Category: 2010

2010 Triple-S Invitational Final Results

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Special THANKS to the 2010 Triple-S Invitational sponsors including REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café!!!

“Each year at the Triple-S, the level of riding blows me away. No other event in the world has this level of riding with a format that allows the riders to feed off of each and progress the boundaries of our sport.” – Aaron Sales : Kiteboarding Magazine Editor

This year’s Triple-S saw even more specialization within each discipline and the overall riding level exploding through the roof!

Heading into the final day, all eyes were on the Triple-S Awards Ceremony, and the show to end all shows, Dub Island Sound System and the Dubplates! The final event lasted from 6pm until well past 4am, starting with an unbelievable dinner served by Mojo’s Sunset Café.

With the reputation the Triple-S carries worldwide, it’s no wonder Mojo’s Sunset Café pulled out all the stops for the event food menu during the week! Just to mention a few of the meals, how about an Opening Ceremonies dinner of Prime Rib and an Awards Ceremonies Dinner of NC BBQ Ribs, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Corn on the Cob!! No hotdogs and hamburgers here! When you come to the Triple-S, you roll in style….

Dub Island kicked off the Awards Ceremonies at 6pm and then backed up event MC Trip Forman as he ran through the rider introductions and the Triple-S poster autograph session. The crowd went wild as the athletes took to the stage in anticipation of the final event results.

In Surf, Ian Alldredge combined an attack of aggressive waveriding, strapless airs, techy transitions, plus 3 rapid-fire barrels to secure first place over pro surfer/kitesurfer Josh Mulcoy. Josh’s style on the wave was second to none with vertical snaps, blown fins, and a powerful down the line attack that exactly mirrored his surfing style without a kite. 3rd place was taken by perennial surf discipline contender, Jon Modica, with a combination of CRAZY transitions, strapless airs and solid waveriding. Other notables in the waves included Andre Phillip, Davey Blair, and Sam Bell all with powerful hacks off the top. Bruna Kajiya took the Women’s Surf Discipline in conditions that were well overhead for the women, combined with the power that Cape Hatteras is known for.

Slicks became the battle of the mega loop combined with the technical assault of the world famous Cape Hatteras slicks. 5x World Champion, Aaron Haldow reigned supreme with massive kite loop combinations, plus every handle pass in the book once the water turned to oil. Triple-S wildcard winner Sam Light blew it up in the flatwater with an unstoppable string of tech tricks to nail 2nd. While his wildcard vid may have been impressive, the fact the he could nail the same routine in 40+mph winds was even more jaw dropping. Billy Parker started his Slicks run with a giant mega loop and kept the adrenaline pumping for 8 miles to take 3rd place. Billy has no fear of BIG and showed this clearly as he spent more time above the power lines and even more time above his kite! Bruna Kajiya opened up her PKRA World Champion trick bag to take 1st place in the Women’s Slicks.

In the hotly contested Slider discipline, Andre Phillip came out on top with mad speed and style on every run. Two new rail features in Triple-S 2010 (LF Wallride and JWCF Gap) made every rider up their game. Dre’s dominance in this discipline was nearly thrown by the young guns, but style doesn’t come easy, and this is why Dre stayed at the top. It’s one thing to gap the JWCF like a lion on steroids, but it’s completely another to fly through the air at twice the speed without a care in the world, focusing more on the angle of your pinky finger than impaling your spine into an immovable object. Aaron Hadlow continued his freeride attack with a solid performance in Sliders. His sessions on the REAL Dock Slider, JWCF, Best Kicker and LF Wallride were stylish and progressive, pulling him 2nd place in the discipline. Triple-S Double Wildcard winner Chad Worrall, young gun wakeboarder out of land locked Orlando, Florida, took an impressive 3rd on the rails with a performance that blew everyone’s minds. Look for this guy to lead the next generation of kicker and slider riders. In Women’s Sliders, Cape Hatteras local Lulu Vroman ruled the pool, hitting all the rails in the REAL Slider Park including the 80’ JWCF. For a rider who barely breaks 5’ tall, this girl has little fear of large obstacles. Congrats Lulu!!

The Best Session Award is given to the rider with the single best session of the event. This award went to Billy Parker for his Wednesday assault on the JWCF Gap and the Best Kicker. Billy completely destroyed both, his kicker session hands down the best in the event on that feature. Best Wipeout went to Greg Norman Jr while ruthlessly pursuing the JWCF Gap. Come up short on that rail and, like Greg will tell you, you’re in for a rude surprise! Little Petter was the unanimous winner of the Slickstyle Attitude Award, taking the entire event in style!

