Gold Fleets ready for Final of Kiteboard Racing Worlds

After a second day of qualification the gold fleets are decided for the final stages of the Kiteboard Racing World Championship taking place at Poetto Beach, Sardinia. Johnny Heineken (USA) finished leader in the men's event and Erika Heineken (USA) leads the women. Best placed British competitor is Steph Bridge taking second in the women's event after seven races completed.

The scirocco (south-east wind) blowing 15-18 knots, provided more challanging conditions Friday. Four races added to the three on Thursday, have contributed to the total of seven and with this granting two discards for the elimination ladder.

Competitors have flocked to the race village early in the morning, for the skippers meeting and the choice of the wing - one of the three included - that best suits the conditions. Most of them opted for smaller kites than the first day, to better control the gusts coming.

Johnny Heineken - "I felt really comfortable with my 13 m. Ozone kite, and I've smoked all the pack. Tomorrow I have to start all over again in the Gold Fleet. I wish we could carry all the previous results, but I'm ready for it. Hope for same or more wind.”

Erika Heineken - "What a day ! I'm so happy of my results. I felt so home today, with conditions very similar to San Francisco Bay. I was the only girl using a 9.0 kite, while the other were using 11 or 13, and I still managed to get first in each race. See ya tomorrow."

OVERALL MALE RANKING (leading positions)
1° Johnny Heineken (USA), punti 5
2° Julien Kerneur (FRA), 6
3° Adam Koch (USA), 6
27 Oliver BRIDGE, GBR, 40,0
39 Tom SQUIRES, GBR, 54,0
54 Callum EDGE, GBR, 79,0
56 Matthew TAGGART, GBR, 82,0

OVERALL FEMALE RANKING (leading position)
1° Erika Heineken (USA), punti 5
2° Steph Bridge (GB), 10
3° Caroline Adrien (FRA), 18
Other GBR:
15 Izzy HAMILTON, GBR, 66,0
18 Alice SHOULDER, GBR 84,0