Damien Leroy: kite slalom king | Photo: Nico Martínez

Damien Leroy and Caroline Adrien have won the 2011 Kite Slalom World Championships on the Murcia region of Spain’s Mar Menor.

The closest finish across the whole competition was in the men’s kiteboarding competition. San Francisco’ Bryan Lake drew level with Miami’s Damien LeRoy but ultimately it was LeRoy who goes home with the first ever Kite Cross World Championship title, winning on countback.

“It was a great week,” commented LeRoy. “We had lighter winds, but we got a lot of races in and there was quite a battle between Bryan and myself. I can’t complain – this is my first world championship win. It is incredible.” Previously LeRoy’s best result in a major competition was a second at the course world championship last year.

This being the first ever Kite Cross Worlds, the organisers were trying out new course formats. “I think it is a good start,” said LeRoy of how this progressed. “We did some tests with different courses in different heats, but what is unique is that we can race in 6-10 knots which is what will help our sport grow and possibly get it into the Olympics".

"The boats were out there struggling and we were out there racing. It just shows we have the potential to take it to another level and we had a bunch of guys out there racing hard".

Undisputed winner of the women’s Kite Cross World title was France’s Caroline Adrien. Coming from Brest in northwest France, Adrien sailed a perfect series with the exception of the final race yesterday when the entire women’s fleet lined up. In that race she was beaten by Germany’s Kristin Boese.

“It is a very good competition,” said Adrien, who was also the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association World Tour winner this year. “It is a little bit light but it is technical and I am happy.”

Adrien hopes greatly that kiteboarding will be included in the Olympic Games for Rio 2016. “That is my first objective and I stand by for the decision,” she says.

Results of the 2011 Kite Slalom World Championships

Men:
1 USA 1 Damien Leroy 1 4,1
2 USA 4 Bryan Lake 2 4,1
3 FRA 3 Bruno Sroka 3 10
4 ESP 8 Pedro Garijo Velasco 4 10,7
5 ESP 26 Miguell Villar

Women:
1 FRA 2 Caroline Adrien 1 2,8
2 GER 3 Kristin Boese 2 6,7
3 ESP 5 Elena Anton 4 14
4 FRA 8 Ariane Imbert 5 16
5 CAN 4 Jessica Sickinger