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Ozone Race Team riders Adam Koch and Johnny Heineken are currently leading the Mens Course Racing at the PKRA World Tour stop being held in Germany, along with Takoon sponsored rider Julien Kerneur closely following in third whilst using Ozone 15m and 17mEdges in the light wind races.

So far the Germany race fleet has encountered varying wind strengths with some very light wind races through to winds of 20-25knots. This has offered challenging conditions for all to show their course racing skills.

With Adam and Johnny dominating most races (4 wins each from 10 races so far) along with Takoon sponsored rider Julien choosing to ride Ozone it’s no doubt that the Edge is the kite of choice for the worlds best course racers. Julien also used the Edge to win the Italian EU Champs last month.

Keep up the amazing work guys and we hope you are enjoying our kites Julien ;)

Team Ozone

Full results after Day 5 of competition can be found here;


Second Day of Course Racing PKRA Germany. Johnny and Adam fight back!

Third day – Course Racing in very light winds


Day three provided very light winds for us here in St Peter Ording, Germany. The focus of the day was on course racing. The race set up was adapted due to these conditions and the decision was made to start the day with a long course in a square box.

The first starting line of the day was going straight against the wind, which made an interesting decision for the racers who could either chose to start starboard or port.

Judge Anki Knutson explained that the starboard tack is the priority, when you are sailing with your right hand forward. Since the first race was very long we took some time to explore the origin of the words, starboard comes from the early days of sailing. “Before ships had rudders on their centerlines, they were steered by use of a specialized steering oar. This oar was held by an oarsman located in the stern (back) of the ship. However, like most of society, there were many more right-handed sailors than left-handed sailors. (…) An early version of “port” is larboard but when shouted in the wind, was presumably too easy to confuse with starboard[1] and so the word port came to replace it. Port is derived from the practice of sailors mooring ships on the left side at ports in order to prevent the steering oar from being crushed.” (Ref. Wikipedia)


The point of this brief explanation of the starboard tack is that the start of race 1 came with a technical choice of strategy. The riders starting port side took a risk as they had to give the right of way to their competitors, however starting port side came with it’s advantages as it allowed the riders to go much further upwind than their starboard rivals.

John Heineken (USA, Ozone) explained that to make this choice, you look at the angle to cross the start line and choose the one that will bring you the most upwind. John Heineken (USA, Ozone), Adam Koch (USA, Ozone) and Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha) took that decision and chose to ride port side risking the chance of getting blocked by the riders going starboard.

Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon) reckoned that the port fleet went faster than the starboard and therefore took a bit more time to get to the second buoy.

This first race of the day (Race 3) took twenty five minutes for the fastest riders and they all came close to each other for the leading pack.

Steph Bridge (GBR, North) was exhausted after this first race and metaphorically joked: “today we went to Denmark, crossed over to France and came back to Germany!”

Race 3 results:


1. John Heineken (USA, Ozone)

2. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)

3. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon)


1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)

2. Katja Roose (NED, Airush)

3. Christine Boenniger (GER)


Race 4 started with a big tangle between a few racers who were going port on the starting line. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon) explained that Adam Koch (USA, Ozone) was coming sailboard in front of his fleet, which was lead by Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha). They got blocked by Bruno who lifted his kite up therefore tangling the rest of the fleet around him, including John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Tomiek Janiak (GER, RRD).

We took some time today to know the correct sailing terminology to use. This multinational fleet of competitors have all been mixed up and confused due to their different ways of describing the action on the water.

To summarize, “running” is going downwind whilst “beating” (close reach/fetching) is going upwind. “Reaching” (beam reach) is a course steered at right angles to the wind on either port or starboard tack and a “broad reach” is the fastest, it represents a range of wind angles between beam reach and running downwind.

Results Race 4


1. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)

2. Ozog Blazej (POL, North)

3. Florian Gruber (GER, North)


1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)

2. Christine Boenninger (GER)

After a short lunch break the thermal winds picked up enough to start two more races. Olaf Van Tol decided to change the course with only one lap, this reduced the course time to 17 minutes for the best riders.


Results Race 5 and 6 for the men are the same:


1. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)

2. John Heineken (USA, Ozone)

3. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon)


1. Katja Roose (NED, Airush)

2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)

3. Christine Boenniger (GER)

Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon) summed up his Race 6 for us: “The wind was super light, I started starboard and came out second at the up wind buoy behind Adam Koch (USA, Ozone). I remained second during the entire race but on the last tack John Heineken kept passing me and ended up taking second on the finish line behind Adam who was by far in lead.

