Snowkiting, stand up paddleboarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing on Lake Champlain. Based in Burlington, VT 802.578-6120
Kitestorm 2005 Report
What a weekend…nature blessed us with incredibly smooth and bountiful snow, 3 days of steady, fun breeze, some sunshine and 750 new and experienced riders and volunteers plus 300+ onlookers to make 1,000+ people part of the Kitestorm over the course of the weekend.
Some Kitestorm highlights:
-riding Friday afternoon with the early arrivals…everyone practicing their backloops(720’s for Blake from Peter Lynn)
-Giving out a prize to nearly everyone who came to the After Party
-Counting 45 kites in the air at one point on Sunday
-Hammering around on a snowmobile doing a re-launch and chocolate chip cookie delivery service
-Seeing more ladies on the snow learning, riding and demo-ing than being kiteslaves
-408 people registering for Intro, On the Boards and Jump Clinics throughout the weekend
-Seeing 4 of my past students out teaching the Intro Clinics and getting compliments from new riders on the job they did
-The incredible generosity from our partners and hard work from 19 volunteers to make the Kitestorm run smoothly with enough prizes, drinks and chocolate chip cookies to keep everyone psyched and powered up the whole time
Congratulations to Kitestorm Speediest Rider: Steve Stanley whose run of 31.2 mph took the Peter Lynn Bomba 13m kite! And Gregg Gnecco who got the most notice to take the Expression Session and stylie Dakine hoodie.
Stormboarding would like to send a huge and enthusiastic thanks to our partners. They were here because we believe in their products and they believe in ours:
Ozone Power Kites: Brian, Heather and Emily for hooking riders up with Frenzies and Samurais
Straight Talk Vermont, a program of the Boys and Girls Clubs
Green Mountain Power Sports: for the sweet snowmobile, it was a godsend and fun
Jaydan Flahive, Bryan Agran, Ellen Morris and Tom Eriksen for the photos below, Flyerwear for the bright neck-warmer and surfy skirt and a last HUGE thanks to: Rooney, Ted, Eli, Jaden, RJ, Ellen, Barclay, Chris, Dan, Curtis, Paul, Shirley, Patty, Linda, Bruce, Matt, Kate, Mom, Dad and Josh for your time, cold fingers and hard work!
It is snowing as I write this. We will snowkite straight through to spring then get psyched for a summer of adrenalin watersports and get it all going again next winter for Kitestorm 2006.
Tekko unhooked and one handed at the Kitestorm. That is how you get noticed...he won the Expression Session and took a stylie Dakine hoodie home to Hatteras.
Steve Stanley of Western NY skied faster than any other Kitestorm rider (31.2 mph) and took home a Bomba 13m kite.
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