Kitefoil Masters ready to race in Sardinia

After a rainy, stormy period of weather across Italy, the weather seems to be coming good in time for the regatta in Torregrande, Sardinia

A fleet of 28 male and female riders entered for the Masters Worlds

An international group of talented riders are getting ready to contest the Kitefoil Open Masters World Championship in the Marina di Torregrande in Oristano, Sardinia.

Taking place from 22 to 28 May 2023, the event is the latest in a long line of world-class kitefoiling regattas to be staged in this part of the Italian island. In recent years Oristano has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable arenas for high-speed wind-powered watersports.

Eddy Piana, local organiser of the competition, believes high-profile kiteboarding events are one of the best ways to showcase what the region has to offer. “It’s a unique opportunity to show international visitors the historical, architectural and environmental wonders of our city and to introduce the exciting sport of kite which has found its homeland in Torre Grande and in the Gulf of Oristano.”

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To qualify for the Kitefoil Open Masters World Championship, you need to be born in 1987 or before for the Masters competition or before 1977 for the Grand-Masters competition. In the men’s fleet watch out for a good battle between Mexico’s Xantos Villegas and Denmark’s James Johnsen. In the women’s fleet there are entries from Czech Republic, France, Thailand and Latvia. Aija Ambrasa (LAT) is only in her third competition having taken up kitefoil racing just last year. “My first time in Torregrande and I hope to learn a lot this week and have a really good time competing in this fleet,” said the Latvian rider.

Mirco Babini, President of the International Kiteboarding Federation (IKA), is looking forward to another successful event in Oristano. “We always get great feedback from competitors who race at this beautiful venue. Once again the local Eolo association can be relied on to deliver a fantastic event and will show its logistical, organisational and sporting skills to the whole world with a strong participation from many nations from around the world.”

© IKA media / Robert Hajduk