2017 Snowkite Race Ontario Championship
On February 18,2017 a group of 32 Ontario kitesurfers went to challenge their skills in snowkiting race .Ontario winter weather has been mixed with +10C-15C air temperatures and snow/ rain all season. Finally we traced snowfall in the area that would stay for couple of days before the next warm up . This was an unpredictable forecast day where mother nature could take it anywhere and she did. Early morning team of CKSS showed up at the pre-planed location on lake Simcoe near Beaverton for a setup. With sun rising up there was a shift on the forecast update. Riders began to show up and kites were getting pumped. We all believed “The wind is coming” .
A few riders have set up their kites on the snow and some tried launching their kites, but with little success but majority was at the parking lot chatting about the wind, which was about 5 or 6 knots at 10 am. Clearly not enough for a race, but there was hope and weather was just wonderful – sun and light frost, perfect for kiting if little more wind. At 11 am slight breeze has arrived and small branches of trees started moving lightly . By 11:30 it was enough wind to start the race.The atmosphere was filling up with Adrenalin. Riders and support team could feel it .
The first 10 places were taken by:
# 1 Matt Turgeon
#2 Oleg Nikiporets
#3 Bruce March
5. Joel Kelly
6. Kent Ackerman
7. Jeff Fitzgeraid
8. Arthur Konic
9. Ivan Zarezin
10. Mark Shalovello
A big thanks to our event sponsor SilentSport – Toronto