World Kiteboarding Youth Regatta kicks off in Torre Grande
The great champions in Oristano Bay for the World Kitefoil Masters Championship and the European Junior Formula Kite Championship
The week of major events bringing the Formula Kite European Youth Championship and the Kitefoil Open Masters World Championship has been introduced to Oristano.
The organization holds a signature Eolo Beach Sports and Open Water Challenge.
The event is part of the rich calendar of major “Sardegna Isola dello Sport” events sponsored by the Sardinian Region Tourism Department and supported by the Municipality of Oristano, the Sardinian Foundation and the Oristano Foundation.
For spectators, curious and enthusiastic, following the regatta will be simple, free and can be done from the beach: in fact, the regatta field will vary with the changing wind conditions and the entire Gulf of Oristano will be the setting for this great event. Appointment.
Masters of the world
The Kitefoil Open Masters World Championship brings the best athletes looking for a world title to Torregrande, access to this competition is determined by age, in fact only those over 35 can participate. There are 25 members, 4 women and 21 men, but registrations are still open and some surprises can come.
The list of under-21 participants in the “Formula Kite European Youth Championship” is very dense, very young champions challenging each other in search of the European title.
An important open competition, whose participation also extends to athletes from other countries, who cannot compete for the title of Champion and European Champion but can instead win the Torre Grande Kitefuel Trophy.
There are several notable names in this long list of young and wealthy Italian fleet: Riccardo Pianossi, a few weeks ago number one in the ever-changing world ranking, now third; Angelo Soli, Giuseppe Paolillo, Julio Hozzi, Flavio Marx are among the best on the national and international scene.
Among the women, the third in the world rankings will be the Israeli Gal Zuckerman, and the Polish athletes Julia Damasiewicz and Magdalena Wojciechowska will also enter the European Championships in Sardinia. Sardinian Maddalena Spano will play at home. Also in this case, the registrations will remain open according to the regulations, until a few days before the start.
Formula One of the Sea
Speed, adrenaline and great technical skills: these are the characteristics that are not lacking for professional kite-diers who will cruise across the bay with their sails, up to 40 knots. The ones that spectators will be able to admire again in Torregrande are very technical instruments, designed and built to work at high performance even with very few wind knots thanks to the shim, a fin that allows the board to rise above the water.
Towards Paris 2024
The Oristano date is one of the last dates for the athletes who expect the start of the first Olympic qualifications, which will be held in August in the Gulf of Marseille, which is the place that will host boat races in 2024 on the occasion of the Olympics. In fact, Kiteboarding will make its Olympic debut in just one year, on the occasion of Paris 2024.
Five continents in Sardinia
Almost 90 athletes will compete in Oristano Bay, along with them also teams from different countries, including: Italy, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Poland, China, Israel, Mexico, Czech Republic, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, France and many others.
Monday the 22nd will be devoted to registrations, to check the equipment for the athletes, and on Tuesday the 23rd, regattas will get to their heart with the first trials. On the afternoon of Tuesday 23 May the opening ceremony will take place, on this occasion a group of cruise passengers from Costa Diadema (which will arrive at the industrial port) will visit Torregrande precisely to help, if only for a few hours, this world and European double sport event. Eolo Beach Sports in collaboration with Coldiretti Oristano will welcome tourists by offering local delicacies that cruise passengers can purchase directly from the producers’ stands.
He lives all over the world
The final stages, which will be held in the Torregrande water area, will be broadcast live around the world through the Formula Kite network and social channels, and the commentary will be in English.
Sardinia on world television
According to what appears from the data of the Icarus Sports company, the pictures of the Formula Kite World Championship 2022 were broadcast on 71 TV channels around the world for more than 41 hours of broadcasting. 121 countries worldwide have been reached and in 2023 work is underway to ensure maximum regional, national and global visibility. (See the file on the last page).
economic stimulus in the region
For three years Formula Kite has been bringing the athletes and their numerous teams to visit the territory of the province of Oristano, allowing the athletes also to be able to enjoy the cultural and touristic sites of the region, staying in hotels and accommodation facilities in the region. The city, the coastal village and the surrounding areas.
Concerts and DJ sets
Three evenings of musical entertainment will also be dedicated to the major sporting event. On Friday May 26th, at Eolo Ristobar, Big Mama will perform, on Saturday May 27th, Carovana Folk will perform while on the evening of Sunday the 28th, to close this great event, Dj Sandro Azzena records will spin.
Eddie Piana, arranger
“We are delighted to be able to host the Formula Kite family again, of which we now also feel an integral part. It will be an amazing show.”
Sergio Cantagale, Sports Director
“For many of these athletes, the Torre Grande event will be an opportunity for their journey towards the 2024 Paris Olympics. A great responsibility also from the technical-organizational side which demonstrates once again the value of our organization.”
Gianni Chiesa, Tourism Advisor for the Sardinian Region
The two international tournaments are included in the rich program that will cross the entire island in 2023, with a focus on sports as an effective tool for tourism promotion. “Sardinia, the island of sport” is a strategy that we, as a regional council, have decided to support with conviction since our foundation and to achieve excellent results. The participation of athletes from around the world and the attention of the international media guarantee a remarkable promotional result, not only for the region that hosts them, but for the entire island.”
Sebastiano Cao, President, ASD Eolo Beach Sports
“Behind this exceptional opportunity, the communications that must be naturally revitalized between all operators and local administrations in terms of planning play an essential role.”
Massimiliano Sanna, Mayor of Oristano
“Torre Grande proves once again that it is the perfect location for water sports and especially kite flying. The professionalism of the organizers, who managed to bring Tore Grande into the heart of the world, is confirmed. Along with them, the municipality of Oristano has always believed in, encouraged and supported projects of strong international value.
Antonio Franceschi, Sports Adviser of the Municipality of Oristano
“2023 will be remembered for a long time in the sports annals of Oristano for many high-profile events. Oristano is a city with strong sporting traditions. The World Championships will bring champions to the waters of the Gulf of Oristano that will guarantee recreational and sporting value.”
Luca Vaida, tourism advisor for the municipality of Oristano
“The combination of sport, tourism and the environment always works and this event confirms the special mission of our lands. The municipality of Oristano believes, works and insists on this by investing resources and energies. The images of this event will be transmitted all over the world knowing the beauty of our lands”.
Corrado Farra, Regional President of the Italian Sailing Federation of Sardinia (3rd Region)
“Our island has been confirmed as an ideal venue for international events and the organized clubs are always ready to welcome the athletes and teams traveling around the world who have made Sardinia their second home.”
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