Special THANKS to all the sponsors that make the Triple-S possible ! Triple-S Invitational event sponsors include REAL, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Red Bull, Outer Beaches Realty, Oakley, Kona Brewing Co., Ocean Builders, Watermen’s Retreat, MOJOs Sunset Café, Icelandic Water, Dakine, Surfrider Foundation, Chucktown, Kiteboarding Magazine and Slingshot.
Friday, June 5th saw the final day of the 2009 Triple-S Invitational in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Strong SW winds buffeted the Outer Banks and a full day of kiting and partying was on tap for everyone involved.
The final Triple-S riders meeting was held under the Red Bull tent and the schedule was set for Slicks (flat water freestyle) from 11:30am to 1:30pm and then Surf from 2pm until 5pm. Riders immediately rigged and then headed up to The Slick for flatwater action. Kevin Langeree, Brandon Scheid, Greg Norman, Susi Mai, Clarissa Hempel. Bruna Kajiya and Shannon Best lit up North Point in The Slick with an unbelievable freestyle session including powered handle passes, kite loops and massive airs (Shannon jumped all of North Point taking off at Waller’s Pier !). Winds were so strong that the girls were eventually blown off of 6 and 7m kites and the guys were lit to the gills on 7m and 8m’s ! A large crowd assembled to watch the action, many of them ducking in the reeds as Shannon flew over the entire event !
At 2pm, the entire event packed up and headed to Ramp 27 (4 miles south of Salvo) for some surf action. Local kiter Brad Doehr of Avon had spotted a new sandbar here earlier in the week and with strong SW winds and a chest high SE groundswell it was on like donkey kong ! Riders hit the water using 5m-7m kites, all on surfboards. Santa Barbara wildcard winner Ian Alldredge stunned the crowd with his powerful wave riding style, mixed with all the lip slides, transition tricks, and strapless airs you have never seen before. Triple-S guest rider Reo Stevens from Oahu showed his powerful frontside attack, as did Sam Bell of Cape Hatteras. Jon Modica of Florida (winner of 2008 Triple-S Surf) showed why he is always at the top with a great mix of aggressive wave rides, tricks and airs that would bring him into the upper mix for the day. With the winds being so strong, it was definitely a handle for the ladies. Clarissa Hempel of Brazil, locked and loaded with a 5m kite, tore apart the surf with her strapped surfboard, showing great down the line style and timing.
The fact that the wind and waves showed up in epic form at the close of the 2009 Triple-S, allowing all three disciplines to be completed, only added more fuel to the fire for the upcoming Awards Dinner, Ceremony and Party that would follow later that evening. The Awards Dinner started at 5pm with chicken and ribs prepared on an outdoor BBQ by MOJOs Sunset Café. This event was open to the public, and was attended with enthusiasm from the entire Cape Hatteras community, serving well over 300 dinners, all waterfront on the back lawn. The Awards Ceremony kicked off at 8pm with an autograph session with the Triple-S athletes. Here, fans were able to take home an official Triple-S event poster with 24 of the world’s best kiteboarders’ signatures.