Please select your home edition
Gul 2018 CodeZero Evo 728x90

Countdown to Formula Kite World Championships in Oman

by Oman Sail 20 Aug 2017 07:02 BST 19-24 November 2017
Kite Speed Championships in Masirah © Oman Sail

A championship fleet of up to 105 male and female competitors are expected at the championship, which features the high-performance hydrofoiling Formula Kite boards. The class is the newest discipline in kiteboarding and is campaigning to be included as an Olympic event, with a decision expected around the time of the championship.

The 100-day landmark comes shortly after Oman was hailed as a 'kiteboarding paradise' by competitors at the Kite Speed World Championship held on Masirah Island.

"The Formula Kite World Championships is our biggest event of the year," said Markus Schwendtner, CEO of the International Kiteboarding Association. "We are also awaiting an announcement on the class being included at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which could well increase numbers at the World Championships. So it could be a very big year for us, and for Oman."

And he added: "Oman was a revelation to the Kite Speed competitors - everyone was blown away by the conditions, by the friendliness of the people, by the landscape, just everything.

"It was very well organised so we know that Oman Sail has all the skills and experience to host a great Formula Kite World Championship event."

Some of the biggest names in the fast-growing sport are expected in Muscat to compete for glory. These are likely to include Germany's Florian Gruber and French speedster Nico Parlier, who top the world Formula Kite rankings just behind Britain's Olly Bridge. Meanwhile, Bridge's mother Steph, a multiple kiteboarding world champion, leads the women's rankings ahead of USA rider Daniela Moroz and Russia's Elena Kalinina.

"We are well prepared for the Formula Kite World Championships and we look forward to welcoming the many international kiteboarding athletes to Oman in 100 days' time," said Salma Al Hashmi, Chief Marketing Officer at Oman Sail.

"Following the great success of the recent Kite Speed World Championship event this will be another opportunity to establish the Sultanate as the region's leading sporting destination. It will bring benefits to the Omani people and the wider economy, and will allow competitors and visitors to experience the fantastic sailing conditions and our world famous hospitality."

Oman has been the venue of choice for several international sailing events in recent years, including the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series and the Extreme Sailing Series, as well as the Laser, Laser Radial and RSX World Championships. All have been organised by Oman Sail, the national initiative to highlight the maritime heritage of Oman and promote the country through top level sports events.

Related Articles

Oman Air confident for Extreme Sailing Series
Currently level on points with arch rival Alinghi ahead of Barcelona event Oman Air took a solid second place in a large fleet of the GC32 foiling catamarans, learning valuable lessons they can now take forward to the latest stop on the global tour in Barcelona. Posted on 12 Jun
2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat
Watch all the action on TV Series episode 1 Watch episode one of the official 2018 TV Series to re-live the action from four days of racing in Muscat, Oman, for the opening Act of the season. Posted on 13 Apr
Oman Sail planning 2018 sailing in France
Racing in Diam 24, J80 and Class 40 fleets After a busy winter that saw Oman's ideal weather conditions put to good use for training and a variety of early season events, Oman Sail has announced a dual approach for its European squad which encompasses different race teams. Posted on 31 Mar
Alinghi win Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat
Flying Phantom Series sees talented Team France Jeune finish on top of the podium After four days of consistently strong sailing in Oman, the Swiss team extended their lead on the fleet of super-fast foiling GC32s, closing the Act with a six-point lead. Posted on 17 Mar
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat day 3
Two of the season's newly-formed crews collide Drama struck on the water today, Friday 16th March, as two of the season's newly-formed crews collided on the racecourse on the third day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™. Posted on 16 Mar
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat day 2
Veterans and victors given a run for their money Series veterans and victors were given a run for their money today, Thursday 15th March, in day two of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat. Posted on 15 Mar
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat day 1
Swiss team Alinghi dominates on the racetrack Three-time champions Alinghi dominated on the racetrack today, Wednesday 14th March, in the first day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™. Posted on 15 Mar
Muscat perfect venue for Extreme Sailing Series
Gearing up to provide a picture-perfect launch for 2018 season One of the most popular stops for the globe-trotting Extreme teams, the pristine waters off Oman's capital city have a deserved reputation for delivering sparkling sailing conditions Posted on 9 Mar
French team Beijaflore crowned new champions
The new format demanded strength, skill and tenacity from the eight international crews French team Beijaflore were today crowned the new champions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour ending a four-year winning streak for rivals EFG Bank Monaco as the regatta came to a climax in Muscat, Oman. Posted on 17 Feb
Beijaflore edge closer to victory
As EFG Sailing Arabia - The Tour enters its final stage French challengers Beijaflore have one hand on the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour trophy as Arabia's premiere regatta enters its final stage following 10 days of blistering action in Oman. Posted on 15 Feb