Congratulations Kai Shchroder of Finland for taking the first place spot in Week 7 of the 2016 GSR!
Conditions everywhere have been variable to say the least. Many of us have been experiencing extremely warm or cold temperatures but still making do and getting some good speeds in for the GSR. Kai was on hard ice covered in water which slowed him considerably we assume. Robert Bocik had some good speed runs on Winnebago in Wisconsin while Molly Savard (in spite of 2 foot tall snow drifts) and Mike Woroniak tied for 4th place. Jason Yetly continues to post some of the fastest snowboard speeds we've seen while and some of the few results captured while riding on a frozen river. Keep it up Jason!
Thanks to all who participated in week 7 and We look forward to seeing you all again in week 8!!!
Week 8 submissions are due on Feb. 26th.
Congratulations to Robert Cook for taking top spot in Week 6! And to Rob and Bob (Bocik and Pelletier) for taking the respective 2nd and 3rd spots. We want to point out that Bob Pelletier is our first entry this season on a Paraski Flex. Which he used to narrowly squeeze Marcel Lepine out of a top 3 spot. ;-)
We have seen the most board riders this week with Jason Yetley taking the top spot for fastest boarder. We heard a rumor that he did speed on the Mississippi River where he bagged a 17 mile down winder. Must have been AWESOME.
Well done everyone! It's great to see the repeat offenders as well as new participants each week. This is the midway point for the ranking (assuming winter holds up). Keep sending your speeds and don't be shy, send us some selfies during your sessions!
Thanks again for playing and we look forward to seeing you all next week.
Week 7 Entries are due by this Friday, the 19th.
HWK GSR OVERALL RANKING 2.17.16
Congratulations and welcome back Kai Schroeder! It looks like winter finally showed up in Oulu Finland and Kai (Winner of the 2014 and second place in 2015 GSR) has taken the opportunity to get his first submission of the season this week and in doing so hits 61.2 mph and takes first place!
We also want to say "Well done!" to Gary Kjelleren for his second place spot and top speed of 59.3 mph on hard ice covered with an inch of water. Anyone who has been in those conditions knows how hard it is to get up to speed on a water covered riding surface. After he achieved his top speed, Gary swapped from skis to kite board and spent the rest of his day boosting huge over the unfrozen parts of his riding area.
We make the best of the winter that we can right?
Jim Cline and Saulius Muliolis were off by just 1/10th mph. Pretty remarkable given the difference in gear choices and surface conditions. Jim Cline on his 2005 Ozone 5m Frenzy and Saulius on a 13m Ozone R1. Not sure how deep the snow is in Michigan but they must be getting a heck of a lot more than we are here in NH. Pretty wide spread in kite technology for such close speeds.
Once again, Thanks to everyone for participating in this week's ranking!
ENTRIES FOR WEEK 6 ARE DUE BY FEB.12TH.
Current Overall Standings
This week's top finisher is Gary Kjelleren with a top speed of 63.75 mph!
Awesome work out there Gary. Making those Liquid Forces haul the mail!
Your's truly came in a distant second with 51.9 mph and Saulius Muliolis bringing in the third spot with 49.9 mph. After several weeks of domination by Guy Lebrun, work and lack have wind seem to have broken his winning streak! :-)
But we are sure to see him again before the season is over.
Our two board riding entries were both on some pretty remarkable kite choices. Micheal Olsen took fastest snowboard speed with 31.5mph on an 18m Flysurfer Sonic in 11kts while Marek Karczmarczyk was close behind with a 12m Peter Lynn F-Arc bagging 27mph in 12kts. Flysurfer's current race horse and Peter Lynn's nearly 14 year old high aspect Arc kite. Both amazing kites to ride!
Rounding out the list we have Doug Scieszka and Joe "Fart boy" Armovit. Doug was on skates powered by an Ozone Pure and reaching 21.3mph on skates while Joe was powered by a Prism Tensor (natural gas) to bag 14.3 mph. Both showing the what we feel is the spirit of this ranking. Having fun.
Thanks again to all who sent in speeds this week and we look forward to seeing you again next week!
Week 5 submissions are due Feb 5th.
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.