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snowkiting speed ranking
THE 2004-05 SEASON RANKING LIST:
name max speed location boards kite date
1. Andreas Dahle 66.9 mph Cooking Lake, Alberta skis 10m Speed 3/30 2. Joe Levins 60.1 mph White Bear Lake, MN skis 11m Fuel 3/11 3. Tony South 57.6 mph Austin Lake, MI skis 7m Windwing 2/28 4. John Zietlow 54.6 mph Lake Minnetonka, MN skis 10m Wip 1/18 5. James Lyne 52.6 mph Shelburne Pond, VT skis 17m Bomba 1/26 6. Shane Rodwell 51.4 mph Halley, Antarctica snowboard 7m Psycho 1/16 7. Marty Roy 51.4 mph Winnipeg, Manitoba skis 4.9m Blade 3/10 8. Kaj Kjellgren 50.3 mph Lake Ekoln, Sweden skis 6m Rookie2 3/18 9. Dominique Buchi 49.4 mph Lake of Reschen, Italy skis 7m Speed 1/29 10. Dave Rothman 48.9 mph White Bear Lake, MN skis 9m Fuel 12/18 11. Doug Remsen 48.5 mph Sand Bar, VT skis 7.3m Frenzy 2/19 12. James Everding 46.4 mph Lake Simcoe, Ontario skis 12m Phantom 1/15 13. Keith Kallio 46.3 mph Canyon Ferry, MT skis 3m Wasp 3/6 14. Rob Campbell 45.4 mph Fredericton, NB skis 5.5 Concept Air 3/19 15. Gary Kjelleren 42.1 mph Sand Bar, VT snowboard 7m Frenzy 3/6 16. Brian Vanderslice 41.9 mph Oneida Lake, NY skis C-2 Quadrifoil 2/12 17. Trevor Potapoff 38.8 mph Winnipeg, Manitoba snowboard 9m Fuel 3/12 18. Kevin Davreaux 34.3 mph Winnipeg, Manitoba skis 3.5 Bullet 3/18 19. Rachael Miller 34.1 mph Sand Bar, VT skis 5mFrenzy 2/11 20. Anna Levins 33.9 mph White Bear Lake, MN skis 11m Fuel 3/13 21. Steve Stanley 31.2 mph Sand Bar, VT skis 17m Outrage 2/27 22. Ken Lucas 30.0 mph Sand Bar, VT tele skis 12m Frenzy 2/27 23. Paul Flemming 29.1 mph Rangeley Lake skis 10m Frenzy 3/13 24. Dave Hansen 28.8 mph Shelburne Pond, VT skates 5m Frenzy 12/19 25. Barclay Morris 24.5 mph Shelburne Pond, VT skis 9.5m Frenzy 2/6
Above is the 2004-2005 snowkite speed ranking based on max speed gps reading - no courses, no averages...just pure top speed.
We will be starting up again come the winter with prizes for max speed of the week and year. Be fast, get gear. Goodies from Stormboarding, Ozone, Peter Lynn, Dakine, Sugarbush Resort, Ultra Nectar and more.
1. You must have been on snow or ice - skis, snowboards, sleds... 2. Your power must have come from a kite. Be honest and have good kite karma. 3. Units must be in miles per hour 4. If it is a time that tops the list, we need either the gps file or a readable digital photo of the gps with your max speed. Put your face in too and we'll post it 5. Include your name, location, what was on your feet, max speed, date and kite size/type in an e-mail to [email protected]
2004-2005 prize winners week by week
Week 1: Joe Levins: 54.5mph on hockey skates, Peter Lynn beanie Week 2: Dave Rothman: 48.8mph on skis, Dakine Hip Pack Week 3: Joe Levins: 57.6 mph on skis, Ultra Nectar Beanie Week 4: Dave Rothman: 41.3mph on skis, Stormboarding T Week 5: Shane Rodwell: 51.4mph on snowboard, won ice screw Week 6: John Zietlow: 54.6 mph on skis, Peter Lynn Cap Week 7: James Lyne: 52.6 mph on skis, stormboarding co-owner Week 7 prize winner: Gary Kjelleren: 33.7 mph on skis, Ozone T Week 8: Barclay Morris: 24.5 mph on skis, Dakine Hip Pack Week 9: James Everding: 43.0 mph on skis, Peter Lynn T Week 10: Doug Remsen: 48.5 mph on skis, Ozone T Week 11: Marty Roy: 30.5 mph on skis, Peter Lynn Beanie Kitestorm: Steve Stanley: 31.2 mph on skis, PL Bomba 13m kite Top Speed of Feb: Tony South 57.6 mph, Kiteworld Subscription Week 12: Keith Kallio 46.3 mph on skis, Ultra Nectar T Week 13: Joe Levins 60.1 mph on skis, Dakine Beanie Week 14: Kaj Kjellgren 50.3 mph on skis, Ozone Ball Cap Week 15: Marty Roy 36.3 mph on skis, Ultra Nectar T Week 16: Andreas Dahle 66.9 mph on skis, Dakine Hip Pack and Top Speed of March: Andreas Dahle 66.9 mph, Kiteworld Subscription
THANK YOU AND CONGRATS TO EVERYONE WHO PLAYED AND THE COMPANIES WHO JUMPED IN WITH GOODIES.
