Category: 2017

Carolina Brewery Last Call ft. Redman

For the final episode of the Wind Voyager Triple-S Post Show, we’ve got Redman behind the desk. He shares his positive experience at REAL, his desire to return and his mission to learn how to kiteboard. The Method Man & Redman Show was incredible, with over 1000 people in the backyard it’s safe to say “that s*^# was bananas!”. The Wind Voyager Triple-S Post Show is signing off, thank you for tuning in, we’ll see you next year.

2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational Results & Post Show Episode 6

The Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational took place June 3rd-9th, 2017 on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in the REAL Slick. 30 riders from 15 different countries traveled to The Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational to test their skills on the KOA Resorts Kicker, Core Super Kicker, North A-Frame, Liquid Force Reverse Rainbow and the John Wayne 82ft Mega Rail. The Man and Woman to claim first place have their names etched on the Perpetual Trophy and have earned their place in kiteboarding history. With $50,000 on the line, the stakes are high and riders were eager to show what they’ve got.

Over the course of the week Cape Hatteras received a myriad of conditions. We started the competition on the first day of the waiting period on Sunday, June 4th and finished the following day, Monday, June 5th, with perfect southwest wind and optimal conditions to compete. Once the heats had been completed, we had a day of excellent surf, then a change in wind direction favored the Oceanside for some freeride action around the island. On Friday the wind let up for near perfect surf conditions. Kiters were flying sizes ranging from 13 meters to start the competition on Sunday and 6 meters to finish Monday evening.

This competition has never been tighter, with the top kiters sharing similar bags of tricks. It was all about the details to determine standings. The winners were the riders going the biggest, holding their grabs the longest, maximizing rotations and showing the best style. After an intense final round, the Women’s podium ended with Sensi Graves taking 4th place after some hard crashes and not scoring a kicker hit. Karolina Winkowska took 3rd; she’s a fierce competitor who showed some of the best hits in the round. Annelous Lammerts shocked the crowd with consistency and amplitude to earn her 2nd place. The top spot on the podium was taken by Colleen Carroll, who threw down a crow mobe in the end to edge her above the rest of the field.

The Men’s division was stacked both with kiteboarding legends and newcomers eager to prove themselves to the world. In the end, Eric Rienstra scored 5th place. This guy is known to be one of the best freeriders out there with an impressive bag of tricks.He threw down some bangers but really showed his competition experience by landing his stock tricks and putting up scores before going for broke. In 4th place, we’ve got Billy Parker, potentially the most low-key pro kiteboarder in the field. This loving father always throws down and is no stranger to the podium, his spins are always well executed and his presses are deep. 3rd place brings us to Brandon Scheid. This guy is known for going huge and this year’s competition was no exception. From the clean Moby Dick 5, to the biggest 720 of the competition, Brandon put on an incredible show, rightfully placing him on the podium. After four years atop the podium, Sam Light has been overthrown and has taken 2nd place. He rode incredibly well, scoring hits that would have placed him easily in first for previous years. In the end, it was Ewan Jaspan who displayed the best performance and combination of technical hits, amplitude, style, and execution to score 1st place, $12,000 and his place in kiteboarding history.

MEN’S FINAL RESULTS

  1. Ewan Jaspan – $12,000 | Naish | Australia

  2. Sam Light – $7,500 | Slingshot | Great Britain

  3. Brandon Scheid – $5,000 | Liquid Force | USA

  4. Billy Parker – $3,000 | BEST | USA

  5. Eric Rienstra – $2,000 | CORE | USA

  6. Alex Maes – $1,500 | Cabrinha | Belgium

  7. Pierre Vogel – $1,200 | Takoon | France

  8. Noe Font – $1,000 | North | Spain

  9. Aaron Hadlow – $800 | North | Great Britain

  10. Craig Cunningham – $600 | North | Canada

  11. Ramiro Gallart – $500 | Liquid Force | Argentina

  12. Axel Tack – $400 | | Liquid Force | Belgium

WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS

  1. Colleen Carroll $5,500 | North | USA

  2. Annelous Lammerts $3,300 | Cabrinha | Netherlands

  3. Karolina Winkowska $2,000 | Slingshot | Poland

  4. Sensi Graves $1,000 | Liquid Force | USA

Post Show Episode 5

We’ve brought Colleen Carroll behind the desk to break down the KOA Resorts Kicker. She shares what style of hits are most common on this feature vs. the CORE Kiteboarding Super Kicker. Once we’ve talked about the hits Colleen shares what it is like being on the water and sharing the session with the Women’s field. Although the competition is fierce these women are all friends, pushing each other to ride their best and help each other when they are down. In the Carolina Brewery Last Call we’re talking about the Method Man & Redman Show. Check back for the next episode where we will share the final results from the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational.

