Adam Koch: first kite leader of the ISAF rankings

Kiteboarding has been included in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, for the first time in the history of the sport.


In the first Men's Kiteboarding ISAF rankings release, Adam Koch has taken top spot. Koch became Open European champion when he won the Kiteboarding Course Racing European Championship, in La Baule, France in preparation for the World Championship in Cagliari, Italy.

The American finished second in Cagliari to sit at the top of the rankings, one point shy of a perfect record.

Italy's Riccardo Leccese follows the American in second place having finished second in France to take the European title. Leccese narrowly missed the podium in Cagliari to sit three points off Koch in the rankings.
 
Back-to-back third place finishes for Julien Kerneur sees him third in the rankings whilst 2012 World Champion John Heineken is 27th having only competed at one event.
 
Four-time kiteboarding world champion Steph Bridge has taken the inaugural top spot in the Women's kiteboarding rankings. The British kiteboarder won gold at the European Championship before a second place at the kiteboarding worlds.

Meanwhile, there's a new registration system for boards and kites. This new system has been developed together with ISAF to reflect the necessary changes to ensure a stable price environment and world wide availability.

No single manufacturer or national can gain an advantage by investing in expensive development, as all development and new equipment must be made available for everyone.