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Old 02-24-2009, 06:40 PM
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Arrow FREE STYLE !!! - Kiteboard Masters Pt. II


Heading back to Miami and Crandon Park for more of the Kiteboarding Masters 2008 (in 2009!?). Photos from the day appear below in no particular order.
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The Port of Miami is just to the north. You can see traffic ease in and out through the day with kiters ripping in the foreground.



First a couple of looks at the course race again ...


Another view of things just before the start.
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Just after the start and the kiters are stretching out. Who do you recognize in the stream of racers?
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Shifting gears from the course race to free style ...



Looks like lenticulars are forming over the Stubai, whoops shifted a bit too far. Back to Key Biscayne. By the way, be sure to checkout the write up and photos for the course race in the first part of the day HERE. Some unusual perspectives came out of that one.




Stacey throws a ralley




Spectators get off on the action on the water




Melissa comes in for a landing before Dave




Damo checks out the world inverted, passing along




Joe is having a blast and it shows




Jose gets ready to head out




Incoming




Tommy reaches almost grabs the bar in a pass but just misses. He threw moves down hard continuously throughout.




There can be a lot of sprinting in these events, proven by Will booking back upwind with able assistance from Stacey helping out with his board. He rides for Naish and Stacey works with Best, is that great or what!




Damo, Billy and Dave line up




Jaaz of MKB show here with his moblie communication. I didn't know that normal sized amphibious cell phones were out. You can take this phone into the shower. Why would you want to do that anyway?




There goes Christophe striding north over the flats





Lonny shows off some of that excellent "no straps" balance. Hang in there!




Damo passes as Will moves in




Joe Ruscito pops one




Up and out there




Stacey throws one




Tommy slides out




All Melissa's stretching pays off




Damo books in




I am not sure what is going on but it looks backwards and Gebi is pulling it off of course




Coming in for touchdown sans bar




May have to rename this a kiter's stretch, used to be named after hurdlers. Garry walks in the background.




Times like this you really appreciate those crunches!




KA-POW!









Reminds me of a snowboarding move








The Kahuna just out from Best








Burning in











Champion form shows, lots of other hot talent on the water too









The wind eased just following the completion of the free style event. Unfortunately halting the session on the new mega slider. Next time! Garry paddles out on a JL standup board




The winners of the free style competition, Damo taking first for the men and Melissa for the women. Great job to all!



Damo also wins the best trick of the day award, great low key guy too.




It was a fun day, thanks!


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Old 02-24-2009, 09:13 PM
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Thank you Rick for posting all the nice stuff that I've missed :-)
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:31 PM
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You're welcome Agata! You were there though, got the pictures to prove it. Glad you got your board back in any case.




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Remember to check out photos from the first part of the contest at:
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=7903




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Old 02-25-2009, 07:12 PM
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Thanks Rick ,
We all had a blast last Saturday : Blessed by the wind , we managed to run 3 Races and the Freestyle Contest we were missing last April 2008.

Most of the Registered riders and sponsors attended this Part 2 of the KITE MASTERS 2008.
Check the link below to view a Selection of Pictures from Riders, Spectators and Contest that day.

Here are the Results of Each Contest :

RACE MEN ( 23 participants M & W )
1st - Damian leroy
2nd - Kent Marincovic
3rd - Mike Gebhardt

RACE WOMEN
1st - Melissa Gil
2nd - Stacey Fonas

FREESTYLE ( 17 Participants )
1st - Damian Leroy
2nd - Tom Field
3rd - Will Caldwell

BEST TRICKS ( Trophy offered from Subskin Apparel ) = KGB to Blind Damian Leroy

Click here to view images:
http://www.miamikiteboarding.com/Mia...lery/index.htm

Pictures credit : Rick Iossi ( Fksa ) - Thierry Dehove ( tropical Kitesurfing Paradise) - Barbie Bischof

Thanks to Neil Hutchinson from X-rated /SLingshot and Kent Marincovic from Cabrinha/ ASM, for their support on running the Races and the Contests .

The 2009 MIAMIKITEBOARDING MASTERS of this year will happen in Mid April - We will send an Update for the confirmed dates very soon.

Stay tune on the forums and our websites.

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Old 02-26-2009, 05:05 PM
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Hey Rick,

Thanks for the great photos! You always do such an amazing job putting these posts up. I know how much work they are! Thanks also to Chris and the MKB crew for putting on the event. It was a great day and a lot of fun - even if I did get wiped out at the mark and tore my foot open in my freestyle heat! Can't wait for more!
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:33 AM
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Hey Rick,

Thanks for the great photos! You always do such an amazing job putting these posts up. I know how much work they are! Thanks also to Chris and the MKB crew for putting on the event. It was a great day and a lot of fun - even if I did get wiped out at the mark and tore my foot open in my freestyle heat! Can't wait for more!
Hey Lonny,

You're welcome and thanks! I didn't know you hurt yourself. What did you hit? Also, being into losing the straps in a big way. What do you know about health benefits to guys riding strapless with some limited leg, knee and ankle problems? I don't have any myself, thank God, but some folks do. It could be a good motivating factor to shift to your way of riding.
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You're welcome and thanks! I didn't know you hurt yourself. What did you hit? Also, being into losing the straps in a big way. What do you know about health benefits to guys riding strapless with some limited leg, knee and ankle problems? I don't have any myself, thank God, but some folks do. It could be a good motivating factor to shift to your way of riding.
Ahh... No big deal really. Just something sharp and big that I landed on during my heat. Didn't stop to look, as the clock was ticking. It cut open my foot along the ball of my feet, and my arch. Got away without needing stitches so that was good!! All healed up now!

Not sure if I can answer your question competently, but I will give it a shot....

Riding a skim with a bad knee would be pretty tough because the board is very slippery due to the lack of fins and straps. It does take some time to get used to it, and you can easily twist a knee (or worse) learning how to ride one. I think a surfboard is a bit easier for people to transition to without straps because at least you can edge against the fins. Once you get the riding down it is pretty comfortable until you start doing some more advanced tricks. However, pop-shuvits and big ollies can be a terror on knees and ankles. So it really depends. Overall, I never really thought about avoiding injuries when I switched to riding strapless all the time - it just felt like it was the right fit for my style. I like the constant challenge it provides and the additional freedom.
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I had my knee completely reconstructed & notice it hurts more when I ride straps or boots (even worse).
I prefer riding strapless surf,skim , skate bc it opens up kiting to another style. I actually thinks it makes you better when you switch to straps bc of more board control is needed.
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