Course Racing World Championships 2011 Results

The 2011 Course Racing World Cup in Sylt (Germany) is currently under way from 28 June through to 3 July 2011. More than 140 of the world’s best Kiteboarders are competing for the coveted Course Racing World Title and the European Freestyle Championship Tour.

We will be updating this article with the latest racing results and kiteboarding news from Sylt daily, so refer back to this article or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with this prestigious kitesurfing competition.

Race Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Final Results

Day 1 (28 June)

Race Summary

Sunshine and warm weather welcomed the competitors of the 2011 world championships at Sylt today, and the races began right after the opening ceremony.

Kitesurfing World Cup 2011

World Cup 2011

The wind was blowing at 17-22 knots in an offshore direction. This meant that the racing had to take place a few kilometres offshore, which made communications and handling the fleet of 70 kitesurfers a bit tricky.

The Men and women were sent out on a trapezoid course with a sequenced start and a 1.5 km upwind stretch. Right from the beginning Johnny Heineken (USA, Ozone, Mike’s Lab)) dominated the fleet, sometimes more than a minute ahead of the second placed rider. Only a tangle in race 4 was able to slow him down.

Defending World Champion Adam Koch (USA, Ozone, Mike’s Lab) is in close second ahead of Sky Solbach (USA, North). In total there are six USA boys in the top 10 and 4 French kiteboarders, the best being Julien Kerneur (FRA, RRD, Takoon) in 5th position.

In the women’s fleet it looks like it is coming down to a battle between Katja Roose (NED, Airush) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North), only one point apart after 4 races.

Four races were run in two sessions and the fleet was brought safely back to shore before the wind dropped in the evening. Several protests were heard before everybody was satisfied and the results were finalized.

Racing will commence tomorrow, with the forecast calling for the wind to swing to the usual onshore wind direction. We expect choppy conditions and big waves which might mix up the fleet a bit. If conditions permit, the freestyle competition for the European Championship Tour will also take place later in the evening.

Course Race Results – Men (after 4 races)

  1. John Heineke (USA)
  2. Adam Koch (USA)
  3. Sky Solbach (USA)
  4. Bryan Lake (USA)
  5. Julien Kerneur (FRA)

Course Race Results – Women (after 4 races)

  1. Katja Roose (NED)
  2. Steph Bridge (UK)
  3. Nayara Licariao (BRA)
  4. Adrien Cardine (FRA)
  5. Melissa Gil (USA)
Kitesurf World Cup 2011

Course Racing World Cup 2011


Race Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Final Results

Day 2 (29 June)

Race Summary

Bright sunshine and light offshore winds most of the day saw the racing get off to a late and rather shaky start today. The weather forecast called for variable winds until the late afternoon, which made it impossible for the race committee to set a course, and send the fleet out in fluky kitesurfing conditions.

Around noon the wind started turning but then completely died down, and only came back a few hours later. At around 5 pm we saw the first signs of wind on the horizon, and suddenly at 5:30pm the wind switched on, turned west and we were on with 17-20 knots.

Kiteboarding World Cup 2011

Course Race - World Cup 2011

The race committee set a windward leeward course with the start line close to the beach and set up for a 18:30 start. The fleet took off in kiteboarding conditions that became nastier by the minute. Breaking waves around the course made it difficult to sail the course properly.

Johnny Heineken (USA, Mike’s Lab, Ozone) proved to be the best competitor again, but this time the margin was much smaller. He beat Julien Kerneur (FRA, RRD, Takoon) who came in second and Adam Koch (USA, Mike’s Lab, Ozone) ended in third place.

In the women’s fleet, Steph Bridge (GBR, North) was victorious in this round ahead of Katja Roose (NED, Airush) and Nayara Licariao (BRA, Xtreme, North). The girl’s results are getting much tighter now as far as points go.

Racing had to be postponed after the fifth race of the competition due to a technical problem with the committee boat, but will commence tomorrow afternoon. The freestylers will be up first in the morning with a single elimination round for the Sylt leg of the European Freestyle Kite Championship Tour.

