Stoked to announce that I won this years Bridge of the Gods! This event is the longest running event in the United States which pulls some of the best riders in the world to every year, along with some of the biggest crowds. Huge thanks for everyone’s support and my sponsors for getting me out here to be part of this event! This event wouldn’t be what it is today with out all the work and effort that the Bolstad’s put into this event year after year! Thanks guys!
Saturday was the AM contest which pulled together over 30+ competitors from around the world to compete in Stevenson, Washington. It was a windy weekend to say the least with 25+ mph winds putting the riders on 5-9m size kites. My 8m Mutiny P-Series was the kite of choice for the weekend which made for the perfect amount of power throughout the contest! After winning my first heat I advanced to the finals with the other riders being put into another chance bracket to finally advance to the 5 man final. The finals was going to be very competitive with my two buddies and Hood River locals Brendan Kerr and Blaine Baker advancing though. I managed to put together a solid heat but without really getting to watch what everyone else was doing during the heat made me unsure of how I would finish. After seeing Kerr stomp a huge Slim Chance I know it was going to be close. Can’t be more stoked on the win! And with the win I now have earned myself a free trip to Cabarete in the DR thanks to VELA!
Sunday featured the Pro Riders competing for over $2,000 dollars in prize money! After winning the AM contest on Saturday I earned a spot into the Pro’s event. After losing my first heat to Jesse Richman I had a second chance to advance to the finals. I put together one of my best heats of the day that helped me advance through to the finals. Making it into the finals was Brandon Scheid, Jesse Richman, Victor Hays, Rich Sabo and myself. After a stacked 10 minute heat of all sorts of tech wakestyle tricks and Jesse’s huge loops I landed myself a 4th place which I couldn’t be more stoked on!
Bridge Of The Gods 2013 Results
1. Shannon Gormley
2. Britney Todd
3. Collen Carroll
4. Rachel Callahan
1. Carol Bolstad
2. Sarah Wilson
3. Kelly Watermeyer
4. Ashley Service
5. Caitlin Kinny
1. Drew Christianson
2. Brendan Kerr
3. Mitch Lawrence
4. Dylan Murphy
5. Blaine Baker
1. Jesse Richman
2. Brandon Scheid
3. Victor Hays
4. Drew Christianson (Winner of amateurs comp on Saturday)
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!
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
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
Recently moved up to the USA Hyperflex Wetsuits Team! Can’t be more excited to be involved with such big names in the surf and kite industry. Super stoked to now be rocking the new Team Suits and AMP-3 Wind Suits.
Hyperflex has been my wetsuit of choice from the beginning so its great to now have their full support behind me!
Check them out if you need a new suit, shoot me a message if you have any questions about the suits. Bro Deals? 🙂
Got my profile up on the Team page now check it out HERE
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!