North American Kiteboard Racing Championship 2013: watch the ferries

The North American Kiteboard Racing Championship 2013 has set sail, at St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco.


Up to 75 kiters split into two fleets to begin the qualifying stage of the event. Riccardo Andrea Leccese and Johnny Heineken started fast by winning all four races in their respective fleets.

In fourth is Adam Koch, as the top Master, in 15th is Alex Aguera, as the top Grand Master, and in 28th is Erika Heineken, as the top Woman.

The racers contended with regular boat traffic on the open race course. Tankers, pleasure boats, pilot boats and tourist ferries all played roles in quick decisions for the racers on the course.

Yellow heat two started out with a huge tangle. Thankfully the race officials were swift in helping the downed kiters with no injuries. At one point the U.S.S Potomac steamed through the course and literally split the upwind port tack in half right after the start.

The new course layout gets huge approval from racers and spectators alike. It's a two lap course with a reaching finish right to the beach. Great for racing, and beach spectators get prime viewing of the entire course and especially the finish.