Hydrofoil Pro-Tour : Final Stop, Rockingham, Australia— Just One Month Away

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26 Oct, 2016

Hydrofoil Pro-Tour : Final Stop, Rockingham, Australia— Just One Month Away!

World’s Leading Kite Hydrofoil  Racers to Line-up for the Climax of 2016 Hydrofoil Pro-Tour Series

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The planet’s quickest kite hydrofoil racers are set to face-off in what promises to be the fastest and fiercest contests of the year in a fitting finale to the globe-trotting Hydrofoil Pro Tour’s (HFPT) inaugural season which included stops in Mexico, USA and Mauritius. The tour’s fourth and final stop is to take to the waters off Rockingham, just south of Perth, Western Australia, in one month’s time, with the men’s and women’s crowns still very much up for grabs. The City of Rockingham was selected as the ideal location being one of the fastest sailing venues on the globe,  flanked by white sand beaches and beach side park with a all-in-one location to host the vent, a perfect stadium sailing venue.

50 athletes from 14 countries — including most of the men’s and women’s title contenders — have already signaled their intention to do battle on the warm, super flat waters bathed by the Australia summer and legendary clockwork-like Fremantle Doctor thermal winds , local swear you can set your watch by it.

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Among the leading men, France’s Nico Parlier, tour standings’ leader, must be hot favourite to take the title. On the tour’s second and third stops — where San Francisco’s dramatic skyline and the crystal clear turquoise of Mauritius’ Pointe d’Esny lagoon served as stunning backdrops — he was untouchable. In both venues’ strong breezes Parlier was in his element scoring bullet after bullet to give him strong victories and propel him to top of the leaderboard. It was form he repeated in early strong winds at the Formula Kite (foil) Worlds in China.  Riccardo Andrea Leccese, was sadly absent from previous event, having made a full recovery and back onto race pace recently dominated the Italian national championships. Riccardo will be out to cause an upset.

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Yet if the Fremantle Doctor typically 15kts to 20kts breezes kicks into top gear over 25knots as it is well know to do as the early Australian summer’s approach, the conditions should play to Parlier’s strengths. With the south-westerly blowing over a low headland promising super-flat waters, it should make for some of the season’s fastest racing from hydrofoilers who can clock more than 35kts. For spectators lining the buzzing foreshore, and those lucky enough to secure places in the grandstand boats, it will undoubtedly be a dazzling display in the perfect arena of the bay in front of the The Cruising Yacht Club of Western Australia.

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Among the most exciting prospects in the men’s fleet will be Briton Olly Bridge, 18. He snatched the second podium spot at the first Formula Kite Worlds of the foiling era and is currently fourth in the HFPT standings, courtesy of fifth and third placings in Mexico and Mauritius. Bridge and many of the other leading kitefoilers have also signed on for the iconic Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton (L2L) race in Perth due to be staged in its seventh edition four days after the HFPT’s conclusion. The Briton holds the L2L record of 22mins 7secs for the 19kms course. Hot on his heals will no doubt be his brother Guy bridge and be the up & coming Toni Vodisek who has shown good pace & power around the course.

No doubt in the preceding HFPT stage Bridge and the other top riders will be pushed hard by Spain’s Florian Trittel, who just missed out on a podium spot at the Formula Worlds in September, finishing fourth overall.

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The battles among compact women’s roster will be equally enthralling. Newly-crowned Formula Kite world champion,15-year-old American Daniela Moroz, will be looking to maintain her overall HFPT lead and grab the crown to seal a stellar season. But her closest rival, Russia’s Elena Kalinina 18  (World Champion), will be seeking to avenge her defeat in China and knows how to get the better of the young US foiling sensation. Kalinina bested Moroz in Mexico, but then found herself on the receiving end in the stronger breezes of Mauritius.

Yet, as much as that rivalry heralds another gripping showdown “down under”, the likes of multiple world champion Steph Bridge (3 x World Champion), France’s Alexia Fancelli (French National Champion) will also be close at hand threatening upset.

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Marvin Baumeister Schoenian, one of Australians top contenders , is salivating at the prospect of the HFPT Austrealia finale, quickly followed by the Red Bull L2L and capped by WS Sailing World Cup FINAL event in mid-December where Formula Kite (foil) racing will be the format for the first time. “At Rockingham we’re expecting beautiful, strong winds, and flat, crystal clear waters,” he said. “It’s a really stunning venue for the tour’s last stop. We’re absolutely expecting the fastest racing, faster even than Mauritius. People will really see what kitefoil racing is all about.”

Local favorites including Andrew Cooskey, Alty Frisby, Mani Bisschops and Andrew Hansen will be out put on a big performance in their home event. The local racing club, Perth Kite Racing, has grown from strength to strength over the past 2 summers with an action packed season calendar to help support and grown local talent.

Andrew Hansen (one of the Tour founders, which includes Adam Withington, Marvin Baumeister and Robbie Dean) commented ” It hass be amazing year for developments in the sport. The progression of the racing continues to surprises us at each event and there is no end in sight, Rockingham will be no exception. It will be the perfect finale to celebrate the racers outstanding achievements this year and the incredible success of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour. The tour was designed by the wishes of the riders, and its first year has achieved every milestone and objective we had planned for.  Its only been possible through the collective determination, commitment and amazing support of the communities, sponsors, officials & volunteers, event hosts, organiser, racers and their families, and a list of persons that goes on for miles and miles.  its surreal, that together what we have been able to achieve.

We look forward to showcasing amazing racing and a racing venue like non other to the world in just a few weeks time. See you all Rockingham.”

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