2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

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2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby Advance » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:11 pm

Hello Northwest kiteboarders and kite racers!

2011 will be a great year for kiteboard racing in the Northwest and Puget Sound region. As a result, Puget Sound Kiteboarding Association (PSKA) is announcing the 2011 PSKA Race Program and NW Race Circuit.

We have a big lineup of race series' this spring, summer and fall 2011 across three local yacht clubs holding regular, weekly races hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) this spring and summer, Everett Yacht Club this summer (NW Cabrinha Race Series) - in partnership with Cabrinha & Urban Surf - and the Seattle Yacht Club (SYC) hosting more races this fall, as well as our Canadian neighbors at the Squamish Windsports Society (SWS) hosting the West Coast Open, Canadian National Championships and SWS race series in Squamish BC, Canada.

Building on this multi-series lineup, PSKA has decided to create a kiteboard race circuit format to independently score racers across all races hosted by the separate Washington State yacht clubs, with the goal of establishing a ranking based on cumulative scores for PSKA racers that participate in six races or more during the 2011 season.

PSKA will award prizes for the top three places in the following three classes (independently from the yacht clubs) :

Race board:
- 1st place
- 2nd place
- 3rd place

- 1st place
- 2nd place
- 3rd place

Twin Tip:
- 1st place
- 2nd place
- 3rd place

PSKA prizes (TBD) will be awarded based on racing scores across all races hosted by Puget Sound yacht clubs. Scoring will be based on the best six race results for Puget Sound racers participating in six races or more during the 2011 season. The best results for each racer will be weighted according to the number of participants in each race. (Participation is voluntary - anyone wanting to be scored can let us know at any time in the year, by the championships race this fall) - Andy Koch, a world class race officiator and organizer based in San Francisco, will assist PSKA in establishing these rankings at the end of 2011.

The PSKA kiteboard racing championships will be hosted by Seattle Yacht Club at the end of our 2011 season in October on Lake Washington in Seattle, following the format established by Andy and Adam Koch in Fall 2009. Prizes will be awarded at an awards ceremony following the last race of the season hosted by Seattle Yacht Club.

Here is the race line-up for 2011:

1. Corinthian Yacht Club - following successful 2010 CYC kiteboard races, CYC has invited kiteboarders to again join the the start line with their weekly Sunday/Thursday night race series. More info forthcoming in the CYC newsletter that will be posted to their website. The CYC series will be a race board class only start.

Spring, Summer, Fall CYC race schedule - kiteboard races will be held for race boards wind and weather conditions permitting:

* Weekly this spring every Sunday starting in April: April 3, 24; May 1, 8, 15
* Then beginning every Thursday in May: May 19, 26
* Summer Thursdays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 28; August 4, 11,18, 25
* Fall Thursdays: September 1, 8, 15

Entry fee will be $20 per CYC race. Notice of race, pending a good weather forecast, will be confirmed and posted to the the PSkite forum 24hrs in advance. Payment will be made onsite at CYC prior to race. Jerseys will need to be procured by entrants and will not be provided by CYC.

2. NW Cabrinha Race Series in conjunction with Urban Surf and the Everett Yacht Club:

* June 25-26 (w/ Jetty Jam)
* July 23-24
* August 13-14

Race board and X classes (twin tip, skim, surfboard)

3. Seattle Yacht Club - PSKA championships

* October: Three possible floating weekend dates pending good southerly wind and weather conditions on lake Washington - launch at Magnuson Park

Race board, surf board and twin tip classes

(Adam Vance will not be eligible for PSKA race program prizes or ranking as a PSKA board member.)

4. Squamish Windsports Society: West Coast Open / Canadian National Championships while this event will not be scored by the PSKA ranking, because PSKA is focused on Puget Sound race series', our Canadian cousins in Squamish are part of our broader NW region and race circuit. We hope Squamish kiters will to come race with us, and vice versa we look forward to joining their races too!

* West Coast Open / Canadian National Championships: August 6th-7th

In other news:

Announcing the formation of the Puget Sound Kiteboarding Association Race Committee

PSKA has formed a race committee to replace acting PSKA race chairman Adam Vance - since I will step down from the Board of Directors this year, and because PSKA will be better served by a committee of several members constituted by organizers from each yacht club (and because there is more work than one person can handle!) My role as PSKA race chairman on Puget Sound Kiteboarding association will be replaced by the creation of the following PSkite race committtee:

* Michael Cenname - Seattle Yacht Club
* Darrin Towe - Seattle Yacht Club & Corinthian Yacht Club
* Walter Young - Everett Yacht Club, Cabrinha and Urban Surf
* Adam Vance - PSKA Board of Directors
* Adjunct member: Andy Koch based in SF

I will remain on the PSkite BOD for the remainder of 2011 and as a member of the race committee through 2011. For 2011, the race committee members have been appointed based on their involvement and expertise in kiteboard racing. Our hope is this committee will be replaced by other PSKA members who want to step up and take a role in helping to organize kiteboard racing in 2012.

