Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What are you planning for your next holiday?

Do something different this season:

Why not join us in Iceland for a week long snowkiting adventure next May? We’ll be staying in luxury timber cabins and spending every-day snowkiting at the Langjokull Glacier, exploring over 1000km2 of perfect powder snow in a land where the sun never sets.

Think geothermal hot pots, huge superjeeps, home cooked food and barbeques, 24 hour daylight, and some of the best wind stats in the World. Oh, and some great parties in downtown Reykjavik too…

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

WISSA 2011 Web Site is Up!

Just got this link in the Google news feed.

Slava Maltsev (Murmansk, Russia) looks terrific on the title page!

The site is still mostly empty so check it out again soon. The Finnish part of it has some info, you may try automated translation tools...

I like the logo of the event: Finns managed to harness all Finland as a sail :-) Good work!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Snow Kiting Distance World Record Smashed

Sebastian Copeland, and his partner Eric McNair-Landry (pictured right) have just smashed the Snow Kiting world record by traveling over 595 kilometers in 24 hours.

The two are currently on trek across Greenland to raise awareness for global warming. The team had experienced some bad weather that saw them pinned down in their tent for 6 straight days earlier in their expedition.

Waking up the morning of June 5th they had near perfect conditions of moderate winds and good snow. After the first hour they had covered nearly 100 kilometers putting the record in reach. “Let’s go for it” said Eric and they did.

Kiting for 2 hours at a time and taking 15 minute breaks for food and hydration they continued on throughout the night. With the old record held by Norwegians Hugo Rolf Hansen and Bjørn Einar Bjartnesat standing at 518 kilometers they had a daunting task in front of them.

Seventeen hours later they had the record in hand but only after having to switch to smaller kites due to the increasing winds. With muscles aching and 5 more hours of kiting in front of them they switched to 45 minutes of kiting and 15 minutes of resting. Sebastian (46) and Eric (25) had been awake for over 31 hours and now kiting for 24 hours straight and when they stopped to look at their GPS the reading was 595 kilometers - a new world record.

The team collapsed into their tent and proceeded to sleep 13 hours straight. But sleep is something of a luxury on an expedition like this, so they rose the next day to press on. The team still has 16 days left and 750 kilometers to cover in order to make their pick up zone in Qaanaaq, Greenland. When the expedition completes they will have covered over 2300 kilometers from their starting point in Narsarsuaq.

VIA: Technorati.com

Dibutil: I wonder, what was the previous record and who set it?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Annie Skiing Video

Annie Tuthill presents:

Nice operator's work and skiing too!

Simon Gill wins World Champion title in Kite Class

Simon Gill

Simon Gill of Montreal has clenched the title of World Champion in the Kite Class for a second time! In addition, he is also the winner of the Coupe de Quebec - North America's most advanced snow kite racing venue. This is also Gill’s second time winning the prestigious Coupe de Quebec.

What is interesting about this story is that after his win at Val Brilliant, Quebec in 2008, Gill seemed a shoe in to take the title at WISSA 2009 in Riga Latvia - only I knew better.

Call it schadenfreude, but I was certain that the supremely talented Russian kite sailors would give Gill the competition that had been lacking in his previous victories. The cost of overseas travel prevents keeps some of the best sailors out of competition, and that is why WISSA World Championships alternate between Europe and North America each year. I knew that the talented Gill had not been truly tested going into 2009, and for me, it was fun to watch.

I knew that the Russians were good, but even I was surprised at the final race results. Gill came in 10th place behind - all Russians and one Latvian (Gatis Satiks – 6th place).

Elf kite with Peter Lynn and Concept Air

A less evolved competitor would have behaved badly or tried to rest upon previous achievements, but Gill reached out to those who defeated him and forged a friendship with Roman Lyubmitsev of Elf Kites. It turns out that Roman’s mother is French and Roman and Simon Gill shared the French language in common.

A friendship developed, and shortly before WISSA 2010, Simon took possession of an Elf kite.

Had the winds been different, (i.e. stronger!) this kite would likely not have been a factor. As it turned out, the kite was perfect. The unlikely partnership of Russian kite maker and 10th place ex World Champion turned out to be a winning formula!

