Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kiteboarding Cover

I just got my hands on a copy of Kiteboarding Magazine, I was super excited to see that I made the cover!!!!  The photo was taken by Bryan Elkus during the 2011 LF team shoot. This is my fist cover and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.  Check inside for more shots from Hatteras and the 2010 SSS.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Another Day in the Slick!

Heavy hitters back from the hood from Lifethereal on Vimeo.

Another edit from Chuck over at Lifethereal.  Was the crews first session after returning from the Hood.  It was great to be back in the slick....flat water and consistent wind.  Glad to be back in Hatteras!

Monday, July 19, 2010

NA Blend Teaser

the fantastic NA blend crew from Benoit Paillard on Vimeo.

Short little edit from Ben over at Stance Mag, it was filmed on location in Hatteras and Hood River.  I am super pleased with how the edit turned out and I can't wait to see the whole video.  I also managed to snag 2nd place at the 1st annul Ro-Sham-Throw Down.  It was a super fun event and I was pretty surprised to come away with the silver.  Look for some video and photos to come from this weekends shred fest!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Liquid Force 2011

Liquid Force 2011 Trailer from Nate Appel on Vimeo.

Here is a short preview of the 2011 gear from Liquid Force.  This edit was put together by Nate Appel from his time in Cape Hatteras this spring.  Its just a small taste of whats to come from LF in 2011!  

Thursday, July 15, 2010

To the Coast

After spending a few days in the Hood it was time for a change.  We got a call from Tekko saying that the wind and swell was lining up on the coast, so we packed up and headed off.  We arrived to find well overhead rights with great side-shore wind.  The spot is amazing, a couple of big jetties to block the wind on the waves.  You could get 8+ turns a wave...kinda like a slow pour on a beer.  We had to wait around for the shroud of fog to lift, but once it did it was on!

The beaches reminded me of the East Coast, but the water was no where near as nice.  As soon as my feet touched the water, I knew what kind of session it was going to be.  Jason, Julien, Stuckey, Tekko, Bryan and I shredded in the surf all day, and the best wave went to Tekko's hooked/unhooked ten turn right.  It was great to be back in the ocean again, especially on the west coast.  If your ever at the Oregon Coast be sure to look for Redline, but not if you have a drug test to pass!  

Ro-Sham-Throw Down Pre Party

Ro-Sham-Throw Down PreFunk from Nate Appel on Vimeo.

After a few days of riding in the hood, Nate Appel over at Cineaptic put together this short video.  Its just a small preview of whats going to be happening in the hood this weekend.  Should be a great event and everyone is starting to filter into town.  Can't wait for the sandbar sessions to begin!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Gorge Goes Off

First Turn at KB4C

Things have been going off here in Hood River, OR.  The REAL team, comprised of Jason Slezak, Dominique Granger, Chris Stuckey, Sensi Graves and myself, have been taking advantage of the great conditions.  We awoke on the first day to great wind here in the Hood.  We all shook the rust off and got a warm up session at the sandbar, prepping for the marathon the next day.  It was good to get in the water, and even better to be back in the Hood!

The next day started with a little skate session at the local skate park.  The park is amazing, lines galore!  Sure makes me happy that I spent so much time skating in Hatteras.

After our session at the skate park the team headed off to the Event site to start KB4C.  Everyone was excited for the event and there was 130+ people registered for the event.  Team REAL Wind Ninjas showed up in full force and quickly got on the water.  The wind for the day was rather gusty and made it quite interesting, kites going down left and right and even some tangles.

They set up a very challenging course for this years event, but that didn't seem to deter the ninjas!  They managed to put in 23 laps during the 6 hours on the water, earning them 3rd place in the event.  It was great to see the whole team come together and really push it, in a new kite spot.

The event was amazing and they raised over $100,000 for cancer research, treatment, and prevention.  A big thanks to Tonia Farman for organizing such a great event for everyone!

After the event we headed over to the sand bar to do some shooting for Stance Magazine.  The crew consisted of Eric Rienstra, Sam Medyesky, Jon VanMaslen, and I.  The wind was great and everyone was stoked to get some hits on the sliders.

The next day saw much of the same, we headed down to the sand bar for some more shooting.  Billy Parker and Matt Sexton showed up after a long drive from Florida.  They brought a 55ft transforming rail with them across the country.  We took a few minutes to decide how we wanted to set it up and everyone hit the water in full force.  We ended up getting some great shots and everyone was really stoked on the session.

Today saw some very different conditions, the wind looked rather holey here in Hood River so we decided to head off to Rufus.  We showed up to the parking lot to find everyone hiding in their cars from the wind. We stepped out and it felt like we were in a hurricane.  It was blowing 35-50 with over-head river swell, pretty much as insane as it gets.

We got everyone on the water Sensi and Stuckey were switching off on the 4.5m, Dom rode a 5m, and Jason and I traded out the 7m Envy.  I can't even to begin to explain how insane it was.  I pulled my biggest jump and kiteloop in the same session.  Billy, Eric and Jon were going ballistic, throwing the biggest kite loops I've ever seen.  

The day will go down as one of my most memorable sessions of my kiting career. It was like nowhere I've ever been the insane wind, giant river swell, and the martian landscape.  It's a spot I hope I can come back to again.  We drove home frothing from our session in the shadow of Mount. Hood.  There is some kind of magic out here, a kind you have to experience for yourself!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Donate to Team Wind Ninjas for KB4C!

With our trip to The Gorge just around the corner, it's time to call out for donations.  Team Wind Ninjas is comprised of Sensi Graves, Chris Stuckey, Dominique Granger, and Jason Slezak.  Wind Ninja’s goal is to raise positive and eclectic awareness, all the while motivating individuals to financially support KB4C through our active participation in this event. As a team, with each member having been personally affected by cancer, we are excited to support and participate in this year’s KB4C event! Watch out, Wind Ninja’s are silent and quick….

You can donate to team Wind Ninjas here:

Check back in real soon for full coverage of our travels to The Gorge, its going to be one hell of a trip!