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Re: 2012 Canadian Nationals Kiteboard Course Racing

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:29 pm
by j.p.
zephyrkite wrote:Also, I was told to ask John Penxa if he could let me use the race tri fins for this board but I'm not sure how to relay the message to him. My mobile number is 561-767-2154.



I would like to help but I liquidated them to recoup $$$ spent on OPP.

The man that can help you is our local Rista rider, Adam Vance.

Best of Wishes to you opening an can of good old east coast whip ass! :D


OPP= Other peoples projects.

Re: 2012 Canadian Nationals Kiteboard Course Racing

PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:21 pm
by Sick Nick
I have a set of smaller fins 36/32 that you could borrow. Alas I am in brasil until the 9th. If you have someone to get them to vancouver, eric has access to my garage and could probably hand them off.

Re: 2012 Canadian Nationals Kiteboard Course Racing

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:49 pm
by MLeng
Day 1:
6 races on Day 1 with winds in the 15kt range.

Day 2:
Day 2 wind came up a bit later so the first start wasn't until shortly after 1PM. Kites ranged from 9-13m for the first two races with a number of riders switching down between race 1 and 2. By the end of the second race of the day 2, the wind was solid with a number or racers very powered if they hadn't switched down. After 2 races there was a break for lunch and then 3 more races in the afternoon. Racers were on 7-13m kites for the afternoon.

Similar to yesterday the top 3 finishers were Johnny Heineken, Bryan Lake and Adam Koch. The finishes were starting to mix for the last four races of the day and positions were changing. A kite tangle at the start of the last race of the day made for a tough start for a number of racers in the fleet. Stefano Rista, Adam Vance and Colin Ernst are holding down 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively and are the top finishes for the Canadian men. A grudge match is setting up between Stefano and Adam who are only separated by 2 points after 11 races.

Erika Heinekin is racing very strong and is currently in 1st place for the women and sitting 11th place overall in the fleet. There is a battle going on each race with Erika, Eric Due, Andy Wong and Mark Leng to decide who will round out the top 10 in the fleet.

Jessica Sickinger is holding down the top spot for Canadian women. Catherine Dufour and Rainbow Monds are separated by only one point for 2nd and 3rd place Canadian Women. Day 3 will be the deciding day for these two.

The forecast is again good for Day 3. The awards ceremony will be at 5:30 on the Spit.

Day 3:
Day 3 wind gave the competitors lots to consider. The forecast was favorable for higher winds, maybe in the 25kt range. The inflow was on as the competitors assembled for the the 10:30am riders meeting. However, the wind didn't build quickly and racers were wondering if a large kite would leave them overpowered if the wind came up quickly. With 11 races completed over the first 2 days, there was little separating the top spots. It would come down to conisistent good finishes on Day 3. Two two lappers were run before the wind dropped, so the riders came in for a lunch break while the RC contemplated how to get off 3 more races. After a short break, the wind stepped back in and the racers went back out for 3 single lap races. The starts were critical on these shorter races.

There were a number of battles on the course of note. Kyle Touhey and Paolo Rista traded places through the day, with Kyle showing his strategy and endurance to dig deep into the top six. Eric Due, Andy Wong and Erika Heineken were having a race within the race as they settled in to determine who would rond out the top 10 for the fleet. At the top of the fleet Johnny Heineken, Bryan Lake and Adam Koch swapped out the lead at the windward and leeward marks making good decisions race by race to play the shifts, find the strongest wind, and sail the shortest distance to the marks. Stefano Rista and Adam Vance had thier eye on each other all day as they fought for the top Canadian spot. Local legend Colin Ernst kept the top 6 on edge as he used his skill and local knowledge trading places through the day with the top three riders.

With just a couple protests to deal with, the results ceremony got going as a light drizzle set in. After the baking sun of Saturday and Sunday, the cooler weather was a reprieve.


Mens West Coast Open:
1) Johnny Heinekin
2) Bryan Lake
3) Stefano Rista

Womens West Coast Open
1) Erika Heinekin
2) Jessica Sickinger
3) Catherine Dufour

Mens Canadian Champion
1) Stefano Rista
2) Adam Vance
3) Colin Ernst

Womens Canadian Champion
1) Jessica Sickinger
2) Catherine Dufour
3) Rainbow Monds

Non Production Equipment 1st Place: Adam Koch

Full Results: ... utput=html

Photos: ... 592&type=1 ... 933189370/

Re: 2012 Canadian Nationals Kiteboard Course Racing

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:00 am
by stringy
hey mark did stefano rista get 3rd in the west coast bracket or was it adam koch?
according to your google doc, it has AK in 3rd.
good job AV for staying in the thick of it.

Re: 2012 Canadian Nationals Kiteboard Course Racing

PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:10 am
by MLeng
Stringy, Adam Koch got first in the non-production, he was flying new Ozones which weren't yet registered.

Re: 2012 Canadian Nationals Kiteboard Course Racing

PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:11 am
by MLeng
To close out coverage, here is a summary of photos and media. Happy viewing and reading.

Event Photos:
Jim Hegan Photos:
Jim Hegan Photos:

Media Coverage:
The Squamish Reporter July 28, 2012: ... ntestants/
The Squamish Chief Aug. 2, 2012: ... oad-to-rio
The Pique News Magazine Aug. 2, 2012: ... id=2311820
The Province newspaper Aug. 3, 2012: ... story.html
Mountain FM ran an interview with competitor Adam Vance on Aug. 3, 2012.
News 1130 interviewed Mark Leng on Aug. 4, 2012: ... ding-debut
Xinhua Chinese News Agency covered the competition on Sunday, Aug. 5 and put the following story on the news wire for other English-language media in China and Hong Kong: ... 765033.htm
CNC World News posted a video story produced by Xinhua Chinese News Agency on Aug. 7: ... pics.shtml
The Pique follow up story with results Aug. 9, 2012: ... id=2312528
The Squamish Chief follow up story with results on Aug. 9, 2012: ... e-the-gold
Surfer Today West Coast Open results on Aug. 9, 2012: ... n-squamish

Re: 2012 Canadian Nationals Kiteboard Course Racing

PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:04 am
by DanielStoner
Congrats Adam Vance and Adam Koch!