Switzerland surges into lead of Kiteboarding Youth Worlds

Day two of the Kiteboarding Youth World Championships saw a change of leader. The breeze was steadier than Wednesday, with all four races completed in winds of 8 to 16 knots which gradually moved around from the south-west to north-west throughout the afternoon.

Gian Andrea Stragiotti enjoyed the slightly stronger breeze to move into the lead after a dominant day. The Swiss rider scored bullets in all four races. “I don’t think I’ve ever had such a good day as today,” Stragiotti smiled. “I’m one of the heavier riders in the fleet, about 68kg, so we could use our weight in the stronger conditions. The starts were good, the speed, and picking the laylines on the race course, everything went well today.”

© Robert Hajduk / IKA media: Four bullets for Gian Andrea Stragiotti (SUI)

Jan Koszowski may not have been able to match Stragiotti’s stratospheric speed but the defending world champion from Poland still sailed a very good day to record a string of second places which raises him to second overall. Leader after day one, Jakub Balewicz from Poland, slips to third overall with Enzo Louber from France looking to close the gap. “My results were better today,” said Louber, “but I think I can do better. I need to do better because I really want to get into the top three.” Top female rider in the Youth Foil fleet is Poland’s Karolina Jankowska.

© Robert Hajduk / IKA media: Spectacular conditions on Day 2 in Torregrande

RESULTS A's YouthFoil (8 races, 2 discards)
Gian Andrea Stragiotti   
Jan Koszowski  
3    POL     
Jakub Balewicz  
Full results: www.youthfoil.org