It just goes to show - you can’t deny talent. I just want to see what will happen next time North America’s best racer - Simon Gill, goes up against the best Russian, and European racers. With luck that - and many other compelling things will happen at WISSA 2011 to be held at Saimaa Gardens in southeaster Finland.

Better late than never, Will.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Snow Sailing in April

This past Saturday, Marcel Bradette, Jocelyn Marceau, and Langis Caron scored some sweet ice on Lac Jacques Cartier located in the Reserve Faunique de les Laurentides just along the route 175 that connects the Saguenay, Lac Saint Jean region to Quebec City and the outside world. The park (and lake) are about 1.5 hours north of Quebec City. It is the altitude rather than the latitude that makes Lac Jacques Cartier one of eastern North America's most long lasting sailing venues.

All three sailors were at WISSA 2010. It is good to see that they are still sailing when many have stopped because of abnormally warm temperatures.

Marcel Bradette sailing land in late April

Jocelyn Marceau

Langis Caron

William Tuthill

Friday, April 09, 2010

Purple Panic

Purple Panic is a 10M JoJo with 70 meters of line. EVERY time it comes out - it makes drama!

Charlie Meding shot this on Lake Sunapee in almost NO wind. Still there was drama. He sent the kite north while still skiing south and got ripped several meters off the ice! He landed backwards - grateful to be wearing twintips.

The lines are so long that the kite can get ahead. It is flying in another atmospheric layer. The wind at the surface is almost still, but 229 feet (70 meters) above, it is still windy. You have to be careful - it is easy to get pulled into trouble with this thing.

William Tuthill

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

New Racing Category

This is 10 year old Nathaniel Montminy of St. Fulgence, Quebec. Lots of people prefer to kite with Snowboards, hence the new rating category for WISSA.

New Kite Racing Category

As of WISSA 2010 a new category of kite racing is formed.

KITE CLASS Snowboards will now officially be scored in a separate category from skis. The starts will remain the same until snowboard start numbers reach an equal or greater amount.

WISSA is always looking forward, and we want to be the premier destination for racing worldwide. As kite snowboarding gets more and more popular, we want to extend a welcoming hand to any and all who wish to take part in international racing.

Starting with WISSA 2011 snowboards will be rated separately but start together with skis. As snowboard registrations grow, a separate start can and will be arranged.

William Tuthill

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Snow Kiting in Turkey

Just pulled this from a search agent.

ERCIYES in Turkey. from Boulgakow on Vimeo.

A snowkiting session in Erciyes, near Kayseri, in the turkish mountains, with Chasta and the friendly turkish snowkiters.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rainer Salo in Lapland NOW!

Got to LOVE sailing on land. "here comes a tree- do I go above or below this tree?"


Friday, March 26, 2010

Dave Turner Kite Skiing in Patagonia

This is one of the few places where I really want to be... Dibutil

Click on the image to read the article:

Black Diamond Equipment

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lac Matapedia 2010

If you thought that 2010 is over.. Think again! Because Quebec still has winter and ice and wind. Click on the banner to proceed to the event.

I wish I was there... Dibutil

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunapee Squeeze

It is a squeeze when ice access is across a pool of slop and open water is all around. Normally this is the best time of the year on Sunapee, but last Saturday was +20°C [or near the accepted "room temperature" of 70 degrees F] air temperature, and of course - the water was.......COLD!

Poor Rick Hobbs of Lunnenberg, MA got his boots soaked early on. He made up for it by staying out on the ice and logging some good distance before coming in to eat and rest. Just the same, he had to dump water out of his boots!

Those are Volkl powder skis- the better to skim OPEN WATER with! Thankfully there wasn't too much of that.

Looks harmless enough - is is NOT! That is a swimming hole. There were a lot of them. At the speeds we were going, it took an eagle eye to miss them.

Annie Tuthill [age 15] carried a 5.5m wing ALL day without a harness. This may sound simple, but it was not. The wind was hot, dry and gusty. I was hanging from my lines most of the day. The gray stuff was super soft. If not prepared it could knock you down. Twice I had a ski get ripped off my foot by it.

