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.

In the Women's division, Elena Kalinina is ranking first just above Steph Bridge. None of these kiteboarders is ready to let their competitors take their place on the podium on the final day, and are using every ounce of skill to make sure of that.

"I got beaten today in all of the races by Elena, who was on her 11-meter kite, which seems to be pretty quick in these winds. However, we still got a final day. Anything can happen and for sure I will give it 110 percent," says Steph Bridge.

It is one of the sport's most forgotten disciplines. The stand-up bodyboarding movement had its heyday between the late 1980s and early 1990s, but it continues to be an exquisite art.

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