BERNINA CHALLENGE 2014
Teamrider Laci Kobulský is spending winter in Swiss in snowkite center Bigdayz.com and recently they organized a Freestyle / Track race event called Bernina Challenge. Here is his report:
“Before the actual event we hosted a snowkite video competition on web bernina-chellenge.ch in order to promote the event and get some best riders invited to the event. Event took place during two weeks and had 3 main parts:
- Track race – very interesting concept, you start a smartphone app KITE TRACKER, pick up any time during two weeks of competition and record your 2 hours session. App is GPS based and measure distance you make during your session. So guy or girl who make the most kilometers in two hours wins, simple :)
- Freestyle – Freestyle competition was divided on 2 heats on both Saturdays. I wanted to build a kickass snowpark, but it was not very easy since it was the first time I was doing something like this for snowkite. Problem is that you never know for sure what will be the wind direction at the day of the event and I could not have a snowcat at the spot :D First week setup was a bit disappointment, jib features was turned too much downwind and kickers was in bad direction, but second week I learned from my mistakes and I would say I was proud at my setup. We had 2 kickers: small and big one, 2 sliders on both directions and one canon rail. I sure had lots of fun :) I took the second place in competition right after youngster Andrea Amman.
- Winch – for case of no wind we prepared together with support from winch4ride.com a winch contest. I fixed a small park behind our house: one smooth safety jump and kink box. Sunday of second week was perfect. Blue sky and no wind and we had a lot of fun winching and drinking beer :)
It was the first year of this competition, I had a lot of doubts before it but I had to say it end up very good and I hope next year it will be a blast :) Make sure you check pictures and videos!