Steve Barrs of Andover, NH is on "solid" ice here. You could really build up speed on these spots. Steve stayed out while many went in to eat and /or drain their boots. He was well over 100 km distance traveled at the end of the day. Also- knowing that the end was near-he was out all day the day before.

That is Rick making some serious speed.

The rider's view. I was riding the 7.5 meter Wave Warrior wing by Kitewing. It has modified battens made by Richard Saltonstall of Rockland, Maine. Richard replaced the stock tips with custom carbon foil sections that he made himself. At WISSA 2010, Rainer and Juho Salo [ Rauma, Finland] together with engineer Klaus Faisst [Toronto ON] made further adjustments. The wing was a heavy handful in this wind. But still easily managed. As hot dry gusts scoured the ice plate the ground effect bounces called for signifigant counter balancing weight- I HAVE IT! I laid my full [ 2 meter tall /100 kilo weight] into this wing and got lifted. [ it was GREAT!] Once while bending off a big air bounce, I skimmed an open hole that would easily swallow a person. Thank goodness [and Kitewing] for lift :-)))

George Baskette of Barre VT was sailing in short sleeves. It was an eire combination of hot weather and dying ice.

George has a big one - Get it? George has been ice/snow kiting from the beginning.

Concept Air Team Rider and host Charlie Meding of Wilmot NH always charges hard. He logs the biggest speeds, longest distances and best jumps.

Charlie was hammering ALL day! He topped 100 kph earlier in the season and has logged over 1,600 km distance in previous years. LOOK at the bend in his skis! He is lit!

The other regular kiter, Chris Porter of Hanover NH has been working in NYC for the past several weeks. He could challenge anyone for best jumps on Sunapee, but this weekend, Chris & Katie spoiled the troops by deep frying turkey and duck on site. They spent hours preparing and the feast was devoured under automobile head lamps. It was delicious. Huge props to Chris and Katie for their generosity and culinary prowess.

Special thanks to Allison Baskette, Kimberly Tuthill, and Lori Meding for holding down the shorefront on this last of days. It was a long haul and you guys were steadfast." Kikea hyvaa sinyle" as they say in Finland "all the best on you"


Four Guys Fall Through The Ice At Keswick, Ontario

Recent news at TheChickenLoop with some interesting discussion on the publicity of such events for the sport.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The beat goes on

  1. Congratulations to Kite Class winners in the Coupe de Quebec!

    The results from WISSA 2010 were quite similar in the final results for the Coupe de Quebec.
    Big props to the organizers and participants in the CdQ- it is truly an extraordinary organization. Congratulations to - not just the winners- but ALL who took part. Good job! We look forward to seeing you in Finland 2011.
    Read more here.

  2. Finnish competitor and organizer for WISSA 2011 Feodor Gurvits checked in to say that he is safely at the WWEC race site in Kalajoki, Finland. His gear, however is not. Using borrowed gear, he plans to compete. He is fired up and ready to work together to make the largest WISSA event ever next year in Finland.
    To see the race site for WISSA 2011:
    Saimaa Gardens
    Cooler Windsurfing
William Tuthill

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2010: Aftermath: 2

The first in a series of images from WISSA 2010:

This is next year's organizer Feodor Gurvits with friend Anna Arosilta sailing at sunset on the very beautiful Lac Saint Jean.
photo by Charles Meding [USA]

William Tuthill

Sunday, March 14, 2010

2010: Aftermath: 1

Here is a photo by Joho Salo of Rauma, Finland. It shows how some people [namely light weight, strong, and expert teen-aged windsurfers from Poland] can sail in almost no wind. They are on sleds with jumping skis using top quality sails. Now that the maximum sail size for WISSA competition has been raised from 7.5 meters to 9.5 meters, we can go in even LESS wind :-)

Notice that the shore is not visible. That is because Lac saint Jean is so big that you can sail away and lose sight of shore. The snow conditions at WISSA 2010 were perfect. The brief period of light winds during the event were not normal. Regular winds from the west in the 30- 50 kph range came right back as soon as the event was over.

William Tuthill

Thursday, March 11, 2010

WISSA 2010: add on: RACING

by William Tuthill

“Ain’t it always the way?” Plan an event and everything will go wrong. Not only were we forced to relocate an event that was two years in the making because of ice conditions that no one had ever encountered before, but, when we did relocate, the wind chose not to blow!