Men’s and Women’s Triple-S Overall Titles were very competitive this year with a new scoring system that encouraged overall contenders to participate in all three riding disciplines. This meant if you skipped Surf or Slicks, you’d have to place 1st in both the other disciplines , plus hold your breath to even think about placing in the top three overall. This turned up the heat and made it a fight to the finish, with nobody clearly knowing the final results until the announcements at the Triple-S Awards Ceremony.

In Men’s Overall, Brandon Scheid edged out Andre Phillip by 2 points with scores (Brandon Surf 8th, Slicks 4th, Sliders 4th) to (Dre: Surf 4th, Slicks 13th, Sliders 1st). These same two riders were only separated by 1point last year (2009), setting up a highly anticipated showdown for the 2011 Triple-S! Davey Blair took 3rd Overall, showing his well rounded talents in all three Triple-S disciplines. Women’s Triple-S Overall showed Bruna Kajiya taking 1st, Lulu Vroman 2nd and Susi Mai 3rd.

Triple-S 2010….24 of the world’s best kiteboarders…… 7 parties, 7 bands…. What a week it was! SPECIAL THANKS to all the spectators that followed the Triple-S both in Cape Hatteras, as well online around the world. Look for great media to be released over the next several months through websites, magazines and videos. Also BIG THANKS to the bands that played this year’s Triple-S including DJ Chela, The Wilder Brothers, Plainfield Project, Camp-F, Mojo Collins, Soul Taxi and Dub Island Sound System and the Dubplates! Events like this take 365 days of preparation and the committed dedication from event staff. Special Thanks go out to all that made it happen! Last but not least, THANKS to the Triple-S athletes from around the world who consider this the number #1 event on their schedules. THANKS for an unbelievable week of riding, partying, laughs and pushing the sport of kiteboarding even further forward!

The 2011 Triple-S Invitational will be held in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on June 4th – 10th, 2011. Make your reservations now because it just keeps getting better every year!

Men’s Surf

1 Ian Alldredge
2 Josh Mulcoy
3 Jon Modica
4 Andre Phillip
5 Davey Blair

Men’s Slick

1 Aaron Hadlow
2 Sam Light
3 Billy Parker
4 Brandon Scheid
5 Ruben Lenten

Men’s Slider

1 Andre Phillip
2 Aaron Hadlow
3 Chad Worrall
4 Brandon Scheid
5 Billy Parker

Men’s Overall

1 Brandon Scheid
2 Andre Phillip
3 Davey Blair
4 Brian Smith
5 Sam Bell & Greg Norman

Women’s Surf

1 Bruna Kajiya
2 Laura “Lulu” Vroman
3 Susi Mai

Women’s Slick

1 Bruna Kajiya
2 Susi Mai
3 Laura “Lulu” Vroman

Women’s Slider

1 Laura “Lulu” Vroman
2 Bruna Kajiya
3 Susi Mai

Women’s Overall

1 Bruna Kajiya
2 Laura “Lulu” Vroman
3 Susi Mai

Best Session

1 Billy Parker
2 Aaron Hadlow
3 Chad Worrall

Best Wipeout

1 Greg Norman
2 Aaron Hadlow
3 Billy Parker

Slickstyle Attitude

Little Petter

Video: 2010 Triple-S Session Report #3

Monday and Tuesday of Triple-S 2010 saw lighter winds, but great slider action behind the skis and epic performances on the stage by The Plainfield Project out of Charleston, SC and Camp-F out of Cape Hatteras, NC. Both bands drew HUGE cheers and applause from the crowd as they finished each song and set.

7 Parties, 7 Bands : Here’s what The Plainfield Project had to say about performing at this year’s Triple-S Invitational:

“Awesome! The guys said it was by far one of the sickest shows they’ve ever played! Thanks for having us!“ – The Plainfield Project

The Triple-S kicked back into high gear Wednesday as the wind filled in from the SW. Lighter winds on Wednesday morning saw the Triple-S riders removing the center (clear) gap in the John Wayne Cancer Foundation Slider. This had been in the plans for the past year and now was the perfect time as the crew was ready to step it up a notch!

