March 14, 2019
"All well done!"
The main competitions of the country in winter windsurfing and snowkiting took place in Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, the All-Russian Federation Federation's website provides information.
Almost 60 athletes came to participate in the tournament – from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Yekaterinburg, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Surgut, Chelyabinsk and other cities of Russia. Including – stars of domestic snowkiting, winners of national championships of different years.
Distances for both classes were laid on Lake Onega, near the city embankment. At the same time, the route turned out to be quite difficult: mixed snow and ice cover and ice dunes, which protruded from under the snow. The weather made the athletes nervous too: on the first day of the tournament there was a strong snowstorm with a wind of about 6-7 m / s. Snow constantly hit in the face, greatly reducing visibility. However, it was not long to suffer. The very next day the sun peeped out, and the wind increased to 8-10 m / s. As a result, the organizers were able to complete the entire competition program of the championship.
In snowkiting, in the course-discipline discipline, 15 races were conducted in both types – on skis and on a board. The best among men on a snowboard was St. Petersburg Nikita Sokolov. The world champion and now the three-time national champion by a wide margin ahead of the nearest pursuer – Stepan Konchu from Chelyabinsk. The third was another representative of St. Petersburg, Mikhail Chmutov.
There were no surprises in the competition of skiers. The winner among men was expectedly the favorite of the tournament – the current world champion according to WISSA, champion of Russia from St. Petersburg Nikita Kodanev, second place from his fellow countryman Andrei Balyakin, third was Ilya Turbaev, representing Surgut.
“Thanks to all the participants and organizers, all great! – said after the competition Nikita Kodanev. – I won the Russian championship for the second time, but this year it was more difficult, since the level of rivals has grown, the youth are catching up. Special thanks to my parents and sponsors for their support. ”
In the women's competition there was no equal to another representative of St. Petersburg – Elena Kalinina. Elena is one of the strongest athletes on kiteboarding in the world, the winner and medalist of the World and European Championships, began her career in snowkiting and always performs with pleasure in winter competitions. The second was Muscovite Sofia Nikogosova, the third – Petersburg Mary Maria Ryzhankova.
“For me, this championship is more preparation for summer competitions,” said Elena Kalinina. – An interesting experience, since I have not played skiing for a long time. At first it was very difficult to get used to, but then I remembered more or less everything. The rivals were very well prepared. Even in spite of the fact that they are still quite juniors, with less weight, they chased very nicely, did not make tactical mistakes, occasionally pulled out ahead of the male fleet. The level of competition has risen precisely at the expense of beginners, the guys have the same story. Could I compete for a place in the men's fleet? It is unlikely, because a] you need to train more, b] you need special skis, c] you need more physical strength. But I did not set myself such a task. I had enough of a 15-meter kite, a larger size did not even have the desire to take. ”
Tense struggle unfolded in winter windsurfing. Participants fought for every point, one lost race could cost a place on the podium. Among the leaders of the battle was particularly hot. For the first time in a long time, it so happened that all three medalists had the same number of points, so the final result was determined only in the last race.
“A very high-speed track, the races were held in one breath, as the wind did not let the descent all the racing days. To win somewhere, there was not enough tactics, but somewhere suitable weapons, the struggle was heated until the very last race, ”said the Russian championship silver medalist Roman Vostryakov from Arkhangelsk.
Despite a confident leadership in the first three days of the competition, in the end, Roman lost the first place to his countryman, Andrei Khargovsky.
“Strong rivals did not allow to relax even for a second, any tactical mistake could affect the result,” said repeated champion of Russia Andrei Khargovsky. – But in the end I managed to win and once again confirm my title of champion of Russia! In addition, a large number of young participants were very pleased. ”
The best among women in winter windsurfing was Anastasia Moiseeva from Mozhaysk near Moscow, the second place went to Anastasia Schedrina from St. Petersburg, and the third place went to the representative of the Murmansk region Ivanna Gorlova.
“I really liked the competitions in Petrozavodsk, they were the first for me in winter windsurfing, told the silver medalist of the championship Anastasia Shchedrin. – Every day the wind blew more than 10 knots, and one day it blew up to 26 knots … Before the competition, I managed to get out on the ice only three times – in different weather conditions, so before the start I had to go as early as possible to train it what I missed. Fortunately, it was possible to quickly recall the features of sail 8.5, because before that I had been training a lot on the water, on the same. I think that winter windsurfing is a great opportunity to understand the basics for beginners and remember the base for managing the sail and distance for those who have been involved for a long time. ”
According to the materials of the Arkhangelsk Sailing Federation and the Academy of Sailing Yacht Club of St. Petersburg
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