156 athletes, 5 continents, 45 nations: the Sardinia Grand Slam ready for the Worlds’ challenge
via Sardinia Grand Slam 1 Oct 02:46 PDT
8-16 October 2022
The kitefoiling display closing 12 months in Cagliari © IKA Media / Markus Hadjuk
Next October eighth to sixteenth the conventional crusing tournament in Cagliari will assign the titles of the Formula Kite World Championship, the “Olympic board” anticipated to debut in Paris 2024.
The Golfo degli Angeli’s crystalline waters and the sixth prevent of the Poetto, iconic seashore of Sardinia’s capital, will host the tournament.
Over 150 athletes to be concerned, 45 Countries and 5 Continents represented and an excellent dream to chase for everybody: Formula Kite Olympic magnificence international identify. The wind blows strongly in Cagliari’s Golfo degli Angeli and the Formula Kite World Championships – highlighting the new “Olympic board” set to make its debut at the Paris Games in 2024 – is daily nearer: the “Gulf of Angels” and the Poetto seashore in Cagliari will host the tournament subsequent October eighth to sixteenth. The Worlds champions will probably be topped on the instance of the Sardinia Grand Slam, a longtime crusing tournament arranged via GLEsport, decided on to host the kitefoiling IKA World Series queen degree closing autumn.
Exactly 156 athletes are admitted (94 males and 62 girls), coming from 45 nations, 43 in the Men access listing and 28 in the Women’s one. France takes the lion’s proportion with 15 individuals, 9 girls and 6 males.
The reigning champion of the 2021 version, the French Théo de Ramecourt, will probably be the amongst the stars of the transalpine expedition, in addition to Axel Mazella, every other legitimate candidate for ultimate victory. World Championships’ silver medallist in Oristano, closing 12 months, Mazella used to be already a super protagonist and winner of the Sardinia Grand Slam 2021 in Golfo degli Angeli’s waters. Serious contenders for the most sensible positions also are Cyprus’ Denis Taradin, chief of the KiteFoil World Series, and Slovenian Tony Vodisek. English crew has cast possibilities too, beginning with Connor Bainbridge, who celebrated his birthday closing 12 months via main the Sardinia Grand Slam after day1 and who’s lately taking a look for his highest form.
Bronze medallist 11 months in the past and chief of the seasonal rating, Riccardo Pianosi will draw in the toughen of the Italians, in addition to Lorenzo Boschetti. Runner-up in the 2022 rating, German Florian Gruber is every other anticipated protagonist.
Five-time international champion and several other occasions megastar of the Sardinia Grand Slam, US’ Daniela Moroz will attempt to hang her rainbow identify from the assaults of British Ellie Aldridge and French Lauriane Nolot, silver and bronze at the 2021 Worlds respectively. All of them will be aware of Gisela Pulido Borrell, the Spanish chief of the seasonal rating forward of Nolot (winner of 2021 Sardinia Grand Slam) and Moroz themselves.
Since the day past, lots of the anticipated protagonists are participating to the European Championship in Greece. However, many different athletes are already in Cagliari, ranging from the US nationwide crew – with the Women’s international champion Moroz – to French and Dutch groups. Every day the Poetto welcomes new sails. By October third all the individuals and their entourages will probably be in the Sardinian capital, for a complete of 6,000 folks anticipated in the resorts in two weeks.
The World Championship is arranged via GLEsport with the monetary contribution of the Tourism Department of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Municipality of Cagliari. The tournament will probably be held beneath the aegis of World Sailing (the International Sailing Federation) and IKA (the International Kiteboarding Federation), along with the FIV – Italian Sailing Federation and the CKWI, the Kiteboarding and Wingsport Italia Class and with the collaboration of the Chia Wind Club.
Saturday, October eighth
11.00 Local press convention
12:00-18:00 On-site registration
Sunday, October ninth
08:00-18.00 Equipment inspection
Monday, October tenth
08:00-13.00 Equipment inspection
14:00 Practice race
15:00-18.00 Equipment inspection
08:00-18:00 Profile image photograph shoot (Mandatory)
18:00 Technical assembly
19.00: Pasta Party Welcome athletes and coaches
Tuesday-Saturday, October Eleventh-Fifteenth
h. 10:00 Races
Sunday, October sixteenth
10:00 Final races
17:00 Prize giving and shutting rite
Monday, October seventeenth
Departure, venue closes