The King and Queen of the Kicker contest at the 2017 Spornado Hood Jam was a perfect glimpse into the future of kite-powered kicker riding. The best riders in the world were in the rotation, going for tricks that have never been landed. While warming up, the men stepped through tricks on the beach, making sure their leash wouldn’t prevent them from passing the bar three times, as they eyed the toeside backside 900. The women, also, had big, flip-and-pass tricks on their wish lists. To find out what went down, read the full recap below, provided by the Kite Park League. Photos by Toby Bromwich.
The winds were blowing and the riders were frothing. The King and Queen of the Kicker contests were run at sunset on Thursday. Toby Bromwich and Vincent Bergeron were posted and ready for hours, capturing the finest moments. The wind was patchy and strong, lending an advantage to the Hood River locals.
Brandon Scheid was notable, yet again, with the only toeside backside 900 off the Slingshot kicker on the right side tack. He didn’t take too many hits, but he made each one count. After riding away clean, he perched himself atop the kicker while watching the other men hit the left-foot-tack Full Sail Session kicker.
The girls were attempting new tricks and coming close to landing some which have never been landed before in competition. Annelous Lammerts was trying a Pete Rose, Sensi Graves a Blind Pete, and Colleen Carroll a Tantrum to Blind.
However, Lindsay McClure came through in the last minutes with a crowmobe off the Session Kicker. She was going for a Backmobe on the bigger kicker but wasn’t able to stomp it in the allotted amount of time.
Along with spending copious amounts of time on the water, the athletes have been posting endlessly on their Spornado profiles. The third place in the social media competition will win a hand-held gimbal. Second place will receive a top-of-the-line fitness tracking Garmin watch. The winner of the Sponado competition will get a Mavic Pro Drone. A huge thanks to Spornado for providing these generous awards!
Tomorrow’s plan is undecided with the best of the rail rider’s competition still having to go down. The awards ceremony will be held Friday at River City Saloon in Hood River starting at 20:00. Put on your party hats and get ready to celebrate the Spornado Hood Jam 2017.
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.