Playa Sardinero: all kiteboarding hopes are here

Light winds and warm temperatures marked the second day of the ISAF Kiteboarding Trials, in Santander, Spain. The kite fleet headed over to Playa Sardinero and prepared their equipment to action.


Unfortunately, everyone had to wait until 1pm in order to get enough wind o allow a course to be set. The race committee announced to firstly go for two standard windward/leeward course races to have a baseline before testing all the new course options on the agenda.

Both races went underway in light conditions between 6 and 9 knots on a two lap course with a leeward gate to give everybody an idea of todays kiteboard course racing abilities.

Then the race committee quickly changed the course to a standard downwind slalom with a reaching start - in the meantime the sailors headed out to the race courses of the multihull and skiff evaluations to race these nice new boats.

Coaches and spectators were impressed on the board speeds and upwind angles. A full round of Slalom went underway then with the reaching starts proving to be tricky, but a lot of action on the gybing marks and also some crashes and tangles.

In the later afternoon the whole fleet and the ISAF staff headed back to the CEAR sailing center then to get feedback from the riders on the formats tested today and different options that could be taken into consideration.

The last day of the ISAF Kiteboarding Trials will see the two new racing formats - short track and enduro - in different configurations.