At the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October 2018, kite surfing was selected as a new sailing competition. The new format TT: R (Double Tip Slalom) has been chosen as the new discipline of the Youth Olympic Games. This is an excellent achievement for all kitesurfing communities and the sport itself. In the past ten years, this sport has become very popular and is still developing rapidly worldwide. It is expected that kite surfing will showcase the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The International Kite Surfing Association (IKA) is responsible for promoting kitesurfing worldwide and holds world championships for each kite surfing category. From February 20th to 25th, 2018, Wow Hotel Dakhla will host one of the most anticipated kitesurfing events of the year-qualification for the African and European Youth Olympic Games. Let us see what we have learned from this competition.
TT: R Slalom competition is a high-speed tailwind competition, which pays less attention to tactics and more attention to board and kite control. Riders drive along a set route, and they need to overcome obstacles. All athletes are competing against each other in multiple preliminaries. Based on the elimination system, the best three drivers are advancing to the semi-finals and finals. In the Dakhla (Dakhla) competition, each game has eight people to play, each lasting 6 minutes. All participants can only use the traditional double-pointed kiteboard and tube kite.
The Intercontinental Qualifying Tournament for the Youth Olympic Games held in Dakhla gathered young athletes from 15 to 18. Sixty-one players participated in the competition, including 32 boys and 18 girls from Europe and eight boys and three girls from Africa.
TT: The R game has two crucial parts-start and penalty. A good start is an essential factor to be ahead of all competitors and win the game. Penalties are no exception-all riders will be punished for tangling or touching other riders’ kites when twisted. Read more about the punishment system here.
All participants can only use the traditional double-pointed kiteboard and Leading Edge inflatable kite. Each participant can only register four kites and one board to use during the event. The kite must be selected from 4 size categories to cover the wind direction from light wind to strong wind. The size of the kite should be different: large (15m or larger), medium (11m – 15 m), small (9m – 11m) and x small (9m or smaller). A detachable kite belt, safety belt, helmet, floating or impact kite must be used. All equipment must comply with the international IKA Twin Tip Racing rules, which can be found here.
The minimum air volume to start the game is 8 to 10 knots (depending on wind density and ocean currents). Therefore, there are two breezy days during the competition, allowing Wow Hotel Dakhla to introduce the culture and windless activities to all participants. In addition to tasting different local delicacies every day, all young riders have the opportunity to meet a group of children from Dakhla and teach them the basics of kite surfing. Aziz Ouakrim, a local kitesurfing instructor and member of the “Dakhla Lagoon Association”, said that the event provided an excellent opportunity for local children to discover kitesurfing and set an example for the future. . Besides, the young drivers participated in the “art class” and performed watercolour paintings on themselves.
On the last day of the game, Dakhla encountered difficulties due to solid and windy winds. This is a stressful day for all the drivers because they have been fighting at the limit and fighting on the water until the last moment of the race. It was an excellent day for Morocco because national driver Jonas Ouahmid (Jonas Ouahmid) won the race. He made Morocco participate in the Youth League held in Buenos Aires in October this year. Olympic Games. Simultaneously, in the Women’s Africa Division, Rut Gouws from South Africa won first place. On the European podium, Sofia Tomasoni from Italy dominated the women’s European region in all competitions, so she won the title even before the last round. The boy’s European zone was even tenser, with Toni Vodisek from Slovenia defeating Benoit Gomez from France to win less than one point.
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