Johnny and Erika: waiting for the cold Heineken to celebrate

Johnny Heineken and Erika Heineken have cleared out the 2012 Course Racing World Championships, in Cagliari, Italy.


The two siblings have dominated the kiteboarding course races in great style, after four days of intense competition. The 2012 Course Racing World Championships provided gusty offshore winds in the range of 5 to 20 knots.

In the last race of the day, everbody laucnhed their biggest kites, but no one wanted to take the risk of a smaller kite and get caught in a lull. This time Johnny came clear ahead at the weathermark, with tight racing between Adam Koch in second, Riccardo Leccese in third and Julien Kerneur in fourth.

Chasing up was Maxime Nocher (FRA, North), who managed to make his way up to third position until the end of the race. Finally it was Johnny taking the win ahead of Adam, and Maxime finishing ahead of Julien in fourth and Riccardo in fifth.

"I'm so glad I won again the world title. This time with 10 times the stress of last event because of the formula that doesn't consider the results of the qualification rounds. Particularly fun to win with my sister on the side", says Johnny Heineken.

In the Women's fleet there was a tough head-to-head between Heineken and Bridge. Steph won the first race and Erika had to win the second to reach gold. In third place, separated by five positions, stood the French Caroline Adrien.

Results of the 2012 Course Racing World Championships:

1. John Heineken (USA), 4 pts
2. Adam Koch (USA), 6 pts
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA), 13 pts
4. Riccardo Leccese (ITA), 13 pts
5. Maxime Nocher (FRA), 14 pts

1. Erika Heineken (USA), 4pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR), 5pts
3. Caroline Adrien (FRA), 10 pts
4. Nayara Licariao (BRA), 13 pts
5. Christine Boenniger (GER), 15 pts