Category: 2008

2008 Triple-S Invitational Final Results

2008 Triple-S Winners
2008 Triple-S Invitational sponsored by REAL, Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty and John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Friday June 6th, the final day of the 2008 Triple-S Invitational saw the Triple-S Awards Party kicking off at 6pm with a North Carolina Pig Roast over an open fire. Cold beers, sodas and great music was had by all as some of the Triple-S competitors rode the John Wayne Cancer Foundation slider behind the PWCs to get in one last session in the event. The new music system at REAL takes the tunes all the way to the water’s edge during a classic sunset at The Slick, making watching the action even more enjoyable!

Winds for the 2008 Triple-S Invitational provided 5 of 7 days of intense action on the water. Once again, the 2 non windy days saw perfect peeling surf and warm weather, keeping the competitors out in the water surfing or standup paddleboarding. Recounting the weeks kiteboarding, we had two picture perfect 20-25 kt SW days in The Slick with the entire REAL Slider park set up, followed by a bluebird, 15-20kt NE day at Kite Point. After that, a cranking 25-30+ SW days where riders rode the 8 mile “Planet of the Apes” downwider, unleashing moves that have never been seen before on that stretch of water. The last day of competition saw SW winds on “The Southside” of the island with waist to chest high surf for a day of surf kiting. All three disciplines of the “Triple-S”. ie. Surf, Slicks, and Sliders, had been completed in the week’s riding, leading into the Triple-S Awards Ceremony…..

Riding this much in one week is a lot for any competition, which puts an even brighter spotlight on the competitors housing for the Triple-S provided by event sponsor Outer Beaches Realty. You have to realize that most of the competitors in the event spend most of their time couch surfing, living in their car, or splitting hotel rooms to be able to attend events around the world. Through the generosity of Outer Beaches Realty and their represented homeowners, the Triple-S Competitors and Staff all stayed in soundfront homes, all with pools, hot tubs, game rooms, wet bars, entertainment systems, the list goes on and on. Special Thanks to Outers Beaches for rolling out the red carpet for this event every year. The competitors look forward to this week every year and place the Triple-S at the top of their “must attend” event list.

Judging any event can be a complicated and sometimes controversial topic. At the Triple-S, where riding is at such a high level, the action is non-stop for an entire week and with nobody being eliminated, the judging requires a system that adequately adapts to the level and duration of the riding. Therefore competing riders and media staff judge the event throughout the week and are given ballots on the final day to judge individual disciplines (surf,slicks and sliders) as well as Best Session, Best Wipeout, Slickstyle Attitude Award and Poker Tournament Champion. Overall Men’s and Women’s Awards are also given based on combined overall results of three main disciplines (surf, slicks and sliders). Having 28 judging ballots from all the riders and media staff provided a very accurate gauge of the weeks riding and eliminated the random “Olympic Russian Judge” from skewing the results.

The Triple-S Awards Party at REAL was another one for the history books as the lights dimmed, the DJ music cranked and the dancing began on the new back deck at REAL. Bryan Elkus played all of his 2008 Triple-S video on the 10ft screen followed Tracy Kraft providing an entertaining slideshow of the week’s action. Bryan Elkus’ photos also provided the perfect backdrop to the one of a kind Triple-S Invitational Trophies. As Trip Forman took the microphone and began the awards ceremony, the roar of the standing room only crowd could be heard from across town. This scene was not out of a kiteboarding movie or contest, it was out of Daytona Spring Break on MTV. Loud screams, cheers, spotlights, music and stoked smiles. This was an unbelievable end to another killer week of Triple-S action.

And the winners are……..

In “Surf” Jon Modica took the Men’s and Clarissa Hempel the women’s division. Jon’s non stop, high speed, innovative strapless approach to the waves had all the riders voting his way. Jon simply made the most of the conditions and had everyone on their feet to check out the moves he was throwing down, with the simple reaction…”What the @#$%^&*() was that??!”. Clarissa demonstrated that her year of surf travel had paid off with big rewards as she carved up the waves and threw spray off every top turn.

In “Slicks”, it was all about Ruben Lenten’s 30 knot power attack on the Planet of the Apes downwinder. First 30 feet up, then looping his kite 10 feet underneath him, then passing the handle, then hooking back in, then as if he was still glued to the water, spinning his bar to unwind his lines. Then two grabs on the way down to the water. Sounds like 10 minutes of action? That was all in one jump! Clarissa once again claimed the women’s title throwing multiple tricks to blind and passing the handle at every key location along this famous 8 mile stretch of water.

