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DrewCiora
post Sep 22 2005, 09:40 AM
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Does anyone know if the King of the Air event in TC is posting the brackets or the standings of the competitors on the net? I can't make it up this weekend and would like to see how the local crew is doing in the comp.

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KyleK
post Sep 26 2005, 11:05 AM
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Outlandishly fantanstic Red Bull KOA qualifier event this past weekend. Heres how it went down:

Arrival late Wednesday night jacked up on Liquid Charge at Chimney Corners resort deep in the woods of northern Mich. The wind was absolutely Howling as we checked into chateau Broneah and this proved to be a good omen of things to come.

Up early Thursday and off to the Platte event site. Overcast and drizzly we doubted the 15-25 forecast would come to fruition but within an hour or so it started to pick up and did not stop til competitors were getting off 12s and 14s and getting on 9s and 10s. Conditions were challenging as the competion box was full of washing machine like knee to waist high chop with waves breaking in several different directions. Difficult to get your timing when you are used to riding 18m and flat water most every day. The top riders certainly distinguished themselves as they tore it up regardless: Hurdman on 9 Yarga, Medysky on 6 Torch, and Madison on 4 Torch (grom tips the scales at about 75 lbs). These guys were throwing crazy big techie stuff including handlepass/kiteloop combos and double s-bends and landing about everything blind. Clearly Hurdmans Blind Rewind variations and Grasshoppa style transcended all and drew gasps from the throng. Regional riders also came correct; Lando with the gargantuan kiteloop in heat one, BobLog with the hoochie loop, BK with ultra smooth belly skim, and Holland Scott sending it big lit out of his mind. The entire bracket was completed. That night we celebrated in grand fashion at ChateauBro with everyones buddy the Captain.

Friday back to the Platte for more bombasticism. The word was the top three would have to continue to display the entire skill set to earn the Maui ticket. Three heats 1. kiteloop 2. handle pass 3. slider. I was content skipping freeriding in sunny 14m and much nicer water condintions and just watching the show.
1. First up Kite Loop heat, are you kidding me? Each dude threw 10-15 or more kiteloops - unbelievable action! Kiteman Andy again blowing the doors off with the blind rewind, Sam looking the smoothest with many different combos, and Madison getting the flat three on the way out. Some big exlplosions.
2. Lots of kites down on the water as you might guess during the handle pass heat. A few big pull ups here and a powered mobe or two but mostly tricks landed blind with the surface pass. Hurdman looking for double sbend to blind was saweet.
3. Slider time. These guys make it look easy. Andy again with the black magic, back lip to surface pass on the rail, board slide to blind landing, and after he warmed up threw big slow back rolls onto the thing like butta. Sam just smooth and Madison upped the anti with some front 3s on the rail. Amazing that there were not many falls.
That night back to Chimney Corners for RedBull Bar-B-que and all night bonfire with the Captain making another strong appearance.

Woke up fuzzy on Saturday to see Noabacca launching his 9 at the ChimCorner private beach on Crystal Lake in a strong SE breeze. Everybody thought he was getting downwinded til he rode back throwing airs and back rolls. Soon enough there were 10-15 kites out ripping up the crystal clear inland waters. What a sight, again I was satisfied just taking in the whole scene prone on a beach chair. Jimbo, Surge, Eric, and Landosan got a butter session behind the jetty right in Frankfort. A juggling comp and ghetto barefoot B-ball game filled the gap til we all loaded on the school bus and rode into the big city of Traverse. Wow, so much funny shiz going down but Doug of the North went really big with peewee Herman dance on top of the bar. Our little posse narrowly avoided missing the bus.

Sunday was gray muted and hazy, no wind, slowly pack on up and pull on out to drive home in heavy rains.

In the end a classic event, lots of good peeps and siick kiteboarding. Big, big, big ups to Keegan and Matt and the entire Broneah team for putting it together. Congratulations to Andy Hurdman who takes the Michigan qualifier two years in a row, back to back is a badass fact - a claim that remains - in tact. And of course, drink lots of Red Bull cuz these guys really hook it up.

KK
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