Riccardo Leccese: hanging tight to the lead

Riccardo Leccese and Elena Kalinina have sailed to victory at the African Kite Race Championships 2014, held at Soma Bay, Egypt.

Thre last day of competition saw a significant drop in wind, with kiteboarders fighting for medals and better places in the overall rankings.

German world champion Florian Gruber and longtime rival Riccardo Leccese concluded a four-day battle in the windy waters of Soma Bay. In the end, it was the Italian who smiled.


Soma Bay: crash test riders

Riccardo Leccese leads the African Continental Course Racing Championship 2014, as races reach climax in Soma Bay, Egypt.

The morning rounds ended with a dramatic scene, when several riders crashed, including Leccese, who made a miraculous recovery and raced to finish second, just behind Florian Gruber taking first.

"Since I came here I had the podium on my mind. I want to win this competition. I have been telling to myself that this year is my year. I haven't backed off, I am pushing it every day and it has not been easy but 11 bullets on the score make me feel that I can win this," says Leccese.


Soma Bay: a Course Racing speedway

The 2014 African Continental Course Racing Championships have kicked off at Soma Bay, in Egypt.

The world's best fastest kiteboarders will participate in epic races for five days. An additional competition for the TwinTip Racing Class will be held between 27th-28th June.

Florian Gruber returns to defend his 2014 campaign. He is the man to beat in the waters of the Red Sea.