Maxime Nocher crowned 2018 KiteFoil Gold Cup champion

October 22, 2018 | Kiteboarding
Maxime Nocher: he now has 11 world kiteboarding titles | Photo: IKA

Maxime Nocher and Kirstyn O'Brien have taken out the 2018 KiteFoil Gold Cup World Series.

It's all over. The blade-sharp hydrofoils will be put to rest, as the KiteFoil comes to a close in challenging wind conditions in Sardinia, Italy.

The futurist kite class flying under the wing of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) was officially launched in 2014.

Despite only running three events this year, the organization managed to consolidate the competitive format, and increase the number of male and female athletes involved.

The rider from Monaco won the first two stages in China and finished runner-up in Europe. As a result, he clinched his 11th world title in professional kiteboarding.

"I am really happy to win the tour this year. In China, we had all the conditions and strong winds. Here, we managed to make four races, which was good," explained Maxime Nocher.

"I still think I have a lot of work to do, but I'm going to come back stronger next year. Now, I know my weaknesses, and I'll have to be even faster."

On the women's side, and with the cancellation of the Oman stage, O'Brien decided to travel to Cagliari to play her trumps. And it paid off.

"For me, it's very surreal. I know that if we'd had another stage in the World Series, the competition would've been really tough," added Kirstyn O'Brien.

KiteFoil is an open, unregulated kiteboarding class which allows sailors to adopt prototype hydrofoil boards and kites. It is one of the fasted sailing disciplines on the planet.

2018 KiteFoil Gold Cup World Series | Podium

1. Maxime Nocher (MON)
2. Connor Bainbridge (GBR)
3. Théo de Ramecourt (FRA)

1. Kirstyn O'Brien (USA)
2. Daniela Moroz (USA)
3. Elena Kalinina (RUS)