12 kiteboarders from different backgrounds were invited by Remi Meum to shred for four days at Haugastøl, Norway . Three teams were been decided by draw. Each team had it’s own videographer and was tasked with making the best edit over four days.
Snowkiting is not much different than kiteboarding on the water, but a new set of rules needs to be adapted for a different environment. Much of the standard kiteboarding gear can be used and the same skills and techniques directly apply.
As I approach the pass (now driving with my hazards on at about 25 mph), I start thinking this is insane…what am I thinking?? I took this sport up as a ‘fair weather’ kiter, and this is a scary white-out…
I promised myself when I learned to kiteboard in the water that I was not going to go out in light winds. Unfortunately, in the mountains, there are no exact wind meters and websites to check that will allow you to know what the wind is doing. Maybe there is somekind of wind dance to perform that would bring perfect winds???
I was shocked the first time I pulled the kite into the power zone and it just lifted me and my board so gently, sending me gliding across soft snow. It was surprisingly easy! I would say a hundred times easier than being in the water. The wind was only blowing 10-12mph so it was real mellow and that gave me the confidence to glide a decent way before ungracefully crashing the kite and attempting to switch directions.
OK, here’s my deal: I am 29 years old and have been snowboarding and surfing for about five years. I have been living in Colorado in the winters and the Outer Banks if North Carolina in the summers. I guess its only natural I attempt to get into the kite world. When I first saw kiteboarding I thought ‘whoa! That is f*ing cool!’ I was in Key West and was 21 years old. Almost nine years later (gosh that sounds like a decade!), I finally had the opportunity to try it out.
This year, why not do things a little differently? Here in the US, we have easy access to some of the best snowkiting available on the planet. Why head halfway across the globe, when we have such a great resource right in our own backyard?
Here are the results for the Third Annual Best Superfly Open, held March 11-14 at Powder Mountain, Utah. Stay Tuned, we will be following up shortly with more photos and an event report from roving reporter Alexis Rovira.
The Snowkite Soldier event in Fairfield, Idaho provides access to some of the best snowkiting in North America. Despite having no wind on Friday and Saturday, Spirits where high and the Slider Project L.L.C. setup sliders for everyone to session.
Everything was arranged and lots of people were planning on attending. There was one minor issue though: It was about 30 degrees and snow flurries were predicted! I mean, this is Florida, we don’t do cold!
The Camas Valley is a snowkite area close to Fairfield, Idaho, that spreads over several hundred square miles and includes Sun Valley. Riders will find diverse terrain with some launch areas on expansive flats and others nestled into humbling mountain basins.
My brother Jeff and I were born in Anchorage, Alaska where we were raised on a healthy diet of snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding. We discovered snowkiting in 1999 while living in Colorado, and it opened our eyes to a whole new way to have fun in the snow. After many years of exploring spots around the “Lower 48” states, our friend John Tompkins of Kite Alaska sent us a video from a snowkiting trip he had taken around our home turf.
For the past few years Canadian custom snowboard maker Sheldon DeCosse has used his skills and custom manufacturing facilities to design and produce the ultimate snow kiteboard. Working with top athletes from all over the world, specifically with the top names in Norway, Sheldon has been able to design a board that serves the specific needs of progressive snowkiters, while also making the board fun to ride downhill.