NICO DEFENDS WORLD CHAMPION TITLE!

2019 Formula Kite World Championships

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Congratulations to Nico Parlier for successfully taking his third Formula Kite World Champion title in Lake Garda, Italy. Nico started the season off racing strong on the new R1 v3, showing off its supercharged performance and refined design enhancements.


Nico pushed on through and held on to his top spot after 5 days of very close racing, mixed wind conditions saw lack of wind on day three and gusty 40kts on the final day, bringing icy temperatures and snow on the surrounding mountains. Speaking afterwards to IKA's chief Editor, Ian MacKinnon, Nico says he sees that kiteboarding’s inclusion in the line-up for the 2024 Olympics in Paris has made the competition even tougher with a host of new young faces, which only serves to make his third championship victory sweeter.

    
“I’m really happy as I didn’t expect it much,” said Parlier. “It’s definitely getting harder. The guys are getting quicker and it’s pretty tight. I felt really fast, but many are close to me. The starts were insane with 30 in the ‘gold’ fleet. The racing was really interesting here under the cliffs.”
    

The event also held the first trial of the mixed team relay format, the same format set to be used when kiteboarding debuts at the Olympics in five years time. The round-robin format involves a male and female team racing one lap each of the track. The second team member can only begin their lap once the first has passed the finish line, this “flying” handover adds another level of complexity.

USA Ozone team rider, Evan Heffernan teamed up with the reigning female Champ Daniela Moroz to clinch the top spot after some very tight racing:

“This format’s pretty cool,” he said. “The changeovers were very smooth, though we could do better. And perhaps the races could be a little longer so that they’re more tactical and enable you to make up for mistakes. But it was great fun.” 

Well done to Evan and Daniela. Congratulations also go out to Oliver Hansen for being crowned U19 Vice-Champion, to Julia Damasiewicz for claiming the U16 Female World Champion title, Magdalena Wojciechowska U16 Vice-Champion and to Jakub Jurkowski U16 Male Vice-Champion.



The R1 V3

Once again our renowned race machine, the R1 covered the competition skies, this time to a stunning Italian backdrop. Now in its third version, the R1 remains a force to be reckoned with. We have made its high-speed podium performance even easier to tap into, refining the design to take it to the next level. 
A re-designed internal structure increases strength and support without additional weight. Re-calculated bridal line diameters reduce overall line drag by 14%. Giving the hard-core racer an overall increase in performance with the following enhancements:

  • Better angles up and downwind
  • Higher top end and lower bottom end range
  • Responsive handling
  • Increased stability in light wind conditions
  • Quicker inflation

All sizes of R1 V3 are IKA registered.

 

Results - 2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championships

Men
1 Nico Parlier (FRA) - OZONE R1V3            
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)        
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR)

Women
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)        
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)        
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS)

Mixed KiteFoil Team Relay
1 USA (Daniela Moroz / Evan Heffernan) - OZONE R1V3
2 FRA (Alexia Fancelli / Maxime Nocher)
3 RUS (Elena Kalinina / Denis Taradin)

Men U19
1 Arthur Lhez (FRA)
2 Oliver Hansen (DEN) - OZONE R1V3
3 Scott Whitehead (AUS)

Women U19
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Valeria Garashenko (RUS)
3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) - OZONE R1V3

Men U16
1 Maximilian Maeder (SGP)
2 Jakub Jurkowski (POL) - OZONE R1V3
3 Michal Wojciechowski (POL) - OZONE R1V3

Women U16
1 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) - OZONE R1V3
2 Magdalena Wojciechowska (POL) - OZONE R1V3
3 Nina Arcisz (POL) - OZONE R1V3

Men (Masters)
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Nico Landauer (URU)
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR)

Women (Masters)
1 Steph Bridge (GBR)
2 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS)
3 Claire Durand (FRA) - OZONE R1V3

Men (Grand Masters)
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Wilson Veloso Junior (BRA) - OZONE R1V3
3 Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA) - OZONE R1V3


For full results: http://formulakite.com

 

 

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