- 06 April 2009 | Kiteboarding
After two races on the first day of the competition, the wind did not return to the event side based at Plage Napoleon, France. Although the race committee tried to go for an early start at 8:00 hours at the final day of the competition, the conditions never improved enough to allow for fair racing.
Local Alexandre Caizergues from Port St. Louis defended his title from the past two years, while for speed-rookie Melissa Gil the victory over defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One) and current world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish) was a surprise. Being on speed equipment only since one months, she should be the new star in womens competition.
Melissa won the first leg of the competition, while her biggest opponent Charlotte shot a bullet in the second leg, but due to the decreasing winds Melissa scored with 30.03 knots the better speedand thus secured the overall victory.
In the mens fleet, runner-up Rob Douglas (USA, Cabrinha), with 50.54 knots second fastest man in the world, was able to defeat Caizergues in the first round, but struggled with the light conditions in leg two. Most consistent was Sylvain Hoceini (FRA, Griffin) with two second places also overall in second.
Third then Douglas, with the top-speed of the competition (33.94 knots). His team-mate, US racing star Damien Leroy (Cabrinha) scored an excellent fourth place in his first speed competition, aking use of the light conditions. Local rider Sylvain Maurin (FRA, F-One) completed the top 5 mens ranking.
Competitors and organizers were fully satisfied with the completion of the first IKA world championship, even when the wind conditions were not as expected. For the speed world ranking, the next points can be scored in Namibia late summer, and then in the United States and Ireland later in the year.
The international circuit is now focussing on the start of the professional tours and the continental racing championships in Europe and North America beginning of May.