Posts Tagged ‘Jason Slezak’

It’s been a while!

// January 24th, 2011 // Comments Off on It’s been a while! // Uncategorized

Check out a Sensi Graves edit of Brandon Scheid, Jason Slezak, and Miss Sensi herself charging on da sliders Sensi Graves appears to be the next up-and-coming female [kiteboarding] slider rider for 2011!

Team REAL at CWC from Sensi Graves on Vimeo.

Hood River in Motion

// July 25th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hood River in Motion // Uncategorized

Check out this quick edit by Bryan Elkus from Real Kiteboarding. This sums up a bit of the midweek section of our trip to the gorge and a bit of Oregon before the Ro-Sham Throw Down. Brandon Sheid, Bryan Elkus, Jason Slezak, and myself jetted around the state searching out wind and string surfing the majestic Oregon coast!

Check out by clicking on the link provided to find out more about this event!

REAL Team in Hood River, OR 2010 from Real Watersports on Vimeo.

Kiteboarding lifestyle

// July 15th, 2010 // Comments Off on Kiteboarding lifestyle // Uncategorized

Rufus on Columbia River

After an amazing session at Rufus on the Columbia River that saw winds between 35 – 50 mph with river swell reaching an easy 10-12ft. It was time for bit of a change.

Elkus, Scheid, Stuckey, & Slezak

Elkus, Scheid, Stuckey, & Slezak

Been hanging out with Brandon Scheid, Bryan Elkus, and Jason Slezak in the pacific Northwest. We heard the wind and waves were forecasted to fire on the coast. Therefore, Tuesday last minute, we packed up the truck and headed four hours over to the coast to meet up with Julien and Tekko for a wicked session of string kiting in the surf that day. Tuesday evening session saw 10m – 12m kites hitting well overhead surf. Again, getting a late start after the fog rolled out on Wednesday, we all enjoyed a fantastic 8m – 10m day charging waves, still organized but slightly smaller.

Oregon Coast

Kiteboard 4 Cancer

// July 12th, 2010 // Comments Off on Kiteboard 4 Cancer // Uncategorized

KB4C Saturday, July 10th

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer event

The morning of the Kiteboard 4 Cancer endurance/relay event, the team: Jason Slezak, Sensi Graves, Dominique Granger, and Chris Stuckey awoke early to the sight of white caps on the Columbia River. Everyone was charged and stoked to make this a wicked-fun day. Arriving at the Event Site early to setup, we pumped several quivers of kites; Naish Cults and Helixes for Sensi and Dominique, Liquid Force Havocs for Slezak and Stuckey. The team worked fast to pump kites and stake our real estate on the lawn as the Event Site began to crowd up with teams and individuals preparing for the start of the event. In the meantime, Jason made some last minute negotiations and acquired a Rawson Quad for the team. Apparently surfboards are the way to go.

Tribute to loved ones

Ten am came fast and with it, a rider’s meeting led by Neil Hutchinson. Highlighting the rules, the race course, and potential hazards, it was one of the larger rider meetings the team had been around. Neil stated that the race would begin at 11am and the team quickly decided that Slezak would be our lead rider. The start to the endurance event began on the far side of the river, with 130 kites dancing on top of one another. As the final horn blew to signal the start all participates barreled toward the Event Site to round the first mark. In about three minutes the team spotted Jason on a 10m Havoc and a Rawson quad, rounding the buoy in a great position roughly nine people back but before the chaos. As you can imagine, this area became a quick cluster of kites, lines, and more tangles than anyone of us have seen in quite awhile.

KB4C kiters hitting the first marker at the start!

At the end of Jason’s first lap the forward strap on his surfboard broke loose from the screw. The team noticed this hindering element as Jason, instead of rounding the Event Site marker kept riding toward his cheering team on the shore. Dominique and Stuckey sprung into action like a well oiled NASCAR pit crew and fixed his strap. Within minutes, Slezak was back on the water charging. An hour-an-half later, Slezak threw the secret sign to indicate that he would do one more lap. The team utilized this time to prepare for the switch and get Sensi on the water. As Slezak came in, downing his kite to Stuckey, he passed off his riding jersey (the baton) to Sensi.

Sensi stood in the water with the team riding jersey now on, as Brandon threw her 9m Cult into the air. Navigating around a couple kiters on the shoreline, she was off around the first mark. The wind was experiencing a lull and with most of the kites on the inside down, Sensi had to slog through her first two laps significantly underpowered. However during the second half of her portion Sensi was lit, flying through the course with her kite very near directly overhead. After having enough of this chaos she signaled to the shore crew and came in.

Dominique was next in the line up and put up a 7m Helix. She took off around the riders and flew up the course. The river swell on the outside was massive and definitely over Dominique’s head. Yet she powered through the chop and managed to get four more laps for our team. Coming inside Dominique maneuvered around a couple other riders and landed safely on shore. Luckily none of our team had any line tangling incidents although plenty of kiters experienced significant accidents.

