The 2017 Spornado Hood Jam finals saw riders throwing hammer after hammer. The top nine men and top five women made big and technical tricks look easy, even in the gusty Hood River wind. For a detailed recap of the day, continue reading the Kite Park League update below.
Finals day madness rained down on the Slider Project Park as the wind varied between 15 and 32 mph. The competitors took to the water at noon to set their strategies and test out the conditions. The women switched between 7m and 9m kites while the men were on 9’s and 11’s throughout the day.
The riders went through the entire park again, taking three hits on each feature, with their top score on each feature counting toward their overall point tally. The competitors braved rogue gusts and pulled out clean and technical tricks on the two kickers and three sliders.
Hood River local, Brandon Scheid rode in the spotlight yet again as he laid down consistent hits on all the obstacles including a backmobe 5 on the Slingshot kicker.
Craig Cunningham stomped a gap backside 360 pass over the Cabrinha rail to set him apart from the competition. In the gusty wind, it was a risky trick which paid off and received loud cheers from the beach.
Known for his grabs, Ewan Jaspan has a melon grab toeside backside 720 and a nose grab heelside backside 540 on his score sheet. The scores will be close and it will come down to kite position, amplitude, and landing composure to decide the number one spot.
With a recently sprained ankle, Sensi Graves pulled out a solid performance today. She rode consistently throughout the round. She came off the water extremely amped, after almost landing a G-spot and landing a huge fronstide 540 off the Session kicker.
The results are being tabulated, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at River City in downtown Hood River on Friday, July 28th.
Spornado, the title sponsor of the event, is a free, fitness-focused social networking app. If you want to get the latest, behind-the-scenes images and updates from the riders themselves, make sure you download the Spornado App, available via Playstore or Itunes.
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