Wind Voyager Triple-S competitor makes kiteboarding history…
Article by Trip Forman
Kiteboarding history was made yesterday at the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This event features the top 32 professional kiteboarders in the world, competing in the REAL Slider Park for $50,000 in prize money. New to the 11 year running of the event, is this year’s Wind Voyager Triple-S Challenge Series, paying out $720, $900 and $1080 to the first female rider landing a 720, and the first rider landing a 900 and 1080 off of a kicker in a competition heat.
On Monday, June 6th, Wind Voyager Triple-S competitor Christophe Tack rose to the challenge and stomped not only one, but two consecutive heelside frontside 900’s off of the Core Super Kicker in the Men’s Final Heat. This heat was run in The Slick, located directly behind REAL Watersports, in SW winds ranging from 22-25 mph. The clean execution and landing of these 900’s were witnessed by a roaring crowd of spectators, event staff and live stream viewers on Facebook.
Christophe Tack is a 23 years old professional kiteboarder from Belgium. His sponsors are Liquid Force, Red Bull, Mystic and Bomber. Christophe is a 5-time Belgian National Champion and 2014 PKRA World Freestyle Champion.
Final results for both Men’s and Women’s divisions will be released at the Wind Voyager Triple-S Awards Party, Friday, June 10th. Live entertainment at this party includes Dub Island Sound System and the Dubplates with special guest Tanya Stephens. This party is open to the public and legendary in reputation. The 720 and 1080 still remain on the table for the remainder of the event which ends Friday, June 10th. If these go unclaimed, the money will roll into the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S, which means $1440 for the women’s 720 and $2,160 for the 1080.
Here’s what the Wind Voyager Triple-S team had to say about Tack’s 900’s:
“The Wind Voyager Triple-S has an 11-year history of consistently pushing the sport forward. Our goal with the Challenge Series was to create an event within the event, pushing riders to go for broke with the new 3-attempt format. It was incredible to witness both these 900’s firsthand. Hats off Christophe. That was INSANE! – Trip Forman / Wind Voyager Triple-S Co-Founder and Co-Director
“Christophe Tack is such a driven and motivated competitor. As soon as we laid out the plan for the Wind Voyager Challenge Series to the Triple-S Invitational competitors, I knew he had his sights set on it. It was so rad to be front and center on the top of the John Wayne A-Frame rail doing the live feed, for not just one, but BOTH of the 900’s that Tack landed! One for the Wind Voyager Triple-S history books for sure!!” – Jason Slezak / Wind Voyager Triple-S Co-Founder and Co-Director.
“Christophe Tack’s 900 was not only ground-breaking for the sport, but his execution was absolutely flawless, making it the sole 10-point trick of the entire contest. Given that competitors were given three attempts on each feature, most riders threw a safety trick their first attempt to put points on the board. Straight out of the gates, however, Christophe took a big risk with a 9 and stomped it perfect. Then he landed a 9 again his second attempt. Without a doubt Tack’s 900 was the most difficult trick ever landed in the 11-year history of the event.” – Brian Wheeler / Wind Voyager Triple-S Head Judge
“It wasn’t a question of if the 900 was going to happen at this years Wind Voyager Triple S invitational, more which rider would get to the prize first.
Christophe Tack, Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light, Noe Font and a few others were all in the running for this. I set up way downwind to try and capture some shots with the judge boat in the back drop. I knew it would be a 900 or something else, all was to play for and with a stacked field, the riders were putting it all on the line, so someone going for the 9 was a possibility. I’m stoked it all lined up. Christophe landed this one clean on his first attempt on the Core Super Kicker, bring on the 1080!” – Toby Bromwich / Wind Voyager Triple-S Photographer
“The Slick just went MENTAL after Christophe stuck it! People were HOWLING! Stoked to capture history in action.” – Lance Koudele / Wind Voyager Triple-S Photographer
Wind Voyager Triple-S Challenge Series video featuring Christophe Tack’s groundbreaking 900 filmed and edited by Wind Voyager Triple-S videographers Brian Wennersten, Jeffrey O’Neill and Ryan Osmond.