

After more than 5 hours of waiting, the third day of competition of Sardinia Grand Slam could give the emotions of a race to the public present at the Poetto to watch the final stage of the KiteFoil World Series that tomorrow will assign the titles of World Champion 2018.

The wind allowed a very short window at 17.00 before collapsing again, but it was enough to bring home the daily race. However, the difficulties were not lacking, with 5 knots of wind on shore that complicated the exit of the athletes towards the race field.

The race, which took place with an average between 7 and 8 knots, has been won by the British Guy Bridge. Behind him the Germans Jannis Maus and Florian Gruber. The eternal battle between Maxime Nocher and Nico Parlier has instead moved just below the podium and saw the Monegasque cross the finish line as fourth followed by the French. The partial classification now sees the two ones with 8 points equally, at the top of the Sardinia Grand Slam ranking. Third Florian Gruber.

Undisputed leader of the women’s classification of the third stage of the KiteFoil World Series is Daniela Moroz who once again confirmed her class and skills by imposing herself on the adversaries. Immediately after her we have, on the one hand the consolidation of the second position of Steph Bridge, on the other the great result of the young Polish athlete Nina Arcisz who managed to get back on the top and conquer the third position in the provisional classification.

That of tomorrow will therefore be a heart-pounding day. Nothing is taken for granted and everything can still happen. What’s more, to make this final day even more prestigious is going to be the presence of Sofia Tomasoni, gold in kiteboarding (TT: R discipline) at the recent Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Sofia is going to arrive at the Poetto di Cagliari directly from Argentina with the medal around her neck and will reward, at the end of the day, the 2018 World Champions of KiteFoil.

The Sardinia Grand Slam is organized by Good Looking Entertainment with the collaboration of the Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the auspices of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia with the Department of Tourism and the City of Cagliari with the Department of Sports.

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 2

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 2


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Sardinia Grand Slam – Day 2

The second day of competition at Sardinia Grand Slam has come to nothing. Unfortunately, the wind conditions did not allow regattas to take place.

The conditions have been since the morning not suitable for a regatta, with a north-east gradient wind that prevailed on the thermal breeze coming from the south. Immediately after lunch the wind turned, was in the right direction and arrived at 8/9 knots. The conditions seemed perfect but they really lasted too little to allow the start of a race.

The provisional ranking remains unchanged with Nico Parlier with 3 points followed by Maxime Nocher with 4 points. Third, seconded to 7 points, the British Connor Bainbridge. Among the women, first Daniela Moroz, followed by Steph Bridge and Julia Damasiewicz.

Forecasts for tomorrow say less gradient wind from the northeast. The thermal is much more prevalent than today and about 8/10 knots are expected. The skipper meeting with the athletes is scheduled at 11.00, the first possible departure at 12.00.

The Sardinia Grand Slam is organized by Good Looking Entertainment with the collaboration of the Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the auspices of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia with the Department of Tourism and the City of Cagliari with the Department of Sports.

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 1

Sardinia Grand Slam 2018 – Day 1

 


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Sardinia Grand Slam – Day 1

The first day of competition at the Poetto di Cagliari is over. After two races, Nico Parler leads the provisional ranking with a point ahead of Maxime Nocher. Daniela Moroz first in women’s category

Not even today’s weather alert on the entire city of Cagliari has managed to stop the show of Sardinia Grand Slam 2018. The third and final stage of the KiteFoil World Series, which is awarding on Sunday, October 21st the world titles, has regularly begun at 14.00!

The wind and the sea, though rough, allowed two races to take place. The first one immediately after lunch and the second one at 17.30, after a stand by of a few hours made necessary to have the best conditions possible for the performing of the test.

In the first race, the Monegasque Maxime Nocher, now the number one in the ranking and favourite for the victory, immediately confirmed his leadership. Behind him, in second position, the French Nico Parlier, who, after dominating the 2017 edition of Sardinia Grand Slam, confirms his excellent feeling with the wind of the Poetto of Cagliari. Fifth the Italian Mario Calbucci.

Among the women, excellent performance by the very young American Daniela Moroz, followed by the Sardinia Grand Slam winner, Steph Bridge.

Plot twist in the second race with Nico Parlier who manages to impose himself on the British Guy Bridge. Only third Maxime Nocher. First among the Italians is once again Mario Calbucci, seventh.

At the end of the first day we then have Nico Parlier leading the standings with 3 points followed by Maxime Nocher with 4 points. Third, detached of 7 points, the British Connor Bainbridge.

Unchanged the women’s arrival order of the second race and then of the provisional ranking with Daniela Moroz first, followed by Steph Bridge and Julia Damasiewicz.

The Sardinia Grand Slam is organized by Good Looking Entertainment with the collaboration of the Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the auspices of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia with the Department of Tourism and the City of Cagliari with the Department of Sports.

Sardinia Grand Slam: in Cagliari are to be awarded the world titles of KiteFoil

Sardinia Grand Slam: in Cagliari are to be awarded the world titles of KiteFoil


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Sardinia Grand Slam: in Cagliari are to be awarded the world titles of KiteFoil

Italy and Sardinia return to be protagonists of international Kitesurfing. In its period of greatest expansion, with the debut at the Youth Olympic Games in progress at Buenos Aires and the entry as an Olympic discipline starting from Paris 2024, the movement has once again found in Sardinia and in the magnificent scenery of Poetto the ideal location to crown the 2018 World Champions in KiteFoil.

More than 70 athletes are going to come from all five continents of the world, engaged in the Sardinia Grand Slam, the third and final stage of the Kite Foil Gold Cup. The competition is to officially start today with the arrival and registration of the athletes. The races are going to begin tomorrow, Thursday 18th, and to end on Sunday 21st along with the awards for the event and the award of the world title.

The battle for the men’s title is anything but established and sees the high number of 5 athletes separated by only 11 points. The Monegasque leader Maxime Nocher is in charge, thanks to his victory in both the first two stages of the KiteFoil Gold Cup. The Frenchman Theo De Ramecourt and the British Connor Bainbridge equally follow with 7 points. The climb to the summit of the reigning World Champion Nico Parlier, who last year had dominated the Sardinia Grand Slam and won the world title, was impossible.

Among the women is presented as a favourite and leader of the standings the Russian Elena Kalinina who has in two stages put 12 points between her and the US Kirstyn Obrien. The young American Daniela Moroz was third in the title, out of the title battle. Moroz, however, has a fresh nomination for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

The Sardinia Grand Slam is organized by Good Looking Entertainment with the collaboration of the Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the auspices of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia with the Department of Tourism and the City of Cagliari with the Department of Sports.