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2010 SPI Kite Round-Up Wrap Up

May 1st - 9th, 2010 Event Conclusion

Sam Medysky Freestyle Maneuvers at the Event
Sam Medysky Freestyle Maneuvers at the Event

The 2010 SPI Kite Round-Up wrapped up this past weekend on the South Flats next to the South Padre Island Convention Center. The 9-day long kiteboarding and water sports event began May 1st and hosted hundreds of participants and spectators who enjoyed listening to music from the event stage while learning new watersports, trying new equipment, and watching exciting kiteboarding contests.

Each day at the event non-kiters and spectators enjoyed learning how to fly kiteboarding kites courtesy of instructors from local kiteboarding lesson centers XL Kites and Air Padre Kiteboarding, as well as learning to ride stand up paddleboards (SUPs) provided by On The Beach surf shop, improve their skimboard technique with instruction from the Skim 2 Live flatwater skim team, and ride across the water in the YankMeister Winch Co. sponsored winch park.

The wind dependent kite boarding contests began on Tuesday afternoon in 20mph SE winds with one of the SPI Kite Round-Up's most fun events to watch, the Maximum Spin contest. Competitors were challenged to boost into the air and spin as many 360 rotations as they could before landing. With winds picking up to 25mph on Wednesday, event organizers gave the go ahead to run the Speed Trials event, in which competitors raced one at a time down a straight line course while being clocked by South Padre Island Police Department sponsored radar guns. Many top competitors registered over 40 mph, with the winner clocking in at 44 mph, a very fast speed considering the latest world record speed of 57 mph was set in much stronger winds. With the moderate to strong winds holding on Thursday, competitors were challenged to launch themselves as far as possible through the air in the SPI Kite Round-Up Long Jump competition. Many of the riders soared more than 150 ft down the course. The final Saturday of the event was the scheduled kiteboarding Boarder Cross course race, in which heats of 4-5 competitors raced head to head around a challenging course, including over two 5ft high, 32ft long, floating barricades supplied by the Schlitterbahn Water Park.

In addition to the watersports activities and kiteboarding contest during the day, the 2010 SPI Kite Round-Up brought a full house to the South Padre Island Brewing Company for their annual Texas Hold'em Poker Night, ran a silent auction of kiteboarding equipment in the cool upper deck at the Parrot Eyes Bar, and a rowdy closing ceremony and awards party at Louie's Backyard Bar.

The South Padre Island Kite Round-up would like to thank all of the local sponsors who helped to make the event possible, including the City of South Padre Island, the La Quinta Inn, Wind Water Hotel, Furcron Realtors, local kiteboarding shops XL Kites and Air Padre Kiteboarding, the Valley International Airport, On The Beach Surf Shop, Schlitterbaun Water Park, and Soul Pad Tents as well as all of the participating kiteboarding companies and riders.

For more information on the SPI Kite Round-Up, including pictures, stories, and information on how to get involved next year, check out the web site at www.spikiteroundup.com.

2010 Round-Up Gallery

Trainer Kite Clinics at the 2010 SPI Kite Roundup Skimboarding at the South Padre Island Kite round-up event site Downwind Race on the Gulf of Mexico Spectators and Judges at the SPI Kite Round-Up Long Jump Kiteboarding Competiton

View more kiteboarding photos of the 2010 SPI Kite Round-Up at: SPI Kite Round-Up Gallery



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