At 2pm Wednesday the SW winds filled in and instantly shot into the 20’s with gusts tapping near 30mph. With the center section removed, and a cranking SW wind, the wipeout carnage began. Nearly everyone was bucked off the JWCF Slider at least once. There were some all time spills and some even better hits. Brandon Scheid was doing huge gap threes, while Davey Blair and Aaron Hadlow had some massive gap front board slides. Everyone was charging and we mean everyone. In order to hit the JWCF with the gap section removed, you have to be going mach speed and just go for it. Otherwise, you came up short and crashed into the rising (and very fixed) wall. This made for one of the all time sessions of the 2010 Triple-S Invitational.

The BEST Kicker saw plenty of action in two locations this session, first for the goofy footers off North Point and then by the regular footers in the main lane of The Slick. Billy Parker and Petter Johnson stuck some insane 5’s and large indy glides. Billy came incredibly close to sticking a clean 7 handlepass of the Best Kicker and was killing that part of the session!

Wednesday night saw Mojo Collins and his 5 piece blues rock band blowing up the Triple-S stage. The band ROCKED out to a standing ovation, whistles and applause. Mojo commented after the show, “Trip, we haven’t had that much fun in a long, long time!”

“Triple-S” stands for Surf, Slick and Sliders. With “Slicks and Sliders” completed, the only discipline left to conquer was the “Surf”. Triple-S event Co-Director Trip Forman made the call for kites up at 7am at Ramp 55 south of Hatteras Village. “We had strong SW winds Wednesday afternoon and all night into Thursday, where the wind was going to continue to clock WSW then W. Putting the crew down there at sunrise was the call for achieving the best conditions for surf kiting.”

Alarms sounded at 5am and the southbound road train pulled out of REAL at 6am headed for The Southside. Riders were greeted by WSW shifting W winds of 20+ and chest to shoulder high surf……SCORE! Conditions that were supposed to deteriorate throughout the morning, only improved as the riding went on.

Standout riders of the surf session included Ian Alldredge, Josh Mulcoy, Jon Modica, Davey Blair, Sam Bell and Andre Phillip. These guys were just plain killing it! We saw strapless airs, frontside and backside barrels, un-nameable transitions, and countless ax-murdering power hacks. As the wind shifted more side offshore, the riding just got better and better……

With all three riding disciplines in the bag, the Triple-S crew enjoyed a great beach day Thursday afternoon with perfect longboard surfing and SUP waves, a great vibe and some quality naps! Thursday night’s band, Soul Taxi, drew a big crowd and an even bigger ovation as they rocked the house. Friday saw everyone getting ready for the blowout party of the week with Dub Island Sound System!

Stay tuned for the final Triple-S Session Report with complete results and wrap up!

The 2010 Triple-S Invitational is sponsored by REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café

Video: 2010 Triple-S Session Report #2

The 2010 Triple-S Invitational is sponsored by REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café

Sunday, June 6th, Day #2 of the Triple-S Invitational saw juicing SW winds that started in the 25knot range and built throughout the day. The Wilder Brothers kicked off the Triple-S Sunday Brunch at 12noon where bacon pancakes and North Carolina Pulled pork (with bacon) omeletes could be enjoyed, along with mimosas and Kona Pipeline Porter (a dark draft beer with a hint of Kona Coffee brewed in!) This new Sunday tradition was enjoyed by the riders and spectators alike, as the deck was packed throughout the entire performance (12noon to 4pm).

Sunday’s Triple-S riding action was divided into 2 sessions. The first was a “balls out”, nuking downwinder from The Planet of the Apes back to REAL. This 8-mile run showcases some of the best flatwater riding Cape Hattera has to offer, as well as multiple land gaps and natural silders, such as docks, gazebos, duck blinds, etc.

The cranking 30-40 knot winds left everyone overpowered on their smallest kites and ready to pull the trigger. Leaving from The Planet launch, Brandon Scheid was throwing a 10foot wall of spray on a 8m LF Havoc with 10m lines. That’s how windy it was! Every rider was on 8m or smaller, with most sizing down to 4-6m for session #2. Oh yea, not a cloud in the sky, 90 degrees and sunny. Go the Carolina SW! It was so windy in fact, the Red Bull Event tent, snapped it’s main support pole which is heavy duty gauge aluminum about 6 inches across!

Aaron Hadlow and Ruben Lenten’s skill and comfort in those wind speeds proved why they are the kings of the mega loop. We’re not talking about simply going high and then looping the kite underneath them. They’d do this, plus unhook and throw handle passes, plus grabs, plus re-hook and un-spin the bar like they were hitting snooze on their alarm clocks. All of this in one jump! It was ridiculous.

