Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8am

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Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8am

Post by tyedye » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:41 pm

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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by tyedye » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:46 pm

The local kiteboarding crew is pulling together to host the Race The Lake Downwind Classic on April 8th at Porter Beach, Indiana.. Since there is a high chance of wind everyday in April, we will be heating up the stoke with kiter camaraderie at the first ever Southern Lake Michigan Kiteboarding Race.

Here are some details about the event:

Every kiteboarding participant will be part of a randomly selected team consisting of intermediate and advanced riders. The team with the fastest total time during this 5 mile downwind stretch of Lake Michigan, will be the victor. Every rider will also be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a new 2017 BROKITE board and other awesome swag. If you haven't tried a "Bro Board," then get on board and Demo one at the event.

Other Activities Include:

Kite and Board Demo's
IKO Certifications
Raffle Drawings
Post-Race After-Party @ Ogden Dunes
Camping at Indiana Dunes State Park or kite house in Odgen Dunes


Starting location: Porter Beach
(1 Johnson Beach Drive, Porter, IN 46304)
(Location subject to change depending on wind conditions)

Check in starts: April 8th @ 8 - 9am

Entry fee: $30 Race & Raffle

**Registration Deadline: March 25th**

No Wind Reschedule Dates: 4/9, 4/22, 4/23

Sign up with your name and T-shirt size by emailing: info@stokeriders.com

**Proper Wetsuit Attire Required**

Special thanks for the support of the following team sponsors for "Spreading the Stoke"

Brokite
Kiojo
Paul Davis
Kite Riders, LLC
Dulcedo Construction, LLC
Pedal Power Rentals
Stoke Riders
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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by West » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:36 am

Aw Yeah....Springtime kiting on the Big Lake, gonna b fun, buckle up!!
Always great to get together with local area kiters, thanks for getting it together Tyler, what a great idea. Downwinders on Lake Michigan are priceless, especially when you have a ride back. :wink:

BROKITE is stoked to be involved, and excited to raffle off the first of our new boards for the 2017 season. The covers of the board will pay homage to our wondrous kiting playground, Lake Michigan!! We've also altered our lamination "lay-up" to increase the flex in the tips. The board still sports a foam core, and our innovative carbon "I beam" construction which separates it from all other twintips on the market.

Come out and meet some new kiters, share a soda or two, see old friends and get the season rolling. It's gonna be an EPIC year!

Happy Shoeline Skipping, West

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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by tyedye » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:09 am

Can't wait to see the new Brokite Board in action... Can just imagine the colors POPing out of the board!

We now have 35 Riders divided into 7 teams. Looking forward to shredding some waves with everyone along the singing sands of the Indiana Dunes Lake Shore.

Local write-up on the event:
Kiteboarders can register now for Downwind Classic April 8 at Porter Beach
http://chestertontribune.com/Duneland%2 ... now_fo.htm

Stay tuned for updates:
Facebook- @Stokeriders
Twitter- @stoke_riders
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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by tyedye » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:40 pm

For those who would like to make plans for this Saturday, it looks like we have to change launch sites. Here is the potential updated race itinerary if the forecast holds:

(Will confirm tomorrow after EL Norte blows through)

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Location:
Waukegan Municipal Beach
North Beach Park
632–698 E Sea Horse Dr
Waukegan, IL 60085

Check-in Time: 10 AM - 11 AM

Car drop off: 11 AM - 12 PM
Illinois Beach State Park
Patomos Ave
Zion, IL 60099

Race time start 12:30 PM - 2 PM

Raffle Drawing: 2:15 PM

Kite / Board Demo: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Lake Villa After party: 5 PM (Food & Drink)
Tyler
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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by tyedye » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:52 am

Looks like a go for tomorrow!!!
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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by Bob » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:16 pm

Fun day yesterday and thanks for all the hard work you put into it Tyler, Tiffany ad others and for letting me/kiteriders co-sponsor.
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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by tyedye » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:41 pm

Thanks for coming down to help the event take flight! Your experience with kite racing proved invaluable when trying to heard kiters in an organized fashion at the starting line. Blaise proved to be the lucky guy to win the raffle for the slingshot bar you donated. If anyone needs a backup, it's him with all the unhooked in boots he does.
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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by West » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:09 am

An outstanding event Tyler, thanks to all the sponsors. Everyone had a blast, and it was great to see so many kiters gathered together! I believe there were 28 kiters doing the downwinder from keegs to zion. Some probably for the first time.