The real action was in the kite class with 19 meter and larger kites. The windsurfing and wing classes did a lot of waiting. We somehow managed to get off five races that were handily won by lightweight teenagers from Poland. Sleds with 250 cm jumping skis and large race sails have a way of gliding in the lightest of breezes.

Winter windsurfing is alive and growing. The irony of the WISSA Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships being the oldest international race in the history of windsurfing is not lost. I thought that windsurfing was a water sport!

More here.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Government of Canada Invests $60,958 in 30th Ice and Snow Sailing World Championship

Not bad, eh?

SAINT-GÉDÉON, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) − The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $60,958 in non-repayable funding to Zone Turbulence for the 30th edition of the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association's (WISSA) Ice and Snow Sailing World Championship in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Granted through the Community Futures program, this financial assistance will serve to help the organization promote the competition on foreign markets.

"Saint-Gédéon can be rightfully proud of playing host to the 30th Ice and Snow Sailing World Championship. This prestigious event—which draws a wide following—is an ideal opportunity to showcase the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region beyond our borders. This Zone Turbulence project is sure to further the development of winter tourism in the region, which is why Canada Economic Development is pleased to lend its financial support to the event," explained the Minister of State.

Hundreds of spectators and visitors, many of them from outside the province, are expected to attend the competition, generating an increase in winter tourism traffic that will benefit the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean economy as a whole.

Established in April 2009, Zone Turbulence is a non-profit organization that groups together several regional associations active in the wind sports sector. The organization's mission is to promote wind-powered sports. This year marks the first time that the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region will be hosting the world championship, which runs from February 26 to March 7 in Saint-Gédéon.

Minister of State Lebel wishes the best of luck to all participants of the 30th Ice and Snow Sailing World Championship and is hopeful that the event will be held again in the region. "This competition is a great opportunity for our young ice surfers to take on an exciting new challenge and stretch their limits," he concluded.

WISSA 2010: Photo and Video Coverage

Hey, I just found this link...


Do not expect much from the photos because copyright is important.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Baie Des Ha!Ha! Closed.

Here is what I found:

To all the participants of the Québec cup or the 30th WISSA competition that will take place in Saguenay from the 26th of February to the 7th of March 2010.
On Friday February 19th, municipal and governmental authorities closed the Baie des Ha! Ha! for various considerations . All activity on the Baie des Ha !Ha ! has been prohibited including snowkite. Fortunately, the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean offers many other excellent locations with amazing slidding conditions. All races will take place in different locations and all of the programmed activities will be maintained. For the moment to continue reserving your rooms at the hostels that were suggested. A bus service will be provided free of charge that will transport all competitors to the race sites. All activities will take place at the hostels as originally planned, and all information will circulate at these locations. We suggest that all competitors follow the evolution of the situation on our website and sign up to our newsletter. As of Tuesday new information will be posted on the website.

And here is the explanation:

Ice fishing is over on the Baie des Ha! Ha! this winter. Mild weather, the huge cracks in the ice and water on sites forced Fisheries and Oceans Canada to order the end of the season. The 1,400 cabins located in L'Anse-à-Benjamin and in the area of Great Bay had to be removed Monday. The operation began Saturday morning. The President of the Association of white peach of Great Bay, Richard Lavoie, had expressed doubts however about the possibility that all the cabins can be removed on Monday. He hoped that the ice bridges would take the blow. The municipal police of Saguenay has assigned additional officers this weekend in the Bay district. The fishing season was to end next March 12.

In the mean time start of a race in Russia (Zhigmore):

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WISSA 2010 at Lac St.Jean!

I do not know what happened but apparently the Championship location has changed. Please update your travel and accommodation plans!

