Our friendly neighbors to the north hosted the Canada Freestyle Kiteboarding Championship, also called 2016 Kite Clash this past weekend. The event took place over the course of 3 days with competitions in freestyle, big air, and best trick. The competition included divisions for juniors (under 18 years old), men, masters (over 35 years old) and women’s.
CBC News reports Lucas Arsenault, from Ontario, Canada won the men’s competition in freestyle, winning the title of Canada Freestyle Kiteboarding Champion. Second and third place went to 16 year old Jack Rieder (who also won the Junior division) and Daniel Koenig who beat out his brother, Stefan, who took fourth place (International Kite Surf Magazine).
The freestyle women’s division was dominated by native Canadian Kenzie Carlstrom. Second and third place went to Corrie Coons and Kalena Nielson.
The big air competitions were won by Phillip Schronger and Corrie Coons, who won for the second year in a row. International Kite Surf Magazine reports that conditions for the big air competition were spectacular, with the wind speed at 34 knots. Wish the wind was that high here in Pismo!
The Canada Freestyle Kiteboarding Championship also had a race category for the first time this year. Coons won the women’s division and Andrei Mortila won the men’s with Rieder, Arsenault, and Daniel Koenig following closely behind (International Kite Surf Magazine).
Congratulations to all the winners!