“Sliders” saw Andre Phillip claiming the first ever Triple-S “hat trick” with his 3rd consecutive slider win (2006, 2007 and 2008 Triple-S Slider Champion). Andre simply has no fear, no brakes, and the most style of any of the riders when it comes to slider riding. When other riders are checking their speed coming into the rail, Andre is hitting the gas pedal and going even faster. Even on rails like the monster top rail of the Red Bull Fun Box, Dre’s high speed, all style approach saw him receiving the unanimous nod from his fellow competitors that he is “The Man” when it comes to riding rails. Clarissa Hempel claimed the women’s slider title and the first ever Triple-S, “Triple Crown” victory.

“Best Session” went to Triple-S newcomer Brandon Scheid. Brandon was the storybook rider in the event this year, first moving to Cape Hatteras three years ago as a beginner rider and a property maintenance employee at REAL. As his riding skills improved, and he became old enough to coach, Brandon moved into coaching kiteboarding for REAL and continued to improve his riding skills. Last year saw Brandon breaking into the magazine photo sections with his powerful wakestyle riding and Liquid Force gear. This year saw the Triple-S entourage watching Brandon throw down session after session, including his KP kicker session when he poured all the gas on the fire, blowing up the entire day. Brandon’s riding commanded “Best Session” and saw him in the standings in several other categories.

“Best Wipeout” (or Worst Wipeout depending on how or who is looking at it!) was won by Marc (Marley) Ramsier. Marc got taken down so hard by one of the sliders, he had to spend three full days in bed to recover! The bruises and cuts on his legs were every shade of blue, purple, black, red, brown and yellow that you can imagine!

The “Slickstyle Attitude Award” was given to Jason Slezak for once again showing all smiles while helping to run the competitors favorite event in the world.

Red Bull pulled out all the stops for the Triple-S Awards party with food, beer, drinks, music, dancing and after hours partying that went well into the morning hours. One thing that can be said about Red Bull and their ability to throw a good party is they know exactly what people want! The parties at the Triple-S invitational are always anticipated and looked forward to and this year was no exception. These parties are also open to the Triple-S spectators allowing recreational riders to party alongside their heroes like Ruben Lenten, Aaron Hadlow, Andre Phillip and Jason Slezak until sunrise. Needless to say there are definitely some “professional” partiers out there in the recreational riding force!

Look for upcoming video footage from Triple-S 2008 to be released in Elliot Leboe’s next ACL video production……

Everyone at REAL, especially Jason Slezak and Trip Forman, would like to THANK all the Triple-S riders, support staff, sponsors and all the spectators and party attendees who made this year’s Triple-S Invitational so special.

Mark your calendar for next year’s event, as the 2009 Triple-S Invitational is scheduled for May 30th – June 5th, 2009

2008 Triple-S Invitational Final Results

MEN’S SURF

1st Jon Modica
2nd Davey Blair
3rd Andre Phillip
4th Sam Bell
5th Dimitri Maramenides

MEN’S SLICKS

1st Ruben Lenten
2nd Aaron Hadlow
3rd Billy Parker
4th Brandon Scheid
5th Davey Blair

MEN’S SLIDERS

1st Andre Phillip
2nd Aaron Hadlow
3rd Ruben Lenten
4th Jason Slezak
5th Sam Bell

MEN’S OVERALL TRIPLE-S CHAMPION

1st Ruben Lenten
2nd Andre Phillip
3rd Aaron Hadlow
4th Davey Blair
5th Jon Modica

WOMEN’S SURF

1st Clarissa Hempel
2nd Daphnee Laliberte
3rd Susi Mai

WOMEN’S SLICKS

1st Clarissa Hempel
2nd Susi Mai
3rd Daphnee Laliberte

WOMEN’S SLIDERS

1st Clarissa Hempel
2nd Daphnee Laliberte
3rd Susi Mai

WOMEN’S OVERALL TRIPLE-S CHAMPION

1st Clarissa Hempel
2nd Daphnee Laliberte
3rd Susi Mai

BEST SESSION

1st Brandon Scheid
2nd Andre Phillip
3rd Ruben Lenten

BEST WIPEOUT

1st Marc “Marley” Ramsier
2nd Ian McKeown
3rd Davey Blair

POKER TOURNAMENT CHAMPION

Jon Modica

SLICKSTYLE ATTITUDE AWARD

Jason Slezak

Video: 2008 Triple-S Session Report #5

Triple-S Kiteboarding

The REAL Triple-S Invitational Day 6 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

2008 Triple-S Invitational sponsored by REAL, Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty and John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Day Six of the Triple-S Thursday June 5th

Day six of the 2008 Triple-S Invitational saw the competitors meeting under the Red Bull tent at 10 am then heading to “The South Side” of Hatteras Island for a Wave Kiting Session, across Highway 12 from the Ferry Docks.