Course Race Results / Rankings – Men (after 5 races)

  1. John Heineken (USA) 2.8 points
  2. Adam Koch (USA) 7.7 points
  3. Sky Solbach (USA) 12.0 points
  4. Julien Kerneur (FRA) 15 points
  5. Bryan Lake (USA) 16 points

Course Race Results / Rankings – Women (after 5 races)

  1. Katja Roose (NED) 5.4 points
  2. Steph Bridge (GBR) 6.1 points
  3. Nayara Licariao (BRA) 10 points
  4. Caroline Adrien (FRA) 13 points
  5. Melissa Gil (USA) 19 points


Race Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Final Results

Day 3 (30 June)

Race Summary

Today saw plenty of wind at the World Cup in Sylt with a side onshore wind of around 20+ knots. The 2011 Kitesurf Tour Europe was up first with the freestylers battling it out in tough conditions due to the large waves, which made landings quite difficult.

It was Mario Rodwald who came out victorious in the single elimination, defeating Tijn van Esch from the Netherlands, who in turn had defeated Seb Garat in the semi finals.

Kitesurf World Cup 2011

World Cup 2011 - Kites

In a display of outstanding sportsmanship, Mario’s Dad Roy came to Dutch rider Jerrie Van de Kop’s aid, after he dropped his kite near the end of his heat and couldn’t relaunch it. Roy didn’t hesitate to hand him Mario’s bigger substitute kite, an extremely noble gesture of fair play and sportsmanship. Roy we salute you!

In the woman’s final, Michalina Laskowska from Poland beat Ines Correia from Portugal.

The course racing was held in the afternoon. Three races were run in strong winds and 2-3 meter waves. The USA men continue to dominate the field with John Heineken, Andy Koch and Sky Solbach ahead of the pack.

In the women’s races Steph Bridge beat Katja Roose, with Nayara Licariao coming in third.

The weather forecast looks excellent for tomorrow, so expect a great day of kitesurfing at the 2011 Course Racing World Championships and Kitesurf Tour Europe. The double elimination starts at 9.30am, and the races will start at around 2pm.

Course Race Results / Rankings – Men (after 8 races)

  1. John Heineken (USA) 4.2 points
  2. Adam Koch (USA) 9.4 points
  3. Bryan Lake (USA) 21 points
  4. Julien Kerneur (FRA) 21 points
  5. Sky Solbach (USA) 22 points

Course Race Results / Rankings – Women (after 8 races)

  1. Steph Bridge (GBR) 5.5 points
  2. Katja Roose (NED) 10.4 points
  3. Nayara Licariao (BRA) 15 points
  4. Caroline Adrien (FRA) 22 points
  5. Melissa Gil (USA) 25 points 


Video Update Courtesy of Katja Roose


Race Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Final Results

Day 4 (1 July)


The US team continues to dominate the World Course Racing Championships in Sylt, with John Heineken securing first place in all 4 races held today. Adam Koch also had a great day of racing and ended with 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd place finishes.

According to Chip Wasson (USA, Mike’s Lab, Ozone), these were some the toughest racing conditions he has ever competed in. “I don’t know about the other riders out there but today offered up some of the most challenging racing conditions I have ever competed in! 6-8 foot breaking waves and swell that was all over the place accompanied a 30+ knot breeze. In these conditions the race committee could not even anchor their start boats which motored in place all day long always in fear of getting rolled.

Chip also praised the race committee who clearly have their hands full in these tough conditions, for doing such an outstanding job: “The race committee deserves a huge UP for even getting 4 races off in these conditions. Those guys have been working their asses off.

The latest race results and points standings at the end of today’s racing are as follows:

Course Race Results / Rankings – Men (after 12 races)

  1. John Heineken (USA) 6.3 points
  2. Adam Koch (USA) 16.4 points
  3. Bryan Lake (USA) 34 points
  4. Sky Solbach (USA) 36 points
  5. Julien Kerneur (FRA) 39 points

Course Race Results / Rankings – Women (after 12 races)

  1. Steph Bridge (GBR) 6.3 points
  2. Katja Roose (NED) 14.1 points
  3. Nayara Licariao (BRA) 24 points
  4. Caroline Adrien (FRA) 32 points
  5. Melissa Gil (USA) 35 points


Race Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Final Results

Day 5 (2 July)

Unfortunately no races took place today, as the event organizers were unable to get the committee boats out of the harbor due to the excessive wind and large waves.

