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14th Annual BOTG Kite Fest

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photo by Jim Stringfellow

STEVENSON, WASHINGTON — From July 25 – 27, 2014, kiteboarders from across the country will converge on the Columbia River Gorge to compete in the nation’s longest running amateur kiteboarding contest, the 14th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest.

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photo by Jim Stringfellow

The Bridge of the Gods (BOTG) Kite Fest has historically been a launching pad for amateur kiteboarders attempting to become professionals. In the spirit of the event, for 2014 event organizers have added a Grom Training Program to the line-up, in cooperation with Cascade Kiteboarding in Hood River and The Kiteboarder. Cascade instructors are donating their time and expertise to help train and coach aspiring  12-18 year old riders who can ride and stay upwind Tuesday evenings at the Hood River Event Site to help them prepare for the event. For the final week leading up to the BOTG Kite Fest, Cascade Kiteboarding will offer  a Grom Intensive Training Camp for a nominal fee. Details are in the works so contact Cascade Kiteboarding if you’d like more information.

Five categories of riders are encouraged to consider registration in the BOTG Kite Fest: Men, Women, Groms, Lady Groms, and Masters.  The Pro competition features team riders, pro and semi-pro riders, along with previous winners competing against each other for cash prizes. Other categories are as their names would indicate. All riders in every event are expected to impress the judges with freestyle maneuvers, rated on difficulty, style, height, variety, sportsmanship and overall impression.

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photo by Jim Stringfellow

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 

Semi-Pro: Friday, July 25th, 2014 2014
Amateur:  Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Blow-Out:  Sunday, July 27th, 2014

(No wind back up day will be Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 or August 3rd, 2014)

Local sponsors will host a food court and beer garden, while the steep riverbanks make the Port of Skamania’s East Point Kite Beach a natural grandstand for viewing the event, so bring the kids and lawn chairs and enjoy a full day of fun!

photo by Jim Stringfellow

photo by Jim Stringfellow

For more information and registration details, visit the BOTG Kite Fest website.

For more information on the Tuesday Trick Night Series and Grom Intensive Training Camp, contact cascadekiteboarding@gmail.com

 

 

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