KiteFoil GoldCup: flying high at Hang Loose Beach | Photo: Icarus Sailing Media

Maxime Nocher has completely dominated the second stage of the KiteFoil GoldCup, in Hang Loose Beach, Gizzeria, Italy.

The Monegasque kiteboarder showed unrivalled speed, power and technique to leave much of the competition battling for lower spots in the rankings. Nocher won four out of five races, in 10 knots of thermal Mediterranean breeze.

"Right now I'm really pleased with the win here. I'm looking forward to San Francisco. If I can win again there, I'll win the whole GoldCup. I think Nico Parlier will be there and the Americans, so it'll be tough. But that's good," noted Maxime Nocher.

The Italian stop on the KiteFoil GoldCup offered up some new equipment twists in the lightly-regulated open class. Nocher tested the Taaroa Sword2 with new wings and the F-one Diablo foil kite.

The two-lap course saw some riders starting on a port tack to take advantage of the lift near the beach on the right side of the track. But the tactic ensured most had to give way to the starboard riders and duck beneath the pack, many of whom tacked at the first possible opportunity to gain the same right-hand side advantage.

In the Women's division, Steph Bridge won the event with a series of solid third places on the final day, just outpointing Alexia Fancelli, who finished second, and Elena Kalinina.

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