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.
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.