Riders packed their gear, loaded their rides and made the 45 minute trip south down Highway 12 to the chosen riding venue of the day. Once there the riders were greeted with waist high surf, side to side onshore winds in the 15-18 knot range, air temps in the mid to upper 80’s and ocean temps have warmed up to 70 degrees. Equipment of choice for almost all of the riders seemed to be Kites in the 12-16 meter range and Kite Surfboards ranging from 5’6-6’5 in length.

One of the things that separates Professional Kiteboarders from Recreational Kiteboarders is the ability to turbo-charge sometimes marginal conditions. After witnessing Jon Modica and Davey Blair’s performance in the surf you’ll agree that it is equally impressive what they can do in light winds and more so in that some riders couldn’t even ride in some of the lighter winds of the day.

Kites went up at 12 noon and stayed in the air until 3:30pm, riders then headed north to Ramp 23 just south of Salvo to catch an impromptu Surfing Session as waves have risen on the north side of the island to chest high with off shore winds making for the Ultimate Surfing and Standup Paddleboarding Session.

Now that all three disciplines of the Triple-S, “Surfs, Slicks & Sliders” have been completed competitors are looking forward to the Triple-S Awards Party being held in the back yard at REAL on Friday evening 6-10pm. This party is sponsored by Red Bull and always promises to be one of the best nights of the week with music, food, drinks, Triple-S slideshow and video as well as the awards.

Awards will be given for each discipline of the Triple-S: Surf, Slicks & Sliders 1st through 3rd for both Men and Women, as well as Men’s Overall and Women’s Overall, Best Session, Best Wipeout, Slicks Style Attitude Award and the 2008 Triple-S Poker Champion. Last Years Poker Tournament Champion Jon Modica has already racked up over $600 in winnings in the 2008 event and is well on his way to cinching the title again.

The first meeting on Friday was held at 10am, based on the initial conditions it was decided to put the event on hold until 2pm in hopes that the SW winds would build for one last session prior to the Triple-S Awards Party.

Video: 2008 Triple-S Session Report #4

Triple-S Kiteboarding

The REAL Triple-S Invitational Day 5 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

2008 Triple-S Invitational sponsored by REAL, Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty and John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Day 5 of the Triple-S Wednesday June 4th

At the riders meeting the decision was made to run the Slicks portion of Surfs, Slicks and Sliders. The Venue … the ever popular and infamous Planet of the Apes downwinder, 8 miles of downwind insanity!

Kites were up at twelve noon at mile marker 46, and what followed was the most progressive groundbreaking down-winder that was ever seen in the waters off Cape Hatteras.

Winds throughout the day were SW with tops at 25-30+. Air and water temp hovered in the mid 80s, and the kites ranged from 5m to 9m. While the boards ranged from a 4’10 strapless surfboard to booted wakeboards.

While most of the riding during the week has focused on sliders and kickers, Wednesday’s action focused on flat water, open water and aerial freestyle maneuvers.

This run featured huge airs, massive kite loops, mental handle passes and non-stop action from the moment the riders launched until landing their kites three hours later.

Many people might question what groundbreaking actually is, but when you see Ruben Lenten throwing huge 30 foot kite loops, unhooking mid-air to do a flat three on the way down, then re-hook-in and spin the bar before landing that is groundbreaking…

The level of riding of all the competitors in the Triple-S has stepped up from last year, both in sliders and after Wednesday’s Downwinder of flat water riding.

The difference in the style and action from the first 3 days to the 4th day was fun and exciting to watch from either the beach or the fleet of boats and jetskis that followed the competitors. One of the best parts about The Planet downwinder is the canal to canal gaps, man made docks, gazebo rails and the variety of terrain that exist along the coastline of the 8 mile run. Many of the recreational riders do the same downwinder missing most of these features.

The flat water, canal exploration, canal to canal gaps and other features found along the coastline are what make this downwinder arguably the most interesting and sought-after downwind runs in the world.

The six main locations ridden during the day were the first 2 false points prior to The Planet Island, followed by The Planet of the Apes Island itself. Then a long series of canals and slick riding, followed by several docks and gazebos, and a grand finally session in The Slick.

