2014 Kitefoil Gold Cup-Townsville, Australia
The conditions down under in Townsville Australia were perfect for a foil racing event. The Townsville Sailing club was spectacular, 15 to 20 knot winds pairs with superb organization ensured a first class event. A big shout out to Robbie Dean, the race director who made it through 27 races over six days of high levels sailing without a single thing going wrong. “Thank you Robbie for your hard work making the event unforgettable for all of us!” Damien says.
The riders experienced some traditional cuisine…eating Kangaroo and Crocodile, while locals like Intheloop kiteboarding’s Marvin Baumeister was on hand to lend his foil or kite to anyone in need. The Queensland events and tourism also chipped in, icing the cake, making the entire experience completely unforgettable.
The racing was fast and exciting with a spectator lined beach. The level was extremely high. Riders of all ages competed. From legends like Rich Gardner (53 years young) to 19 year old Frenchman Nico Parlier, mixed with amazing women like Sophie Calliet and Gina Hewson all competing hard and racing their hearts out. There was no room for mistakes on the water or you would loose multiple spots fast. Nico was the man to beat from the start line to the finish of the regatta. With his humble outlook and incredible talent he's a winner on and off the podium. World champion Johnny Heineken, battled it out for the the 2nd spot with his untouchable speed and consistency. French rider Maxime Nocher was right in the mix and started to make a big drive at the end of the regatta however it was just not quite enough. Julien Kerneur had moments of glory putting up and incredible effort, but ended the competition just off the podium.
Damien says “It was exciting to share the water with these incredible athletes as I hung in for a top 5 finish. Thanks to LIFT Foils, GoPro and Cabirnha Kites for making this possible. Absolutely an awesome event thanks to everyone.”
Gold Cup Australia final results:
1. Nico Parlier
2. Johnny Heineken
3. Maxime Norcher
4. Julien Kernuer
5. Damien LeRoy
6. Adam Withington
7. Benni Boelli
8. Theo De Ramecourt
9. Benjamin Petit
10. Nicolas Lesson
1. Sophie Calliet
Overall 2014 Gold Cup Male: “3 events”
1. Johnny Heineken
2. Nico Parlier
3. Maxime Nocher
Overall 2014 Gold Cup Female: “3 events”
1. Sophie Calliet
2. Steph Bridge
3. Anastasia Akopova
Thanks to Vasco Vellez and Steve McCormack for the incredible photos!
Thank you Townsville, Australia for hosting the best in the world. To all the organizers and sponsors. We will all be back next year. A huge thanks To Nicholas Leason with MHL Custom innovator and creator of Lift foils making this dream come true for people like me. You made this possible for the sport of kitesurfing and without you this would have never became a reality. Thanks to all my sponsors: Cabrinha Kites, GoPro, Lift Foils, Lululemon, Lynch Associates, The Black Dog, Oakley, NP, Runa and to all who have been behind me for years. Kindly, Damo
Watch each race as they unfold: