Daniela Moroz dominated the female division but finishing the day in 19th overall was below her expectations. "I think that I just wasn't very consistent today. I definitely want to try to finish within the top 20, ideally top 15. I felt like the first race I was able to get a really good start, and then the next few races I just couldn't quite find the window."
While second placed female Ellie Aldridge knows she has plenty of work ahead of her to catch Moroz, a background in Olympic level sailing in the 49erFX class may stand to work in her favour on the windward-leeward race track. “A lot of people don’t think it’s really sailing, but it’s a combination of speed and tactical decisions. We’re racing up a race course, so you have to find the fastest way up there which quite often can make the difference between overtaking a couple of people and not.”
Riders will have more than just their fellow competitors to deal with. “We’re all going to crash at some point this week with the amount of plastic in the water,” says Bainbridge, “but I think it’s going to be all about how you come back from that.”
While Bainbridge considered himself lucky today to not have any major issues, Mazella, Gruber and Nocher all fell victim to the adverse effect of large pieces of plastic on high performance foils.
Race wins came from three separate kite manufacturers including the new brand from Maxime Nocher, FlyMaax, alongside regular race winners Flysurfer and Ozone, while Levitaz Hydrofoils notched up their first race win in recent years on a yet to be released foil under the feet of Gruber. Multiple top ten riders were seen changing from one foil to another between races, which the open nature of the KiteFoil class rules allows for. This freedom allows riders to pick and choose their kite, board and foil combinations depending on their preference for any given race.
Racing is scheduled for a 12:00pm start on day two of the 2019 Porsche KiteFoil World Series Gizzeria. Full results are available at kitefoilgoldcup.com
Day One Results (5 races, 1 discard)
1st. Toni Vodisek (SLO) 5 pts
2nd. Axel Mazella (FRA) 10 pts
3rd. Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 13pts
4th. Florian Gruber (GER) 14pts
5th Maxime Nocher (FRA) 14pts
1st. Daniela Moroz (USA) 72 pts
2nd. Eleanor Aldridge (GBR) 143 pts
3rd. Elena Kalinina (RUS) 157 pts