Sunday, February 28, 2010

Racing returns to Kitestorm

Kitestorm is an annual snowkiting event held on Lake Champlain, Vermont, just north of Burlington. Sponsored by Rachael and James of Stormboarding, the event featured clinics, demonstrations, racing, cool prizes, buffet banquet and plenty of freeriding.

Hydra on ice

HQ Powerkite freeride

The HQ Powerkites Team drove up from North Carolina with a huge quiver of foils to sample. We were pleased to witness a thin layer of powder fall Thursday night, providing a lake surface that could be ridden by ski, snowboard or buggy. Plenty of new enthusiasts got a great introduction to the sport over the weekend.

ice buggy

Circuit racing returned to the lake with heats stretched over Saturday & Sunday. The Grand Prize was sweet - a 2010 HQ Montana V 9.5m kite!

One sweet ride

Rachel conducts the race meeting

Chris Krug took top honors, but we hear his lovely wife and fellow racer Molly Savard, will claim rights to the kite. At times Molly raced with an Apex II 10m and is stoked to be adding to her HQ collection.

Molly rides to a finish on her Apex

Sunday brought the smoothest northwest breeze that did not disappoint. It was freeriders paradise.

Sunday was epic

Neo II - At home on liquid or solid H2O

Scout II is beginner friendly

Craig Young kite wrangler

We look forward to next year!