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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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Naish Torch ’07 Kite…Having Exploding Issues

Posted by direwolff on May 22, 2007

(See my update below, as I’ve gotten some more info since originally reporting this story yesterday.)

What’s sadder than a boy with his broken dreams? Well, that would be a boy with a torn kite three days before getting ready to go do some wave riding down the California coast. And here’s what that boy with broken dreams’ face looks like…

This late afternoon, just as my buddy Charlie picked up his kite and began turning it over on its back to deflate it, after a most excellent kitesurfing session at Crissy Field, we all heard a loud bang, like that of a blown tire. Well, it was the leading edge of Charlie’s kite basically exploding right at one of the seams. According to another fellow kiteboarder, this is the second time this has happened this season with the Naish Torch 12 meter kite. Another friend of ours experienced the same phenomena recently. The tear is clean along the seam and through the bladder. To say that Charlie, who has really liked this kite since he’s been riding it this season, was not terribly disappointed, would be an understatement. We all tried to console him, but you could tell that this wasn’t easy on him. He put his faith in Naish, and he was let down with what appears to have been a defective product. Wwe’re only now hopeful that the company is prepared to stand by its product and provide Charlie an exchange, but given that it’s not the first time this has happened, there’s obvious cause for concern.

Of course, most disconcerting of all, is that Charlie and his wife had big plans for some coastal riding this weekend which may now be up in the air as a result of this fiasco. I’ve always had respect for the quality of Naish kites, and I just hope that they make good here, as it would be very sad if they let this event, witnessed by 15 local Crissy Field kitesurfers including a Naish team rider, represent the new image of the company.

(Update – 5/23/07: In the spirit of fairness in reporting, I had a chance to speak to the other kiter who had experienced the blown bladder on his Torch. First off, he loves the kite and continues to fly it, and he explained that while the bladder exploding was certainly unusual, he was willing to attribute this to perhaps having over-inflated it. When I relayed Charlie’s experience and we realized that these two events took place within two weeks of each other, lots of questions loom, but given his positive experience with the kite, the fact that he continues to swear by it and ride it, the fact that Charlie also really likes this kite, we might conclude that these incidents were flukes that shouldn’t get in the way of a kite that so many people enjoy riding.)

(Update – 7/29/07: So it appears that at the recent Crissy Kite Week here in San Francisco, 4 more kites including that of two other good friends of mine also exploded in the same way as Charlie’s.  I took a lot of heat from some friends on the original post but I have to say now, that given the number of people I know who kitesurf, the percentage of those who use a Torch, and the percentage of those who have had it explode in the exact same place, this is faulty construction issue if I’ve ever seen a case for one.  More importantly, it was one of those who gave me the upbeat talking to that fell victim to a blown bladder…he apologized and now supports my assertion ;)

(Update – 9/28/08: Well, it’s not just over a year later and Charlie’s misadventures with Naish Torches are still happening.  Needless to say, he *really* likes these kites, but I think he’s beginning to rethink his commitment here.  Below are pics of his kite and the recent exploding bladder in the exact same spot…)

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