Infolette received today:

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Zhigulevskoe More 010 Marathon and Championship of Russia Feb 8th

Press release by Aleksey Razhev and Elena Kocheva

Our contests came to a close on the 6th of February. Sunday’s forecast was rather poor, so the organizers decided to carry out only marathon and freestyle, because there wasn’t enough wind for slalom. The second marathon race in “kite skis” and “kite snowboard” classes (for windsurfers it was the first one) lay along the same distance as the day before.
By the starting time the temperature was 15 degrees below zero, the wind was northerly of 2-4 mps. Passing the first checkpoint of the way was quite easy for all the competitors. Then on the tack section the Volga wind drifted lots of surprises. At the moment it faded, at another became stronger again on different sections, this “northerly fellow” tested pilots’ skills of changing fast the tactical race pattern. Isn’t it hard to ride among leaders and especially to lead them! The racing avant-garde first faced the wind holes, and those who followed got very useful pieces of information for changing tacks opportunely. Another useful skill for riders is the ability to move forward with total lack of wind using skating stride. Though some competitors were not skilled enough to struggle with calm, and the rescue group evacuated them only in early twilight. The marathon started at 12:23 and ended at 15:19.

Marathon. Second race.

Winter windsurfing
1 placement – Evgeny Mitrofanov (Monchegorsk)
2 placement – Valentin Drobyshevsky (Murmansk)
3 placement – Dmitriy Samoilov (Tumen’)

Kite skis
1 placement – Dmitry Nikulichev (Petrozavodsk)
2 placement – Maksim Ignatov (Murmansk)
3 placement - Roman Lubimtsev (Sankt-Petersburg)

Kite snowboard
1 placement - Aleksey Pavlov (Yaroslavl)
2 placement – Kamil’ Khuzin (Naberezhnye Chelny)
3 placement – Igor Zakhartsev (Samara)

Freestylers were about to carry out all “double” (Double elimination system). It was short of nearly 10 minutes for snowboarders to run the final heat because Nikolai Rakhmatov and Alexander Gryanik were taken up with their duel. There still remained a hope of the wind to become stronger on Sunday.
According to specialized weather forecast site windguru.cz, on Sunday we were waiting for south wind of 2 mps. Usually in the Championship venue forecasts are confirmed, and it really blows on 4-5 mps! That’s why the Racing Committee was buying time to the last in the hope of showy contests final. But the wing appeared at nearly 5 pm only when competitors were about to depart.
Award ceremony was held in bar-restaurant “Zhara” (“Heat”), an official partner of the Championship. Participants greeted everybody who walked up the stage for being awarded with medals, certificates, and worth prizes. By the way, the prize fund of contests in terms of hard cash was 400 000 rubles. Triumpher of the day was master Aleksey Pavlov from Yaroslavl – he walked up the stage for getting 1st placement medal four times! Aleksey won in kite-snowboard class in all kinds of programs and was the best of masters. The big event of award ceremony was the draw game b/n competitors in kite-skis class of a pair of superb freeride skis granted by Michael Kaspar. The treasured gift came to young competitor Aleksey Galiev from Nadym.
Right away the ceremony sportsmen hastily departed because of Monday’s work or study. Let’s point out that according to the results of the contests first five sportsmen in every nomination can submit documents for conferment as a Master of sport of Russia, and those who took placements from 6 to 9 – for conferment as Candidate in masters of sport.
As specified, in the Championship took part 142 sportsmen at the age of 15 to 54, 4 of them are from Ukraine, 1 from Belarus, 1 from Switzerland. In course race competed 119 riders, in marathon – 122, in freestyle – 22.
По результатам опросов участников многие уже запланировали себе на зимний сезон 2010-2011 поездку на «Жигулёвское Море-011», на Марафон, который ещё никто не выигрывал дважды. Что ж, пора начинать подготовку!
According to participants survey, many of them have already planned to take part in “Zhigulevskoe More-011” in winter season 2010-2011, take part in Marathon in which nobody had won twice. Well, it’s time to start training!


Course race

Winter windsurfing
1 place – Valentin Drobyshevsky (Murmansk)
2 place – Evgeny Mitrofanov (Monchegorsk)
3 place – Ivan Shabolitov (Archangelsk)

Masters (winter windsurfing)
1 place – Valentin Drobyshevsky (Murmansk)
2 place – Ivan Shabolitov (Archangelsk)
3 place – Vyacheslav Maltsev (Murmansk)

Kite skis
1 place - Roman Lubimtsev (Sankt-Petersburg)
2 place – Dmitry Nikulichev (Petrozavodsk)
3 place – Maksim Shaydakov (Yaroslavl)