Andreas Dahle: 66.9 mph takes week 16, the month of March and tops the list for the season. Here is what he had to say about this year's fastest recorded run:
The Canadian Flysufer rep had just picked up a prototype of the new Flysurfer Speed kite and so I got a chance to give it a try yesterday.That thing is amazing.It just keeps going faster and faster.It was a beautiful sunny day with winds in the 30-40km/h range with the odd stronger gust.I had seen the times that had been posted over the winter and I knew that 60mph was the number to go after.After 5 or 6 downwind blasts I hit the mark 60.1 mph or 97km/h. Being so close to 100km/h I decided to keep trying to break the 100km/h mark.I went on run after run and could only reach the high 50�s(mph).Just as I was about ready to give up I got hit by a huge gust sending me on one last screamer.When I started to slow down I looked down at my GPS to see 66.9 mph or 108km/h!!I was riding a 10m Flysurfer Speed on downhill parabolic skiis.
All of our previous fast times were found on more ice than snow, it looks snowy. What were the conditions underfoot? You're right the conditions didn�t exactly look great for fast times.We had pretty much lost all of our snow the week before and then we got our usual last spring dump of snow 4-5 days before. On Sunday we were out at cooking lake riding in spring skiing type conditions with almost 6-10� of snow.By Wednesday the snow was a bit thinner but still in that 3-4� range of spring skiing type snow (not to slow and slushy but soft).I think what made for the fast times is the lake was untouched and the snow was perfectly smooth making it very easy to stay in control. I was only breaking through the snow to about the bottom of my boot.Because I had tones of grip I was also able to hold on to a lot of power.
Were there other riders around that day? Being midweek we only had 4-5 of us coaxed away from work out riding.Everyone else was riding kites in the 4m range for the first part of the day and then it backed off a bit and they were out on 10m.
HOW MANY MILES DO YOU THINK YOU RODE THAT DAY? I think while I was doing the speed runs I did about 30km. Because it was such a beautiful day I also spent quite a bit of time riding a 4m Rookie later on as well. I BET YOU NEEDED A LOT OF SPACE TO SLOW DOWN...HOW BIG IS THAT LAKE? Cooking Lake is very big so space wasn�t an issue. I would say it�s about 10+ km long and several km wide. I could go on downwind reaches for as far as I wanted. I definitely needed the space as sometimes it seemed like it was taking me a half a km to slow down.
EXACTLY WHAT SKIS WERE YOU ON? DID YOU FEEL IN CONTROL OR JUST ALONG FOR THE RIDE? I was riding Volkl T50 Supersport 178cm shaped skiis. On that Flysufer Speed kite all my runs felt fast and in control but the last one definitely felt faster than the rest and a bit more out of control especially at the beginning. I was actually laying in the snow trying to rest with the kite at the edge of the window and I couldn�t hold it down so I just let it pull me. I just edged in hard and put the kite down into the power. I don�t think I have ever accelerated that quickly.
Marty Roy playing (rather than speeding around) in his favorite field in Winnipeg. Marty took week 15 with a speed of 36.3 mph on skis and a 20m Spectrum2.
Kaj Kjellgren had some fun on Lake Ekoln in Uppsala, Sweden to go 50.3 mph and win Week 14 (Ozone Cap). He was on skis and flying a Flysurfer Rookie2 6m kite.
Here is his report: I was riding on the local lake in more or less a blizzard. The power really picked up when the snowfall got intense so it was a bit "interesting" riding that fast with only 20-30 meters of sight. :-)
What made it doable was the incredible snow; it was extremely compact and cold but the top-layer was kind of soft eventhough it stuck very nicely to the harder snow below. So the amount of grip was almost endless. Also the snow on the lake was completely flat and no drifts or icy spots as long as I could see. So I don't think that the surface could get any better then that. The wind (and the snowfall) on the other hand left a lot to be desired. The wind was quite gusty, ranging from 7 m/s (around 14 knots) to about 13 m/s (around 25 knots), the changes came very suddenly and rapidly which made it a full time effort keeping the edges in the snow. Luckily my Flysurfer kites helps a lot when it comes to eating up a lot of the sudden jerks, with a LEI I'd probably would have got whiplash-damage to my neck. ;-)
Winner of Week 12: Keith Kallio of Helena, Montana (and owner of Montana Kite Sports) going the fastest on the smallest kite - that is what bare, soft ice, 25-25 mph of breeze, hopefully sharp edges on his skis and a Wasp 3m kite will do!
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