HFPT San Francisco – Finals

The finals go down with ‘off the charts’ racing at Crissy Field


Words – Eric Due

Images – Michael Petrikov



The racing was ‘off the charts’ fast on the finals day at the HFPT San Francisco. Going into the day Nico Parlier (France) was pretty solidly taking the win based on points and amazing consistency.  Axel Mazella, France, and Johnny Heineken, San Francisco (USA) were in a hot battle for second and third separated by just a couple points.  Fourth through sixth was hotly contested by Olly Bridge (Great Britain) Joey Pasquali, (USA) and Riccardo Lecesse (Italy).  Daniela Moroz (USA), ripped her way around the course finishing 17th out of 46 overall and the only female competitor.  

Nico hammered in a few more bullets and then seemed to take things a little more conservatively for the last couple heats finishing solidly first overall.  Axel and Johnny battled it out throughout in the super windy conditions.  Each heat saw drama on the water with crashes, near misses, and just staying alive on the super fast downwind legs meant one mistake and the points would rip past you.  Each battled hard and Axel managed to just hold on to second with one point separating third to Johnny over 13 races in total.



The battles continued throughout the fleet with fourth through sixth hotly contested.  Olly was on fire pulling in a couple thirds to extend his hold on fourth place.  Joey Pasquali put in an incredible last heat in the strong winds to finish second, jumping him into fifth overall.  Rounding out the battle was Riccardo who, despite having his foil damaged yesterday, managed to borrow one and hold on to sixth overall.  Watching, competing, and covering the event has been amazing to witness as these kiters rip off the start line, race towards the beach, and somehow mostly miss each other in the trickiest port/starboard tacking first jibe.  The windward rounding sees racers accelerate from 25 knots to 40 plus knots almost instantly as they dive their kites. Truly spectacular racing to watch or take part in!



The end of the San Francisco Hydrofoil Pro Tour marks the half way point in the International tour.  The next event is in Fehrman, Germany August 19th to the 23rd.  Point D’Esny, Mauritius on September 19th to 22nd and finals in Sydney, Australia on November 8th to 12th

This is the hottest wind powered racing on the planet.  If you are in these locations. Spread the word.  Go on down to the event and check it out!  A huge thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, racers, families, and especially the St. Francis Yacht Club and racing office for putting together another stellar event.


See the full HydroFoil Pro Tour schedule at www.hydrofoilprotour.com

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