15 millons $ catamaran VS Hawaiin Kai Lenny’s $1,500 Kite Board Gear…

Kai Lenny's $1,500 Kite Board vs Oracle Team USA's $15 million Catamaran Cal

Kai Lenny's $1,500 Kite Board vs Oracle Team USA's $15 million Catamaran Cal

Can a kiteboarder outrace the new 72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA? Kai Lenny decided to give it a go, in San Francisco.

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran  of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran  of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

Can a kiteboarder outrace the new 72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA? Kai Lenny decided to give it a go, in San Francisco.

The challenge was simple. Pink slips were on the line when Lenny put his $1,500 kite board up against the $15 million boat.

Kai Lenny got a significant jump out of the starting gate, launching his kite and harnessing the power of the winds to propel himself at 20 knots across the water (23 mph).

This caught Oracle Team USA off guard at first, before they found their rhythm and cranked it up to 30 knots (34 mph) to blow by the kite board.

“He got a really good start, so we just put the hammer down. It’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight”, tells Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of Oracle Team USA.

Oracle Team USA will be looking to defend its America’s Cup title when racing starts September 7, in San Francisco.

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran  of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

sources:  surfertoday.com

“It’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight.” Those were the comments of Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA and the defenders of the America’s Cup.

The question was whether kite board champion Kai Lenny can outrace the new 72-foot catamaran of ORACLE TEAM USA.

Pink slips were on the line when Lenny put his $1,500 kite board up against the $15 million Catamaran  …

 

KiteBoarding Race Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

The Crissy Field beach looked like a psychedelic tent city, with dozens of colorful kite-boarding kites strung along the shore. Seventy-five kite boarders representing 22 countries slipped into white and blue jerseys as an air horn summoned them to the ready.

The scene was part of the Northern American Kite Board Racing Championships, a four-day kite board course race which originally began at the St. Francis Yacht Club five years ago.

KiteBoarding Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

KiteBoarding Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

“Our group here, the local fleet and the St. Francis Yacht Club figured out how to get these boards to begin to sail upwind,” said regatta chairman Jim Kiriakis, “and then sail in a classic upwind downwind sailing, yachting format.”

Just a month before the America’s Cup Yacht Race begins in the frigid bay waters, dozens of riders were zipping along just as fast – strapped to kites and boards instead of million-dollar yachts.

“You’re basically standing on this board, harnessing the power of the wind,” said racer Sky Solbach, who traveled from Hawaii for the competition. “Flying around the water, it’s a blast.”

The competition began this week with two days of qualifying heats, with finals on Thursday and Friday.

The colorful sails looked like gnats hovering around Alcatraz as the heat of 40 racers began bearing down on a course of buoys stretching out to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The home court advantage in the competition may go to Larkspur’s Erika and Johnny Heineken, the brother-and-sister racers who currently wear the titles of men’s and women’s kite boarding world champions.

“We go out almost every day and sail against each other in summer,” said Erika Heineken. “So we’ve got a ton of local knowledge and support.”

In the first of the days qualifying heats, Johnny Heineken demonstrated the difference between a world champion and everyone else, blasting past the field of riders and smoothly gliding into shore well in front of the closest competitor.

“It’s super fun to have everybody come to us for once,” he said. “It’s the one time in the year we get the little bit of advantage.”

The sport of kite boarding has evolved since the early days when the big thrill for riders was launching into the air, carried by a floating kite. Now riders travel the world racing on highly competitive courses.

But the sport was dealt a recent setback when it was denied a slot in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Kiriakis believes kite boarding’s day will come sometime soon.

“We believe by 2020, there will be kite boarding Olympic sailing class,” Kiriakis said. “There’s a high probability that happens.”

For now, the racers will have to be content zipping along at the same speed as the America’s Cup Racing Yachts, hoping the winds of progress will help the young sport finally catch air.

Source: nbcbayarea.com