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American Daniela Moroz was in a unique position amid the emergence of kite racing in San Francisco Bay. As the class and equipment evolved, her skills were compared to the men developing the equipment, and while she didn’t quite keep pace, she crushed the other women.
Moroz has been surfing this wave since he was young. She competed in her first world championship at 15, won her first world title a year later at 16 and has since taken the kite world by storm, winning five consecutive world championships. But obtaining his sixth title will be difficult.
With the Class equipment now used in the women’s kitesurfing event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the international cream is rising… quickly. The 2022 Formula Kite World Championships will take place from October 11 to 16 in Cagliari, Italy.
While the best runners have just finished the competition at European Championship 2022, Moroz went on to defend his 2021 European title to focus on training at the Worlds venue. Do not leave anything to chance…
The 2022 World Championship will feature 156 athletes (94 men and 62 women), and while Moroz will seek to defend her title in the deepest fleet yet, she is maintaining her trademark.
“I’m really excited to be back in Cagliari. It’s just like I remember – gorgeous conditions, usually sunny, hot and rough, and the best coffee every morning! I’ve been coming to Sardinia every year since 2018 (except 2021) and every year has been amazing!
“It’s definitely one of my favorite cities in the world – it’s extremely unique and I still love coming here every year. People are always kind and welcoming, there are beautiful landscapes, amazing food and of course great sailing conditions so it doesn’t get much better than that.
Moroz hopes his early training pays off. “I think it’s a really tough place to navigate, whatever the conditions,” she explains. “It’s not just about going fast, it’s also about sailing smart and understanding how the wind behaves with the local geography. I really like sailing on Mistral offshore days because I like the challenge of unstable winds.
She sees prior knowledge of the location as a key point on the road to the Worlds: “It was important for me to familiarize myself with the conditions and the different types of wind and sea state that you can see here in this time of year. . Besides spending many hours on the water, I also go to the gym every morning to lift weights and go swimming.
As for what is needed to secure his sixth title, Moroz is very clear about the skills needed. “It’s always a combination of speed, boat handling, strategy and tactics, equipment and the right mindset.” She also identified who her main rivals will be: “I think the most competitive riders will be the French and British teams. They have done very well all year, especially Lauriane Nolot and Ellie Aldridge. Everyone has improved so much, it will be a really competitive regatta.
“Lauriane and Ellie are among my closest friends, and I think everyone in the kite fleet is pretty close and always look out for each other. I feel really lucky to be able to compete with amazing women and I have so much respect for them.
“I love my sport and learning to improve every day! I’m incredibly lucky to be able to do something I love, which allows me to travel the world with some of my closest friends and have fun. I’m also extremely competitive and I want to be the best in whatever I do, and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing right now.
While a sixth title would be huge, his vision extends beyond that. “This World Championship is another big step towards the Olympics and it’s an opportunity to train to compete under pressure and put on your best performances. I think the Olympics are on everyone’s mind. world, that’s definitely the long-term goal and it’s exciting to have kiteboarding in the Games in 2024.”
Source: GLE Sport