Masters (kite skis)
1 place – Igor Lezinov (Yaroslavl)
2 place – Nikolay Nikolaev (Murmansk)
3 place – Yuriy Shuvalov (Moscow)

Kite snowboard
1 place – Aleksey Pavlov (Yaroslavl)
2 place – Aleksey Pimchenko (Minsk)
3 place - Alexander Melkozerov (Surgut)

Masters (kite snowboard)
1 place – Aleksey Pavlov (Yaroslavl)
2 place – Kamil’ Khuzin ((Naberezhnye Chelny)
3 place – Igor Zakhartsev (Samara)

Women event (kite skis)
1 place – Elena Shchuchkina (Khimki)
2 place – Eugenia Rakusheva (Togliatti)
3 place – Ludmila Polyakova (Novosibirsk)


Winter windsurfing
1 place – Evgeny Mitrofanov (Monchegorsk)
2 place – Valentin Drobyshevsky (Murmansk)
3 place – Dmitry Samoilov (Tumen’)

Masters (winter windsurfing)
1 place – Valentin Drobyshevsky (Murmansk)
2 place – Vyacheslav Maltsev (Murmansk)
3 place – Ivan Shabolitov (Archangelsk)

Kite skis
1 place – Dmitry Nikulichev (Petrozavodsk)
2 place – Maxim Ignatov (Murmansk)
3 place - Roman Lubimtsev (Sankt-Petersburg)

Masters (kite skis)
1 place – Dmitry Minaev (Moscow)
2 place – Yuriy Shuvalov (Moscow)
3 place – Igor Lezinov (Yaroslavl)

Women event (kite skis)
1 place – Ludmila Polyakova (Novosibirsk)
2 place – Anastasia Emets (Moscow)
3 place – Eugeniya Rakusheva (Togliatti)

Kite snowboard
1 place - Aleksey Pavlov (Yaroslavl)
2 place - Aleksandr Melkozerov (Surgut)
3 place – Vadim Dulin (Saint-Petersburg)

Masters (kite snowboard)
1 place - Aleksey Pavlov (Yaroslavl)

2 place – Kamil’ Khuzin ((Naberezhnye Chelny)
3 place – Igor Zakhartsev (Samara)

Kite skis
1 place – Anton Uzhegov (Perm’)
2 place – Anton Cherkashin (Moscow)
3 place – Sergey Samorukov (Tumen’)

Kite snowboard
1 place – Alexander Gryanik (Novosibirsk)
2 place – Nicholai Rakhmatov (Pitkyaranta, Kareliya)
3 place – Artem Garashchenko (Yekaterinburg)

Extra prizes passed to: Artem Garashchenko (Yekaterinburg) for best trick, junior Artem Trofimenko (winter windsutfing – marathon, course race) from Monchegorsk, junior Maxim Vyatkin (kite skis, course race) from Togliatti. Souvenirs from «FLYSURFER» company got all who competed on kites of this brand, and all the prize winners, despite their times on stage, got the pack of official contest drink “Adrenaline Rush”. Also Medical Health Centre “Zdorovoe pokolenie” (“Healthy generation”) made special mention of competitors from Togliatti. The most effective - Eugeniya Rakusheva and Dmitry Dmitriev (4th place in kite snowboard in marathon and course race) received client’s gift certificates, and other 11 sportsmen from Togliatti got gift certificates for guest visit (bathhouse, swimming pool, training simulators etc with no time limits).

In conclusion we’d like to thank all who worked at the Championship:

Judging panel:
Chief referee in race disciplines – Leonid Bubnov (Togliatti)
Chief secretary – Nataliya Milyukova (Togliatti)
Vice-chief referee - superior certified judge Aleksey Razhev (Togliatti, Fedorovka township)
RSAF commissar – superior certified judge Mikhail Kalinin (Moscow)
Protests committee chairman - superior certified judge Igor Maletin (Togliatti)
Referee under competitors – Anna Kazyaeva (Togliatti)
Secretary – Nataliya Agafonenok (Togliatti)
Secretary - Galina Lazdina (Togliatti)
Secretary – Irina Garifullina (Togliatti)
Distance referee – Ivan Kamaev (Togliatti)
Distance referee – Viktor Zemlyanuhin (Togliatti)
Distance referee – Mikhail Zemlyanuhin (Togliatti)
Distance referee – Igor Topinskih (Togliatti)
Umpire – Vladinir Pushkarev (Togliatti)
Umpire – Nataliya Kozyreva (Moscow)
Umpire – Mikhail Kolosovsky (Togliatti)
Referee – Dmitry Balashov (Samara)
Chief referee in freestyle – Vyacheslav Voroshilov (Moscow)
Referee in freestyle – Aleksey Sedyshev (Volzhsky, Volgograd region)
Referee in freestyle – Oleg Cherkashin (Moscow)

