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2008 Kiteboarding Nationals: Final Standings…the Pros take over

Posted by direwolff on June 15, 2008

Well, another great week of kiteboarding course racing comes to an end here at Crissy Field with many of the pros taking over the top spots. Where last year, amateurs Anthony Chavez (Naish) and Jeff Kafka (Cabrinha) from the SF Bay area were able to secure the top rankings, this year, many of the well known freestyle names, riders like Damien LeRoy (Cabrinha) and Sky Solbach (North), roared into the event taking no prisoners. Even 16 year young pro rider, Jon Van Malsen (North), managed to come away with 6th place after some great racing on Saturday.

What made this year more competitive is that now that the PKRA has picked up on course racing, many of the pro riders are more exposed to this form of the sport and are evolving the style and the technology. Tech played a big role, though everyone, pros and amateurs alike, are still experimenting. Here is a look at some of these new custom board designs:

It was great to see the spirit of sportsmanship alive and well here in these races, as many of the competitors would frequently trade boards between races, if only to get a feel for what the new designs had to offer. Some designs were amazing upwind machines, but were less effective on the downwind legs of the event. Different board styles suited styles of different riders, but it was nice for them to be able to do head-to-head comparisons between boards and between each other on the race course.

Here are the final standings for the week long event, with Damien LeRoy (Cabrinha) taking 1st place after dominating most of the week, Sean Farley (North) in 2nd place, and Sky Solbach (North) sealing up 3rd place. Three of the Bay area’s finest managed to lock in top 10 performances, among these were Anthony Chavez (Naish), 2007 Kiteboarding Nationals champion, working his way back up the standings to 5th place; recent Maui transplant, Shawn Richman (Waiman Kites) with a 7th place overall finish; and Jeff Kafka (Cabrinha), of Wind Over Water fame, finishing up in 9th position.

Here are the overall standings:

