Spring in California

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Sneaking away during the season at home is always kind of tricky to do but when you have family to visit in Lake Tahoe you kind of have to make it happen this time of year. This is at least my excuse 🙂

The trip started off in San Francisco with a nice tourist day of the city and some hiking. Spent the next day nice and early in the water. Surfing some of the most famous spots in Santa Cruz. Pretty glad I brought my 5/4/3 Hyperflex Amp-3 as it was freezing out there, compared to Florida pretty much everything feels cold though. After surfing we traveled south along Highway-1 to see some of the cliffs and roller coaster turns down to Carmel.

After the nice drive south it was time to get back to the mountains, a place I haven’t been in years! Getting up in the mountains was pretty fun with my own personal guide Brandon “previous kiting student that now shreds on the water and of course the snow” to show me around with a snowboard under my feet. Can’t imagine the tricks that the people pull over in the park. Tried a few myself and realized that the snow is not soft like the water and hurts a lot…

All said and done was an amazing trip filled with family and new friends, water and snow shredding and plenty of hiking. Can’t wait to get back out there this summer!

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Hood River Adventures

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Its been a very windy week here in the Hood River! Been on my 6m and 8m more then the whole last season back home in St.Pete Florida. Haven’t missed a day on the water yet! So I guess I could say I’m pretty excited about being out here!

I just got in the new P-Series from Mutiny Kites! And have been super stoked on the new kites, love the feeling of them and really digging the 10m and 12m for unhooking and sliders, so stable and predictable! A very fun kite to fly. Also just got in the new The Street by Shinn Kiteboards. Very happy with this board out here, has a little more rocker to help out with the flat landings and holding down your kite in the gusty gorge weather!

In between kiting my good friend Matt Elsasser took me to a spot called the PunchBowl where you can jump off at different heights into the deep water hole created by the fast moving run off from Mount Hood. Needless to say we didn’t jump from the heights part but we did plenty of exploring and crossing of the stream to make up for it! That water was freeeeezing!

Also to kick off my first week Rosham Throwdown kicked off this week and I’ll be trying to qualify into the event. Its a little different this year with almost everyone having to qualify for a spot in the next round making each heat have some of the best riders in the world in them, there is a very high level of riding at this event! I’m stoked enough to just be here and riding!

My buddy Jim Stringfellow is in town for the week shooting at RoSham, stoked with the photos he got of me on the first day of the event! Thanks again Jim!

Going to be trying to keep this updated every week with each adventure that comes my way while I’m in the Hood River! Excited for the time to come and a lot more good riding to be had! Thanks everyone for the support!

 

Time For A Scenery Change

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Just booked my flight out to Hood River, Oregon! Stoked to be back out there after being there for 2 weeks last year. This year I’m sticking around a little longer to train and compete in a few local events happening out there. Hope to ride in The RoSham and BOTG’s while I’m in town. Looking forward to seeing my friends from last year and the new faces out there this season!

I’ll be helping out Matt Sweeting with the Mai Tai event in the beginning of August which is pretty exciting! I’ll have the whole range of the newest Mutiny Kites out there with me for everyone to demo at that event! Also just got in the new Mutiny P-Series !

I’ll be living and training out there with John Perry so pretty stoked to be training with the previous winner of BOTG. Can’t wait to be back only a few days away!

SunBum Photoshoot

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Got invited to SumBum’s house in Cocoa Beach a few weeks back to help out with a photo shoot for there new catalog and be part of there first of many music videos on Sonny’s Porch.

It was my first private concert I’d ever been to, and being right on the ocean to get a session in afterwards wasn’t to bad either!

After many games of pool, and plenty of sessions in-between “working” I packed in the car for a nice drive home from Cocoa Beach with a lot of new friends and plenty of Sunblock! Big Thanks to Dustin at SunBum for getting me over there!

The Kiteboarder Magazine

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Just flipping through the pages of the recent The Kiteboarder Magazine and saw one of my shots was in it from my time out in the Gorge this summer! Stoked to finally get something in this Magazine 🙂 Big thanks Jim Stringfellow for floating around to get this shot, and The Sweeting’s for making this trip happen!

Go grab the new mag from one of your local kite shops if you haven’t seen it yet!

Gopro Line Mount Session

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Been playing around with some new mounts and the new Hero2 from Gopro that I got in from Camrig recently. If you don’t have these mounts yet for your Gopro or Contour check them out. It really offers a lot of new angles and ways to see yourself kiting. No need to make your poor mate stand in the cold again 🙂

Here are a few shots from a quick AM session at the Sunshine Skyway.

Weekend is looking windy! Look for a new edit to drop soon

-Drew Christianson

Day 3 of The Jupiter Invasion

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Wanted to fill in everyone on the final day of competition at The Jupiter Kite Invasion! Sunday was the day for wind and the forecast was lining up to blow and it was looking promising! Heats where ready to begin starting by 10 AM and planning on going till dark! Full day of kiting, what could be better! 

Wind started out light in the morning making it hard on the freestylers, as the day went on the wind started to build for the Pro heats. Watching the guys from the DR throw down was amazing! It shows what a lot of water time and dedication can do! As the wind continued to build so did the waves just in time for the strapless wave riding contest. I won several of my heats and made it to the Semi’s against Hyperflex Wetsuits teammate Jeremy Lund and other local ripper Johnny. We all had a great heat but the locals took me out here and made for a great heat in the finals joined with the winner Jupiter local Matt Collins.

Couldn’t have asked for a better event besides a little more wind here and there!

Here are the final results

‎2012 Jupiter Kiteboarding Invasion Results

SUP Berger Pro Comp
1st Packet Casey
2nd Dasher Films
3rd Damien Leroy

Am Freestyle
1st Sean Buell
2nd Brandon Cordian
3rd Kai Calder

Masters Freestyle
1st Mike Carson
2nd Ritchie Gardner
3rd Shawn Cole

Pro Womens Freestyle
1st Mellisa Gill
2nd Alexandra Menk
3rd Monica Banks

Pro Mens Freestyle
1st Luis Cruz
2nd Nico Suriel
3rd Tommy Fields

Pro Womens Strapless
1st Mellisa Gill
2nd Marina Marcelli

Wanted to thank my sponsors Mutiny Kites and Hyperflex for the support and getting me to Jupiter! Also big thanks go out to Matthew Blew for taking photos for the event and the photos on here! Can’t wait to shoot again soon!

Check out the event video from Dasher Films