Press attache and judge-informer – Elena Kocheva (Togliatti)
Press service worker – Olga Vakhrusheva (Togliatti)
Camera operator – Alexander Ermolaev
Translator – Olga Shiryaeva (Togliatti)
Drivers: «Gazel’» Mikhail Zemlyanuhin,
«Nissan Navara» Eugeniya Rakusheva,
«Nissan Pathfinder» Mikhail Kolosovsky,
Snowmobile Igor Topinskih.

Official sites of competitions: www.zhigmore.ru , www.sila-vetra.ru
- Wind Kite Surf School "Sila Vetra", Togliatti
- yacht club "Khimik", Togliatti
- SAF of Togliatti
Co-organizer: "FAMOUS PROMO" company (Zhigulevsk)

They made our contests impressive and interesting:

Primary sponsor of the project: "KITEWORLD" company www.kiteworld.ru
Official drink: "Adrenaline Rush" – absolute energy!

Project car: "NISSAN NAVARA"
Sponsors: kite-centre «Zmeinoye logovo» (Moscow), «AEROS» company (Ukraine), «FLYSURFER» company, «APEKS» Samara company, LLC "ALPHA fire security", «Timeless» company (Moscow),«ParaAvis» company (Moscow), «Gidrasklad» company (Moscow), "PepsiCo Holdings" Samara company, kite club «Cabrina» (Moscow), kite club «Zmey.ru» (Moscow), active rest base «Serfpriyut» (Dolzhanskaya, Krasnodarsky region), “F-one” company in Russia, “EZ boards” company.
Our partners: Restaurant-bar «Zhara», «InfoLada» company, Department of Tourism Development of Samara region,
Our famous radios: “Avgust” radio, “Radio 7” (Samara)
Main internet-partner: www.wind.ru

Information partners:

Samara digital cable television “Telenet”
«AvtoSpravka Togliatti»
«Radio Omega» («106.9 FM»)
«Russkoe radio»
«SKI/Gornye lyzhi»
«Vertikalnyi mir»

«MTV» (Samara)
«Samara» GIS
«Samara» public state-owned TV and radio company
«STS» (Togliatti)


«Dorogoe udovolstvie»
«LIneup Mag»
«Lyudi Xtreame»


«Gorodskie vedomosti»
«Molodoi Togliatti»
«Nashe vremya»
«Novaya tsivilizatsia»
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

US Team Will Train on Lake Sunapee for WISSA Championships

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Sunapee News

Sailing Lake Sunapee at a speed of 50 mph.

Photo and Post by William Tuthill

The rain on Monday has resurfaced the big NH lakes, and fast ice will be the rule of the day this weekend on Sunapee. As we train for the Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships this year- the 30th-we will have our minds on what it will be like in Saguenay, Quebec, site of this year’s event. The conditions on the lake this weekend will be similar to those encountered at last year’s WC in Riga, Latvia. Fast, and unforgiving for those who do not wax carefully. I may use blades from the Nordic Skater, a great local resource in nearby Norwich, VT, just across the bridge from Dartmouth. With blades [assuming that they are high enough to escape the drag on new snow] wax is not a factor. Thursday’s predicted snow will tell the tale. In any case, as the WC draws closer the U.S. Team will assemble on Sunapee and continue training.

Friday, January 15, 2010

WISSA Rules comment

Normand said...

The WISSA racing rules are certainly simple, but also rather thin. The IKA, the Kite Class branch of the ISAF, have published the Experimental Kiteboard Competition Rules. They apply quite well to snowkite races, with one or two minor modifications. Have you guys contemplated to use those?

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