RO SHAM kiteboarding competition Columbia River Gorge Hood River, Oregon, USA THROWDOWN COMMENCES WITH A BANG, WOMEN’S QUALIFIERS 2012

Day two of Ro Sham Throwdown kicked off with the women’s division, featuring epic conditions and top-level riding through the world’s first slopestyle setup.

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Hood River, Oregon, USA — Wednesday, July 18: Amidst strong, steady winds on Tuesday in the Columbia River Gorge, the 2012 Ro Sham Throwdown kiteboarding competition commenced with two rounds of Women’s Qualifiers.

 

Utilizing the world’s first purely slopestyle format for a kiting event, eight women hit the water in the early afternoon, riding through the five-piece terrain park one at a time and throwing flatwater tricks at the end of each run. The three-person panel of judges scored each trick on a scale of 1 to 10, with each heat score comprised of 40 percent rails, 20 percent kicker, 20 percent flatwater, and 20 percent overall impression.

The lineup included Britney Todd, Colleen Carroll, Dominique Granger, Holly Kennedy, Laura Maher, Lindsay McClure, Samantha Pearce, and Sensi Graves. After six passes through the park, the two top-scoring kiters — Carroll and Graves — advanced to the finals. With an impressive show of moves off the kicker, plus stylish rail hits and technical flatwater tricks, Carroll bagged the highest score of the day, 69.84 (out of 100), while Graves came in second at 51.63 points. The remaining six competitors then hit the water again — this time allotted four passes apiece. Exhibiting a diversity of well-executed tricks, Mayer beat out Granger by the slimmest of margins (less than .6 points), 45.92 to 45.39. Both will join Carroll and Graves in the Women’s Final on Wednesday morning.

Following a 9:30 a.m. rider’s meeting at Hood River’s infamous sandbar, competition will resume at 10. After the Women’s Finals are completed, the Men’s Qualifier’s will kick off. Thirty men will vie for 12 coveted spots into the Semi Finals, where they will face a trio of pre-seeded riders: Brandon Scheid, Eric Rienstra, and Sam Light.

 

Drawing world-class competitors from around the world, the third annual Ro Sham Throwdown got underway today in Hood River.

Hood River, Oregon, USA — Tuesday, July 17: Yesterday marked the official kickoff of Ro Sham Throwdown, a major international pro-am kiteboarding competition — one of the most action-packed and highly anticipated showdowns in the industry. Running from July 16 to 21, this third annual event will showcase the mind-blowing talents of the world’s best kiteboarders, while giving up-and-comers a chance to prove their worth amongst the heavyweights.

Thirty-five men and eight women from Antigua, Australia, England, Scotland, the U.S., and Uruguay will battle it out throughout the week at the first-ever slopestyle kiteboarding competition.

Presented by The Slider Project, which created the event’s floating open-to-the-public terrain park, Ro Sham Throwdown will be staged at the world-renowned Sandbar (just off of I-84, exit 63) in Hood River — the birthplace of kiteboarding — where judges, spectators and the media will watch the captivating action up close.

 

The format of the contest is a bit different this year than the two previous years: the organizers decided to recreate the “slopestyle” contest format, well known in snowboarding, where only one rider goes through the course at the time. This format is definitely interesting: it allows the rider to have all the judges’ attention, but it also makes the life of the photographers and media people easier since they know where the riders will go. It makes everything run a bit slower overall, but it is much cleaner and no rider has to wait behind someone after a crash.

The location is also chosen carefully: Presented by The Slider Project, which created the event’s floating open-to-the-public terrain park, Ro Sham Throwdown will be staged at the world-renowned Sandbar (just off of I-84, exit 63) in Hood River — the birthplace of kiteboarding — where judges, spectators and the media will watch the captivating action up close.

This year, a total of thirty-five men and eight women from Antigua, Australia, England, Scotland, the U.S., Canada and Uruguay will battle it out throughout the week at the first-ever slopestyle kiteboarding competition.

Yesterday, Tuesday July 17th, was the first day of riding in the event and the Women’s qualifiers started the party. The 8 ladies gave their best, despite the very stong wind and the cold, as well as being the first time on the course for some of them. All the obstacles were used by the ladies and let me tell you they were killing it! The wind was very, very strongs (the girls were riding kites from 4 to 7 m) but they still managed to impress the judge panel composed of Jason Slezak, Sam Light and Brian Wheeler.

The lineup included Britney Todd, Colleen Carroll, Dominique Granger, Holly Kennedy, Laura Maher, Lindsay McClure, Samantha Pearce, and Sensi Graves. After six passes through the park, the two top-scoring kiters — Carroll and Graves,  both with Liquid Force— advanced to the finals. With an impressive show of moves off the kicker, plus stylish rail hits and technical flatwater tricks, Carroll bagged the highest score of the day, 69.84 (out of 100), while Graves came in second at 51.63 points. The remaining six competitors then hit the water again — this time allotted four passes apiece. Exhibiting a diversity of well-executed tricks, Mayer(Slingshot) beat out Granger (Naish) by the slimmest of margins (less than .6 points), 45.92 to 45.39. Both will join Carroll and Granger in the Women’s Final on Wednesday morning.

Following a 9:30 a.m. rider’s meeting at Hood River’s infamous sandbar, competition will resume at 10. After the Women’s Finals are completed, the Men’s Qualifier’s will kick off. Thirty men will vie for 12 coveted spots into the Semi Finals, where they will face a trio of pre-seeded riders: Brandon Scheid, Eric Rienstra, and Sam Light.

 

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