Slovenian team rider Toni Vodisek is on a roll, claiming yet another major championship. He was beaming as he shot through the finish line at the KiteFoil World Series in China. Vodisek, 19, who was 2018 Youth Olympic Vice-Champion, currently leads the World Series after a dominant win at the first tour stop in Italy in July.
Congratulations to Toni, to Axel Mazella for coming in fourth and to Kirstyn OBrien for claiming third in the Women's division.
Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek clinched victory in dramatic fashion at the death of the KiteFoil World Series’ second tour stop at Weifang Binhai, north-east China, after four action-packed days of tight racing in near-perfect conditions.
Vodisek, 19, who dominated the tour’s first act in Gizzeria, Italy, in July, suffered a catastrophic crash while leading in the final day’s last race. He struck something in the water pushing hard on the first downwind leg, breaking his kite lines and putting him out of the race.
But by then the teenager, who exploded into the top echelon this season, had already done enough in the regatta’s two final days to guarantee another top podium finish that puts him on course for the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil world title to be decided at the series’ finale on the Italian resort island of Sardinia next month.
Before that, though, Vodisek will again find himself pitched against the toughest opposition in a few days’ time at the tour’s third stop, also in China, on Fujian province’s Pingtan island, where the windier conditions pose an altogether different challenge from the closing travails of Weifang.
“I just went ‘loco’ in the water after I hit something,” said Vodisek. “I said, bye-bye guys. It felt horrible. So, to find I won, it’s nice. It feels amazing. Now let’s go for the third one.”