Hood River Huck Fest 2014
The ultimate big air event in the Columbia River Gorge. Go as big as you can. Tricks are not required or judged. Some of the 50 participants were shooting for a personal best of 30' while others were gunning for 50', 60', ... the sky's the limit. Jump heights were measured using the latest technology, Xensr. The Xensr is worn by the kiter and can accurately measure the height of each jump. Organizer and Cabrinha rider, Ken Lucas, says "the event format of jumping big without any tricks allows weekend warriors to go head to head with big name pros". The format is working as the men's finals were filled with passionate non-professionals while 4 out of 5 attending big name pros were bumped off in earlier heats. Everybody loves to go big!
The 2nd Annual Huck Fest was sponsored in part by Cabrinha and many of the biggest jumps of the event were on Cabrinha kites and boards.
Highlights from Cabrinha riders:
Chase Hasch won the junior division and was promptly bumped into the adult heats where he was a solid competitor.
Matt Elsasser had the highest jump of the event (53') using a SwitchBlade and narrowly missed the finals after having some equipment issues.
Jim Bison went big all day using a SwitchBlade 8 and ended with a spectacular 2nd place overall. Jim missed 1st place overall by 1 inch and conceded the victory to a winner that was 1/2 his age. Jim's highest jump was 48'.
Wally Gator Young held his own making it all the way through the Semi-Finals.
Jake Cook the Cabrinha Sales Rep represented on the water as well advancing to the quarter-finals.
Ken Lucas, Event Organizer and Cabrinha rider, also jumped in on the fun and Hucked his SwitchBlade.
1st Reed Brady
2nd Jim Bison
3rd Mike Haase
1st Laura Meyer
2nd Colleen Carroll
3rd Tonia Farman
1st Chase Hasch
2nd Austin Keillor
3rd Marcus Catlett