Velocity Games '03 launched a heated competition among nine highly talented professional women riders...
Some attacked the kicker and slider to hurl skyward.
Anke Kirchner Flys Off the Kicker
Others demonstrated skill defying gravity in the sky over Corpus Christi Bay.
Julie Gilbert Pops One, Windsurfers Converge
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Yet others excelled in both forms of aerial bombardment!
Laurel Eastman (right) and Bri Chmel (left), Shred
Rene Hanks Slides By the Slider, For Now ...
The women demonstrated a different, lighter and more "floaty" dynamic that was intriguing to watch. This resulted in some nice glide distances.
Bri Chmel GOES LONG!
Bri is sponsored by North Kiteboarding, Black Flys Eyewear, EXCESS Kiteboarding and SOS kiteboards.
As the competition proceeded the competitive pressure increased and the kites flashed even more hard and fast with each heat. These women were loaded for bear and hell bent for leather as they used to say.
Bri churned up!
Three to go ...
Anke recently won the Wadell Creek competition and despite being a wave riding natural actually has a strong wakeriding background. She was the World Cable Wakeboarding Champ a few years ago!
Julie Simsar gets ready ...
Julie Goes OFF! She has been riding for all of SIX MONTHS, amazing! She did get a sound start in Cabarete and now shreds in the Carolinas.
Stylin' In the Captain's Meeting
Jody Taliaferro Walks, Getting Ready For Competition Time
Jody is sponosred by Cabrinha, LMG Kiteboards, Zeal Optics, Rainbow Fins, and Excess clothing. She will soon head out to the Gorge for the King of the Gorge comp for prime shredding later this month!
Rig time ...
Anke Warms Down After Her Heat
Julie Gilbert Styles In the Captain's Meeting In Her Interview Rigout
Julie lives in Maui, HI and is sponsored by Cabrinha. She was introduced to kiteboarding by champ rider Chris Gilbert. Julie related a first experience with a trainer kite and being dragged into some bramble bushes to be treated to some liberal scraping. Only in those honking Maui winds. She liked it so much that she married the guy and lucky Chris! Is kiteboarding great or what?!
Julie Puts the Tough Questions to Champ Rider Chuck Patterson
Laurel Eastman Flashing Her Famous Smile!
Laurel is sponsored by Wipika, Da Kine Hawaii, Hotel Caracol, Off Da Lip, Freeriders, and Merlin. She is gearing up for PKRA competitions in Cabarete, Holland, Italy and Brazi.l
Time To Get To It
The View Towards the NW and Downtown Corpus Christi
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Mina Sets Up To Shoot the Action
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Rene Hanks Gets Ready to Go!
Jody Meets Windsurfer
and, Off To the Races!
Julie Heads Back From the Aircraft Carrier Lexington?
Coming and Going ...
Bri Chmel Shreds
Coming about ...
Attack of the Windsurfers
Up and Out!
Dana Rigs, Rebecca Walks ...
Anke Jumps and Glides ...
Dana Pops One
Dana Pinto Slides With Friends ...
Dana hails from Santa Cruz, CA and loves to ride Waddell. She is ponsored by Caution, Jonah, Rainbow, Da Kine, Sessions
Laurel Flys Off ...
Laurel Shreds For the Shear Joy of It!
So, that is a first installment about the NINE Pro Women that came to compete at the Velocity Games. Impressive moves, lots of skill, women are raising the bar in kiteboarding competitions. Coming soon... Part II
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