17 Formula and 13 Kite Foilers descended upon Long Beach, California for the 2014 Kite Racing Nationals June 7-8. Light to moderate winds provided enough breeze to get in 14 races for the formula fleet (with Friday included) and 9 races for the foilers.
Putting heavy pressure on reigning champ, Johnny Heineken, Nico Landauer proved to excel in the light conditions, while Johnny was in his groove with a tad more breeze and his kite not “falling from the sky”, Johnny obviously enjoys the windier conditions of SF Bay and Nico’s home base of San Diego give him more light air training.
The talk of the beach in the Kitefoiling world was the new Carafino foil set up, which looks very modern and capable. Mango Carofino has jumped back in the game after a lengthy sabbatical, and an excited following has thrown lots of orders in his direction, but it’s performance is still out with the jury. For complete overview, check out pressure-drop.us For full results click here
TOP THREE Formula Race: (1) Johnny Heineken (2) Nico Landauer (3) Erika Heineken
TOP THREE Foil Race: (1) Johnny Heineken (2) Stefaans Viljoen (3) Tybur Reed