2008 US Kiteboarding National Championship Preliminary Results – Championship Series

Jersey # Name QR #1 QR #2 QR #3 QR #4 QR #5 QR #6 QR #7 QR #8 QR #9 QR #10 QR #11 QR #12 CR #1 CR #2 CR #3 CR #4 CR #5 CR #6 CR #7 CR #8 CR #9 TOTAL
Y v R W v B R v W B v Y Y v W R v B Y v R W v B R v W B v Y Y v W R v B
1 Blue 8 Damien LeRoy 2* 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 3* 2 2 2 2 21
2 White 3 Sean Farley 5* 2 1 3 5 1 1 1 2 12* 5 1 1 1 1 25
3 Blue 11 Sky Solbach 1 2 1 1 3* 2 4 3 3 3 1 3 6* 4 3 31
4 Yellow 10 Jon Modica 5 8* 5 6 2 2 9 5 8 10 6 5 13* 5 4 72
5 Yellow 3 Anthony Chavez 2 3 2 8* 4 3 9 11 6 5 11 13* 3 11 8 78
6 Yellow 12 Jon Van Malsen 9* 5 4 4 5 5 10 9 18* 8 4 8 12 3 6 83
7 Red 12 Shawn Richman 7* 1 3 1 1 3 DNS* 10 4 2 2 4 8 OCS 5 87
8 Blue 9 Kent Marinkovic 3 4* 4 4 4 4 6 8 9 6 10 9 11 10 12* 88
9 Red 6 Jeff Kafka 8* 7 5 2 2 7 16* 6 7 4 7 15 7 9 11 89
10 Blue 12 Ken Winner 4 DSQ* 12 8 6 5 8 12 14* 9 8 7 5 8 9 101
11 Red 4 Michael Gebhardt 1 5 9 10* 8 6 14 17* 13 14 9 12 4 7 7 109
12 Yellow 5 John Gomes 4 7 7 5 DNF* 7 3 4 11 13 14 22* 18 6 15 114
13 Red 11 Marc Ramseier 3 4 7 7 6 8* 7 DNF* 5 15 15 11 16 13 14 123
14 Yellow 6 Geoff Headington DNS* 6 6 3 8 14 13 13 10 11 17* 10 9 12 10 125
15 White 11 Nils Stolzlechner 6* 3 3 6 3 6 12 DNF* 12 7 12 42 10 14 16 146
16 White 13 Chip Wasson 18 11 9 7 7 DSQ* 5 7 15 19 13 14 15 23* 23 163
17 Red 9 Donny Parker 16* 6 8 11 10 9 24* 14 17 17 20 15 14 16 13 170
18 Yellow 7 Clarissa Hempel 6 10 13* 9 7 8 18 15 16 20 22 17 24* 17 17 182
19 Blue 1 Kristin Boese 9 9 15* 10 9 10 15 18 19 21* 18 19 17 20 18 191
20 White 10 Marcelo Segura 10 8 10 13 14* 12 19 25* 23 18 16 20 21 15 19 204
21 Red 13 Frank Wittke 12 10 12 13 12 15* 11 16 20 DNS* 25 18 20 18 24 211
22 Blue 4 Eric Due 11 14* 10 9 10 11 23 21 24 16 16 16 25* 24 21 212
23 White 4 Melissa Gil 8 9 11 12 13* 11 22 20 21 25 19 21 22 21 27* 222
24 Yellow 2 Christopher Brown 17* 13 8 12 12 8 25 19 22 24 26 26 31* 26 20 241
25 Yellow 13 Arnaud Vuillermet 18 12 14 DNS* 11 10 17 22 25* 22 24 24 23 19 25 241
26 Red 5 Steve Gibson 15* 14 11 15 9 14 21 27 30 29 28 31* 19 22 26 265
27 Yellow 8 Bret Herscher 11 16 16 14 14 DNS* 31* 23 27 27 23 28 26 28 29 282
28 Red 10 Sandy Parker 10 12 18* 17 15 13 27 26 29 32* 30 30 28 25 22 284
29 Blue 5 Eric Geleynse 14 15 17* 14 13 12 26 24 26 28 29 29 34 DNS* DNS 307
30 White 5 Mo Hart DNS* DNS 15 11 11 13 20 OCS* DNS 23 21 25 29 DNS DNS 325
31 Blue 13 Kris Youngberg 15 13 19* 15 15 16 DNF* DNS DNS 26 31 27 30 29 30 333
32 Yellow 9 Bruce Johnson 19 17 18 18 16 DNS* 32 DNF* DNS DNF 27 23 27 27 28 338
33 White 6 Ella Johnson DNF DNS* 19 16 16 DNS 28 28 DNS* 31 33 34 32 30 31 354
34 White 2 Dave Broome 7 13* 12 5 4 4 DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 376
35 Red 1 Vladimir Belinsky DNF DNS* 14 20 DSQ DNS 30 DNS* DNS 33 32 32 33 31 32 384
36 Red 14 Vlad Morozz DNS* DNF 16 DNS DNS DNS 29 29 28 30 34 DNS* 35 DNS 33 389
37 Red 3 Caroline Freitas 13 15 13 16 DNS* DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 429
38 Yellow 11 Brendan Richards 14 11 17 DNS* DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 442
39 White 14 Peter Schiebel 13 DNF DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 469
40 Yellow 4 James Donaldson DNS* DNS DNS 19 27 27 DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 473
41 Blue 3 Raymond Deiter DNS* DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 475
42 White 7 Erin Loscocco DNS* DNS 20 DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 476
43 Blue 14 Shawn Murray DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
44 Blue 10 Michael Scott DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
45 Blue 2 Steph Bridge DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
46 Blue 6 Bobby Hall DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
47 Blue 7 Lance Larivee DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
48 Red 15 Ryan Lamb DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
49 Red 2 Shawn Ewing DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
50 Red 7 Jeffrey Klein DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
51 White 1 Darren Bass DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
52 White 12 Jason Trupkin DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484
53 White 8 Jeffrey Ruoss DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 484

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It’s All Smiles at the 2008 Kiteboarding Nationals – San Francisco Bay

Posted by direwolff on June 14, 2008

As most seasoned kiters know, keeping a serious face during anything to do with kitesurfing is down right near impossible to do. Even on game day, when the racing stakes are up, every kiters you talk to can’t help but beam a smile. Spent Saturday walking around talking to racers after their finish and with few exceptions, it was happy all around regardless of where they placed. Couldn’t resist sharing these shots here…

(Row 1: Steve Gibson, John Gomes (race organizer), Sandy Parker (Kitopia); Row 2: John Van Malsen, Clarissa Hempel, Eric Due; Row 3: Anthony Chavez (2007 Nationals Champion), Donny Parker (Kitopia), Jeff Kafka (WindOverWater); Row 4: Chip Wasson (Ultra Nectar), Shawn Richman/John Modica/Sky Solbach/Damien LeRoy/Kent Marinkovic, Shawn Richman)

Even the spectators couldn’t help but get into the smiling trend…

(Spectator Row: Bill Tai (KiteVC), Kathy Smith/Chad Nicols, Pete Cabrinha (Cabrinha Kites)/Austin

It was great to see all of this happiness bundle up in one place :)

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U.S. Kiteboarding National Championship – Day 2!!!