Three hours of non-stop action had most of the riders seeking shade, food and water from 3-7pm. The action came alive from 7pm until dark behind the REAL Lesion Center in Waves, as all the Triple-S riders sessioned the REAL Dock Slider and John Wayne Double Wide and through-down every powered wake-style trick in the book.

All in all this was another picture perfect day on the water, which added variety, excitement and even more adrenaline to the Triple-S fire.

Conditions for Thursday sees west south west winds and the competitors heading to the “south side” to ride the waves.

Video: 2008 Triple-S Session Report #3

Triple-S Kiteboarding

The REAL Triple-S Invitational Day 3 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

2008 Triple-S Invitational sponsored by REAL, Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty and John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Day 3 of the Triple-S Monday June 2nd

After a frontal boundary pulled through the region winds switch to the North-East, filling in 15-20 knots. The Triple-S Invitational with it’s mobile format headed south to Kite Point to take advantage of the clean wind conditions and flat water riding the inside pool.

Kites went up at KP at 1pm and riders began sessioning the flat water, Red Bull Flat Rail and REAL Kicker just inches away from the spectators lining the beach!

In what originally looked to be the lightest wind day of the week, most riders were fully powered on 13-14 meter kites and throwing down moves that most people have never scene. Having events like the Triple-S at Kite Point provides the ultimate spectator venue as all the action is within arms reach of the spectators sitting on the beach or lounging in their vehicles.

The KP scene built throughout the day as the clouds cleared, temperatures rose and the riders stepped up the action. Local Cape Hatteras rider and Triple-S invitee Evan Netsche as well as Brandon Schied lit up the water with both flat water moves and powered moves off the real kicker. “Early Worm” Sam Bell took the green flag at KP and scored the Red Bull Flat Rail before anyone realized it was 1pm eastern time not 1pm Hawaiian time. The unique on the move format allowed the event to change locations to where the conditions were best for the day. It’s why the top riders travel from all over the world to participate in the Triple-S Invitational.

As if 6 solid hours of riding wasn’t enough many of the Triple-S riders then headed to the nearby Buxton Skate Park for a sunset bowl session, followed by an evening poker party that went well past 4am. After 3 days of Triple-S action the riders have logged over 24 hours of water time; the lighter winds of Tuesday look to provide a well needed rest as Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will see the return of pumping South-West conditions.

The preliminary schedule for Wednesday includes the infamous Planet of the Apes down-winder, together with many canal slicks, land gaps, dock and house riding. Opening up an 8 mile stretch of water to the event that ranks among the top down-winders in the world!

Video: 2008 Triple-S Session Report #2

Triple-S Kiteboarding

The REAL Triple-S Invitational Day 2 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

2008 Triple-S Invitational sponsored by REAL, Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty and John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Day 2 of the Triple-S Sunday June 1st

The Second Day of the Triple-S went off on cue Sunday June 1st with South West winds 15-25 knots all day. Riders hit the water early immediately following the 10am riders meeting for the morning South West session in The Slick. Again the entire REAL Slider Park was set up including the Red Bull Fun Box, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation Doublewide, the REAL Kicker, and the NEW REAL Butter Box.

Winds lasted until about lunch time when the midday lull kicked in providing a perfectly timed lunch break. Riders took advantage of the lighter midday conditions by fueling with food, then hitting Ramp 23 South of Salvo for a midday Surf Session.

The 4pm riders meeting under the Red Bull Tent provided the forecast for the after noon, which saw winds out of the South West building back into the 20 knot range. Riders hit the water after the meeting and sessioned the REAL Slider Park until 8pm. Tons of great sessions were had on all the different features of the park with the highlights being the lower and upper rail of the Red Bull Fun Box, as well as multiple 540 and 720 attempts off the REAL Kicker. Just after 8pm a frontal boundary passed through the area switching winds from the South West to the North setting up a condition and event location changed for Monday.

Conditions for Monday are North East winds at 20 knots with flat surf, so the Triple-S will move location to Kite Point between Buxton and Avon for another flat water session.

Special thanks to Event Sponsors Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Video: 2008 Triple-S Session Report #1

Triple-S Kiteboarding

The REAL Triple-S Invitational Day 1 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

The REAL 2008 Triple-S Invitational sponsored by REAL, Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty and John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

The First Day of the Event started off Saturday May 31st with all of the riders arriving into town and checking into their luxurious waterfront accommodations fully equipped with pools and hot tubs. This is one of the things the riders look most forward too, as many times the riders travel around the world they are used to sleeping in cars or the floor of some cramped room.

