Back for it’s sixth year – Kite Clash is going to be a good one!
In its sixth year, Kite Clash is one of the greatest kiteboarding competitions in the world. Attracting professional kiteboarding athletes from all over, this event is unique because spectators can get so close to the action. The launch at Squamish Spit is right next to the observation deck and the pro’s can literally jump over the crowd and show off their tricks.
Kite Clash Kiteboard events
The event kicks off on a Friday with the Canadian Freestyle Championships and last years champion, Sam Medysky will be back to retain his title. Along with many other previous champions, including Laura Holman, Jack Rieder, Annelous Lammerts and Colleen Carroll. Special guest and 4x British Kiteboarding Champion, Lewis Crathern will also be flying in from the UK to compete.
On Friday afternoon, the Twin Tip Slalom Cross first round takes place. A recent addition, the slalom sees a large number of kiters race around buoys in an attempt to make to the final on Sunday. The melee is very entertaining and guaranteed to make at least one pro spend the rest of the afternoon detangling lines!
Saturday begins with the Open Freestyle, this is an all-day event as a large number of kiters sign up. It makes it a must-see as each kiteboarder tries to impress the judges and out do the last riders tricks.
Sunday presents the Big Air and Twin Tip Slalom Cross Final. If you have ever watched the Red Bull Big Air, you know what we are talking about. Kiteboarders try and boost as high as they can to take this title. Sit back and watch as they try to reach the top of the Chief before you guessed it another tussle to the finish line to take the Slalom Cross title.
Kite Clash recommendations for the day
Set to be the most popular year yet, Kite Clash recommends taking their free shuttle to the spit Events start daily at 11.30 am daily so park at Backcountry Brewing from 11 am and the shuttle KiteClash will pick up every half hour.
Feel like you could show a trick or two, registration is open right up until each morning. Get to the Spit between 9 am and 10.30 am to book your spot.
General riding is still possible for everybody else, you’ll just have to stay out of the honey hole for a few days, sorry. Why not make a day of it and book a lesson with Sea to Sky Kiteboarding and get even closer to the action!
To keep up with the action and discover who takes the top spots visit the Kite Clash Facebook page.
- Here are the rules competition rules – World Kite League