2009 Kitespeed World Championship 

After two rounds of racing yesterday, Alex Caizergues (FRA, F-One) and Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha) have taken the lead in this years speed world championship, held in Port St. Louis, France.

In total, 35 competitors registered for the first event of the season, and although the weather forecast is not brilliant for the upcoming days, there is hope for the weekend to bring more wind to allow for more racing.

The first heat of the competition was won by Rob Douglas (USA, Cabrinha), the first kiter that broke the speedsailing dominance of the windsurfers last year in Luderitz, and one of the three kiteboarders that made it over 50 knots. Heat two was then won by World Record Holder Alex Caizergues. Second in both legs was Sylvain Hoceini, ensuring him a second place in the overall ranking as well. Rob Douglas is in third overall, and US course racing star Damien Leroy (Cabrinha) on an excellent fourth place in his first speed competition. In fifth, local hero Sylvain Maurin (FRA, F-One).

In the womens fleet, newcomer Melissa Gil was able to defeat reigning world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One), they are both tied in points but Melissa with a slightly better top speed. In third then reigning world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish).

Racing continues until Sunday, fifth of April, with daily racing from 10:00 hours.

Provisional IKA world championship ranking after 2 legs :

 

Women :

 1-Melissa GIL (30.03) 2.7 pts

Cabrinha / Dakine / Black Dog

2-Charlotte CONSORTI (29.94) 2.7 pts

F ONE / Nikewomen / Maui Magic/Weleda /Batucada

3-Sjoukje BRENDENKAMP (29.56) 7.0 pts

Naish / Oxbow

4-Caroline ADRIEN (28.26) 9.0 pts

Naish / Windmind

5-Marie DESANDRE NAVARRE (26.87) 9.0 pts

F ONE

6-Jemma GROBBELAR (27.09) 11.0 pts

Flexifoil / CTI.GJG

 

Men :

 1-Alex CAIZERGUES (33.54) 3,7 pts

F ONE / Volkswagen Utilitaires / Ouest Provence / ION / Placide

2-Sylvain HOCEINI (33.64) 4 pts

Griffin / Optimum Kite

3-Rob DOUGLAS (33.94) 7,7 pts

Cabrinha / Lynch Associates / Black Dog

4-Damien LEROY(32.70) 8 pts

Cabrinha / Lynch Associates / Black Dog

5-Sylvain MAURIN (32.66) 8 pts

F ONE / Oxbow / Mundaka

 

Provisional FFVL French Championship ranking after 2 legs :

Open Women :

1 - Charlotte CONSORTI (29.94)

F ONE / Nikewomen / Maui Magic/Weleda/Batucada

2 - Caroline ADRIEN (28.26)

Naish / Windmind

3 – Marie DESANDRE NAVARRE (26.87)

F ONE

 

Open Men :

1 - Alex CAIZERGUES (33.54)

F ONE / Volkswagen Utilitaires / Ouest Provence / ION / Placide

2 – Geoffrey MASCARELL (32.30)

Zeeko / Kanaka / Moana

3 – Jérome BILA (32.00)

Genetrix / Dabens

 

Masters :

1 - Sylvain HOCEINI (33.64)

Griffin / Optimum Kite

2 - Sylvain MAURIN (32.66)

F ONE / Oxbow / Mundaka

3 – Christophe PRIN GUENON (31,93)

F ONE / Le Robinson

 

Juniors :

1- Nicolas MAURIN (28,89)

F ONE

 


SOURCE: IKA