INTRO: US College kiteboarding champs go down in Hatteras
Billy Bosch is the industry co-ordinator with the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association (CKA). Here's a quick report from him on the CKA Nationals that took place in Cape Hatteras, NC, in June.
The drive from Cocoa Beach Florida to the Outer Banks of North Carolina comprised of 12 hours cramped in a gear filled truck, over a hundred “South of the Border” signs (we started counting after about 50) and the occasional pit stops to refuel. We arrived just in time before the Triple S closing party to drop off our gear at our house, generously donated for the week by JN Kites USA.
The trip immediately started off right with a night of catching up with old friends and making new ones. With a gathering of likeminded kiteboarders… how can you not have fun?
The next day produced enough wind to pull off a light wind surf event. The level of strapless riding was phenomenal in the nominal conditions. OBX local Ryder Decker (Eastern Carolina University) killed it with some surfboard spin/flip tricks that I cannot even name. He took first in the event. Best Kiteboarding sponsored a great little kick-off party for us at their new headquarters that night.
The next day was dead calm, allowing time for us to put together our freestyle and slider plans. This is where the whole community really stepped up and helped make things possible. The following day was firing with perfect 12 metre weather. The freestyle event was killer with riders exhausting themselves by throwing trick after trick. The judges (Drew Christianson and Julien Kepski) had such hard time determining a winner, that a sudden death round was discussed. Niklas Reymann (FIU) took first in the freestyle with Julien Verglas (Rollings College) in a close second.
Real Watersports came through huge by donating use of their world-class features and a ski for following day’s slider event. Eric Reinstra donated his time and knowledge to set-up the park. He also used his experience to help layout the format and judge the event along with Julien Kepski and myself. The wind was perfect for the obstacles. Lewis Hunt (SCAD) took first with some amazing hits.
Overall the event was huge success thanks to the support and love of the kiteboarding industry and community.