A Triple Success in the Sliders for all three North Kiteboarding Riders!
Day 3 of the 2014 Venyu Triple S Invitational saw the infamous Cape Hatteras wind finally arrive and the running of a complete Slider contest. The vibe amongst the riders was electric as they rigged up at the slick, and as the finishing touches were made to the slider park, spectators flocked in to watch this World Class event get underway.
The first four heats were run as a Jam session, (everyone at once) of 30 minutes each. Considering the size of the tight competition area and the amount of riders in each heat, (18 in the first two and 20 in heat three) it truly epitomised 'organised chaos.'
North Kiteboarding riders we out to dominate, with Craig and Tom riding 14m Vegas' in the first heats, switching to 12m and then 9m as the wind gradually built thought the day. Craig impressed the judges across the North Rail with a tail press, front side 5, tapping the rail as he landed. Feeling challenged by the set up of the course Cunningham said; “ The biggest challenge for me would be that the features weren’t evenly distributed for both tacks. The course never changed so, as a goofy rider, it was harder to rack up points, especially on the big 80 foot John Wayne slider, which remained set for those riding regular.”
Tom styled out along the rails, but secured his way through the heats with a big Crow Mobe off the kicker. "It was a great park set-up and the jam session format made for some intense action during the heats. Having four 30min heats to get to the final, made it about endurance. Keeping energy going for over two hours of intense riding is harder than it looks. A few upsets and some big tricks were landed but it felt good to have all three North Kiteboarding riders sitting in the final for the slider event as the sun went down," says Court.
Colleen Carroll cruised through the heats on the 9m Vegas. With clean hits across the park she pulled out a stylish front side 180 tail press to blind across the flat bar to put her in the Finals. She said; “All of the girls were riding really solid and it was made even more intense having mixed heats and riding with the boys. I’m incredibly happy that I advanced through to the Finals with the North boys.”
As the sun set on the Final, riders took turns to hit each feature in a Slope Style format. After hours of intense action over the course of the day, tired riders gave their all over two runs through the park. A momentous day full of innovative riding and good vibes. Results will be announced on Friday at the closing ceremony.
Watch the video round up http://www.triplesinvitational.com/on-demand/2014/slider-highlights/ and stay tuned with event updates on the Triple S website http://www.triplesinvitational.com.