La Ventana: plenty of blades cutting the local waters

Maxime Nocher stormed the inaugural stage of the Kite Foil Gold Cup 2014, held at La Ventana, Mexico.

The new kiteboarding circuit attracted a fleet of 30 kite foil riders, divided into two divisions - Gold and Silver.

The main category had 11 races. The French bullet Maxime Nocher won them all leaving the American master Johnny Heineken in the runner-up position.


Marc Jacobs: watch the cliff

Marc Jacobs and Gisela Pulido have claimed the Freestyle competition at the PKRA Dakhla Kiteboard World Cup 2014, in Morocco.

In strong winds reaching more than 30 knots, the double elimination kicked off with riders using six and seven-meter kites.

Holding off Alex Neto in his first heat of the day, Jacobs moved on to defeat Christophe Tack in the final. Although Tack landed a solid S-Mobe and Crow Mobe 5 amongst others, he was one trick shy of the five tricks upon which the overall score is calculated.


Keahi de Aboitiz: floating

Keahi de Aboitiz and Moona Whyte have taken out the Wave division of the Dakhla Kiteboard World Cup 2014, in Morocco.

The mixed swell and large tidal range played a big factor in the finals. With a shifty peak and slightly offshore winds, it was difficult for riders to know where to line-up.

Despite some long lulls between waves, fun chest to head-high sets appeared in most of the heats. Riders were rewarded with lengthy rides and multiple sections allowing a variety of aerial and face maneuvers.