2014 Kiteboard North American Championships: challenging kelp and light winds | Photo: SDYC/Bob Betancourt

Oliver Bridge and Julien Kerneur have claimed the Formula Kite and KiteFoil divisions at the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships, held in the San Diego Yacht Club, in California.

European kiteboarders showed their dominance in American waters. Bridge and Kerneur managed to finish both categories in the podium, with a slight overall advantage for the French rider.

"It was great to win all four races in the formula class. It was good to end winning, it was good to end an event like that," expressed Oliver Bridge, 17, who will be competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014, in Abu Dhabi.

Julien Kerneur raced a nearly perfect regatta, with eight first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. Both second place finishes were thrown out as his two lowest scores, leaving him with a total of eight points for the entire regatta.

In the Formula Kite division, Kerneur conquered a silver medal. Local San Diegan Nico Landauer finished third and took a well-deserved bronze trophy, amidst heavy patches of kelp and light winds.

2014 Kiteboard North American Championships | Final Results

Formula Kite
1. Oliver Bridge
2. Julien Kerneur
3. Nico Landauer
4. Ty Reed
5. Peter Martel

KiteFoil
1. Julien Kerneur
2. Nico Landauer
3. Oliver Bridge
4. Joey Pasquali
5. Bryan Lake

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