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post Jul 25 2005, 12:44 PM
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Mackite's King of the Great Lakes kiteboarding contest, scheduled for September 8-11 in Grand Haven now joins the Islamorada Invitational, Velocity Games and King of the Bay as the fourth and last stop on the US Kiteboard Pro Tour.

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post Jul 27 2005, 07:10 AM
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Here is the lastest update on the King of the Great Lakes.
We are now part of the US Pro Tour, but still have lots of room for all the newer riders the amateur division. The Pro Divsion is designed for Pros, Top Local riders and Outlaws. ( I am still not sure what they are, but hey, you learn something new everyday).
Sorry if the type is a little wacky, I just did a cut and paste.


King of the Great Lakes Kiteboarding Competition
$2,000 in Prize Money
US Kiteboarders Pro Tour Stop # 4
Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven, Michigan
September 8-11, 2005
Contact: Steve Negen
steve@mackite.com
616-846-7501 Ext 228
http://www.mackite.com/kgl.htm



WelcomeMackinaw Kite Company welcomes you to the premier kiting location in the Midwest. Lake Michigan offers some of the most diverse kite surfing in the area. Flat water, head high waves, mellow down wind runs, and full on gale conditions are all part of the fall season. Fall conditionsFall is the season local kiters, surfers, and sailors live for. The water is warm after the summer heat. Bring your full suit and shorty for the changing air temps. The weather pattern starts firing cold fronts through the area on a weekly basis. Grand Haven is situated on the east side of Lake Michigan and catches the west winds better than the west side of the lake. Locals use 12, 16, and 20 meter (inflatable) kites on a regular basis. Area riding spotsGrand Haven: Mecca for the kiting community. Home of Mackinaw Kite Company. Long wide beaches, sandy launches, and plenty of friendly locals to help you catch a kite or hook up for a down wind session. The main launch area is called City beach directly south of the main state park. You can upwind next to the pier from this spot to catch the swell. Any direction but east works here. North and northwest is the desired direction due to the pier location and swell. The beach is pretty crowded in the summer months but thins out in the fall. Muskegon: If Grand Haven gets too crowded with beachgoers – head to Muskegon. The swell is not as big – but the wind is usually stronger here. Go to Pier Marquette park and look for the beach. It will be the long stretch of sand near the huge body of water. North, northwest, and west work on the south side of the pier. The beach is large enough to kite on the south side of the pier on a south wind. Little Sable Point: Pull out a map of Michigan. Look for one of the furthest land masses that stick out on Lake Michigan. If the wind prediction is south – head to Little Sable. The hour drive is worth it. The point catches the thermal fetch and is incredibly windy on a sunny south wind day. The launch area is long and sandy. Grand Haven Night LifeGrand Haven is a sailing town. It originally started as a resort town for vacationing Chicagoians. There is a ton of great restaraunts are bars along the boardwalk and downtown within walking distance from the beach. The Kirby Grill is home to our Friday night party. They have 3 restaurants in one, with Pizza upstairs, and Casual and Fine Dining on the main floor. They also have a great deck facing out over the river for great evening entertainment. Tip a Few, Snug Harbor, and Beach Burritos are a few of our other favorite local meeting spots. For breakfast check out the Dee Lite and just down the road on Washington is the Morning Star Cafe.


This year the event will be part of US Pro Kite Tour with $2,000 in cash prizes, plus equipment prizes for the amateur division.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 8, 2005
10:00 a.m. Registration Starts
12:00 Riders' Meeting
1:00 p.m. First Heat
7:00 Wrap Up

Friday, September 9, 2005
10:00 a.m. Late Registration
10:00 Cabrinha Seminar
11:00 Naish Shift Seminar
11:00 Riders' Meeting
12:00 p.m. First Heat
7:00 Wrap Up
8:00 Party at Kirby Grill

Saturday, September 10, 2005
10:00 a.m. Naish Seminar
11:00 a.m. Cabrinha Seminar
11:00 Riders' Meeting
12:00 p.m. First Heat
7:00 Wrap Up
8:00 Blue Water Inn Awards Ceremony


Sunday, September 11, 2005
11:00 a.m. Riders' Meeting
12:00 p.m. Finals Heats or
12:00 p.m. Best Trick Heats
2:00 Biggest Air Heats
4:00 Awards Ceremony
5:00 - dusk Free Ride

Registration

Go to: http://www.mackite.com/kgl.htm

Classes will be:
Men’s Pro Freestyle $50 Registration fee
Women’s Pro Freestyle $50 Registration fee
Men’s Amateur Freestyle No Registration fee
Women’s Amateur Freestyle No Registration fee
Prize money
Men’s Pro Women’s Pro
1st $500 1st $500
2nd $250 2nd $250
3rd $200 3rd $150
4th $150
All Placing Amateur riders will earn product prizes.

Lodging

Below is listed available options to stay at Grand Haven.

We have booked the Blue Water Inn for the event. Below is a list of the rooms available.
Rooms MUST be rented for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. We DO have a 25% discount on all rooms, so you can figure out what the cost of each room is less 25%.
To reserve a room call (616-846-7501 ext 228) or email steve@mackite.com with a credit card number. All room sales will be final after August 22nd with no refund.

ROOM 1 $149.00 per night
Located on the first floor. Private patio. Sleeps six. Has two double beds and a futon that folds out to form a double bed, a kitchenette, air conditioner and cable television. Does not have telephone.

ROOM 2K $119.00 per night
Located on the first floor. Private deck. Sleeps four. has a double bed and a futon that folds out to form a double bed, a kitchenette, air conditioner and cable television. Does not have a telephone.

