With the second stop of the CKA aka “College Kiteboarding Association” is now in the books after a weekend spent over in Cocoa Beach, Florida! This stop was held in one of my favorite spots in Florida at the 520 Slick. This spot offers some of the flattest water possible when kiting with a fun little lift off of the surrounding mangrove trees.
We got lucky and had enough wind to run the whole event on Saturday starting off with the Freestyle division. This time we had enough competitors to run an Amateur division and Advance division, which was exciting to see as in the first contest everyone was grouped together. The wind never got above 15 mph for the freestyle and had most competitors on 14-17m kites. I could barely stay up wind throughout my heat but was able to get in enough tricks somehow to manage a 2nd place in Freestyle.
After the freestyle was a wrap we started a course race on twintips with all the competitors together in one group. Where we had to downwind it to a marker then back upwind through are gate of markers then back downwind until back to the original mark. I managed to get a great start battling with my buddy Sean Buell for the first mark but once around the corner I was able to hold off everyone to win the race!
Huge thanks to everyone who came out and made this event what it was! Also a big thanks to Ryan Druyor and Billy Bosch and Bret Sullivan for organizing this event and making it happening not only work during the event but all the work leading into a event like this! Excited to tie for 1st after this contest and still be in the lead going into the 3rd stop of the series!
After spending 2013 based out of Florida for the winter I trekked up to Hatteras for SSS before heading out West to get my Hood River fix! For the first time in my life I truly found myself living an “Endless Summer”! If you enjoy it please share it on, any feedback or comments are more then welcome! Please leave them below in a comment
Camera : Cole Elsasser, Luis Chavez, Brendan Kerr, Sean Buell, Drew Christianson
Edit: Drew Christianson
Gear: FS700, 5D, 70D, Gopro
The CKA Fall Event started off in one of my home spots here in St.Petersburg, Florida. With a good group of riders from across the southeast of the country coming together to compete in this first stop made for a good level of riding! I was stoked to make it to the finals and knew it was going to be hard to get to the top of that!
Stoked to end the day in 1st after battling it out all day! Huge thanks to Ryan, Billy Parker and Luis for judging and making this event happen. Excited to see the level of riding at the next event!
Some exciting fresh shapes coming out this season from Shinn! Stoked to get my hands on the new Supersonic and ADHD. Will have a full review coming on both models once we get them here in Florida, until then check out a little sneak peak of all the new gear below!
I have to say that there is something special about 2 strut designed kites and how much power you can produce from a kite with having a clean airflow in the center of the canopy by removing the center strut. But now to make the kite stand out from the other 2 strut kites on the market Mutiny once again goes beyond the competition. By making a pulley less bridal and having direct attachment at the wingtips this kite out performs any other 2 strut kite on the market. But don’t just take my word for it! Contact your local Mutiny Kites Agent or Team Rider and schedule a test flight on the new Mutiny S-Series!
Check out this Press Release on the new 2nd Gen Mutiny Series and Sean Mertens new video riding it in Northern California!
After getting back home from spending a summer month in Hatteras, North Carolina it makes you realize how special the island truly is. There are not many spots in the US let alone world that you can walk across in minutes and kite waves and butter flat water all in one day. No matter the wind direction if there is wind you can kite somewhere on the island, waves or flatwater depending on how far your willing to drive north or south on the island. With a laid back relaxed atmosphere that moves at a priceless island time, everyone I ran into was so amped about getting into the water regardless of the activity required to make that happen. When a lot of like minded people get together your bound to have a great time!
Lets not forgot why we went there in the first place! The wind and waves are world class and offer some of the most consistent training grounds for many of the North American Pro’s and up and coming Amateurs. Let alone thousands of kiters a year that come to Hatteras to take there first lesson through REAL Watersports and KittyHawk Kites!
I personally recommend visiting the island either in the Fall or Spring as both times offer a large variety of different conditions to challenge yourself with. Finding a group of kiters to go with is what makes the Outer Banks experience what it truly is all about! Visiting the island during either time of the year is also very cheap! Throw a group of 5-6 kiters in a house and you won’t be paying more then a few hundred bucks each for a week in a decked out house with your buddies.
If flat water is what your looking for look no further as Hatteras offers some of the largest slicks in the US! If you find that there are too many kiters at one slick just kite up or downwind and find your own private slick! With waist to chest deep water its one of the safest and easiest places to progress your riding forward no matter your level. From going up wind to working on your next handlepass this is the mecca for progression! Start planning your trip to Hatteras, NC for a guaranteed good time!
Arriving back in humid and hot Florida was a quick wake up call that my summer of travels was coming to an end. Getting off the plane and finding my bags and having a chance to sit down outside before my ride showed up lead to a quick reflection on what a summer it was! I’m going to wrap up the whole trip in another post but for this posts sake I just wanted to share some of the photos and content that has come out of my trip out west to Hood River, OR. Big thanks to Trent Hightower for getting out in the water and taking some incredible shots!