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Kiteboarding - 08. April 2009.

Melissa Gil is the Kitespeed World Champion 2009.

 

After two races on the first day of the competition, the wind did not return to the event side based at Plage Napoleon, France. Although the race committee tried to go for an early start at 8:00 hours at the final day of the competition, the conditions never improved enough to allow for fair racing.

Melissa Gil  is the Kitespeed World Champion 2009.

 

Speed-rookie Melissa Gil the victory over defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One) and current world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish) was a surprise. Being on speed equipment only since one months, she should be the new star in womens competition.

Melissa won the first leg of the competition, while her biggest opponent Charlotte shot a bullet in the second leg, but due to the decreasing winds Melissa scored with 30.03 knots the better speedand thus secured the overall victory.

Surprise Speed Rookie Melissa Gil (USA) defeated  defending world champion Charlotte Consorti (FRA, F-One) and current world record holder Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA, Naish) to the top spot on the podium. photo International Kiteboarding Association

 

Competitors and organizers were fully satisfied with the completion of the first IKA world championship, even when the wind conditions were not as expected. For the speed world ranking, the next points can be scored in Namibia late summer, and then in the United States and Ireland later in the year.

The international circuit is now focussing on the start of the professional tours and the continental racing championships in Europe and North America beginning of May.

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