PSKA charter of support and development of kiteboard racing in this region

PSKA hopes that by establishing a Puget Sound race program and NW circuit, we will:

1. Encourage Puget Sound kiteboarders to race and train competitively
2. Continue to place WA state kiteboarders in world rankings
3. Attract world class racers to come and race with us here in the Puget Sound
4. Establish kiteboard racing as a light wind complement to heavier wind kiteboarding and help develop the sport in this region
5. Help build and develop a West Coast kiteboard racing culture that links BC, Washington, Oregon, California and other NW regions - we hope San Francisco, Squamish and Gorge racers will come race with us in Seattle!
6. PSkite wants to promote racing and support the addition of races in this region. We have one of the densest race schedules for any region in the world. If this year's race program is successful, we hope to add more races and develop and extend our rankings to more yacht clubs and series in the Puget Sound.

PSkite.org kiteboard racing sub-forum

We are opening a sub forum dedicated to racing news, gear and details so that we have a place to consolidate discussions. Please feel free to signal your interest in participating in the PSKA race program scoring in the sub-forum thread!

Kiteboard racing in next Summer Olympics?

The IKA is actively campaigning to get kiteboard racing into the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil as a class of Olympic sailing.

See you on the water!

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Re: 2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby Tuna » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:34 pm

Hey local shops, how about some Kite Race Board deals in the Comercial section! :D
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Re: 2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby steve » Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:22 am

NICE JOB you guys!!! Have a great 2011 race season
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Re: 2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby mewing5000 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:19 pm

Katina and I would love to be a part of the race circuit this year. Unfortunately we will not be back to Seattle till the middle of June. We will miss some races but were hoping to race enough times to get a circuit score. What's the scoop is that possible or will we miss to many races. Also we bought jersey's at the original Seattle Yacht Club race. Will these jersey's work? If not that ended up being a dam expensive race!

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Re: 2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby Advance » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:34 am

Matt, great to hear from you - of course you will get enough races in - all you need is six races to be scored. Since you will hopefully be here for the first Cab race, and then there are many more to come, you should be good. I would recommend trying to get in on the race board class if you can, because you will get more races in. Also, please register on the google spreadsheet so we have you down on the list.

Also, it looks like we may actually add one more race series to the NW circuit, as yet unannounced ... :p

But amidst all the hoop-la surrounding racing this year and the numerous series popping up, I would like to call out one important aspect of the PSKA circuit:

Everyone please thank Walter Young for his undying promotion, organization and key support for racing in our area with the NW Cabrinha Race Series. Wally ushered in a whole new level of racing for us last summer with his efforts, and he is doing it again this year. It takes a huge effort to do what he is initiating. Cabrinha and Urban Surf are fortunate to have him on board and doing this, and we are lucky he has undertaken this huge effort for our benefit.

Please note that the surf board and TT class rankings depend largely on Wally's races because the Cab race is where these riders will have the opportunity to get in the majority of their races, outside of the SYC racing in October that will not be as extensive. Reciprocally, I hope the PSKA circuit will encourage more participation in the races he is organizing. The partnership between PSKA and race series' is designed to work this way, to provide mutual but impartial support.

In addition, Wally has continued to plod forward in planning and organizing despite his tragic injury to his achilles. He will be back from the injury shortly, but it has been a big effort for him, and I believe it shows his commitment and passion to the discipline of racing.

Please reach out to help Wally out with the race organization, if you can. We need his critical organization efforts in order for the NW circuit to thrive. Get well soon Wally! And thank you again for all your hard work. You deserve a purple heart.

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Re: 2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby bustingbladder » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:43 pm

Wow... That was very cool Adam. Everyone know's it takes donations and volunteers from all over to make these event's happen. There are too many people to thank or make a list of but when you see them, thank them for making it happen for us. Yacht Clubs, Urban Surf and hoards of volunteers and yes people like AV. Thank you all and let's have an awesome year kiteboard course racing.
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Re: 2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby steve » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:38 am

Looks GREAT Guys and Gals!
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Re: 2011 PSKA Kiteboard Race Program & NW Race Circuit

Postby moonwolf » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:10 am

works for suckers!
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