2010 Triple-S Wildcard winner, Sam Light, was pulling butter smooth wake tricks off as if it was only blowing 20 knots. Eric Rienstra, Brandon Scheid, Chris Burke, Billy Parker, Davey Blair, Bruna Kajiya and Susi Mai were giving it their all in the nuking winds. Susi’s smallest kite was a 7m and she easily would have been powered on a 4m! Along the downwinder, the canals were carved to bits and everyone was boosting to the moon. There was a ton of carnage with people trying to pull technical handle passes at mach speed. It was the “run of the mega loop” and spectators along the way were shouting in support when each one was thrown.

After a quick break and some food and beverages from MOJOs Sunset Café, the REAL Slider Park was moved up to The Slick for Session #2. Chad Worrall, Andre Phillip, Brandon Scheid, Greg Norman, Aaron Hadlow, all had some great runs on the 80’ JWCF and the Liquid Force Wallride in the over powering winds. The Slick Island Pier was PACKED with spectators cheering on the riders well past sunset into the darkness. Riders and spectators all ended the night with dinner, beers and music on the back deck at REAL.

After two solid days of riding at this year’s Triple-S, not a peep was heard after 11pm Sunday night as the riders all hit the sheets early and everyone is amped for the riding and live music ahead for the rest of the week! Tonight, (Tuesday Night) from 6-10pm, we have Camp-F playing LIVE at the Triple-S Sunset Party, should be a great night to come out and enjoy the Triple-S action!

Video: 2010 Triple-S Session Report #1

The 2010 Triple-S Invitational is sponsored by REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café

Saturday, June 5th, The first day of the 2010 Triple-S Invitational boasted A+ conditions. With 20 knot SW winds in place, a classic Cape Hatteras Slick and Slider session took place. The REAL Slider Park was set up right out front of the REAL Flagship Store.

Along with the iconic John Wayne Cancer Foundation 80’ slider, the new Liquid Force Green Slider (wall ride) was debuted. Andre Phillip, Sam Bell and Tom Court were standouts on their first session on this wallride. The REAL Dock Slider was sessioned by Sam Light, Chad Worrall, Petter Johnson and Eric Reinstra. Susi Mai, Chris Burke and Greg Norman were dialing in tricks on the Naish Flat Bar, while Brandon Scheid, Aaron Hadlow, James Boulding and Jason Slezak were attacking the JWCF Slider. The session drew well into the evening as DJ Chela started to pump things up out of the RED BULL NXT for a giant crowd that filled the decks and most of the back yard. Triple-S rider introductions, a Triple-S poster signature session and a deck pounding dance party followed that lasted well into the night.

Triple-S riding, athlete interviews and nightly Triple-S Sunset Parties continue at The REAL Flagship Store with live music every night. Tonight (Monday) on the back deck from 6-10pm, we have The Plainfield Project out of Chucktown, SC. A funky blend of rock/reggae, these guys are in for a great Triple-S experience with great weather and a pumped Triple-S spectator crowd!

Video: Triple-S Featured Riders Series 4 of 4

A series of videos in preparation for the 2010 Triple-S Invitational, scheduled for June 5th – 11th in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

Hear what the riders have to say about the Triple-S Invitational in our weekly Triple-S Featured Riders Series.

The 2010 Triple-S Invitational is sponsored by REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café

Video: Triple-S Featured Riders Series 3 of 4

A series of videos in preparation for the 2010 Triple-S Invitational, scheduled for June 5th – 11th in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

Hear what the riders have to say about the Triple-S Invitational in our weekly Triple-S Featured Riders Series.

The 2010 Triple-S Invitational is sponsored by REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café

Video: Triple-S Featured Riders Series 2 of 4

A series of videos in preparation for the 2010 Triple-S Invitational, scheduled for June 5th – 11th in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

Hear what the riders have to say about the Triple-S Invitational in our weekly Triple-S Featured Riders Series.

The 2010 Triple-S Invitational is sponsored by REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café

Video: Triple-S Featured Riders Series 1 of 4

A series of videos in preparation for the 2010 Triple-S Invitational, scheduled for June 5th – 11th in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina!

Hear what the riders have to say about the Triple-S Invitational in our weekly Triple-S Featured Riders Series.

The 2010 Triple-S Invitational is sponsored by REAL Watersports, Outer Beaches Realty, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Kona Brewing Co., Red Bull, Oakley, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Naish, Dakine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Chucktown, Hooters and MOJOs Sunset Café