Posted by direwolff on June 11, 2008

My good buddy Gabe Brown was kind enough to share some of people shots he got today at the Nationals taking place at Crissy Field…

(Damien LeRoy) (Clarissa Hempel and Chip Wasson)

(Shawn Richman) (Chip Wasson)

Noteworthy in today’s standings is that Florida boy, Damien LeRoy (Cabrinha) is and Sky Solbach (North) (who has come out from Australia and Oregon to participate in a few of the Thursday Night Cabrinha Kite Race Series events), are tied for first in leading the points race with St. Francis Yacht Club flag bearer, Shawn Richman (Waiman Kites) close at hand in 3rd place. Sky Solbach (North), who has come out from Australia and Oregon to participate in a few of the Thursday Night Cabrinha Kite Race Series events, is holding on to the number 2 spot. Here are the standings as they stand after two days:

2008 US Kiteboarding National Championship Preliminary Results – Qualification Series

Jersey # Name QR #1 QR #2 QR #3 QR #4 QR #5 QR #6 QR #7 QR #8 QR #9 QR #10 QR #11 QR #12 Total Score
Y v R W v B R v W B v Y Y v W R v B Y v R W v B R v W B v Y Y v W R v B
1 Blue 8 Damien LeRoy 2* 1 2 2 1 1 7
2 Blue 11 Sky Solbach 1 2 1 1 3* 2 7
3 Red 12 Shawn Richman 7* 1 3 1 1 3 9
4 White 3 Sean Farley 5* 2 1 3 5 1 12
5 Yellow 3 Anthony Chavez 2 3 2 8* 4 3 14
6 Blue 9 Kent Marinkovic 3 4 4 4 DNS* 4 19
7 Yellow 10 Jon Modica 5 8* 5 6 2 2 20
8 White 11 Nils Stolzlechner 6* 3 3 6 3 6 21
9 Red 6 Jeff Kafka 8* 7 5 2 2 7 23
10 Yellow 12 Jon Van Malsen 9* 5 4 4 5 5 23
11 Red 11 Marc Ramseier 3 4 7 7 6 8* 27
12 Red 4 Michael Gebhardt 1 5 9* 9 8 6 29
13 Yellow 5 John Gomes 4 7 7 5 DNS* 7 30
14 White 2 Dave Broome 7 13* 12 5 4 4 32
15 Yellow 6 Geoff Headington DNS* 6 6 3 8 14 37
16 Red 9 Donny Parker 16* 6 8 10 10 9 43
17 White 13 Chip Wasson 18* 11 9 7 7 9 43
18 Blue 1 Kristin Boese 9 9 15* 10 9 10 47
19 White 4 Melissa Gil 8 9 11 12 13* 11 51
20 Blue 4 Eric Due 11 14* 10 9 10 11 51
21 Blue 12 Ken Winner 4 DSQ* 6 8 6 DNS 52
22 Yellow 2 Christopher Brown 17* 13 8 11 12 8 52
23 White 10 Marcelo Segura 10 8 10 13 14* 12 53
24 Red 13 Frank Wittke 12 10 12 12 12 15* 58
25 Red 5 Steve Gibson 15* 14 11 14 9 14 62
26 Yellow 7 Clarissa Hempel 6 10 13 DNS* 7 DNS 64
27 Red 10 Sandy Parker 10 12 18* 16 15 13 66
28 Blue 5 Eric Geleynse 14 15 17* 14 13 12 68
29 Yellow 8 Bret Herscher 11 16 16 13 14 DNS* 70
30 Blue 13 Kris Youngberg 15 13 19* 15 11 16 70
31 White 5 Mo Hart DNS* DNS 15 11 11 13 78
32 Yellow 13 Arnaud Vuillermet 18 12 14 DNS* DNS 10 82
33 Red 3 Caroline Freitas 13 15 13 15 DNS* DNS 84
34 Yellow 9 Bruce Johnson 19 17 18 17 16 DNS* 87
35 Yellow 11 Brendan Richards 14 11 17 DNS* DNS DNS 98
36 White 6 Ella Johnson DNF DNS* 19 16 16 DNS 107
37 Blue 14 Shawn Murray DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS 5 117
38 Red 1 Vladimir Belinsky DNF DNS* 14 19 DNF DNS 117
39 White 14 Peter Schiebel 13 DNF DNS* DNS DNS DNS 125
40 Red 14 Vlad Morozz DNS* DNF 16 DNS DNS DNS 128
41 Yellow 4 James Donaldson DNS* DNS DNS 18 DNS DNS 130
42 White 7 Erin Loscocco DNS* DNS 20 DNS DNS DNS 132
43 Blue 10 Michael Scott DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
44 Blue 2 Steph Bridge DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
45 Blue 3 Raymond Deiter DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
46 Blue 6 Bobby Hall DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
47 Blue 7 Lance Larivee DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
48 Red 15 Ryan Lamb DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
49 Red 2 Shawn Ewing DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
50 Red 7 Jeffrey Klein DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
51 White 1 Darren Bass DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
52 White 12 Jason Trupkin DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140
53 White 8 Jeffrey Ruoss DNS* DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 140

