Barometer of the Olympic kitesurfing event >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
The emergence of the kite on the water has known stages of progression as the equipment has evolved. Rather than just riding upwind, upwind angles have improved to allow for traditional competition on race courses.
Next is a section of racing rules of sailing for kiteboard racing, and soon the boards that once floated on the water have now foiled on the water. It was a brave new world.
A kiteboarding event was nearly held for the Rio 2016 Olympics, but a change of heart proved a boon for the genre. Freedom from Olympic constraints has allowed progression, and now the Formula Kite class is ready to reveal itself as part of the sailing program at Paris 2024.
What comes with Olympic inclusion is sailors chasing their dream, and World Championship participation has been the barometer. In 2017, there were 52 men and 6 women from 22 countries, but with the news from Paris 2024, the 2019 Worlds had 87 men and 30 women from 29 countries.
Now, with the pandemic receding and 2024 approaching, the 2022 Formula Kite World Championships have attracted 94 men and 62 women from 45 countries when the races take place October 11-16 in Cagliari, Italy. .
The 2021 world titlists will be back to defend their titles. Daniela Moroz (USA) will be aiming for an unprecedented sixth consecutive world title while Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) hopes to do it again in the men’s category.
A measure of progress will be taken when 140 riders representing 39 nations from all continents take part in the European Formula Kite Championships from September 27 to October 2 in Nafpaktos, Greece.
Last year, for both men and women, the European Open champions came from outside Europe. Max Maeder, 16, from Singapore, is back to defend the men’s title while four-time European Open champion Daniela Moroz (USA) is in Italy to focus her efforts on the world title.