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Old 02-10-2006, 02:18 PM
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Default TAMPA BAY BOARDERCROSS RACE!!! --> PART II

Heading back to Mullet Key for Part II of the Boardercross coverage ...



I am curious to hear this guys story (Ray Leroy, Damien's brother?). That is some height to go up to without a board. Coming down without a board can be a painful experience from even a lower height at times.



A closer shot of Ray ripping it up in the heavy wind. Ray did a great favor for me at Jupiter securing a loose board strap, thanks!






Edging



There were a few guys in helmets at this event. Makes sense particularly in consideration of the conditions. Well done to those riders including Josh shown here setting up.


Steve gives this unknown rider an assist






Andrea with Viking and PJ with Kite Billboard






Damien getting ready to head out and throw some more big moves



Antonio of Kite Billboard gets ready to head out with some assistance from Josh. Kite Billboard presents some interesting concepts of benefit to riders (gear) and advertisers (highly visible ads).



And so on to The Final Heat ...


Time for the big guns to go through their moves



Kent with Cabrinha gets ready to launch with an assist from Raul



Alex stretches to grab his Waterboard



Shawn gets ready with an assist from Ray






Charging out












Racing upwind



Packing in tight around the turn.



Alex takes the lead closely followed by Shaun with Kent riding in. The three guys finished in that order.



Alex throws a victory jump



The rider board for the race



Alex, team rider for Waterboards.net shows off his gear



Shaun showing off his custom board with some unusual bottom features fabricated by Nick. I am not sure if Shaun is sponsored or not. He was riding a Best 7 m Yarga and really hauled upwind at points in the race.



Kent with Cabrinha rode a hard race in front but slipped to third in rounding the final turn.



The event's a wrap, might as well grab some water time and enjoy the more mellow 25 to 30 mph sideshore winds and long swells. Sunset moves on ...



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Bill gets thrown for a kite loop



The moon is up



Another board off manuver or perhaps Bay riders are refining barefoot kiting?!



Shooting kiteboarders can be chilly business



George with Kiteflix.COM came by later on in the day to shoot some of the action. George has worked on many outstanding video projects covering most Florida events and has launched a recent creative feature DVD, "Aerial Assault" staring Dimitri going off all over the place. And, look to see George riding in the future. His leg injury is on the mend and George is now on the water!






It's getting late, time to head back to the barn

Jayson put on a wrap party for the competitors of the boardercross the next day. Scenes from which appear below.



The winners with the Waterboards custom board bag signed by the competitors. Waterboards put up a kiteboard for the winner.



Going from left to right, Jayson, Kent, Alex, Shaun and Neil, showing the colors.



Mercedes and Melissa with JN Kites walk on to the launch area for the Tampa Bay Downwinder Race on Sunday, but that's another story.
(to be continued ...)


That's all for now,




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