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60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby RickI » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:50 pm

This in from A.J. Morgan, a race ...


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"VooDoo Kiteboarding


2013 Central Florida Open Ocean DownWinder


VooDoo Kiteboarding, along with Cancer Care Centers and Foundation of Melbourne will have the 4th annual "Central Florida Open Ocean DownWinder" which will be held on the “Very First WINDY Weekend of March”, with back up dates on the rest of the month, thru April. The Event/Race will cover 60 miles of the East Coast of Florida, starting at Cocoa Beach and ending at Vero Beach, or vise versa, depending on the wind direction.

Brand New this year will be a 30 mile downwinder for those who think that they can not make it the whole 60 miles. The half-way point for that event/race will be at a place called Sebastian Beach Inn Restaurant (S.B.I.) 7035 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, 321-728-4311. S.B.I. is half-way from both directions, coming down from the north, or coming up from the south. There will be NO prices for this part of the Event/Race. It is just designed to have FUN on a shorter distance of the Event/Race...

There will be a 72, 48, 36 hour "heads-up notice" prior to the Event/Race per the Wind. If the Event/Race starts at Cocoa Beach, it will start at a place called "Cherri Down City Park" (corner of Washington and Ridgewood Ave, Cape Canaveral), which is where we started the priviest years. If the Event/Race starts from the Vero Beach end, then it will start at South Beach Access at the end of East Causeway Blvd (17th Street Bridge).


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This is an EVENT/RACE, but it will not be that hard to figure out "How to Do it". Just go very FAST along the Shoreline, and avoid the two piers and one inlet. You must stay offshore at least 100 YARDS to be SAFE of the Life Guard Stations… PLEASE… There are only 9 on the 60 mile downwinder, so be COOL, and stay out of the "SWIM ZONE"...

On Event/Race Day, there will be a Skipper's Meeting 30 minutes before the Start, MANDATORY.. There will be a $30.00 Race Fee for All Kiteboarders. We will collect that the day of the Event/Race, prior to the Skipper's Meeting. We do have Clearance to Cross in Front of Patrick Air Force Base again this Year, but it will be a very small window, so try and get across that "Air Space" as soon as possible.

VooDoo Kiteboarding wants everyone to know, that if you do this Event/Race, You will be responsible for anything that happens to You and Your gear. This event is for FUN Only, and if you are not up to 60 miles in Open Ocean Conditions, then you should at least try the 30 mile part of the event.


We are looking for Help for this event, if you just want to be part of history, and don't think you can make the DownWinder….Contact Us if you want to Help, We can use you...


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The Event/Race will have a....

1st Place for Men...(60 mile downwinder)
1st Place for Women..(60 mile downwinder)
1st Place for Master's..45 years and older, (60 mile downwinder)
1st Place for 20 year old or younger..(60 mile downwinder)


Schedule for the Event/Race...

9:15 til 10:00 Reservation
10:00 til 10:30 Mandatory Skipper's Meeting
10:30 til 11:00 Getting Ready for the Race
11:00 Race is ON, if the Wind is Good...(15mph plus)

After the Event/Race is over, there will be a Trophy presentation at S.B.I. 7035 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, 321-728-4311..So enjoy the Food and Spirits until the "Rescue Team" has finished the Race..(A.J.Morgan, and anyone else that wants to just come with me and enjoy the ride, instead of Racing, but I will be moving as fast as possible also..)


A.J. Morgan


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A.J. having fun in the waves



P.S. We are looking for any Sponsor’s to donate any “Swag” to the Event/Race, (i.e. t-shirts, hoodies, kite gear, board bags, magazines, etc) to be presented to the Riders at the Trophy Presentation…

Fastest Champion from years ago is Sean Reyngoudt, who did it in 2 hours and 18 minutes...


After the Event/Race is over for the day, then there will be a presentation at S.B.I. for the Winners....(S.B.I. is the half-way mark for the Event/Race)

VDK "

More info at: http://www.kitetricity.com and http://www.fksa.org/showthread.php?p=50582#post50582



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Be sure to checkout more images from the 2009 race at:
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=8052


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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby RickI » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:57 pm

These sort of races used to get people excited, maybe not as much as a kiter changing kite brands (or not) but more than a couple of dozen views. What happened out there? The riding conditions should be outstanding both scenic and challenging.

Here are some images from the last race that I shot:

HERE

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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby Kitebdr1962 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:55 pm

Just a "Reminder"....The 2013 Open Ocean Event/Race is still a GO for March...So hopefully everyone will be getting their body's into Shape, and praying for strong steady winds in the meantime...We are still asking for volunteers to help in this Event/Race, so if you know of anyone who wants to help, have them contact the Boss at 321-795-7626...Looking for Sponsors too, anything to give back to the Kiteboarders after the Event/Race...So tell ALL your friends about this Event/Race, and lets make this year be the "Biggest One Day Race" ever for 2013....Thanks...

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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby Laughingman » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:05 pm

Shark bait............................................. :rollgrin:

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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby Kitebdr1962 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:16 am

VooDoo Kiteboarding just received a donation for the Event/Race.(E/R)...So now when the E/R is over, there will be trophy's and money given out to the four place's in the E/R..


1st Place Overall....200.00
1st Place Over 45...100.00
1st Place Woman...100.00
1st Place 20 years or younger...100.00

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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby yzbob » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:36 am

$400 if your a 19 yr old girl and win it outright !

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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby pixelpedro » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:49 am

Sounds fun! hope to be able to make it, what have the conditions been like in the past? Does one need to pre-register, how do we find out if is a go?

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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby Kitebdr1962 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:06 am

The conditions in the past have been "on and off"...Since it will be spread out over the next few months, then there should be plenty of time for Mother Nature to set-up a weekend for wind...Registration will be done the day of the Race...If you go back up on the "post" you will see the schedule for the day...There will be a 72 hour "heads-up", then 48, 36, 24, etc...

Hope to see you there...Be sure to tell all your friends about the E/R....

Thanks
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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby Kitebdr1962 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:09 am

Well February's last weekend is coming up...SO...get ready for March...The following weekend could be the 1st weekend for the Event/Race (E/R), if Mother Nature gives Us the wind and direction...So be sure to get all your gear "checked out" before heading 60 miles downwind...We will have a "Safety Team" following the Racers, but it will not be a boat or jet ski type device....A.J. will be the "Safety Team Mgr", asking for volunteers to help out with this job, but if there is no one interested, he will be the Only One doing it, and the info on how it will work, will be talked about in the Skipper's meeting...Again, this E/R is for Fun, Go Fast, and make sure that Everyone gets home safely...

Safety Tip for the E/R...Bring a "waterproof" cell phone container...

When the Riders sign up for the E/R, they will be given a "raffle ticket", one per racer....

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5.00 each....Outback Steak House is giving away Gift Cards for food and drinks...(2) @ $50.00 a piece...

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Re: 60 Mile Florida Downwind Kite Race In March!

Postby Nico » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:14 am

Wish I could make it.
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