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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!

In the land of Wind!

// March 26th, 2010 // Comments Off on In the land of Wind! // Uncategorized

New Orleans, Goodbye!The journey began in New Orleans, ventured through Mississippi Mississippi, then AlabamaOh Alabama, and GeorgiaGeorgia Yay!. Daylight ran out, but ventured through the corner of South Carolina and finally North Carolina! Kiting and surfing has been glorious….

Production Life….

// March 12th, 2010 // Comments Off on Production Life…. // Uncategorized

EPK for HBO "Treme"

Just got back from visiting the fam in Da Ville (IN)! Things were good.

EPK HBO "Treme"

Returned to beautiful weather in New Orleans and a fun day working production, for behind the scenes bonus feature footage for HBO’s new show “Treme”. Worked with Wendell Pierce, from HBO’s “The Wire”

Wendell Pierce, HBO "Treme"

I’m still crossing the lake as of now, but I still need more money….
Donate TODAY: click link Kiteboarder Crossing


// February 26th, 2010 // Comments Off on DONATE tODAY // Uncategorized

My fundraising effort, aka The Kiteboarder Crossing has blown up into it’s very own organized event. As part of the 2010 New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta, I’m again a non-sailing fundraising participant and organizing mayhem. This year will be a kiteboarder race across Lake Pontchartrain, this lake spans approximately 24 miles. Various kiteboarders from the Nola/MS and a couple guys from Miami area have expressed an interest in fundraising a couple bucks and racing across the lake for a great cause!


Stay posted as this all begins to come together in the month of March!

2009 LCR Chase Boat Crew

2009 LCR Chase Boat Crew

To Superbowl or to Revel? Both

// February 5th, 2010 // Comments Off on To Superbowl or to Revel? Both // Uncategorized

NFC championship 2010

Sidenote: The Real Fans was filmed in the place I’m currently living in.

In New Orleans, Rise Of Saints Symbolic Of City
by Debbie Elliott (NPR News)

“This might help you understand just how big the Super Bowl is in the Big Easy: some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants are closing on Sunday evening.

And on the first big weekend of Carnival, parades have been rescheduled around the big game, which matches New Orleans’ beloved Saints against the Indianapolis Colts.

And while voters here are choosing a mayor Saturday, even mayoral candidate Mitch Landrieu is still reveling in that overtime field goal that sent the Saints to Miami.

“Everybody without thinking about it reached out and held their neighbors’ hands and the entire stadium was holding hands at the time that that ball actually went through the uprights,” Landrieu recalls. “It was extraordinary. One of the greatest moments of my life. It was cathartic.”

For many, their team’s long climb to the Super Bowl is symbolic of New Orleans’ ongoing struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Fans here have been wandering in the football desert for more than 40 years. They donned paper bags for a while — about the same time the paper-bag-masked Unknown Comic was a fixture on The Gong Show — but the “Aints” of old are no more.

Now it’s a Who Dat nation…”

For the rest of this article, click!

Rabbits and Saints

// January 19th, 2010 // Comments Off on Rabbits and Saints // Uncategorized

“The Hungry Rabbit Jumps” is the latest Nicholas Cage movie being filmed here in New Orleans. A scene from the movie was filmed in an apartment across the street from the condo above our local water hole “The Rusty Nail”. This previous week, I worked for two shows, one for HGTV and another for MTV. Movies and the general film industry in New Orleans is alive…

"Hungry Rabbit" movie jumps on Rusty Nail

The Saints are going to the NFC Championship! The city of Nola is buzzing and I love being immersed in it’s chaotic energy. Check out the Saints-nation Ameri-flag in the top left corner!

Go Saints!

Go Saints!

Work damnnit

// November 23rd, 2009 // Comments Off on Work damnnit // Uncategorized

Northwest ripper and extreme-sports cinematographer, Nate Appel has edited yet again, another stellar little video in his “A Work in Progress” Series. Check out myVideos for ‘s “A Work in Progress – Part 6”!