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ricki 07-08-2008 10:36 AM

Just brought the "Wayback Machine" forward for this one. Who can identify the following event by name, location, date and how many folks can you name in the photos? By the numbers ...
Photos 1 & 2
Photos 3 & 4
Photos 5 & 6
Photos 7, 8 & 9

Photos by Rick Iossi

ricki 07-08-2008 04:17 PM

No guesses??? Some of the guys that are in these shots show up on here periodically. For extra points you can supply phone numbers for the women in # 4, ha! So, how about it?

ricki 07-09-2008 09:04 AM

This was the first large kiting event in Florida, the Kiteboard Masters on Miami Beach in March 2002. As to identities, I'll take a stab at it. Could use some help with the gaps. In Photo 1, you have Neil, Pete Cabrinha, David Tyburski, Chuck Patterson. In Photo 2, Dimitri, Christopher Tasti, Julian Sadrat (?) Photo 3, Shannon Best, Matt Cohen, Andy Hurdman, Mauricio Abreu, Chuck again. Photo 4, Bruno, unidentified girls who lost their tops but can dance and Jeff Lagosse (definitely mispelled, sorry Jeff, nice moves though). Photo 5, the Hurdman Bros. riding for F One as I recall. Photo 6, is that Chip Wasson sitting on the table?, Martin Vari is standing in profile and there's Jeff Beige off to the right. Photo 7, Dave Loop, Bruno again, Paul Menta and Brad Lange. In Photo 8, Tophat launches, searching for some major uplift, say to over 200 ft.? (only when he is on camera). As I recall Erik Ecks notable lofting happened a few months later out in Oahu. Finally in Photo 9, Christophe Ribot and Dr. Fabrice.

It was a fun event even if the wind was sort of light. Set in the midst of a massive sports event with about 100,000 attending it was a notable point in Florida kiting history.

Here's a few more shots:
Andy rigs big, not a lot of depower in 2002. Nice hair cut.
Before Best and women in kite marketing, there was NEXT. Nice job Greg! What is it about kiting and rabbits?
I recall this is Martin Vari's cousin, shortly after to appear in a now fairly famous photo sequence.
Dimitri performs his now signature beachside dismount
Ryan chats with Chuck while Martin talks in the background. Vari's kiting career was to take off in a big way in the next few years. Then again, how many other notable figures in kiting that show up in these images can you say that about?

Photos by Rick Iossi, all rights reserved.

C. Moore 07-09-2008 09:38 AM


The girl in photo number 4 is Jenny and her number is 867-5309. I swear. :)

Danimal8199 07-09-2008 02:54 PM

Chris, you forgot the area code! :)

ricki 07-10-2008 07:20 AM

Here's a few more from the Wreck of the Poulson in Grand Cayman.
Simon drops down
Skating along by the bow
A look aft
Snapper n eels
Simon cruises on

ricki 07-10-2008 12:03 PM


Originally Posted by C. Moore (Post 34619)

The girl in photo number 4 is Jenny and her number is 867-5309. I swear. :)

Could have been over from Europe on vacation or perhaps locals. Wonder if Bruno knows? I have a whole sub album devoted to this unscheduled part of the event. Largely fated to never see the light of day, sigh.

ricki 07-10-2008 02:21 PM

Hoping to start a new page.

ricki 07-10-2008 02:22 PM

Still trying ...

ricki 07-10-2008 02:22 PM

A while back the folks at NPX crafted some inspired videos in my opinion. Sure it is commercial but the content is well put together and entertaining. First some stills provided by Josh Noe at Adventure Sports (Thanks Josh!) It's like the Dukes Of Hazard wake up as kiters and haul butt into swamp country with an airboat and riding flatware. NPX puts out all sorts of great clothing and water wear including boardshorts, wetsuits and rash guards.
Start with my favorite of the lot. Jon styling in his NPX Freddy togs ala swamp muck at speed. Wakeboarding behind an airboat thick into sawgrass, what next?
Getting out into da River Of Grass.
Dre models his Freddy rashguard and in prime Everglades fibrous peat. It's a dirty job but Dre's up to it, looking good too!
Julian Fillion is prepared. He's not riding a wake skate for just for any old reason. It's so he has shoes on to run over the top of gators that want to bum a ride. He then picks up his wake skate still in motion and rips on. You should see it, too cool.
Damien grabs the moment. Hey wonder if the guys kept any of the mud or gator scat for souvenirs?
Grab your socks, cause we're entering the Dre Zone.

Now, here's what we've been leading up to, the video, roll 'em ...

BTW, you can find a much clear video image at the NPX website
along with more info on all this great water wear:

Click to catch Andre, Damien, Jon n Julian in da swamp!

Still photos by Tracy Kraft and video by Elliot Leboe of ACL Productions.
Great job folks!

Here's good news, there are two more flicks to go, stay tuned ...

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