Of our Bay Area past top place finishers, Anthony Chavez (Naish) currently sits in 5th place, Jeff Kafka (Cabrinha) is in 9th place, and Chip Wasson (Ozone) is in a very surprising 17th place due to having missed a race as a result of some equipment changes he had to make.

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Kiteboarding Nationals 2008 – “Let’s get it on!”

Posted by direwolff on June 10, 2008

Some good coverage and shots of the start of the U.S. Kiteboarding Nationals on the SFGate site today. Unlike last year, it really looks like the weather is cooperating right from the get-go, as you’ll see from the pictures in the SF Gate article, the sun and win are ON!

Good to see some of the local kiters, like Chip Wasson, Jeff Kafka, and race organizer John Gomes, get mentioned in the article. John Gomes deserves special kudos as the driving force behind this event. Fortunately, he put together an excellent support committee to help him pull all of this off. It’s great when a plan comes together :)

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Great coverage of the Cabrinha Race Series 2008, first event

Posted by direwolff on April 26, 2008

Steve Gunn from Cabrinha Kites wrote up a great recap and shared some cool pics of the first Cabrinha Race Series 2008 event from Thursday April 17th here.  While it’s a beautiful site to see all of these colored kites nicely ordered making their way to the start, being in the pack of racers is pretty crazy and feels a lot less organized ;)  A blast was had by all though, and I highly recommend this event.

Here’s the newly designed perpetual trophy for the event…

Very cool to have Cabrinha involved in this event and even nicer to see two good friends in Anthony Chavez (as 2006 champion) and Jeff Kafka (as 2007 champion), have their names mounted first.  2008 should bring some great fun and competition to this event, if this first race is any sign of what’s to come.

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…and now for Kitesurfing Mavericks…the video!

Posted by direwolff on November 3, 2007

Well, it didn’t take long for this to make it on to YouTube, but here’s Jeff Kafka doing his thing.  Note that Jeff has been a surfer for a very long time and is one of those crazies that has surfed Mavericks on numerous occasions, so he’s not unfamiliar to this territory.  As you’ll see, he’s the only one that was captured riding the BIG wave head on.

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Scarier pics of Kiters at Mavericks two weeks ago

Posted by direwolff on November 3, 2007

The pics that I previously posted were nice and clear, and while the swell was obviously big, it still looked like a nice fun ride. Well, now for another view of the same day, perhaps one could say a more ominous view…

…and…

…and…

These pics were taken by someone named “pdogg”, who posted them on one of the iKitesurf.com forums. Having been out riding just a couple of miles away, I can tell you that the previous pics were more representative of the day in all its sunny glory, but these pics offer another cool perspective.

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Kitesurfing Mavericks!!!

Posted by direwolff on October 31, 2007

Two Saturdays ago, my buddy Charlie & I started driving south along the coast from San Francisco to decide where we would kitesurf. We past by Ocean Beach, but the big swell was making a washing machine effect out of the inside and wasn’t going to be very manageable to get to the outside. We continued to head south deciding that we would either hit Half Moon Bay or keeping going south to Scotts Creek down by Santa Cruz. The winds and swell was definitely up and as we approached Roosevelt Beach in Half Moon Bay, and as we looked up wind we could see four kites up by Mavericks. We stopped and got the binoculars out, and sure enough it turned out to be Jeff Kafka, Chip Wasson, Steve Gibson and Sean Richman.

It was a pretty crazy day to be out there, but here are some pics of Jeff Kafka hitting the Mavericks break…

(Note: if the pics are not displaying, click on the broken image as I’ve linked them to the originals)

Yee-ha!!!

Charlie and I decided to stick it out at Half Moon Bay which had the biggest swell I’ve ever ridden there. Probably somewhere close to double-overhead. Looking at these pics, I sure wish we had gotten motivated to experiment with this giant :)

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