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 Post subject: Photos - Seventh Jupiter Kiteboarding Invasion - 2010
PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:44 pm 
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Year 7 of this great event came off yet again. Wind was a bit light the first two days, but filled in nicely by the third. I'll start off with photos from Saturday. Things go nicely in the morning for a short time but eventually winds clocked too far side offshore to make it feasible to continue the event. They were forced to put the competition on hold until Sunday. As a result, I didn't photograph as many folks as I would have liked to, made up for that on Sunday however. So, if you see some people missing, hang in there as they should show up in the next installment. Even though the winds were lighter and adverse on Saturday, there was more sun. Sunday, unlike what the name implies was overcast and fairly dark, had great wind though!

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Neal Hutchenson of Slingshot is major mover and shaker in kiteboarding events throughout Florida and beyond does his customary excellent job announcing the event. Garry Menk, distributer for Jimmy Lewis boards scores, not for the first time either.


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Damo of Cabrinha


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Here goes Jon Modica with Cabrinha, hope he remembered to put superglue on his feet. Some of his strapless moves are amazing.



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All sorts of ways to move across the water, I go with Damo's selection


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Dimitri of Epic pops a nice one


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Damo, Katrina, Lonny and Ian catch up on the beach


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Tommy Fields kicks up some spray


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Joe Ruscito of Best gets ready as Melissa with Cabrinha helps with a launch


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Looks like Lonny is flying up to catch that kite, literally! A new sport is born, tackle kiteboarding.


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Bill Werme shoots! Bill has done an excellent job of capturing superb stills of this event for years.


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Stacey of Best illustrates the wing shape of the kite or is she asking a question?


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Jessic Sickinger all the way down from Canada heads out


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Helga looks over her shoulder


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Debbie Jackson eases over a ramp


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Jamie pops one as Jessica and Helga head out


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Helga is into standup bigtime, shown here in a role reversal


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Dimitri poses with his new kites



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The qualifiers for the event seem a bit extreme, have to walk this thing first?!


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No wind? No problem, just take your kite for a nice run.


Folks started doing standup for a while after the wind shifted side off.

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Packet paddles into one


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How many girls can you fit on a standup board anyway?


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Neil was a BMX racer in another life across the sea. Shown here counseling a young up and comer before his first descent down to the beach.


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The young fellow on his way.


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So, that's it for Saturday. I may add some more shots to this post, so stay tuned. Next comes Sunday with all that wind and riding, just not a lot of light!


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 Post subject: Re: Photos - Seventh Jupiter Kiteboarding Invasion - 2010
PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:54 pm 
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Heading back to the beach for Sunday, the second day of coverage here. A new cold front arrived in the night, winds clocked from SW to N in less than 12 hours. Best part, these side onshore winds are BUILDING!


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Flying into the day


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Free riding, Click photo for full sized image


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* If folks can provide missing identities please let me know.


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Billy Parker flying for Flexifoil warms up


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Lots of spectators


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Packet leaves his Jimmy Lewis boards on the beach to throw some kite loops


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Lots of directionals at the contest. Seems like it has been a while since I've seen them airborne. Used to be very familiar back in the day.


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Big Ian booted in as usual tacks in


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Brandon Bowe pops one in the foreground as Jon Modica riding for Cabrinha tries an aerial move, strapless.


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Dan Floyd down from South Carolina and having fun.


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Billy stays focused


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Brandon Bowe throws a kite loop against a gray sky.

Sunday was more overcast and darker than Saturday. So, the images needed a lot more touching up in Photoshop and it shows. How about wind and sun next time? Has happened a lot over the years of the event, just not always.


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Multiple flying objects


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There's Billy with Southwind


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Did I mention it was a bit chilly? This dog has the good sense to cover up with a little help.


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Bill Werme hard at his art, capturing some excellent stills of the action


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Riding strapless


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Sean is a very strong rider has his competitive record shows.


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Jumping without footstraps, what keeps rider and board together? Inertia and a fair amount of skill.

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Takes me back


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Packet models the latest in rider cold wear, the JL snug-e. Wonder if you can kite in it?


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Rushing back upwind


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Enrique and his son Jan talk strategy. Enrique runs the famous kiteboarding competition between Naples and Ft. Myers, FL.


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Melissa works back upwind too


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Sometimes, it just goes like that.


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Tommy upside down again, looks like he has Dan's attention.


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The results of the competition:

Womens: 1) Jessica Sickinger 2) Helga Goebel 3) Debbie Jackson

Pro: 1) Billy Parker 2) Damien LeRoy 3) Matt Collins

Amateur: 1) Trey Sedalik 2) Luke Nagashima 3) Brandon Cordina

Masters: 1) Richie Gardner 2) Mike Carson 3) Victor Mathison

BIG AIR: 1) Jeremy Lund



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See you later. Should be at least another installment of photos from the event if there is sufficient interest.


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