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!
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!
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
1st Sean Buell
2nd Brandon Cordian
3rd Kai Calder
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
Just giving everyone a update on The Jupiter Invasion! Unfortunately its has yet to be windy …
First day was still a lot of fun with Jimmy Lewis Sups out there and a few other brands with boards to demo making for a fun time with no wind! Luckily for me KTS Kiteboarding hooked me up with a a Sup to bring over to use, so all the time I want on one. With only a puff of wind that came through around midday I only got about a 10 min ride in behind a kite… But thanks to the Sups we got to do a Standup contest and I won a few heats in that so not to bad for only being on one a few times in the waves!
Second day was more lack luster then the first with no real hope in wind. Got out for another quick Sup so I guess that will be my new sport 😉
Tomorrow is looking a lot better for wind and some waves so can’t wait to see what it delivers! Will give you the update after it followed up with some pictures from the event!
Huge thanks to my sponsors for getting me here Mutiny Kites and Hyperflex, also big thanks to Scott Peterson for hooking me up and making for a fun time while I’m here!
The start of the Jupiter Invasion is tomorrow and Mutiny Kites and me will be attending and competing!
Wind forecast looks so-so right now but I’m hoping it starts to improve and really crank Friday and Sunday look the best!
We will have our flags up at the event so stop on by and check out the all the kites and the newest release the S-Series!
Check out the event yourself at JupiterKiteboarding.com hope to see you there!