Nicolas Parlier: the 2017 Formula Kite World Championships | Photo: Bromwich/IKA

Nicolas Parlier and Daniela Moroz have been crowned 2017 Formula Kite world champions, at Al Mouj Beach, in Muscat, Oman.

The world best kite foil performers wrapped up an intense week of sailing in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. The five-day competition attracted 58 riders from 22 countries.

The wind varied from 6 to 20 knots, and the organization ran 108 short track races. Each race barely lasted eight minutes, framed by a stunning mountain backdrop.

In the women's division, Moroz locked in a back-to-back world title, leaving all her opponents fighting for silver and bronze medals.

"I am the 2017 world champion! I guess it's pretty crazy to think about it just because I never imagine that I would have two world titles by the time I was 16," expressed Daniela Moroz.

On the men's side, Parlier proved he is clearly the most skilled hydrofoil kite athlete in the world right now. The French won a large number of races and claimed the most coveted trophy.

"The level is high, and it was really fun all year to race against those guys. We're going faster and faster, and I like that because the standard of our sport is going up," added Nico Parlier.

2017 Formula Kite World Championships | Top 3

1. Nico Parlier (FRA)
2. Axel Mazella (FRA)
3. Olly Bridge (GBR)

1. Daniela Moroz (USA)
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3. Alexia Fancelli (FRA)

Whether you think of a kite as a wing or a sail, you want it to be lightweight, resistant, waterproof, but also stiff and flexible at the same time, so that they could respond to all flight requests.

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