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 Post subject: JUPITER COMPETITION - NEW Photos
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2003 4:21 am 
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JUPITER KITEBOARDING COMPETITION


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Put on by Florida Kiting ( http://floridakiting.com )

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Opening up ...

This is the second article on this event. The first was lost in a system crash so I have repeated some of the original photos along with quite a few new ones. This has been put together fairly rapidly so the text is a bit light. This was a lightwind event but the guys and new kite gear pulled off a great show all the same.

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Take a bow Jeremy and Dave of Floridakiting.com, you guys delivered the goods! ... The Event!
Full size: http://gallery.kiteforum.com/albums/alb ... r_VR_a.jpg

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Packing in ... Sol showed up!

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Andy Hurdman flies along ... Brad Lange pops one

Safety has a long way still to go in Florida given the common lack of helmets, parking of kites in lofting position, lack of adequate buffer zones, etc.. There were quite a few leashes however, more than ever before at a Florida event and particularly among the pro riders. I hope improvement continues and without too many more avoidable injuries to motivate change after the fact.

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Jeff Biege of Best Kites moves ... Damian LeRoy (the WINNER of the pro division riding for Cabrinha) and Jeff shred on out

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George of Kiteflix captures Karen, a visiting model from Switzerland ... throwing spray

*** NOTE: I just reviewed rough video of the Jupiter Event prepared by George of kiteflix.com. We are talking some excellent videography and production work here. George is really tossing off some very nice videos and it just keeps getting better! Look in on kiteflix.com over the next few days for a spot on video for this event.

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Kent Marinkovic skids in ... and takes the beach

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The Best Girls ... Three to go

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Damian flys ... The guy in the helmet shreds off, actually a champion kayaker I understand

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The guys hang out ... hitting the surf

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Jeff looks up while Andy slides in ... Hoofing back upwind for more

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Krista Schwartz hangs out ... and flys!!!

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Kite fans checking out the moves ... Flying

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Jupiter Lighthouse looks over the party at the Square Grouper ... The party
Full size: http://gallery.kiteforum.com/albums/alb ... VR_1_s.jpg

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Kent tosses one off ... Hamish does likewise on his signature micro board

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Moving out ... the event, waiting for lofting winds!?

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MEATLOAF again, uggggh! ... Oliver inverts

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Luca walks his kite ... hanging out

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The only rider using a helmet at the comp styles aloft ... Andy jumps to it

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Victor slides along ... Best up
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Mom and daughter checkout the action ...


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Sun's up!


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Kent packs it in, lid in place ... Bye for now


Stay tuned ... more to come



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2003 4:15 pm 
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Geroge with Kiteflix put together a nice video covering aspects of the event at:

http://www.kiteflix.com/jupiter.html




and a few more still shots appear below ...


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Hamish rigged big for light wind.

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Edging under ...

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The now famous couple from George's video

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The event tee shirt complete with aliens

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Up ...

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Andy moves ...

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The champ eases on out

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Floating ...

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Kite Beach


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2003 6:42 pm 
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Safety has a long way still to go in Florida given the common lack of helmets, parking of kites in lofting position, lack of adequate buffer zones, etc.. There were quite a few leashes however, more than ever before at a Florida event and particularly among the pro riders. I hope improvement continues and without too many more avoidable injuries to motivate change after the fact.


Shame, shame, shame.
What a dangerous promotion!
How many are to die until you guys change that?


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Sylt Rider wrote:
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Safety has a long way still to go in Florida given the common lack of helmets, parking of kites in lofting position, lack of adequate buffer zones, etc.. There were quite a few leashes however, more than ever before at a Florida event and particularly among the pro riders. I hope improvement continues and without too many more avoidable injuries to motivate change after the fact.


Shame, shame, shame.
What a dangerous promotion!
How many are to die until you guys change that?


It is going to take more avoidable injuries it would seem, perhaps quite a few more than we have suffered already. Silkes tragic accident motivated great change within Germany (Trophy Comp.) and throughout the industry in leash and quick release development. People are actually starting to to use them as well on a wide spread basis. Until effective change comes about event organizers and sponsors are at risk of a bad avoidable accident or incident turning a positive event into a negative one. I suspect that poor safety practices are relatively common at many competitions around the world today. Some people remain to be convinced that injury can happen so easily and is often readily avoidable, if just a bit more care is exercised. I suspect that in the larger events with more exacting insurance coverage a complete safety plan, manditory use of leashes, QRs and perhaps even helmets, impact vests will become the norm soon.

This sport appears to be "too easy." Skill is often taken as an acceptable substitute to good practice and using reasonable care. We are learning the error of this view one accident at a time. Unless you can send some kite cops over we are going to have to continue to rely upon reasoned suggestions and arguments to work necessary change in this along with the odd avoidable accident to accent the need in peoples minds. Nothing new in this unfortunately.


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