John Heineken: unbeatable in home waters | Photo: Michael Petrikov

John and Erika Heineken have stormed the 2013 Kiteboard Racing North American Championship, at Crissy Field, San Francisco.


The Heineken family have taken the North American continental titles in Course Race kiteboarding. The final day of racing was split into the Silver, Gold, and Platinum fleets.

The top ten sailors after the final series lined up to hash out who was going to be the champion. These racers are fast and close. This is like watching formula one auto racing wheel to wheel. Fast, close, and filled with heated competition.

Johnny Heineken and Bryan Lake went into the finals both with the possibility of clinching the overall win based on points. Heineken made several mistakes, but recovered to take the Platinum Bullet in each of the four heats.

Lake was right on his heals making sure Heineken felt the pressure. Lake kept the pressure on for all four heats battling it out with Riccardo Andrea Leccese from Italy.

Lake and Leccese swapped out second and third for all four heats. Lake came into the Platinum Fleet with a few less points, clinching second overall, Leccese taking third.

Erika Heineken from San Francisco powered into the final day by being the only woman in the Gold Fleet. Her power and speed on the water places her twenty ninth overall, clinching the title for the women's fleet.

Nuria Goma from Barcelona, Spain, takes second. Catherine Dufour from Quebec Canada battled with Goma the whole way, separated by only five points to take third overall.

2013 Kiteboard Racing North American Championship Results:

Men:
1. Johnny Heineken
2. Bryan Lake
3. Riccardo Andrea Leccese
4. Brian Kender
5. Adam Koch

Women:
1. Erika Heineken
2. Nuria Goma
3. Catherine Dufour
4. Jessica Sickinger
5. Sandy Parker