2013 Hardwater Kiting Snowkite Global Speed Ranking weekly results.
Racheal Miller owner of Stormboarding and host of the former Kitestorm event in Vermont has convinced us to take on the task of hosting a speed competition based on the original Stormboarding World Speed Ranking. As many of you know Stormboarding hosted a world wide speed ranking for nearly 7 years and had entries from all over the world. Rachael and I feel that Hardwater Kiting should host a new ranking to pick up where Stormboarding's ranking left off.
The difference between our ranking and the original is we are allowing Kitewings to participate. Though technically not kites, there are enough people riding them that we felt it was fair to allow them in.
We've set it up on the website and I'd like to know what people think. Bear in mind this is very bare bones right now but if there are any issues with the rules or who qualifies I'd like to know now before the end of the month when it goes live. If you have any questions or comments I'd love to here them.
Please check it out....
I may need to buy myself a device....
heheheh "a device"
Sorry, there was something kinda unwholesome sounding about that statement.
Yes, yes you should get a device. =)
It doesn't have to be fancy, we aren't strict about it beyond having the ability to download the GPS data when needed. If you want to get into the technical aspects in regards to US Speed Sailing rules they require GT-30 and/or GT31's and the like. We use GT31s but we also use Garmin Etrex, Foretrex etc. Small, cheap and reliable.
Looking forward to seeing some posts from the Masskiting crowd!
Speed Ranking Results are in!
Slim participation but the competition is tight with Matt Hepp representing the western US against a trio of East Coasters. Peter Lynn Team Rider Molly Savard and Michael Woroniak dualing at just .10 mph difference and Concept Air Rider/ Stormboarding veteran Charles Meding taking the lead with a top speed of 45.2mph winning him a HWK GSR T-shirt and a shot at our TBA grand prize for overall fastest.
Great job everyone. As more people are finally getting to snowkite we hope to see some more entries in the next round.
HWK Speed ranking results week #2
Another week of competition hampered by winter's lack of commitment to actually being winter. None the less a few people managed to get out before the warm spell and get some riding in with Paul Morse coming out on top.
A few people tried to get out last Thursday and carnage ensued. The winds here in the Northeast were pretty exciting to say the least.
Week two results for the Hardwater Kiting Global Speed Ranking can be found here...
Thanks again for those who were able to participate.
On a related note, we aren't officially tracking mileage in the ranking but Jim Cline put in 123 miles during his session today at Melvin. That's the mark if anyone wants a shot at it. =)
Can these readings be achieved with the Kitetracker app?
At this time we are not excepting entries from phone apps. The jury is still out on thier accuracy relative to a purpose built GPS unit and scrubbing the data, if need be, is a PITA from what we've seen. There's still a lot of grey area on the cell phone use so we are staying clear of the phone thing for now. Sorry.
No worries, I'm sure I am too slow anyhow.
Phhhhhht! C'mon now, you never know. =)
Besides it's just fun to see how you fair against others in the same range. Then you have weeks like last week where conditions completely eliminate some riders and the people that are able to get out become the field!
I'm looking forward to the data at the end of the season. Unlike the original speed ranking we import all the data into an excel file so we'll be able to track all sorts of stuff as the season progresses. Next year we will probably have divisions so people new to the ranking won't feel that they are up against the ranking leaders. But for now we are going to keep it simple.
Hopefully participation will grow and we'll be able to offer more in the way of prizes for a broader range of things.
Grab your unit (ha) and let us know what you're doing out there.
Not today tho. No wind today. THURSDAY=WIND.
Week 3 results are in and on the site. Seems we're all still out of synch condition wise and participants can't seem to get a break. Schedules and conditions just aren't meshing but people are having fun trying and that's what counts.
Charles Meding has reclaimed the top spot in week 4 with Jim Cline close on his heels. Brian Beveridge is still giving us a strong showing out in western Canada while Rob Bocik out of Green Bay managed to get a good run in through the rough snow conditions in his part of the world.
We're happy to see Saulius Moliolis back in the ranking and with a good first showing for the season.
We're especially proud of Vanessa Woroniak's submission since it's her first ever entry to the ranking and a great first entry for a new kiter.
Please see the ranking here.....
Thanks again to everyone who participated and for those who have been considering it, grab a GPS and see what happens. Until next week.....
Things are heating up. American Gary Kjelleren tops out the week at over 65mph while Petri Lehikoinen of Finland comes in a tight second with a speed of 61.45 followed by Bryce Johnson at 57 mph.
Week four results are here...
Some riders were closed out of this week due to bad surface conditions but hopefully we'll get them back in next week.
Thanks for all that submitted to the ranking!
Week 5 results.....
Surface conditions continue to be an issue for a lot of kiters. We have boiler plate and glass ice here which is great if you are equipped for riding that sort of stuff but not good for others.
Good conditions for speed here in New England.
We have our first Kite Sled entry into the ranking this week!
WEEK SIX!!!! What a strange week it is. Jim Cline dominated the week, we have a kite sled in the top 3 and we now have a pretty zippy French snowboarder in the mix. Deep snow has slowed a lot of people down but its been a pretty competitive week!
Results are here..... http://www.hardwaterkiter.com/snowkite-speed-ranking-results.html
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Until next week,
Week 7 Results are in and the field is pretty even. Seems like everyone is pretty evenly matched, ski, board, kitesled all in the same general range! I don't remember seeing that variety in this close a match up in the old ranking. Pretty interesting.
Results here...... http://www.hardwaterkiter.com/snowkite-speed-ranking-results.html
Thanks for all who entered, it's been great these last seven weeks seeing who signs in and who keeps comming back.
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Chris I was ripping Sun and Mon on my 3.5m LEI and hit a top speed of 32.34mph. Am I the only one riding a kite this small in these winds? It's a lot of work handling a kite that small but tons of fun when a 40+mph gust hits you backside.
Hell no, I was on a 3m on Monday and was rippin' along just fine. 3m LEI must be zippy as hell. =)
3-4m are hella fun in 40's once you get used to how fast they whip around. Do us a favor and submit your speed to the speed ranking at www.hardwaterkiter.com. =)
Amazing how fast you can get going on the small wings.
Week 9 results....
Small group but some tight competition. =)
How did I miss 2 weeks of posts here? No matter, here are the results for Week 11. Fast surfaces abound and everyone that posted is pretty close in speeds.
Sunday was an awesome day for fast riding.
This new slow is going to slow down the usually dominant New England riders and give others a good shot at taking the week for week 12.
Results can be found here...