IKA KiteFoil World Seriesâ leader withstood his rivals’ attack in a day marked by light and shifty wind. Lauriane Nolot was the âqueenâ among Women, U19 Riccardo Pianosi the best-ranked Italian. Cagliariâs Major Paolo Truzzu took in awarding ceremony
.Stronger than the tricky wind: thereâs no adversary to hold for Axel Mazella, able to keep Sardinia Grand Slamâs lead and to secure the win of IKA KiteFoil World Series round 3 on Sunday, October 10th.
Despite some imperfect choices and a racing day with shifty and gusty wind, the 23-year-old Frenchman completed the race with 30 points, preceding countryman Theo De Ramecourt (42 p.) and Brit Connor Bainbridge (47). Hundreds of spectators crowded the Poetto beach to support the event’s protagonists, organized by GLESport in collaboration with the Chia Wind Club and with the technical support of the Yacht Club Cagliari, under the aegis of World Sailing and IKA, the International Kiteboarding Association.
Winner of six out of 14 races in the first three days, Axel Mazella opened the Sunday placing sixth in Race 15 (score discarded), then settled for fifth and 20th (discarded) to secure the overall success. âToday, I havenât taken the right decisions with my strategy. I knew I had some points ahead of the other competitors, and I took it easier. Iâm really unhappy about the last race because the wind was tricky and coming from everywhere. Anyway, now itâs time to celebrateâ, Mazella commented.
The final racing day, October 10th, started with a brand new podium, topped by Russian Denis Taradin ahead of French Benoit Gomez and Theo De Ramecourt. The latter was absolutely on fire in Race 16: after a tough battle with Taradin, Theo claimed the win going up to second position overall, ahead of Connor Bainbridge.
After a runner-up spot in Saturdayâs last race, Italian U19 Riccardo Pianosi went on collecting good displays, including two third positions in Race 16 and 17 that pushed him up to sixth overall. German Jannis Maus won the final run, ahead of Antiguaâs Tiger Tyson. âIâm pretty satisfied with my display, considering that the racing week didnât start as I wished. I was leading the last race, but I couldnât stand up to Jannisâ, Pianosi said.
Lauriane Nolot (232 points) topped the fully French-speaking podium ahead of Poema Newland (249) and Jessie Kampman (300). âI feel exhausted, I gave my best on every race, it was also good training for the Worlds. Iâm super happy to take the first position. With Poema we are pushing each other to the best level: sheâs super strong and super fast, but in Cagliari, I made better choicesâ, Nolot stated.
âSardinia Grand Slam has shone this year â the IKA President Mirco Babini commented â recording great success in terms of international participation. Hosting athletes from 19 countries and all continents is more than an arrival point: itâs a valuable transition point that leads us to renew the agreement concerning the international class: Iâm personally involved in supporting Cagliariâs event in the future years. Everyone can see the success of the Sardinia Grand Slam: local authorities are satisfied, and the feedback from the competitors was absolutely rewarding. The athletes loved competing here for the weather conditions, hospitality and spaces the Poetto reserved for themâ.
âAfter last yearâs stop, Cagliari could welcome the KiteFoil show back, hosting Worldâs best specialists. Weâre very proud of this, and weâre satisfied with the high technical level, the media coverage and the institutional support. A special thank you to the Tourism Department of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Municipality of Cagliariâ, OC President Gian Domenico Nieddu stated. Cagliariâs major, Paolo Truzzu, took part in the awarding ceremony.
The IKA KiteFoil World Seriesâ updated ranking will be available on the IKA official website.
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