Right out of the blocks the conditions were perfect SW winds 25–30+. The first warm-up session was held in The Slick from 12–4pm. All the sliders and kickers in the REAL Slider Park were out in the water including the newly modified Red Bull Fun Box, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation Doublewide, the REAL Kicker, and the NEW REAL Butter Box. All the riders enjoyed the strong winds and warm sunny conditions (80 degrees all day).

The riders wrapped up their session with the riders meeting which officially kicked off event at 4pm. During the riders meeting the focus was on how the Triple-S invitational event was created for the riders to maximize their experience at the event. This includes a no elimination, ride all week format, as well as the ability to take the event on the road to many locations up and down the Cape Hatteras Coast. Also in the riders meeting were announcements on the schedule for the week; a 10am riders meeting daily, as well as information for those who miss the riders meeting or who want to stay tuned to the event remotely can call the Triple-S Riding report 252-305-6596.

The event then went back to the water and up to The Slick to continue riding all of the sliders and kickers in the REAL Slider Park. Which was then followed by a sunset (evening cool down) riding session at the REAL Dock Slider.

From 7-10pm the Triple-S Welcome Party kicked into high gear with, Chucktown South Carolina Band and DJ, Dub Island Sound System playing off the back deck at REAL, along with fully catered dinner by Atlantic Coast Café. Drinks, Dancing, Good Times and Riding continuing all the way until dark. Not one to let the party level drop, Red Bull continued the music, party and dancing at an undisclosed after hours location until the sun was nearly breaking the horizon.

Conditions look excellent for continued SW winds on Sunday as well as another blast of SW later in the week. Stay tuned to this webpage for daily updates, news, session reports, pictures and videos.

Triple-S 2008 Day 1 in a nutshell… Perfect!

Video: 2008 Triple S Wildcard Winner!

Triple-S Kiteboarding

Aaron Hadlow!

Aaron Hadlow Wild Card Video
Click the image above to watch the video

The 2008 REAL Kiteboarding Triple-S Invitational is less than 2 weeks away! This years event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever! The 2008 Triple S will run from May 31 – June 6 with riding, parties, and other activities planned for each day of the week long event.

Triple-S stands for surf, slicks, and sliders! This means that the event will be mobile, taking the world’s best riders to Hatteras Island’s best riding locations for each days given conditions. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to come check out each days festivities. Stop in and check out our newly opened REAL Watersports Headquarters in Waves or call the Triple-S Riding Report to find out the session info for each day. The Triple-S Session Report phone number will be posted the week before the event begins on this website.

NEWS FLASH! : Ruben Lenten & Aaron Hadlow confirmed to attend Triple-S Invitational. Get stoked to see The Ruben & Hadlow show, blow up “The Slick”!

The Triple-S is a one of a kind, invite only, freeride kiteboarding event. The following riders have confirmed attendance to the Triple S

Aaron Hadlow – Wildcard Winner !
Alvaro Onieva
Andre Phillip
Andy Hurdman
Bertrand Fleury
Billy Parker
Brandon Scheid
Clarissa Hempel
Daphnee Laliberte
Davey Blair
Denver Coon
Dillon Thompson
Dimitri Maramenides
Evan Netsch
Gregg Waller
Ian McKeown
Jason Slezak
Joby Cook
Jon Modica
Morgan Skiperdene
Ruben Lenten
Sam Bell
Sean Reyngoudt
Susi Mai
Sebastian Bubmann
Tom Court
Tommy Kogut

Check back for periodic updates and make your plans to come and check out the 2008 Triple S May 31- June 6!

Video: 2008 Triple-S Wildcard Submissions

Triple-S Kiteboarding

Here yee, Here yee ! All rise and take witness to the 2008 Triple-S Wildcard entrants!

The Triple-S Invitational will take place in Cape Hatteras, NC May 31 – June 6th and is on track to be the number #1 freeride kiteboarding event in the world!

The 2008 Triple-S Invitational is an international “invite only” freeride kiteboarding event. Beyond the original 24 Triple-S invites sent out to riders around the world, there is one remaining space available for the “Triple-S Wildcard” Winner. Please find below all 2008 Triple-S Wildcard entrants and rider videos. You can view each rider video by clicking on the link below the rider name.

We will be reviewing these videos between now and Monday May 19th and will announce the winner of the Triple-S Wildcard winner on Tuesday, May 20th.

Tom Court:

Ian Daly:

Brandon Breuil:

David Hastilow:

Will Caldwell:

Aaron Hadlow:
Aaron Hadlow Wild Card Video

Alex Fox:

Sam Medysky:

STAY TUNED to this website for more information about the Triple-S Invitational and the 2008 Wildcard winner!