Post Show 4 with Mix Master Mike & Sam Light, Oceanside Photo Gallery


Sam Light joins us for Episode 4 to break down what it’s like to ride the John Wayne Cancer Foundation Mega Rooftop, from the gap to technical presses he shares all. After Sam’s segment, the boys are back behind the desk to compare hits across the Wayne and enlighten us as to what the Judges are looking for. Once you know all about the John Wayne 82ft Mega Rooftop we have special guests Mix Master Mike, Daddy Brady and Big Hair joining Trip for the Carolina Brewery Last Call. Mike goes deep and shares his experience at REAL, his obligations to his friends and what it’s like to partner up with the Dubplates like Voltron. Check back tomorrow for another episode of the Post Show where we will share more.

Sunset Swim Charity Fashion Show Gallery

Post Show Episode 3 Tech Out & Lifestyle Gallery

Post Show Episode 3 Tech Out

What makes a hit stand out from the rest when the level of riding is sky high? Riders need to lock into presses, maximize spins, and hold grabs as long as possible to make the best impression and attain the highest scores. Brandon Scheid breaks down the Liquid Force Reverse Rainbow, from the nicknames to the type of hits we will see. Brandon shares what makes this feature “Oh so nice”. After we learn about zeaching and hit technicalities we move into the Carolina Brewery Last Call where American Pinup joins us after their show on the waterfront stage. Enjoy this highly technical episode and check back tomorrow for another episode of the Wind Voyager Triple-S Post Show.

Competition Day 2 Post Show & Gallery


The level of competition has never been higher in the REAL Slick. Monday, June 5th provided breeze steadily increasing through the day, enabling us to make it all the way through the final rounds of the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. The Women brought the best riding we have witnessed in the event’s history, with big kicker hits and technical slider riding shown throughout each heat. The Men battled it out all day, constantly upping the ante, answering one another’s tricks and pushing themselves to new heights. The afternoon brought enough wind for impromptu mega loop session in between heats, riders were looping over the entire park and putting on an incredible show for the spectators on the Slick Dock. Stay tuned for more episodes of the Post Show packed with special guests and more action throughout the week.

Competition Day 1 | Post Show & Gallery

With day 1 one of the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational done, we bring you the Post Show Episode 1. In this episode, the hosts share the highlights of the day and invite special guests behind the desk. The riders are constantly pushing the limits in the REAL Slick with Kelsick, Jaspan & Scheid throwing back to back to back 720’s being a standout battle. The Women’s field has never been more competitive with style and amplitude at an all time high. After the riding overview, we have special guests, Ky-Mani Marley, and Big Hair joining us for the Carolina Brewery Last Call. These guys just went kiteboarding for their first time and share their experience on the Wind Voyager Triple-S Post Show.

Wind Voyager Triple-S Opening Ceremonies Gallery

The Wind Voyager Triple-S Opening Ceremonies always make for an incredible night at REAL Watersports. With all of the best riders together in one place it’s impossible not to get stoked on the week ahead. After the Open the Invited Riders threw down in the park and waited for DJ Chela to crank up the tunes and light up the dance floor to kick off the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational.

Wind Voyager Triple-S Open Results & Gallery

The Wind Voyager Triple-S Open kicked off Friday, June 1st. Up and coming kiteboarders made the pilgrimage to REAL Watersports to compete for the last remaining spots in the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. We faced a roller coaster of a forecast, with an initial puff of wind from the North on Friday riders set out to compete with kites. Once we got a few hits done, the tables turned when the wind changed to an offshore direction and slowly died through the day. Riders waited to start but eventually finished the day sessioning the park behind Jetskis.

Waking up on day two, we all reached for our phones to check Ikitesurf and were faced with a light wind forecast. The Open would be run, but behind Jetskis rather than kites. After making it through all of the riders we were able to finish the contest but just as the skis were docked the wind turned back on, the riders were stoked and we got back in the water to re-run the competition with kites. This is a kite competition after all and despite the extra effort, it was the right thing to do.

The Men’s division brought fierce competition, with Brendan Kerr of California eventually taking the win with a clean backmobe off of the Core Super Kicker and a highly technical assault of the North Kiteboarding A-Frame. In second place we have REAL’s own Jeremy Jones. We were missing one invited rider in the main event, leaving three vacant seeds and providing room for three Open Riders to enter. Rounding it out in 3rd place, REAL Coach, Aaron Roberts displayed the skills to earn the final seed in the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. The Women’s division was faced with injury and an inability to compete, with the result being a DNF (Did Not Finish). We’re all looking forward to watching these up and coming riders compete in the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational.