Maxime Nocher is the 2014 Formula Kite world champion

August 25, 2014 | Kiteboarding
Maxime Nocher: looking good in 2014 | Photo: IKA/Onur Cam

Maxime Nocher and Steph Bridge taken out the gold medals at the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships, held in Burc Beach, Turkey.

Four medal races were run in the decisive day of competition, near Istanbul, with winds ranging between 12 and 15 knots.

After an error in equipment selection, Oliver Bridge won all four medal races of the day to clinch the bronze medal. Not bad for a rider who was out of the podium in the penultimate day of races.

Nocher, who had a commanding 14-point lead, decided to play it safe, staying out of trouble and finishing three points ahead of silver medallist Riccardo Leccese.

On the Women's fleet, Steph Bridge managed to win three out of four medal races, and extended her lead over Elena Kalinina, and Erika Heineken, who dropped her kite in the third race and couldn't finish it.

2014 Formula Kite World Championships Results

1. Maxime Nocher
2. Riccardo Leccese
3. Oliver Bridge
4. Blazej Ozog
5. Florian Gruber

1. Steph Bridge
2. Elena Kalinina
3. Erika Heineken
4. Aga Grzymska
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