Olaf Van Tol commented “These very light wind racing conditions proved the development of the sport as this wouldn’t have been possible two years ago. This morning we raced in 6 to 9 knots and this afternoon in winds averaging 7 knots. I even recorded 3.5 to 5 knots on the boat as the race was going. There is a big gap now between the top guys and the rest of the fleet.”

Tomorrow the wind is predicted to increase and might be enough to finish the trials of the Freestyle, otherwise we will do more Course Racing.

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First Day of Racing at PKRA Germany

Second day – Light winds for the Course Racers


The forty five male and six female course riders were welcomed to St Peter Ording today by beautiful sunshine and flat water. The first race of the day started in light wind conditions, the competitors raced with kites up to 18 meters and extended lines.

We met with Adam Koch (Ozone, USA) at the end of the first race, he was leading until the last minute when he crashed just before the finish line. As he got to close to the beach his fins grazed through the sand resulting in him falling into the water. He was disappointed with this first race since he was leading the fleet for a good twenty minutes and saw the two French riders Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon), current leader of the 2011 PKRA Course Racing World Tour, and Olivier Dansin (FRA, North) passing him before he got back on his board to go through the finish line in the third place.


Current World Champion John Heineken (USA, Ozone) had a bad first race: “It was a tough one; I had bad luck and got a garbage bag caught around my fins… I had a couple of mistakes and crashed a lot, I’d love to start a new race to start all over again”.

Results Race 1:


1. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon)

2. Olivier Dansin (FRA, North)

3. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)


1. Katja Roose (NED, Airush)

2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)

3. Caroline Adrien (FRA, Cabrinha)

During the second race it was interesting to see the different strategies that the riders adopted for the last tack to make sure that they didn’t make the same mistake Koch did in the shallow water.

On the finish line the five best riders were very close to each other, Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon) took the lead by doing one less tack than the riders. Some of them chose to come from the outside instead of along the beach as this route lowered their chances of hitting the sand with their fins.

In the girls division Steph Bridge (GBR, North) got beaten by Katja Roose (NED, Airush) on the first race as her board got caught in the sand close to the finish allowing Katja to overtake her and take the win. However in the second race Bridge came back strong and won with a good distance between her and the other female riders.

Steph is looking forward to the rest of this week of competition and is particularly excited about the variety of conditions that St Peter Ording boasts. The forecast here can change from light wind and sunny skies to a storm in a matter of days.

She also mentioned that she came in 7th on the men’s ranking in the second race since we’re running men and women at the same time. She’s hoping to stay in the top ten of the men during this event.


Results Race 2:


1. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon)

2. Olivier Dansin (FRA, North)

3. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)


1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)

2. Katja Roose (NED, Airush)

3. Caroline Adrien (FRA, Cabrinha)

Dirk Hanel (GER, North) also enjoys the varied conditions of this spot but remarks: “It’s when you see people riding with 21 meter kites who cannot go up wind anymore that you know it’s time to enjoy a Jevver beer in the Red Bull rider tent and make the most of the attractions at the event site, such as the new Beetle car on display. I’d rather be doing that or browsing the web on the new Internet Explorer 9 than out on the water in bad conditions.”

As the wind died slowly during lunch break we took some time out from the action to discuss the debate going on at the minute between the production class and the open class.


The Production class means that you are using the equipment coming out of the brands factories and therefore used by the public, you are allowed to use one board and choose three sizes of kites for the event.

In the Open Class you can use any type of kite and any kind of board, many riders are using prototypes kites and also hand shaped boards such as US riders John Heineken and Adam Koch or French rider Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha).

There is a rule book for the boards, they have to be less than 70cm width, less than 190cm height, fins are limited to 50cm long and the board shouldn’t be less than 4kg. There is no limitation on the kite size.

The US team thinks that for security reasons there shouldn’t be a restriction on the kite sizes as it could get dangerous if your kite isn’t appropriate for the conditions, especially in very strong winds. They are asking for no limitation in kite sizes.

The final word comes from the IKA who should only allow production class for 2012 with one board and three kites, although there will be a discussion about allowing four kites by the end of the year. The goal is to open Course Racing to any kiteboarder with a low entry budget and have all riders using the same equipment.

There might also be a limit for the wind conditions, the course racers won’t be riding in more than twenty five knots as it gets too hectic on the water.

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