All good things must come to an end and the 2018 HARDWATER KITING GLOBAL SPEED RANKING, much like the snow kite season, is one of those things.
We were looking forward to seeing who would be the winner in week 12. There's something about finishing the ranking in the top spot for that week, knowing you won't be beat next week.
I have to be honest, I thought Guy was going to be the #1 for week 12. Starting and finishing the season in the top spot. But Marcel threw down a great effort and took week 12.
Marcel and Guy were up in Quebec battling it out for 1st place in the final ranking week with Marcel coming out on top. He has softer condition than Guy but flew a bigger kite in higher winds and that seems to be what put him over the top. Guy was a close second while here in the states Bill Pyle comes in third while knocking on the 50mph door!
Well done guys and well done to everyone who managed to last this long into the season and still get a submission in without going swimming anywhere in the process. :-)
SEE BELOW FOR FINAL STANDINGS!
Congratulations to Guy Lebrun of Quebec for once again winning the GSR overall ranking!!
This year Guy's top speed was 70.35 mph/ 113.22 kph making him
the only participant this season to break the 70mph barrier.
No small achievement!!
Robin Larsson of Sweden comes in second place over with a top speed of 63.6 mph/ 102.35 kph and and he did this ON SKATES!
Again, another amazing achievement.
Bringing up third place overall is American, Robert Cook who got in a late season submission from a session he drove 10 hrs for. His top speed for the season was 62.3 mph. A great effort in his quest for the 70mph barrier.
Thanks you EVERYONE who participated in this year's GSR!
We are pretty psyched and honored to have you all joining us and watching the progression of everyone from year to year. It's remarkable how much things have changed and how speeds that were considered difficult to achieve for many just a few years back are becoming common place for so many.
Just keep pushing that envelop and we'll keep licking the stamps.
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.