Monday, September 25, 2006

Kiteboarding at 44 MPH -
9/27/06 -- Shawn (aka AceMace), thanks for the UPDATE

Shawn at 3rd Ave. Recently, Shawn and Jesse Richman were here in the SF Bay Area to participate in the Cabrinha Race Series at the St. Francis Yacht Club.

I caught up with Shawn after a nice kite session at 3rd Ave. Shawn and his brother have always been some of my favorite kiteboarders to watch – he and Jesse can really JUMP. BUT - That’s not all they can do...

Just before coming over to California, Shawn set a record for SPEED on the water at the Maui Speed Challenge ( Click on "race results" and look at the Sept 10th data). Shawn managed to attain a speed of 38.1knots – or 44 MPH (conversion table) on the open ocean. Not only was he the fastest kiter – he was FASTER THAN all the windsurfers as well. That’s amazing – I’ve always assumed that a windsurfer with a sail board (and its great big rail to spread the weight and pressure of a great big sail) would be faster than any kiter on the water on a given day.

Here's a clip (Video - Maui SPeed Challenge) from the Maui Speed Challenge - Shawn speaks briefly at 1:47 into the video.

I asked him about the conditions and gear. Shawn mentioned that the wind speed was roughly 35 knots, and that he used a Cabrina 12 bow kite in combination with a slightly larger asymmetric board; bindings pointed aggressively forward. He pointed to another standard board as a comparison – I’m guessing it was around 150 cm.

In his words "I just looked for a patch of kinda flat water & pointed down wind..." GO!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Kite Reviews on

There's information as well as subjective viewpoints on every kite known to man at Kiteforum:

Kite Reviews on Kite Forum (you will have to create an account to view the ratings)

Yesterday, I wanted to look at other's scoring of the GK Sonic 11 and the Best Waroo 9 to see how their views compared to mine. What I found was that the other reviews and ratings were very similar to my review - there are good to great ratings for both, but there appears to be a slight preference for the Waroo overall (for me as well , IF the wind is really strong).

The average scores are :
Waroo 9 - Rating = 9.25 out of 10 - The waroo gets high marks for anything regarding handling
GK Sonic 11 - Rating = 7.00 out of 10 - the GK gets high marks for lift and low bar pressure.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Kiteboarding Jump Sequence - Reuben Lenten Pictured

Reuben Lenten Jumping at 3rd

This is a post for my friends learning to jump. I was trying to describe verbally the

1) hand position
2) edging of the board, and crouching / compressing
3) loading up the lines by 'sending the kite' back & crouching
4) sheeting in when bringing the kite forward
5) and literally 'leaping' off the water

This sequence from King of the Bay (unknown kiter)says it all....