Thursday, 17 September 2020 18:04

A wild thunderstorm ripped through the valley overnight, leaving competitors to wake up to a soggy and misty morning in Ebensee but did not stop Florian Gruber and Leonie Meyer (GER) to extend their lead into tomorrow's Final Series.

The deafening storm did more than steal sleep from the participants, it also took away the standard weather cycle that produces reliable winds, leaving the competitors postponed ashore again, playing fetch with dogs, pump-foiling off the dock or just chilling out enjoying the view.

After an unsuccessful expedition to the other side of the lake to see if the wind was better there, the skies began to clear and soon 9-10 knots was consistently registered on the race area, triggering the AP to come down at 1245, with Race 3 for YELLOW starting at 1305. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:54

Racing got off to a slow start on Day 1 as competitors were postponed onshore waiting for the thermal wind to build. Lake locals suggest that the optimum window for racing occurs between 1100 and 1600 each day, and that the standard tactic is to “...head toward the left side until you can scratch the [western] mountain, and when you tack you will be lifted all the way up.”

At the end of the day, the German and the British team take the lead tied at 2 points.


Competitors soaked in the gorgeous views and unseasonable sunshine until the postponement was removed at 1310, where they launched into action. The qualifying series sees the 19 teams split into three fleets, with the YELLOW fleet of seven racing first, followed by BLUE and RED fleets, each consisting of six teams. 

Although the number of entries is only half the expected number due to the travel restrictions of the worldwide pandemic, the teams present are the best in the world, promising exciting action over the coming days. 

Monday, 24 August 2020 14:48

Axel Mazella of France confirmed his dominance on "Super Sunday" with what looked like an easy win, while Poland's Julia Damasiewicz had to go all the way to seal the deal.

The men's podium was completed by Maxime Nocher (FRA) and Connor Bainbridge (GBR) after a strong comeback. In the women's fleet, Ellie Aldridge (GBR) managed to split the Polish duo, with Magdalena Woyciechowska taking Bronze.


The final day of the 2020 Formula Kite Individual European Championships saw a new format, introduced in the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in Qatar with the goal to ensure that the competitor "first over the line" in the final race is the Gold medallist while avoiding the unfairness of a "winner takes all" race after a full week of racing.

Sunday, 23 August 2020 14:07

Theo de Ramecourt of France put an end to fellow countrymen Axel Mazella's impressive streak of race wins, stealing final series race 5 ahead of Benoit Gomez, also from France.

Gomez impressively demonstrated how big the competitive weight range of Formula Kite is Scoring two second places and a number of other high rank finishes during the two final series days against the highly competitive fleet, the 102kg athlete had no problems to stay close on the heels of his sometimes only 70kg light competitors.

Saturday, 22 August 2020 15:17

France's Axel Mazella maintained his dominance on the third day of the Formula Kite Individual European Championships in Puck.

Following two days of competition, the men's event was split into two fleets, with the top 33 athletes contesting the gold fleet of a discipline due to make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024. 

Mazella continued his impressive run, triumphing in all four races (plus two carry forward scores) to top the leaderboard with six points. 

Friday, 21 August 2020 12:26

Competitors only got the rear view of France's Axel Mazella who scored 4 straight bullets on the second day of the qualifying series.

Mazella's closest opponent, fellow countryman Theo de Ramecourt had a more mixed day, scoring an UFD (for starting early) in the day's last race. Mazella so far has scored an impressive streak of 7 race wins and one second place, making him the clear favourite for the 2020 European title.

De Ramecourt now sits two points behind at eight points, closely followed by another Frenchmen Maxime Nocher on eleven points, making it currenlty a purely French podium.

Thursday, 20 August 2020 11:09

Julia Damasiewicz (POL) Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) sit on top of the rankings after 4 races for each group on the first day of racing in Puck, Poland.

In stable 10-12 knot conditions both competition leaders did not only fight with their closest opponents, but also with some seaweed that easterly winds from a long high pressure system over eastern Europe had swept into the bay.

Both Damiasiewcz and De Ramecourt had close fights throughout the day, with the 15-year-old Damasiewicz finishing just ahead of fellow teenager Magdalena Woyciechowska, making it 1-2 for the host country. Both are tied on 4 points, with the better end for Damasiewicz having won the final race.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 22:22

For the first time, athletes are racing on equipment that will be used at the Olympic Games in Paris.

The 2020 Formula Kite Individual European Championships officially began at 12:30 noon on Tuesday 18 August. A competition of this rank is being held in Poland for the first time. All eyes are set on the newly approved registered series production equipment, equipment on which athletes will compete during the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

“This is especially a test of new equipment. All the top guys are racing on equipment that was only approved a few weeks ago due to the COVID-19 delays” - said Markus Schwendtner, Secretary General of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).

Monday, 17 August 2020 22:20

All five leading race foil kite brands whose innovative offerings have been approved for the upcoming four-year Olympics’ cycle are eagerly anticipating the first major face-off at the Formula Kite Individual European championships in Poland later this month.

The contest at Puck is the first opportunity after August 10—the day after the Tokyo 2020 Games were due to end—for the new registered series production kites and hydrofoils approved by the International Kiteboarding Association's (IKA) Technical Committee to compete in a Formula Kite regatta.

After years of development by designers acutely aware they will be unable to change their designs for the forthcoming four years of Formula Kite competitions, the pressure was on to come up with a winner that will survive evaluation lasting until the end of 2021 when World Sailing (WS) will license those that pass the test.

Good early results will be key to generate sales and recouping substantial investment over the coming years as the growing number of national team athletes ramp up training in the quest for gold at kiting’s debut on the Paris 2024 Olympics’ track in Marseille.

But already market leaders Ozone and Flysurfer have thrown down the gauntlet. Their new kites reflect two divergent philosophies: Flysurfer’s VMG2 is hailed as revolutionary, while Ozone’s dominant  R1 in its V4 iteration  is cast as evolutionary, refining R1’s pace and ease-of-use all around the course that won it legions of followers and countless titles.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 10:11

Years of hard toil to develop a new hydrofoil that will win out in the fight to become the weapon of choice at kiting’s debut at the Paris 2024 Olympics will be put to the test in earnest for the first time at next week’s Formula Kite European championships in Poland.

From August 10—the day after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were due to finish—all 10 foils approved by the International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) technical committee are eligible for use in Formula Kite competitions as part of the evaluation process lasting until 2021’s close when World Sailing (WS) will license those passing the test.

With the shock withdrawal of the dominant foil of recent years after MikesLab failed to agree to the level of disclosure of construction details required by IKA and provided by all other contenders, the field is wide open for challengers—some established and some new to top-flight Formula Kite racing.

The track at Puck, Poland, will see the newly-approved foils go head-to-head in a highly-anticipated contest offering the first clues of which will emerge on top on the path to Olympic gold on the Games’ Marseille track in the inaugural Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay.

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