Maxime Nocher: the undisputed king of the 2016 Kiteboarding European Championships | Photo: IKA

Maxime Nocher and Elena Kalinina have claimed the 2016 Kiteboarding European Championships, at Poetto Beach, in Cagliari, Italy.

With seven race wins, Nocher was the undisputed king of the Formula Kite and KiteFoil Open event, which got underway in multiple Mistral wind conditions and forced riders to risk a broad range of strategies and tactics.

"Despite the fact that the wind during these days has been particularly challenging, all the athletes are very happy with the championship and surely one can't say that regattas have no thrilling!" noted Mirco Babini, president of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).

In the final four medal races, Nocher handled the pressure and never finished below third. In the end, the Monacan kiteboarder celebrated the European title, Oliver Bridge took silver, and Florian Trittel kept bronze.

On the women's side, Elena Kalinina confirmed her domination over the entire fleet with a near-perfect performance in all races. The young Russian will certainly be the force to beat in the upcoming kite competitions.

"I am very happy to win the European KiteFoil Championships in Cagrialy! Thanks for everybody for this event and the so exciting races! Thank you very much to my sponsors!" expressed Kalinina.

2016 Kiteboarding European Championships | Top 3

Men
1. Maxime Nocher (MON)
2. Oliver Bridge (GBR)
3. Florian Trittel (SPA)

Women
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
2. Steph Bridge (GBR)
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL)