Why Hatteras needs to be on your Travel List

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Brendan Kerr and Myself in “Try Fi Get By” Edit

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A solid day of wind and good shooting with my buddy Brendan Kerr lead to this quick edit! Check it out

Stay tuned more to come out soon!

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!

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

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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

Hyperflex Wetsuits US Team

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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