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Photos - Going Off In Da Keys In II09 !!!

Postby RickI » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:11 am

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Tons more shots from II09 at the links below:


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(More photos to be added to that thread soon!)

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** All the riders hitting the kickers and sliders should have had protective gear on, it's a no brainer. I suppressed shots from the last event four years ago for lack of gear. This time I opted to put them up. People shouldn't need tragic accidents to help them make the right choices. Still, it seems that is the way we react all too often.
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Re: Photos - Going Off In Da Keys In II09 !!!

Postby RickI » Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:21 pm

Just added a few different shots to this post. Lots more at the links above.


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Re: Photos - Going Off In Da Keys In II09 !!!

Postby RickI » Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:57 pm

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Billy Parker throws one

Brad just put up the results ...

"Islamorada Invitational 2009 Results
Islamorada, Florida Keys, USA

Great winds, amazing riding and good times sums up the 2009 Islamorada Invitational. Everyone was stoked to be back in Islamorada as Seven Kiteboarding reorganized the popular springtime event. Athletes competed in course and downwind races, freestyle sessions and the popular slider park.

Saturday started off with course racing as heats of 6 riders blasted off the beach and raced back and forth around bouys in front of excited spectators at Whale Harbor Marina. The crowds went wild as athletes raced neck and neck rounding bouys, crashing and trying to be first to cross the finish line in front of the judges tower. In the women's final, Melissa Gill took and unfortunate spill leaving the course wide open for Islamorada local Jamie Fields to stay the course and speed into first. In the men's heats, some of the world's fastest kiteboarders battled for another notch on the bedpost of race winnings as strategy played a big part in this race. In the semi finals, Mike Gbehardt and Tomi Fields tangled right off the start leaving Gebi with a serious gap to fill. In a spectacular heat, Gebi came back from last place to secure his place in the finals."

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Lange twins judging

"Women's Race Results
1st Place Jamie Fields
2nd Place Melissa Gill
3rd Place Mia Capps

Men's Race Results
1st Place Damien Leroy
2nd Place Billy Parker
3rd Place Kent Marinkovic

The wind and the tunes picked up a bit as the freestyle heats got underway in the afternoon. The amature mens heats produced some great action with some nice monster mobes by Sean putting him in the lead to take the first place prize - a new Jimmy Lewis board...and bragging rights! The womens freestyle was a crowd pleaser as always and came down to a battle between local Jamie Fields and Melissa Gil. The men's freestyle was a display of power, technicallity and style. In much lighter winds than earlier, Damien Leroy and Billy Parker went trick for trick almost too fast for the judges to keep up with. In the last few seconds, Damo stuck a nice loop mobe and a front 5 for 1st.

Amature Men's Freestyle
1st Place Sean Reyngoudt
2nd Place Fritz Otiker
3rd Place Erik Merrill

Women's Freestyle
1st Place Melissa Gil
2nd Place Jamie Fields
3rd Place Mia Capps

Pro Men's Freestyle
1st Place Damien Leroy
2nd Place Billy Parker
3rd Place Alex Fox

The riders (and organizers) had a nice little morning session Sunday as the wind came up. Everyone was excited to hit the park with the new 30X40 fun box and see what new tricks would be thrown. Heats of 4-6 riders started around noon as the crowd on the beach grew and watched a pure wake-style rail jam go down. The park was legit complete with the Seven Rail, Mac Slider (thanks to Hamish), the Booter, and the new pyramid fun box. Everyone was throwing down and pumping each other up. The women all charged very hard and made it extremely hard for the judges to call. Stacy was hitting everything very fast and hard; Melissa was tecnically on; and Nikki was determined to hit everything and stick a three off the funbox givin the crowd a nice show. The amature men's final was a battle between Sean, Bobby and 14 year old Matt Collins. After the 20 min heat it was clear that Matt was going to have a bright future in kiteboarding. The pro men's park session was the most exciting 20 minutes of the whole event. Four of the world's best battled with style and power to show Islamorada what Seven's new park was all about. Jon Modica, Billy Parker, Andy Hurdman and Damien Leroy. Billy's power was unmatched...Andy's style motivated all riders, but the combination in Leroy let him slide narrowly into first.

Women's Park
1st Place Nicci Warsaw
2nd Place Melissa Gil
3rd Place Stacy Fonas

Amature Men's Park
1st Place Matt Collins
2nd Place Bobby Jax
3rd Place Sean Reyngoudt

Pro Men's Park
1st Place Damien Leroy
2nd Place Andy Hurdman
3rd Place Billy Parker
After the Park session, the organizers decided to have a little fun and plan a downwind slalom race from the Islamorada sandbar back to Whale Harbor. To make the race a little more competitive, and since it was for fun, they made it a "twin-tip" only race. Riders rode upwind to the event boat at the sandbar as spectators watched from the beach. The cluster of kites began swinging around at the horn blast and riders raced back to shore in about a minute's time. The new format inspired kiters to create new races.

Downwind Slalom
1st Place Damien Leroy
2nd Place Billy Parker
3rd Place Michael Gebheardt

In the end, the event was a huge sucess providing a ton of fun for the riders and giving the sport another positive mark for the future of kiteboarding. Many thanks to all the ii09 sponsors:

Whale Harbor Marina
Liquid Force
Naish
Eclipse
Ronix
Flexifoil
GK
Jimmy Lewis
Lightwave
Liquid Malitia
Dakine
DC
Billabong
Von Zipper
Truth
Spy
Vans
Hog Heaven
Braza Lena
Wahoos
Brought to you by Seven Kiteboarding. The whole Seven Kiteboarding team, ii09 volunteers and crew at Whale Harbor want to thank everyone involved for their continued support! See you in 2010! Ride on.
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Ride On.

Brad Lange
Seven Kiteboarding, Islamorada, Florida Keys
www.sevensports.com
305-853-KITE"


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Re: Photos - Going Off In Da Keys In II09 !!!

Postby titoislaidlow » Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:38 pm

Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to get down there in a few.

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Re: Photos - Going Off In Da Keys In II09 !!!

Postby RickI » Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:58 pm

titoislaidlow wrote:Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to get down there in a few.


Thanks! Thing is, as long it isn't that cloudy, it pretty much looks like the photos much of the time. The wind comes and goes but they do get quite a bit throughout the season. Here's a couple more ...

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Sean hit it hard throughout, prepare for borders


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No end of fun. Can't recall this fellow's name, anyone help me out?


Many more photos from the event at:


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