Last weekend saw the opening ceremony to kitesurfing's first ever Youth Olympic Games. Riders from around the globe gathered to celebrate the much anticipated start of what is touted to be an incredible show of talent as the riders battle against each other head to head. On Monday the racing kicked of to a fantastic display of skill and professional drive. The skies were blanketed with the kites, we are proud to see over 80% of the entrants choosing to race with the Edge V9. This race machine has dominated the competitions since the early days of the qualifying rounds and we are happy to see the progression of more and more riders realising its power and potential to increase their chances in the races!
Ian MacKinnon - Chief Editor of The International Kiteboarding Association was in Buenos Aires for the start of the action and shared with us his summary of the starting heats:
KITEBOARDING'S INAUGURAL OLYMPIC EVENT KICKS OFF IN LIGHT BREEZES IN BUENOS AIRES //
All three classes competing at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games were in action on the second day of sailing at Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Girl’s and Boy’s Kiteboarding and the Mixed Nacra 15s begin racing today, joining the Girl’s and Boy’s Windsurfing which started yesterday.
Two heats were raced in the Girl’s and the Boy’s fleets; the top three ranked athletes in each heat progress to a six-strong Heat Final A, while the other six are put through to Heat Final B.
The finishing positions in Final A and B will decide the result for the first race of the week.
Adeury Corniel (DOM) is demonstrating why he was one of the favourites for gold ahead of the competition with three wins from three so far.
“Today was an amazing day and the conditions were perfect,” he said.
“I’m really happy to be first place in the rankings, but for me it’s not about winning; it’s about the experience and what I can see with my eyes. It’s wonderful to be here.”
Corniel is two points ahead of Cameron Maramenides (USA) and five points ahead of Christian Tio (PHI).
In the Girl’s fleet, Alina Kornelli (GER) won two out of three races to take the current first-place ranking, leading Ona Romani (ARG) and Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) by three points.
The Girl’s and Boy’s Kiteboarders will follow heats-based system throughout the week, eventually determining which four athletes will progress to the final.
Follow the daily reports: https://buenosaires2018.sailing.org
ABOUT TWIN TIP RACING //
Originally set up as grass-roots and youth racing programme, the class philosophy is to allow all riders to compete on “every day” kiteboarding equipment with minimum limitations. TwinTip kiteboards are used by the vast majority of kiteboarders and can be found the world over. The slalom/boardercross format combines “first past the post” racing with spectacular jumps, kiteboarding’s stand-out feature as a sailing discipline. IKA TwinTip:Racing features as an boys’ and girls’ event for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.
SUCCESS OF THE EDGE //
Ozone's Edge V9 kite dominated the skies across the globe during the qualifying rounds and now continues to be the number one choice for the elite group of riders who successfully made their way to the Youth Olympic Games. The Edge model brings solid performance and speed to the riders, not to mention powerful lifts for some spectacular jumps. Known for reaching insane speeds while retaining smooth agility, both the Edge V8 and V9 are fully IKA registered series.
Several of the countries chose to add a custom design for their team, with China opting for a full on flag design that looked awesome and clearly identified their team as they raced around the track.
An astonishing 70% of the riders qualified for the Games on the Edge with many more opting to switch their kites for the final showdown, proving once more its status as a multiple World Championship winning speed and race performance kite. The Edge V9 has a serious performance advantage – warp speed riding at amazing angles will give you an addictive action packed session. The results speak for themselves.
RESULTS AFTER 2 DAYS OF RACING //
TOP 3 BOYS AFTER 3 ELIMINATIONS (1 DISCARD)
1. Adeury Corniel (DOM - Upeksha/Ozone) - 2 pts
2. Cameron Maramenides (USA - Upeksha/Ozone) - 4 pts
3. Christian Tio (PHI - Upeksha, Ozone) - 7 pts
TOP 3 WOMEN AFTER 3 ELIMINATIONS (1 DISCARDS)
1. Alina Kornelli (GER - Axis/Ozone) - 2 pts
2. Ona Romani (ARG, Upeksha/Ozone) - 5 pts
3. Sofia Tomasoni (ITA, Upeksha/Ozone) - 5 pts
Full results, Notice Board and media: https://buenosaires2018.sailing.org/