Sunday, March 28, 2010

REAL Demo Daze!


Over the weekend was Reals Demo Daze.  With the NE breeze cranking it was off to Kite Point to demo all the 2010 kites.  Liquid Force kites took over with 2010 Havocs, Envys, and Hi-Fis.  Also available was the whole line-up of 2010 boards.  Jason, Thomas, Julien, and I all made it out on the water over the course of the day, and we all managed to grab a fun session.  


Thomas

The wind was cranking and most people were flying 8's and 10's.  I put up my 9m Hi-Fi and had perfect power.  The pool at KP was just like always gusty and shifty, and it didn't help having 25 cars on the beach.  I still managed to pull some good tricks for the crowd, and got some nice video with Thomas.  Check back for the footy soon.





Props to Bryan Elkus for the shots.

On a side note got a interview with Sail Fast posted on their blog.  More Coverage...Whoop!

More to come soon!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Action Packed Day!


Butter

It was another great day to be on Hatteras Island!  I awoke to the rushing sound of wind on my window, thats got to be the worlds best alarm clock.  It took me awhile to roll out of bed and get moving after the previous days sessions.  We gathered the troops and made some grub, which gave the temps time to climb.

No shorts...No problem!

Nice Setup

  Trevor, BCS, and I hit the slick.  I was riding my 11m Hi-Fi and Kaos and Trevor was riding the 8m Envy.  The wind started out strong and faded through the session making it hard to get solid pop.  The Kaos was performing well in the conditions, with its flatter rocker outline it cranks upwind even in the lighter wind.  We still managed to land some powered tricks before the wind completely faded.


Shifty




Tail slide

After packing up all the gear and grabbing a quick bite we jetted off to Oregon Inlet to go kiteskating.  We showed up and the wind was trickling off, we put kites up anywase.  It ended up being a blast and we all scored some fun riding.



As if that wasn't enough the day ended with a beautiful sunset. I wouldn't want it any other way, it's days like today that make you happy to be living in Hatteras.



Monday, March 22, 2010

First Slick Session of the Season!


SW on tap!

 After a morning meeting with all the REAL veteran coaches about the upcoming season for the school, we scored the first session of 2010.  BCS, RPE, Eric Rienstra, Trevor, and all the other vets were running the slick. I managed to sneak in a few tricks, working on my blind judges. With the SW pumping, everyone was riding their small kites 8m Envy for me.  The water temps were amazing, spring has sprung.   I rode in my Oneill Psycho II 4/3 and was plenty warm, no gloves or hood needed.  Unfortunatly I forgot my camera riding so only scenery shots this time round.  More to come soon, it's offically on!

Nice days end

Friday, March 19, 2010

Back In Hatty!


Best Office View Possible!

I arrived in Cape Hatteras a few days ago and the sessioning has begun.  Between the seaweed destruction and the mini ramp destruction everyone is getting their fill.  The weather has been beautiful, its good to be back on the island.


The wind has been mellow, which is giving us the time to get the REAL school in order.  Task one is getting all the seaweed out of the boat basin.  Nick, Clint, Eric and I have been at it for two days now and we haven't even made a dent.  

Still full after 2 full days

Nico getting some greens

After putting in some hard hours in the boat basin its only fair that we are putting some hours at the ramp.  A friend of ours put a nice mellow mini under his house.  The sessions are going down and everyone's progression is going through the roof.


Peanut Gallery

The weather is shaping up to be killer for the next few days, more seaweed and skating for sure.  Hopefully we will score some weekend surf or wind.  Check back for more updates from Hatty!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Super Fly Open Wrap Up


The last day of the Super Fly Open was one of the best days I had snowkiting and it was a great way to end the trip.  However, it didn't start out very picturesque.  When we showed up to the event site, the visibility was no more than a hundred feet.   We decided to head over the the site and get all the LF gear out of the tents.  As we came up the hill to the tent all we could see was blue skies.  The storm was lifting and the event was on!  We got a little warm up time before the freestyle contest started.  They had the flat bar, A battleship rail, and a few kickers.  


Craig getting steezy

LF Snowboard has some Flex!!

We had 5 hits per slider/kicker so after we did the flat bar we headed to the battle ship. Unfortunately the wind had shifted a bit making it hard to hit end to end.


We moved on to the kicker portion, everyone was throwing down.  I got some nice three's and some tantrums.  It was a really steep kicker and gave a ton of pop, it was super fun riding with all the boys.




After all the hits were completed for the freestyle event, Craig, Sam and I went off to do some soaring.  We were able to ride off a high hill and soar over a nice ridge line.  Sam recorded the highest jump on the Shadowbox at 49.5 ft.  It was all going good until I snapped a center line and fell from the air.  Goes to show you that you want to make sure your gear is in good condition before every session.

Fun jumps!

