First day of competitions at the Sardinia Grand Slam with a sharp start at 2 pm with wind between 10 and 15 knots. The 39 best kiters in the world will be fighting until Sunday Oct. 8th for the title of World Champion in the Kite foil division.
Three races during the day offered to the public in Cagliari a clear antecipation of what will be the rest of the competition. French dominance with Alex Mazella e Nico Parlier first and second in the first two races. Third in both events was British Guy Bridge.
Total different result in the last race of the day with a great come back of world champ Maxime Nocher winner in front of Theo Lhostis and third italian Mario Calbucci. Tomorrow morning skippers meeting at 10 am with first possible start at 11. The mistral wind is expected and more than three races can be run.
The Sardinia Grand Slam final stop of the Kite Foil Gold Cupi s organized by GLE (Good looking Entertainment) and Yacht Club Cagliari for the technical part. The eventi s sanctioned by IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) and the sponsorship of Sardinian Tourist board and City of Cagliari.
International Kiteboarding comes back to beautiful Poetto Beach -Cagliari after the World Championship Racing in 2012 and in leading Italian resort island of Sardinia after the IKA World Kite League of last year in Porto Pollo.
This time to host the most innovative event called IKA Kite Foil Gold Cup World Championships FINAL.
It is the final event, the one that will assign the world title, in a tour that touched already this year Korea, France and China two times.
The IKA event will take place in the location called ‘Esercito’, managed by the Army and is organized by Gian Domenico Nieddu of GLE Good Looking Entertainment in cooperation with Yacht Club Cagliari.
The City Hall of Cagliari and the Sardinia Region are the sponsors of the event through their Tourism office. Sixty riders are expected from all over the world but the biggest contingent will come from France where kite foil exploded.
Total prize money will reach €20.000.
The reigning world champion MAXINE NOCHER (from Montecarlo) will have to match the strong French team including the vice world champion NICO PARLIER and AXEL MAZELLA.
Good chances also for THEO LHOSTIS from France and the British brothers GUY and OLIVER BRIGHT, all on top of the ranking separated by few points.
For the Italian fans the cheering will go to best ranked RICKY LECCESE (based in South America) but also hopes are placed on a good performance of veterans SIMONE VANNUCCI, MARIO CALBUCCI and ANDREA BEVERINO.
In the ladies fleet USA leader DANIELA MOROZ will try to retake the world title but has to watch out from Russian ELENA KALININA.