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    2015 KiteFoil Gold Cup Tour will kick off in Baja California

    Hydrofoiling Kiteboards will be on display at the world’s premier sailing destinations beginning
    in March 2015. Marking the second year of hydrofoiling proliferance, kiteboard racing has
    gained popularity with a variety of athletes. Sailboat racers, trick riders, and speed demons have
    gravitated toward this fleet due to its raw performance and good-natured competition. The 2015
    tour will be comprised of four stops including: La Ventana Mexico, San Francisco USA,

    Townsville Australia, and a European event to be announced shortly. The planet’s best
    competitors will vie for the title of KiteFoil Gold Cup champion, a title won by Johnny Heineken
    on the inaugural tour in 2014.

    With over seventy riders from nineteen countries, last year’s tour was highly contested as a
    different sailor won each of the three tour stops. Rapid development of equipment and
    athleticism have enabled these sailors to perform at speeds which rival the finest America’s Cup
    sailing yachts. Californian sailor Joey Pasquali has been training against Oracle’s turbo foiling
    AC45 in San Francisco Bay and reports, “We’re (foil boards) a touch faster up the track and
    they’re (AC45 Turbo) a touch faster off the breeze.” The 2015 KiteFoil Gold Cup tour will
    certainly be one to watch as these sailors push the envelope of performance on this modest

    The tour is run under the guidance of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and
    Technical Director Robbie Dean. IKA has partnered with Playa Central Beach Club, St. Francis
    Yacht Club, and Townsville Sailing Club to provide the backbone for each of the events. A
    French tour stop had originally been in the planning but unfortunate circumstances inside the
    French federations prohibited a tour stop in the motherland of hydrofoiling kiteboards.
    Stay tuned as these sailors hoot and howl their way around the course… on one of the fastest
    wind powered watercrafts in the world.

    Hydrofoiling Kiteboard statistics:
    Top Speed: 42.8 knots
    Upwind speed: 21 knots
    Downwind Speed: 32 knots
    Upwind VMG: 14 knots
    Downwind VMG: 20 knots
    Sailors: Top notch

    Information regarding the KiteFoil Gold Cup tour can be found at
    Press contact:
    IKA Head Office
    Rohrbecker Weg 43
    14612 Falkensee, Germany
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