Stuckey was the last team member to launch. On an 8m Havoc and the Rawson Quad fish he flew through the course. At this point the wind was cranking. During the conclusion of lap four and approaching the event site marker, his forward strap broke loose on the board. Stuckey recalled later, “That moment when it broke, I had two options: continue on or come to shore for a NASCAR style pit fix. I decided to keep charging and continued on for several more laps.” Stuckey was able to lap quite a few individuals and pulled out an impressive seven laps.

With only 20 minutes left in the event, Stuckey passed off the final bit of this endurance challenge to Slezak. Jason covered an impressive nine minute lap his first lap around. Therefore he was able to finish two laps before the end of the event was finalized.

2nd Wind - 1st & Ninja's - 3rd

All in all, the team placed an impressive 3rd place in laps, at 23 laps! Take in mind, the fact that three of the four team members rode this spot for the first time the day before the event. We are most proud of the fact that we were able to raise a significant amount of money and create higher levels of awareness for those affected by cancer. Furthermore we had a wonderful time sharing our stories and high levels of stoke with fellow kiters on the opposite side of the country. Wind Ninjas would like to thank everyone that donated, contributed, helped out and supported our team. We could not have done it without you! We’ll be back next year for sure!

Are you KB4C!?

// July 1st, 2010 // Comments Off on Are you KB4C!? // Uncategorized

"Megatron" or "miltilda"It’s July and I haven’t updated my blog for weeks!  I’m not going to lie, it’s a little difficult when you live on an island with so much to do!  Every realm of this village has an activity to participate in, no matter the weather condition:  Sunny w/ no wind, no waves – Build a 55 ft A-frame Slider called “Megatron” or “M.I.T.L”  (Mistake in the Lake), or surfing, kiteboarding, skateboarding vert, and enjoying great company with friends. Megatron looks sexy, but boy is she a FAILboat at the moment! I take responsibility, she’s needs some stability to be a worthy slider!

Dom, Sleazy, Sensi, and me

At this time, I am getting ready to participate as a team member in the Kiteboard 4 Cancer event in Hood River, OR July 9th – 11th. As a team, Real Wind Ninja’s, as we’re referred, consist of four individuals (Sensi, Dominque, Jason, and myself) united by a passion for the sport of kiteboarding and our drive to raise awareness for cancer research/support services. Check out Real Ninja’s team link, KB4C to make a charitable donation.

Skate Frenzy

// April 4th, 2010 // Comments Off on Skate Frenzy // Uncategorized

Sleazy charging

A skate frenzy has been in play on the island for the past couple weeks. As the temperatures made it less than desirable to jump in the water for a surf sessh or wicked winds providing bone chilling kite sessions, the ramps have been getting a lot of play. On Saturday, Jason, Brandon, Elkus, and Tommy sessioned the ramp while Sam watched.

Brandon Scheid

3 weeks of riding!? what?

3 weeks of riding!? what?

Secret spot….

// March 28th, 2010 // Comments Off on Secret spot…. // Uncategorized

mini ramp Between cold fronts, light wind, and smaller surf…. the guys have been hitting a contagious little secret place that harbors a beautiful mini ramp! Sam Bell tearing it up

side-OFF Shore Kitesurfing

// December 9th, 2009 // Comments Off on side-OFF Shore Kitesurfing // Uncategorized

Beach Ramp 23

Today kicked off with wind howling out of the Southwest. Before I could enjoy this glorious warm breeze and what turned out to be a wicked-gorgeous fall day. I woke up to Ryan Evans (a good alarm clock) voice on the other end of the line, “Stuckey, wind is cranking! See you in the backyard in 20 minutes.” It sure was, Southwest and blowing 25-30 mph’s. Boosting sessh to the moon in the slick with Duca and Evans. 2010 Naish Helix is a great boosting kite, however, I prefer the 2009 Naish bar.

Side-off Ramp 23, Southwest

Afternoon different story, began with a challenge from Nuzzi, we’re hitting Ramp 23, “Let’s go!” Stan, Duca, Nuzzi, and Slezak, we hit side-off in large organized waves in turbulent wind (gusty on the inside). One of the more epic ocean sessions I’ve had in 3 days. 2010 Havoc is a “no-joke” hands down, killer kite. I fully recommend the LF Havoc, the bar, the whole 2010 package has my “approval”.

Southwest makes an Appearance

// November 30th, 2009 // Comments Off on Southwest makes an Appearance // Uncategorized

Real Kiteboarding

Real Kiteboarding

Arriving back to the Banks Sunday evening after a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family in the lower half of NC. I awoke to South-Wizzy (aka Southwest) winds! For those of you who know, you know! Southwest is the best wind on the island, warm, sunny, and ever-building throughout the day. Got in a great little session riding and yelling at each other in The Slick hitting The Duke slider and clowning with the boyz: Ryan Evans, Duca, Joel, Nick Baines, and Slezak.