Now we know what it takes to get the number-one, bull goose kiteboard developer to about-face: A world championship for course racing. That, and San Francisco Bay.
Paolo Rista shapes boards for himself, also for the likes of Bruno Sroka, who has been ripping up everything in 2009.
And Paolo Rista has been developing fins and techniques that go a new direction. He and Sroka “ride flat” and rely upon fins only—they don’t dip the rail—to resist the pull of the kite.
With success has come the flattery of imitation.
Now these two have a plan for how to sail the first-ever Kiteboard Course Racing World Championship. Turn success on its tail, and dip the rail.
It’s about the venue.
The inaugural course racing worlds is happening on San Francisco Bay, Tuesday through Saturday, because that’s where the discipline was developed. There were a few key members of St. Francis Yacht Club—John Gomes more than others—who went from the traditional junior sailing experience to the traditional young-adult sailing experience to the kiting experience to the question: We’re sure as heck going to keep on kiting, but we miss sailboat racing, so can we combine the two? And would the club support the experiment? Yes and yes. All the way from the grassroots to US Sailing to ISAF.
First came proof of concept.