Like always, downwinders should be done in safe conditions with other kiters!!! Congrats to Tom Froman on winning the Lake Michigan BROKITE board. Spring's here: Get out and ride!!

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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by tyedye » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:43 am

Big shout out to all the riders for the First Race The Lake Downwind Classic. Even though the race day forecast looked light during the week leading up to it, we chased it down to catch a sunny, Southeast wind North of Chicago.

Once the teams were chosen and cars were staged, 28 kites were launched for a picturesque Waukegan to Zion downwinder.
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Heat 1 started off with a bang and accumulated the fastest times of the day, averaging 8-10minutes over the 4.5 mile journey. Heat 2 and 3 were not so lucky. The wind was sucked out of the kites in the final 100 meters of the race and 8 kites dropped. 10 minutes later the wind filled in as heat 3 and 4 cruised in.
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Luckily no one froze to death and all smiles during the raffle as Tom Froman took home the Custom Carbon Brokite Board, beholding a nautical map of Lake Michigan from the 19th century. West Hanson created this design to symbolize the depth and distance freshwater kiteboarders go to get the perfect kiting conditions. Riders were able to demo the boards to find out what customized style would suit them best. I have mine on the way!!!
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Kite Riders LLC, representing Madison Wisconsin, was also there to contribute a slingshot bar. The owner, Bob Cook was a huge help getting the riders to the starting line and offering foilboarding demo’s with the slingshot flight school masts.

Bob hosted a number of snowkiting races over the Winter on Lake Mendota and has clocked 70+mph while snowkite racing on skis. A remarkable feat to say the least. He sells an assortment of kiteboarding gear and offers flyboarding when is not windy enough to get kiting so there’s always something to do on the water when in Madison looking for an adventure.
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Kiojo’s, Jim Holcomb, distributed Kiojo’s to the riders, providing everyone with a healthy hydration drink that also gave the lucky ones who tried it a much needed 30 foot boost with a soft landing.

Jim also hosted the after-party in Lake Villa where we shared stories over pizza’s and soda’s ;)
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Stoke Riders hosted the Downwind Classic and gave away some Core pumps, calendars, a trictionary, tons of free stickers and T-shirts.

Special shout out to Tiffany, Steve, Gerri, Lukas and Corey who volunteered their time and photography skills to documenting the stoke we live for!



Post-Race Announcements from our Sponsors:


BROKITE always has demos available if you see West at the beach. Otherwise, just stop by the shop in Palatine to see how the boards are built and to pick-up a demo to ride!

Kiojo would like to thank all kiterboarders and participants in the "Race The Lake Downwind Classic" and is giving a special offer! 20% off all kiojo orders and free shipping!! Use Promo Code kite20

Stoke riders is offering kiteboarding lessons with an IKO certified Instructor with top of the line Core Kites and BBtalking radio helmets for the ultimate in safety.

Kite Riders LLC is offering Foilboard and flyboarding lessons in Madison Wisconsin. You can demo the flight school foilboard at Stoke Riders if you call in advance.

Pedal Power Rentals is hosting a Bike, Brews, Bites and Music event on Saturday, June 10 next to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 1215 IN-49 in Chesterton, IN. For more info call Mark @ (219) ninetwoone-3085. Hope to see everyone there!
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Tyler
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Re: Race The Lake Downwind Classic April 8th Porter Beach 8a

Post by tyedye » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:05 am

Some more highlights...

Mr. Brokite himself
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Heat 4
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Stoked!
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Brazil Downwind Broz
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How every good downwinder should end
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Tyler
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Core, Liquid Force, Peter Lynn, NP, Mystic, Hyperflex, Woo, Trace, Mountainboard Sports, Rinsekit, Surfur, BBtalkin Dealer
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