Four time Kiteboarding World Champion Steph Bridge of Britain has taken the inaugural top spot in the ISAF Women’s Kiteboarding Worlds rankings.
The British kiteboarder won gold at the European Championship before a second place at the Kiteboarding worlds. Following Bridge is Caroline Adrien (FRA) who finished one place behind Bridge at both events. Katja Roose (NED) rounds off the top three in the rankings.
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Other GBR competitors in the rankings include Isobel Hamilton in eighth and Alice Shoulder in 20th. Oliver Bridge the new Youth World Champion, is in 12th in the Men's overall world ranking with Tom Squires 20th, Callum Edge 22nd and Sam Sills 28th.
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In the first men’s Kiteboarding ISAF rankings release America’s Adam Koch has taken top spot. Koch became Open European Champion when he won the Kiteboarding Course Racing European Championship in La Baule, France in preparation for the World Championship in Cagliari, Italy. The American finished second in Cagliari to sit at the top of the rankings, one point shy of a perfect record.
Italy’s Riccardo Leccese follows the American in second place having finished second in France to take the European title. Leccese narrowly missed the podium in Cagliari to sit three points off Koch in the rankings.
Back-to-back third place finishes for Julien Kerneur (FRA) sees him third in the rankings whilst 2012 World Champion John Heineken (USA) is 27th having only competed at one event.
Kiteboarding Women - ISAF Ranking, Fleet Racing (41 listed)
1 Steph Bridge GBR 2 1 197pts
2 Caroline Adrien FRA 2 2 188
3 Katja Roose NED 2 3 172
4 Christine Bönniger GER 2 4 165
5 Elena Kalinina RUS 2 5 157
6 Michalina Laskowska POL 2 6 151
8 Isobel Hamilton GBR 2 8 121pts
20 Alice Shoulder GBR 1 20 58
Kiteboarding Men - ISAF Ranking, Fleet Racing (161 listed)
1 Adam Koch USA 2 1 199pts
2 Riccardo Andrea Leccese ITA 2 2 196
3 Julien Kerneur FRA 2 3 194
4 Bryan Lake USA 2 4 190
5 Florian Gruber GER 2 5 188
6 Olivier Dansin FRA 2 6 185
12 Oliver Bridge GBR 2 12 163pts
20 Tom Squires GBR 2 20 132
22 Callum Edge GBR 2 22 123
28 Sam Sills GBR 2 28 98
10 October 2012 17:22 GMT