The 2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup kicked off on La Ventana, Baja Mexico this last March 22nd – 28th bringing 44 competitors to race for world rankings. 10 races were held throughout the event. After the first 4 races were completed, the fleet was separated into a Gold and Silver fleet. I made it into the Gold Fleet and was thrilled to be among the best of the best! Overall, I finished 20th. In the master division (35yrs and older) I placed 4th. Results here This was a big improvement from last year when I raced in the Silver fleet.
Here’s some great drone footage from the event: https://vimeo.com/124082402
Conditions on most days were light, with winds in 8-12 knots. It was tough racing in the light winds as I find the lighter winds require more strength and focus to hold high and tight-to-the-wind courses and involve more line trimming. The larger kites (15m and up 18m) are more powerful even in light winds so there’s a larger “lift” force that you need to keep in control. There were a few races with medium strength winds (15-20mph) that brought out the 12m kites for many riders.
Most every racer including myself had foil kites where as last year, there were only 1 or 2 foil kites in the fleet. These foil designs have proven to be more efficient and faster than “pump-up” or “tube” kites. Results can clearly be seen and felt when you fly one and perform the racing maneuvers.
As for the foil and board designs, the Spotz and Sword designs continue to be the choice for most riders in the fleet. Notable others that were present are Lift Designs, Aguera, Levitaz, Radical, and recent bay area start-up F4. The board shapes mostly vary in volume and bottom contour. Most have flatten or chines rails and thicker volume similar to the race board volume, but shorter and narrower. Many bottom contours are taking on a “V” shape to help soften flat hits and limit the bounce-back effect.
I used a Spotz Foil and ASV board. My kites are 9m, 12m 15m Ozone Chrono.
They are 3 more stops on the Kite Foil Gold Cup:
- European location/date TBD
- July 30th-2nd; San Francisco
- October 8th-13th; Townsville Australia
Thanks to Playa Central and the other sponsors for hosting the event. They put in a lot of hard work to make it a great success! Congratulation to all the riders that competed. A special congrats to the local SF Bay Area riders- John and Erika Heineken, Joey Pasquali, Steffans Viljoen, Chip Wasson, Daniela Moroz- you guys killed it! I’ll need to work hard if I’m going to stay competitive with this bunch and make it to all 3 other stops…wish me luck!