Crazy winds lead to a switch up in the order of Day 2 of Kite Clash.
With gusts reaching up to 34 knots, Kite Clash organize Steve Tulk switched the Freestyle Open event with the Big Air competition. The decision lead to some high-flying action as a storm rolled in. The competitors were scored on height, style and the technicality of the jumps.
“What a big air competition that was,” Tulk said. “Amazing winds today.”
The women’s final was made up of Corrie Coons, Marie-Eve Mayrand, Kenzi Carlstrom and Justi Vonada. The women went head to head while the crowd cheered them on. Carlstrom and Vonada then pulled in the points with some technical jumps and fancy style, while Mayrand gain some nice height.
But Coons with her trade-mark kiss was a crowd pleaser and in the end, took home top spot with the most points. Coons ended up with the highest jump of the day, soaring a whooping 13 metres above the ocean. She out jumped everyone in the men’s and women’s categories. It was the second year running that Coons claimed that crown.
“Maybe next year the guys can step it up a bit,” Coons said.
Coons said she caught an updraft and felt like she just kept going up.
“I was thinking of doing a loop, but I was close to a ship,” she said.
Coons's massive jump gained her a big lead. She ended ahead of know reigning Canadian Freestyle Champion Carlstrom. Carlstrom’s fancy tricks and air-time put her in front of Vonada on the podium.
The men’s division saw some fierce competition. While the wind was pumping throughout the majority of the heats, the wind went lighter and gusty for the finals. But four-time champion Lewis Crathern, Peter Martel, Phillip Schronger and Daniel Koenig put on a show.
The final scores were the closest the Kite Clash had seen throughout its competitions. Seattle’s Schronger came out on top. He said he is used to getting big air, but wasn’t sure how he would fair on the technical side.
“Going big is my speciality, but I am not into the technical stuff so much,” Schronger said.
Martel was able to claim the second spot and Crathern came in third.