After all was said and done the champions were crowned.  I was able to grab 1st place in Freestyle and 2nd place in rails.  Craig pulled down 2nd in freestyle and Sam nabbed 1st in rails.  It was a awesome way to end the LF snowkite road trip.  
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

More coverage links




Now its time to return home to Real Watersports in Cape Hatteras.  I am starting to coach again and get my shred on.  Keep posted for more photos and videos to come soon!




Saturday, March 13, 2010

LF 2010 Snowkite Tour Hits the Super Fly Open!!!


We woke up to blue skies and beautiful weather on the first morning of the Super Fly Open.  With the cars  packed we all headed up the mountain to Powder Ridge.  We arrived at the parking lot and it was already overrun with kiteboarders.  It took a little while for everyone to get registered and organized to head over to the riding spot.



We hitched a ride over on a sled to the competition area and met up with some of the other kiters.  The wind was a little light at first, which gave us time to get all the kites pumped up.  Man is it hard work inflating kites at 10,000 ft, you would have thought we were completely out of shape.  After getting all the gear set up we met up with Best Team rider Sam Medysky to mission on the rails.  We managed to move the flat bar around  for the days wind conditions and get a launch ramp built.  

Craig and Sam soak up the Utah sun

After working up a sweat setting up the rails, it was nice to feel the breeze starting to fill in.  We decided to take a quick park lap at Powder Mountain to give the wind time to settle in.  The run brought our stoke level up nice and high and we were greeted at the event site with kites in the air.  With all the new Liquid Force kites and boards setup it was hard to pick which one to ride, I ended up putting up the 14m Havoc and riding the 159 LF/Decosse Alliance.  It had very solid and steady power in the lighter conditions, I was ripping on the 14m while others were struggling on their 17's.

Pick and Choose

All the photographers setup their gear surrounding the big kicker at the event site.  The setting sun in the sky made for a beautiful backdrop; at one point I counted seven photogs shooting one spot, it was quite the production.  The kicker had a good lip, but the landing was very flat and hard a lot like concrete.  Even so we managed to throw some nice tricks for the cameras and I think everyone riding walked away with some sick  shots.

Props to Isaiah for the shot

With the wind fading everyone started packing up and we caught a ride up to the parking lot.  After hearing from some locals about a run down to the road, we couldn't resist taking one more lap.   Sam, Craig and I took off from the parking lot with no more than a "just go over that way" for directions.  

Happy crew...pre hike.

The snow was really fun and we were trading off on turns, everything was going great until we noticed a creek at the bottom of the hill.  We quickly realized we had made a wrong turn somewhere and the mission to find our way out began. With the sun setting and no sign of the road a small amount of panic started to set in. Luckly we managed to follow the creek and a recent hikers tracks back to safety after about a two hour hike.  Once the road was in sight we were able to appreciate just how amazing of an adventure we had just been on.  It's one of those days you just don't forget.

How beautiful...worth the hike?

Day two was quite stormy with complete whiteout conditions so we spent the day riding at the mountain.  The conditions look good for tomorrow morning, so check back in for the update from Day 3 out here at the Super Fly!



Friday, March 12, 2010

LF International Team


After a year of hard riding in 2009 things are starting to fall into place.  I am pleased to announce that I am joining the Liquid Force International Team.  I am really excited to be riding for the best company in kiting, and I am looking forward to a great year in 2010!!!

Backcountry Extravaganza!

Run of a Lifetime

After scoring the most amazing snowkite session in Park City yesterday with the LF boys, it was proper time to get the snowboard bug out.  I woke up in Eden Valley to blue skies and sunshine, we quickly got ready and headed off to Snow Basin.  The terrain is unreal from groomers, park riding, to some of the best open face runs I've ever done, this place has it ALL!  

View from the Gondola


I started the day riding the Strawberry Gondola, 2500 ft vertical every run.  After making a few laps I saw some people hiking out into the Cirque.  I immediately jumped in the group and headed out the gate. I was awestruck by the view, look one way Eden Valley, the other The Great Salt Lake.

Eden Valley

Salt Lake


 The following runs were hands down the best big mountain runs of my life.  Deep, steep and long; I can't even begin to explain how much I've wanted a day like this in the mountains.



Cornice Drop

I was at the very top!!!


We rode for five hours and I managed seven runs, that says it all right there.  It will go down as one of my most memorable days at the mountain.  We left giddy after the days adventures and raced back to Powder Mountain to try to catch a evening snowkite session.  After the hairy ride up the canyon we were greeted with a beautiful view.

10,000 ft.


Eden from the other side.

 Unfortunately the wind never materialized so we decided to wait for the sunset.   The lower the sun dropped, the more beautiful the scenery became, this is truly an amazing place.





It ended up being quite the day here in Utah, hopefully tomorrow will provide some wind and we can get going on the Super Fly Open.  Event coverage to come, so check back in soon!!