East Coast Tour Stop #1: Chucktown
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This past weekend marked the first tour stop (12 total, including Nationals) of the year for the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association, held in Charleston, SC organized by Ryan Druyor, Billy Bosch, and Brett Sullivan with help from locals Brandon Cordina and Brendan Guthrie. Schools from the East Coast ventured to the Holy City to battle it out in a Freestyle Kiteboarding Contest on Saturday then to follow Sunday with a cable wakeboard contest at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island. Saturday morning the wind was cranking and it was decided the best conditions for the contest would be at the Folly Beach County Park, where the event was granted a permit. The CKA had some of the most well known members of the local kiteboarding community as judges, which included Shea Gibson and Pro Kiteboarder Davey Blair who is also known from the viral video of urban wakeboarding in the Downtown Charleston flooded streets last month. The day began with 4, 10-minute heats, with the top rider from each heat going directly into the semifinals. The 2nd and 3rd place riders would then have a second chance to make the semi’s in round two. Starting on larger 12 meter kites, the college riders gave it their all throwing a huge variety of tricks from back rolls, to technical handle passes such as back mobes. As the day progressed the tide came in, which created choppy conditions that proved difficult for even the most advanced riders. Following a difficult battle in the semifinals four riders advanced to the final which included; Bret Sullivan, Brandon Cordina, Daniel Ware, and Ben Holmquist. During the final heat riders gave it their all throwing every trick they had. Brandon Cordina was riding strong throwing 360’s and backflips, Daniel had a combination of backflips and front flips, Ben throwing front flips and unfortunately had kite issues after a hard crash, Bret landing back flips, front flips, and 360’s with great speed. Riding in such close proximity to one another with kites just missing each other kept spectators on the edge of their seats. After 10 minutes the heat was over, high fives and laughs went around between riders. Results remained a mystery until the next day. The final day, held at Trophy Lakes Wakeboarding Cable Park on Johns Island was filled with a rider judged event from 9am-12pm which allowed riders to choose whom they thought rode the best. At the end, winners were crowned for the Cable Wakeboard event with Brandon Cordina (CofC) taking 1st, Bret Sulivan (FAU) taking 2nd and Julia Bustos (FAU) taking 1st in the women’s division. In the main event kiteboarding, Bret Sullivan (FAU) was crowned 1st, Brandon Cordina (CofC) 2nd, and Daniel Ware (CofC) 3rd. Roy Becker (FAU) took Best Wipeout, Sven Schneider (FAU) won Sportsmanship award for his great attitude on and off the beach. The number one school overall was College of Charleston, which received a brand new Slingshot Kiteboard for their club. Schools nation wide will continue to compete in the tour with events ranging from Hood River, Oregon to the Florida Keys. To find out more information about how to become involved in future events check out http://collegekiteboarding.com/ or to be directly involved with the College of Charleston Kiteboarding Club check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/148870885305523/Sponsors of the event: Headline sponsor:Best Kiteboarding…Following, Slingshot Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kiteboarding, Naish Kiteboarding, Trophy Lakes, Sealand Adventure Sports, Shades of Charleston, Runa Tea, Flat3Sports
Additional Riders – No Order
India Stephenson Flagler College
Cable Contest based on Rider’s Choice
1st (Womens) Julia Bustos
Top Girl India Stephenson
Iron Man Award Sven Schneider
Best Wipeout – Roy Becker (Jellyfish to the face and twisted kite in half needing jetski rescue)
Clickm here for Overall Rider
CKA is starting off the East Coast Tour with a wind or no wind event in Charleston, SC. We are looking to hold the competition at Folly Beach County Park, about 30 min from downtown Charleston.
Freestyle, Surf and Alumni Divisions
$150* cash and other prizes awarded to top 3 riders in each division.
*Alumni cash prize will be based on number of participants.
This is a 2 day event and we plan to throw down one day at the Trophy Lakes Cable Park ($10 fee) which host a myriad of activities besides the slider park. This will be Sunday the 5th from 9am-Noon.
We are looking into other beach activities such as wave tow-ats and paddle boarding for the other day if we don’t get wind. We should have a Jetski on standby. Saturday night we are hosting a party with the College Skate Tour. Location to come soon. Some housing will be available with the locals but please get in touch with CKA to make arrangements. A number of downtown hotels and airbnb accommodations are also available. WEATHER REPORT local wind forecast group that has just about all of the local kite community with outreaches up and down the coast – even inland. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChucktownWindReport/