Defying the sad state of winter in many parts of the world we have managed to make it to week 8 of the 2016 GSR! Traditionally this is the start of what many of us consider the "speed season" but if things keep going the way they have been many of us won't have any ice or snow left to compete on. We intend to run through the entire 12 weeks of the GSR so for those of you who have good conditions in the upcoming weeks, you have a good chance of beating the top finishers!
Congratulations to Paul Morse for bagging his fastest speed of the season while test flying the Ozone Chrono v2 9m! Conditions were firm and covered in water (see pic) but still made for some speedy runs as Paul got his best run of the season as did Molly Savard with a close second place finish at 49.7 mph on an Ozone Access 8m.
Canadian rider and overall leader, Guy Lebrun rounds out the top 3 spots just a little over 1 mph behind Molly.
Jason Yetley is still bagging high speeds on his board ripping up and down the mighty Mississippi. Riding his 14m Switch Nitro he continues to throw down speeds that are usually only seen in the skier submissions.
**We want to note that Robert Cook out of Madison Wisconsin enters week 8 with a speed of 63.1 mph but was unable to provide the required data files as outlined in the HWK GSR rules. Given his surface and wind conditions as well as his past performance in last year and this year's ranking we have no reason to doubt that he is capable of the speed he submitted nor are we disputing it. However out of fairness to others and in accordance to the GSR rules, as we cannot verify his session via data recorded in the GPS unit we cannot confirm the speed or list it in the regular ranking or use it in the overall ranking. Hopefully he can get another good session in before the conditions vanish out in Wisconsin!
Week 9 Submissions must be in by Mar. 4th.
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.