In Cagliari, Italy, the French dominate the KiteFoil Worlds, as Nico Parlier from France takes the title of IKA KiteFoil World Championship whereas Axel Mazella also from France crowned as the champion of the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup.
Nico Parlier of France put on a superior display to grab to win the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Championship (KWC) on the final day of the racing on the Italian resort island of Sardinia.
Even just ahead of the last race of the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam (SKGS), haul of bullets of Parlier during the four day competition reflects that he had the championship in his bag because of the superior score he had at the event.
However, after scoring two more bullets to his tally on the flat waters of the Gulf of Angels off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach in the opening two races, Parlier gave the feeling that he would make a perfect hat-trick on the final race day after taking the lead again.
Uncharacteristically, Parlier fell when he missed a gybe in the shifty breezes, light and had to wait and watch fleet ride past while trying to restart. Still, by the bottom mark Parlier, secured the sixth position and with extraordinary sailing talent he managed to finish second in the race, beating his opponent, just behind countryman Axel Mazella.
Parlier said, “When I felt I had the option of staying on the beach, as I knew that I had won the race already. Yet, I want to stay focused and concentrate on the whole regatta. And according to my expectations, the level of competition was really high. So, after winning it, I am really delighted. It is a great victory and I all I can say that I have got it just because of my consistent performance.”