A Kiteloop Supersession was planned for 14:30 this afternoon instead. In onshore winds of around 28 knots and 3 meter waves at Westerland, the freestylers battled it out in a kiteloop super session.

The kiteloop session was won by Jerrie van de Kop with Nils Wesch in second place. Both put on a mind-blowing show for the spectators. In the woman’s competition, Hannah Whiteley again showed how hard girls rip and defeated Double Elimination winner Ines Correia in the final.

Kitesurf World Cup 2011 - Hannah Whiteley

Hannah Whiteley

Tomorrow is the last day here in Sylt and conditions will hopefully be slightly lighter than today, making a few more races possible before the price giving ceremony at 3pm.


Race Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Final Results

Final – Day 6 (3 July)

With on-shore winds of around 28 knots and 3 meter waves slamming the beach of Westerland, it was sadly impossible to get the race crew out on the water to continue racing for the 2011 world championship today.

So the new world course racing champions after 12 races are Johnny Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North). Adam Koch (USA, Ozone) and Katja Roose (NED, Airush) are the vice world champions.

Sky Solbach (USA, North) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) were the winners of the production division.

Final Course Race Results – Men (after 12 races, 3 Discards)

  1. John Heineken (USA) 6.3 points
  2. Adam Koch (USA) 16.4 points
  3. Bryan Lake (USA) 34 points
  4. Sky Solbach (USA) 36 points
  5. Julien Kerneur (FRA) 39 points
Kitesurf World Cup Sylt 2011 - Podium Mens

John Heineken (1st), Adam Koch (2nd), Bryan Lake (3rd)

Final Course Race Results – Women (after 12 races, 3 Discards)

  1. Steph Bridge (GBR) 6.3 points
  2. Katja Roose (NED) 14.1 points
  3. Nayara Licariao (BRA) 24 points
  4. Caroline Adrien (FRA) 32 points
  5. Melissa Gil (USA) 35 points
Kitesurf World Cup Sylt 2011 - Podium Women

Steph Bridge (1st), Katja Roose (2nd), Nayara Licariao (3rd)


See full race results at: 2011 IKA Kite Course Racing World Championships Results

Click the following link to watch a live broadcast of this kiteboarding event: IKA Live Broadcast

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  1. Just wanted to say hi to the Colombian kite surfers, congratulate them all and wish them well during the remainder of the championship. Greetings from Cali, Colombia to you all.

  2. We would love to hear from the actual race competitors in the comments here. Keep us posted on how things are going out there each day… the news will mean much more coming straight from you guys on the battlefield… ;-)

  3. Unfortunately we didn’t race yesterday. The waves were over 4 meters, which is too big for the boat. I would have loved to go, because I’m feeling strong in these kind of circumstances (bit like my home spot in Scheveningen). For Rolf vd Vlugt (Airush, NED) it would have been great to race as well yesterday, because he had a very good day the 4th day. He was able to score 2 times a 3rd place, just behind Adam and Johnny. So he is really eager to go on the water.
    Now it’sthe last day, but blowing a lot again. Don’t know if it’s possible to get the boats out. Hope so. Although I can’t win the event anymore (soooo happy with a 2nd place) I would love to put on or 2 more races on my name ;-) And Rolf wants to climb up 1 or 2 places. So we’ll see.

    Cheers Katja

    • Hey Katja,

      Thanks for the update from the trenches. It is great to get the perspective of one of the competitors directly.

      Congratulations on your great performance and for achieving second place overall so far.

      We wish both you and Rolf the best of luck on the last day of the competition. We are holding thumbs that you guys do get to race today and that the conditions work in your favour.

      Please do update us again when all is done and dusted.