ROOM 3K $149.00 per night
Located on the second floor with sliding doors out to a deck. Beautiful view of Lake Michigan. One bedroom apartment with kitchenette. Sleeps four. Has a double bed, a futon that folds out to form a double bed, air conditioner, and cable television. Does not have telephone.

ROOM 3B $85.00 per night
Located on the second floor with sliding doors out to deck. Partial view of Lake Michigan. Sleeps two. Has one double bed, air conditioner, micro-refrigerator and cable television. Does not have a telephone.

ROOM 4 $89.00 per night
Located on the second floor. Sleeps two. Has one double bed, air conditioner, micro-refrigerator and cable television. does not have telephone.

ROOM 5 $125.00 per night
Located on the second floor. One bedroom apartment with kitchenette. Sleeps five. Has one double bed, a twin bed, a futon that folds out to form a double bed, air conditioner, and cable television. Does not have telephone.

ROOM 6 $119.00 per night
Located on the second floor. One bedroom apartment with kitchenette. Sleeps four. Has one double bed, a futon that folds out to form a double bed, air conditioner, and cable television. Does not have telephone.

ROOM 7K $135.00 per night
Located on the second. Has sliding doors out to deck out to deck and partial view of Lake Michigan. One bedroom apartment with kitchenette. Sleeps four. Has a double bed, a futon that folds out to form a double bed, air conditioner, and cable television. Does not have telephone.

ROOM 7B $85.00 per night
Located on the second floor. has sliding doors out to deck and partial view of Lake Michigan. Sleeps two. Has one double bed, micro-refrigerator and cable television. Does not have air conditioner or telephone.

ROOM 8K $119.00 per night
Located on the second floor. Has sliding doors out to deck and a view of
Lake Michigan. Studio apartment with kitchenette. Sleeps four. Has a double
bed, a futon that folds out to form a double bed, air conditioner, and
cable
television. Does not have telephone.

ROOM 9B $119.00 per night
Located on the second floor. Has sliding doors out to deck and a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Sleeps three. Has a double bed, a twin bed, air conditioner, micro-refrigerator, microwave and cable television. Does not have a telephone.

Other Options are to visit:
http://www.grandhavenchamber.org/At_Play/accom.html

The Grand Haven State Park Camp Ground is on the beach that we compete on. There are many house available that have beach access and are with 1 mile of the Grand Haven State Park.



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post Sep 2 2005, 08:35 PM
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Amazing that we have an event like such so close. i hope to drive up on friday afternoon.

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post Sep 12 2005, 07:16 AM
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Any update on the event this weekend? Unfortunatly I wasn't able to make it and would love to know how it went.
Who was there, how was the wind, how was the parties, and hopefully some pictures would be cool!

Let me know.
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post Sep 12 2005, 11:08 AM
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Okay, four days of 80+ degrees and sunny blue skies on the wide open beaches of the Big Lake provided the backdrop for this dealyo.

Thursday I arrove just as the wind picked up N at about 3:00. A good sized crew were rigging up including Otis from Dominican Republic, NBowers from RRD, Naish pro Topher from the Gorge, GS in from Hatteras, DCiora from Detroit Brewing Co Handjive team, Cabby boys BigAir and Skip, SoCal Todd, the Sharkless Syndicate, Belle River MoJo, and even Doug de la Norte. About 20 kiters got their groove on in a two hour expression session. Fun mellow session, powered on big kites on glassy water. Topher and NB killing it with SBend to blinds and front loop sbends, BigAir with his unique big late unwraped 3 downloop transitions, and GS with his involutary kite loop from blind. Alot of traffic but easy to relax and feel it. That night we watched local kite vids and slideshow projected onto a huge wall at the Kerby Grill. Whiskey was flowing, some of the Chicago crew started rolling in and soon enough it was on.

Friday offered a hint of offshore breeze and another beaut of a day. Crossbow and 5th line clinics were held and more riders appeared on the beach including DC from TC, Trent and Gene from 'sconsin, Cabrinha international rider Cam D, and the rest of the Chicago entourage. Nobody rode so we had plenty of energy for the pizza party at the Mak Kite store that night. Jake from MacKite inflicted his will on all with the Tequila shots and it was back to the Kerby for more Tequila and listening to the sweet stylings of Jessica and her guitar. By the time we made it to the Rosebud we were a merry lot, and sloppy too. Capped off the night at the Chicago house with a afterhours on their huuge elevated deck.

Saturday the word got around quick that Lil Point Sable was the place so we posse'd up. Everyone showed up before the day was done - Metro beach locals J-rod, AAA, and foilMIke, Noabacca, 'Berto Villareal, Jimbo, and many many more. We rode powered for hours on 12s and 14s, I never ride the 12 - what a treat! Lots of good kiting: MattStrand sending it big, more Nic Bowers sickness on the new Type 7 RobRicci with gucci leash, and Uncle Doug with his non-stop style. So many kites, I counted 34 on the water and later someone said they counted 38. The beach was filled with kites for a mile. That night was the Blue Water Inn party, good eats and more whiskey. Later we had a dance inferno at the Rosebud listening to this great 80s band that covered the Clash, Joe Jackson, and 8675309 amongst others. Beat from a big day on the water this night fizzled out a bit early.

Sunday we awoke (late) to see about 12-14 kt S wind. The bracket was set and the comp was on. The wind casually lightened up and there was some upwind walking but it was fun and got'er done.

Results:
1st - Cam D - Cabrinha Crossbow/Underground
2nd - GS - Airush/Aggression
3rd - Topher - Naish Torch
4th - Bowers - RRD

In the end everyone had huge smiles on, drained from all the sun, booze, and riding. And thankfully no Drama (thankfully). It will be a few days before all are fully recovered.

Big Ups to MacKite for another dope production!
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post Sep 12 2005, 02:26 PM
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