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.
Week 3 of the Hardwater Kiting GSR is complete! Reports from various regions state that recent warm ups and lack of wind are keeping a few regulars out of this week's ranking but we a few people lucky enough to have decent conditions have managed to get a speed in for the week.
Even here in NH the conditions have been less than stellar with extremely sticky soft snow hampering movement never mind any speed attempts. We went out Saturday and it was so sticky kites would simply stall out.
But it's all relative and still fun to see how people manage even in adverse conditions.
Leader of this week's ranking is Marcel Lepine at 50.6 mph. Followed by Robert Pelletier with 38.8 mph. The third place spot was won by American Bruce Genereaux with 42.9 mph.
We were surprised to see periodic regular Richard Baillargeon enter this week's ranking on skates as well. Tells us a little bit about the conditions just north of HWK Hq. :-)
This was a good week for HQ kites as nearly half the field (limited as it is) was on HQ product.
So once again, the Canadians dominated the ranking. We are looking forward to results for next week.
Good luck, go fast and have fun!
Winner of this week's T-Shirt drawing is Bill Pyle!!
WEEK 4 Submission period is from Jan. 22- Jan. 28.
Canadians take the top two spots in GSR Week 2!!!
Week 2 is complete and once again Guy Lebrun stays on top with 64.6 mph. Fellow Canadian Bob Pelletier was a close second place just 3.3 mph short of catching Guy. Chris Krug cam in with an even closer 3rd at just .2 mph short of catching Bob and barely,BARELY keeping the US in the top 3.
Northeast Canadians are a fast bunch!
We are happy to see former ranking winner Petri Lehikoinen of Finland returning to the ranking with a respectable 51.76 mph followed closely by a speedy Molly Savard with 50.2 mph!
And last but not least, the winner of this weeks random t-shirt drawing of participants if Jeff Jacobs of Pewaukee Wisconsin!
We are impressed with the speeds people are entering already this season. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Week 3 entry period is Jan. 15th to Jan 21st. See you next week!
Lebrun, Guy 77.5 MPH Cabrinha Crossbow 7m Ski 45kts Hard New Richmond, QC. Can
Cook, Robert 54.7 MPH Slingshot Rally NA NA Hard Madison WI, USA
Brooker, Kevin 12 MPH Flexifoil Blade 7m Ski 8 kts Soft New Hampshire, USA.
GSR Week 1 is in the books and we're off to a good start.
What a difference a year makes! Especially given the fact that so many of us didn't even have riding conditions last year at this time.
Fingers crossed that the trend continues!
Looking at the results for week one, perenial speed freak and list topper Guy Lebrun returns again and starts the ranking with an impressive 62.13 mph. He has had primo speed conditions for nearly a month and he has been taking full advantage of them. In fact we are starting to think that his local riding arena is the snowkite equivelent to soft water speed kiting in Namibia Africa. Alway look forward to seeing what Guy will throw down.
In second place we have a new comer Marcel Lepine, also of Quebec. From Magdalen Island to be exact. Frankly we had to look up where this was and it looks like a pretty amazing place to kite. Basically mid-way between New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Look it up, it's worth checking out. At 50.5 mph, he's done a great job of introducing himself to the ranking!
Third place goes to Robert Bocik out in the land of "Cheesheads", Wisconsin. At 49.9 mph he narrowly misses the 50 mph barrier but it is a great speed and already faster than his best speed last year. A great start to the year with and a great place to set the bar for himself.
We want to mention Brad Mcphee's speed. It's rare that we get to ride with our participants but Brad came down for a visit and to try some new kites. The day he got his speed it was wet, deep snow, rain and wind was 4kts gusting to 8kts. It is always a thing to see how fast modern face kites can go in so little wind.
As stated earlier we are changing the format a bit and we are picking a participant at random each week to win a HARDWATER KITING t-shirt. (How many T-shirts does Guy need right?)
This week's t-shirt winner is Michael Olsen out in Colorado!
Welcome back everyone who has participated and support the ranking for the last few seasons. We are happy to see some familar faces and look forward to seeing you more the rest of the season.
On a side note. You may have noticed the pre-season (before the 1st) entries show Guy's speed as "TBA". We have been a bit busy here at HWK and haven't been able to get to the task of scrubbing the data. He has supplied us with the required 2 sources of data and the optional 3rd source and He hit some impressive speeds back in December. You can imagine what he might be doing in 45 kts of wind and we just want to be sure of our results before we post them. :-)
Week 2 started 1.8.2017 and you have until 1.14.2017 to get your speeds in. So get out there, see what you can do and have fun while you do it.
Marcel's Speed Way.
Here we are again kids! This is week 1 of the Hardwater Kiting Global Speed Ranking! Remember, you don't have to be insanely fast to participate, just go out, ride and record the session on a GPS. This ranking is open to anyone that want's to participate and is simply for fun, excitement and of course bragging rights!
One participant for each week will be drawn at random to win a Hardwater Kiting t-shirt.
If you have not participated in the GSR before please visit the rules page.
We have recieved some early season (Pre-Jan 1) submissions and will be posting them shortly as we catch up with post-holiday stuff. For now, let's just say it looks like we are in for a pretty exciting season!
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.