We are at the 12th and final official week of the 2017 HARDWATER KITING GLOBAL SPEED RANKING. It's with a little sadness that we post the 12th week results as we know it means that our season is coming to an end as we watched others loose their season over the last few weeks. We love to see how fast people are going over the season and getting reports from amazing places all over the globe!
This season, without question, Quebec was the place to be for speed and the riders up there made good use of their conditions. Guy Lebrun DOMINATED the ranking again this year followed closely by Marcel Lepine also from Quebec. Marcel narrowly pushing Guy out of the 1st place position at the end of the ranking series.
A few people pushed their personal limits and got some personal bests. We had a few new riders who got to experience the thrill of speeding across the snow and ice for the first time and in their way experience what it's like to "push the envelope". I remember when I first started submitting to the Storm Boarding Ranking and how excited I was to get a new higher speed. Even if it wasn't "fast" compared to what was to come, it was nonetheless thrilling and fun as hell. This season we've had the most young riders ranking ever. Kylan Morneau, Nicholas Elliott and Nathan Brooker are entering speeds at ages 30 yrs younger than most of us.
Where will they be in 30 more years? Where will kiting be? I don't know. But I do know that I'm psyched to see them in riding and seeing what they can do. They are getting into the sport at a time when the kite technology and safety is better than it has ever been. Hopefully we will see more young riders coming into it as a result.
We hope that everyone had as much fun participating in this season's GSR as we had hosting it. Speaking of hosting, when I step back and think about what goes into it I think of how hard Rachael Miller (rozaliaproject.org) must have worked to put together the Stormboarding ranking. She did and amazing job. Thanks Racheal!
We are looking forward to hosting it again next season. Thanks to everyone who participated and supported our speed ranking. We really, REALLY appreciate it.
We will post the OVERALL 2017 ranking results hopefully in the next day. We are also going to post the overall all results for every ranking submission submitted through HARDWATERKITER.COM in the last 4 years of ranking history. It will take a little time as we filter through over 500 entries. But we think it will be interesting to see.
And finally, two things. 1) If you submitted a speed to the ranking, we'd love a headshot of your smiling face for a "rogues gallery" of ranking participants. We have a few but we'd like more. 2) some riders are just getting their speed season started. We are considering doing a post season ranking that will include anyone who still has riding available and can submit speeds. This will allow us to include riders in the Southern hemisphere for the first time as well. We will post the results at the end of each month if people want to continue to submit speeds.
Again, thanks to EVERYONE! You all rock and we are thankful for your support and for letting us share your kiting experiences. Seriously, THANK YOU!!!
Week 11. Our speedy friends, Marcel and Guy have battled it out this week in Quebec with Marcel beating Guy out of the top spot by .26mph! Robin Larsson of Sweden rounds out the top 3!
We have our first entry from a rider using a Paraski Flex with a respectful 57 mph speed. Very cool!
A special shout out to the last but not least participant this week. Mickey O'Brien throws his hat in at 10 mph. Mickey bagged his speed during his first riding clinic with us and was working the heck out of his 6m kite on a day when the smallest kite in the air was 14m. Nice Job Micky!
Next week is the final week of the 2017 ranking. Speed submissions deadline is 3.25.2017. WHen we post the final week result we will also update the overall ranking which will list everyone and their overall standing for the 2017 season.
Thanks again for playing and see you all next week!
Guy Lebrun is back again in the top spot just narrowly beating out Christian Labbe by .05 mph! Making Christian the fastest snowboarder we've ever had in the ranking.
The Canadians have been dominating the top spots this season but this week Felix Kersten of Germany managed to get 3rd place, pushing out Marcel Lepine to 4th and keeping the Canadians from taking all the top 3 places.
We are happy to see Petri Lehikoinen making a long overdue appearance as the season winds down. He's been one of the fastest in the ranking in past years and one of the few to break the 70mph mark. We know it's hard to find the time and conditions, especially after the last two seasons, but maybe he can get another session in and give the Canadians a run for the top spots.
We want to give a shout out to Nicholas Elliott, formerly of NH and now out in Idaho throwing down some tracks. He's the youngest participant this week and one of only two riders under the age of 15 in the ranking this season.
As the season runs out of time many of the U.S. participants are already on the water. For those of us lucky enough to still have winter riding conditions, please keep the submissions coming but also please be safe out there as conditions change with the approaching spring.
Thanks again for all the support and we look forward to seeing what you have next week!
This week's T-Shirt winner is Nicholas Elliott! A reminder, For those who have one t-shirts the previous weeks please contact us with your shipping addresses and sizes.
It pains us to see it but the season for many of us has either ended is is coming to a close and this week's participation shows it! BAH! Oh well, we can't fight the seasons.
For week 9 of the GSR Guy and Marcel have returned from a short absence to remind us that for 2017 Quebec has dominated the GSR and as the season winds down the pool of potential riders that can take the top spot from Guy is draining fast! It's all in good fun and Guy, Marcel and everyone else in the ranking have been giving it a good try and we are psyched to see how people have done this year in spite of some difficult conditions.
