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Formula World Champ

Congrats to Daniela Moroz from San Fran who just won the women's Formula Kite Championship.

But there's more:

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"I am the 2017 world champion! I guess it's pretty crazy to think about it just because I never imagine that I would have two world titles by the time I was 16," expressed Daniela Moroz. https://www.surfertoday.com/kiteboarding/14041-parlier-and-moroz-win-the-2017-formula-kite-world-championships

Yeah...

btw, for those who missed it, Farrah Hall of the US won silver at the RS:One Convertible European Championships (Windfoil).

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Interesting that all the competitors are on foil kites from the video I saw. Anyone know if that is a rule requirement, or simply due to the superiority of foils in competition.

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Re: Formula World Champ
Randy wrote:

Interesting that all the competitors are on foil kites from the video I saw. Anyone know if that is a rule requirement, or simply due to the superiority of foils in competition.

Edit: correction and I assume you are talking about the boards. "Foil" kites also are dominant in racing as opposed to the inflated tubes most freeriders use.
Not really clear if required. My reading of rules after seeing some web site saying foils required says you you can either use foil or registered production board. In reality, foils smoke regular boards They go upwind so well canted over on the wing - they literally fly upwind. Plus, the foil means they can go deeper offwind, too. Windfoilers are beginning to go upwind canted over as well. A windfoil with a 9.0 is faster on a racecourse than a conventional formula board with a 12.5.

Update: Foil not required, unless, apparently, you want to win.

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Equipment may comply with the old "70cm" class rules and the new "registered hydrofoils" class rules, see IKA and World Sailing Websites. All equipment races and is scored together. http://internationalkiteboarding.org/events/upcoming-events/formula/66-2017-formula-kite-worlds

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Actually, I was talking about foil kites. I found it interesting that racers seemed to use only foils, while they are seldom used for recreational kiters. My recent trip to OBX I saw dozens of kites over the week but only one foil. (Well, two if I count the one I built.) Don't recall ever seeing a foil in years past. Talked to the guy with the foil kite briefly - he was the first guy out on the water and pretty stoked about it.

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Likewise, foil kites are ridiculously faster. When they first came on the scene a few years ago, only a couple of companies had them and everyone else was left behind.

http://www.kiteboardtour.asia/news/ika-ponders-foil-kite-race-ban/
http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2386845

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For many riders the key difficulty was that only two manufacturers – Ozone with the Chrono and St Petersburg-based Elf with the Joker – had put resources into pioneering the new generation of foil kites that took the race scene by storm.

In particular North Kiteboarding team riders – including women’s world champion Steph Bridge and son Olly, men’s European champion – had to use North-badged Elf foil kites in order to be competitive against Ozone riders.

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