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The world's largest and longest yearly amateur kite boarding competition and kiteboarding equipment demo went off again this year with plenty of wind. The event was held May 18th-22nd, 2011 on South Padre Island, located on the southern Gulf Coast of Texas. The 2011 SPI Kite Round-Up had 5-days of contests, clinics, demos, parties and fun. See the contest and results listed below for each day.
The first day of the 2011 SPI Kite Round-Up went smoothly. Kiteboarding companies arrived on the South Flats of South Padre Island and set up all of their latest equipment for participants to demo. Companies such as Slingshot, Bro-Kite, Crazyfly, Shinn, Ozone, Best, GK, Progressive, Litewave, F-One, Royal, Underwave, and others will be set up all week long. Registration continues throughout May 22nd - $89.00 at the door grants you access to demos equipment, SUPs, kite lessons, winch park, nightlife activities and more.
The Long Jump competition was the first of the event. With wind blowing 15-25mph, they held three different divisions - men's, women's, and masters'. Jordan Parker took first in the men's, Rachel Callahan won in the women's, and Tony Bolstad finished first in the masters'.
Day Two of the SPI Kite Round-Up had wind all day once again, even though it was slightly lighter than Day One. The kiteboarding equipment demos continued throughout the day. The YankMeister Winch crew was fully set up and hitting rails and sliders, as well as the Skim2Live guys.
Max Spin was the contest of choice for the competitors. In the afternoon, 3 divisions were held - men's, women's and masters'. With a course set up similar to the long jump, a starting line upwind for takeoff, the competitors would send their kite and try to rotate in air as many times as possible. All jumps had to be landed to count.
Check out the Round-Up Day Two Recap for complete information and photos.
Day three had the strongest winds of the event so far. Blowing 20-30mph, made for yet another amazing day filled with demos, water sport activities, lessons, and the speed trials competition.
Several heats of the top speed contest took place on well established course at the event site. Side-off wind on the the Laguna Madre Bay made for glassy water. As wind gusts approached 35mph, the competitors began to set speeds as high as 38mph. A special thanks goes out to the South Padre Island Police Department for supplying the radar gun used in the speed trials.
Check out the Round-Up Day Three Recap for complete information and photos.
Although the winds were slightly lighter on day four, the SPI Kite Round-Up continued on. Flatland skimboarders, stand up paddleboarders and winch wakeboarders kept the participants busy, while a few dared to tempt the waters with light wind kites.
The Skim2Live flat land skimboarders set up their own competition area and entertained onlookers. In the shallow water, they performed technical tricks and jammed on their rails and kickers. In 6 minute heats, the skimboarders took turns hitting their favorite features in front of the judges.
Check out the Round-Up Day Four Recap for complete information and photos.
On the final day of the 2011 SPI Kite Round-Up, the winds picked up and the boarder-cross competition led the way. The layout of the course spanned the event entire site just offshore, and had many obstacles for the competitors to tackle. Heated round of 3 and 4 racers took to the water attempting to round the course twice, ahead of the rest.
Equipment demos continued to late afternoon, until the companies began to pack down. As well as the skimboarding and wakeboarding crew, who hung around to the very end. When all was said and done, the closing ceremony was held later that night, and the awards were handed out to the proud participants.
Check out the Round-Up Day Five Recap for complete information and photos.