You all rock!
Week 10 submissions are due by 3/11/17. We will try to continue the ranking the full 12 weeks but we can't make any promises. ;-)
T-shirt winner for week 9 is Robert Bocik out on Mille Lacs!
See you next week!!!
For the first time ever in the GSR a woman has taken the top spot!!!
Molly Savard had a speedy day on Lake Sunapee here in New Hampshire.
The surface was rough but she made it work on a zippy little 4m Ozone Access V6.
Molly was followed by Robert Goodwin for second place and narrowly beating Herb Cuene by .2 mph.
We always smile when we see Jonas Axelsson tempting 50mph on his skates. When things go bad on skates there is little chance to recover. Very exciting. ;-)
This week's t-shirt winner is Mike Lapukta!
Once again, great job out there everyone. We know some of you are losing conditions fast but keep those entries coming as long as you can. But remember, it's for fun and bragging rights.
Be safe out there and don't chance it if the ice is too far gone.
See you all next week!
WEEK 7! There seems to be a lapse in the Canadian domination of this season's ranking and this week US riders have taken the top spots. There seems to have been a little battle between Robert Cook and Robert Bocik out in Wisconsin with Cook coming out just slightly ahead. Very cool to see the two riders competing on the same kites. Almost "one design" racing out there this week. :-)
Die Hard Dave Armovit, one of our most dedicated participants rounds out the top 3.
This week we received our first entry from Scotland! Dougal Ranford had to do some climbing to get to some snow but he got the goods and got his first submission in. Winter hasn't been kind to Scotland this year and his submission took some substantial effort to bag. (See pic below.)
Now the rules state that you have to be on a flat surface, we know. But Dougal submitted his speed based on an uphill run and he went to a lot of effort so we will let this one fly. :-)
This week's t-shirt winner is Herb Cuene out in Green Bay Wisconsin!
Thanks again to everyone who submitted! We are looking forward to seeing you all next week!
Week 6! We can't believe we are halfway through the the 2017 GSR. Guy continues to dominate but Robert and Dmitry gave it a good shot out in Wisconsin on their current fast conditions. And again we see more ties this week! Bruce and Dave are tied for 10th place while Alden and Chrissy are tied in the 14th spot. We rarely see ties and here we see multiple ties, 2 weeks in a row.
The winner of last week's t-shirt was Mike Glaser out at White Bear Lake.
This week's winner is Alden Strong up in Maine!
We are still working on the overall ranking. Please be patient.
Thanks again to everyone who submitted the week. We appreciate the support and look forward to seeing you all again next week!
Deadline for week 7 submissions is 2.18.17
2017 Mid-Season GSR Master List
Week 5 is in the books!
This week we had 28 participants in the ranking. But wait, 28 entries but only 25 spots?
YES! That's right! This week was apparently the week of ties for the GSR and we had 3 of them.
6th place was taken by Lonny Heiden and Timothy Lilya. 15th place is shared by Jeff Jacobs and Micheal Hostawse and 16th place was shared by Vanessa Woroniak and Craig Schiefer.
Vanessa and Craig missed a 4 way tie for 15th place by just .9 seconds and Mike Glaser missed beat it by .1 second!!!
This is the first time we've see so many speed so close together or tied. Alden, Ted and Rob almost had a 3 way tie. Even Bill Pyle narrowly missed a 3 way tie by .7 seconds.
Very close competition this week!!!
Next week's submission are due by the Feb. 11. Thanks again everyone for playing and see you all again next week!
Week 4 is complete! This week's participation was GREAT!!! Lots of people seem to have speedy conditions and the opportunity to head out and play. :-)
Guy Lebrun is back in action after a no wind week and assumes the top position yet again with a top speed of 69.14 mph. Knocking once again on that 70mph door. Followed closely by Bob Pelletier also of Quebec with 64 mph and in third, Marcel Lepine rounds out the top 3 and helps Canada dominate the top 3 spots in the GSR. Well done!!
Robin Larsson of Sweden was the fastest rider on skates this week with 45.1 mph. Crashing on skates can get ugly so we applaude his bravery as we do with Jonas and Johan, also from Sweden and our lone American on skates, Doug Scieszka. :-)
Big shout out to Kylan Morneau for bagging 18.5mph. Not only is he the youngest kiter in the ranking but this was also his very first day riding solo! He looked totally pro out there and we are looking forward to seeing him climb the ranks in the future.
A special mention for Mike and Adam Woroniak for hitting 29mph as a tandem tow. It was great watching them burn up the miles out there Sunday.
The winner of this week's random participant T-shirt drawing is now other than Paul "The Badger" Morse. Congrats Paul!
Week 5 submissions are open from Jan 29-Feb 4.
Hardwater Kiting GSR
This ranking has been created in the spirit of the original Stormboarding World Speed Ranking sponsored by Rachael Miller/Stormboarding host of the original Snow kite speed ranking and New England Kitestorm event.