Wednesday, August 8, 2001
"Go fly a kite" has taken on new meaning among watersports enthusiasts the past few years.
Kiteboarding has reached the peak of its popularity -- never more evident than at last month's Gorge Games -- and has begun catching on all over the world.
The sport will continue its asÿcent Saturday, Aug. 11, as the second annual Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival blows into Stevenson, Wash.
"We are stoked to have the event in Stevenson again," event organizer Floyd Wilkes said. "We want both a great competition and to create interactive opportuÿnities for spectators and sponÿsors."
Wilkes said this year's festival has received an outpouring of community and corporate supÿport from sponsors such as Naish Kiteboarding, Slingshot, Wipika, the Port of Skamania, Xtracycle, Ikiteboard.com, Storm Warning and New Wind Kiteboarding School. As a result, the athletes will be competing for purse monÿey and prizes valued at more than $3,000.
Headlining this year's competiÿtion are Gorge Games Blowout champions Cory Roeseler of White Salmon, Wash., and Renee Hanks of Arcata, Calif., the first woman ever to finish the event.
Roeseler, one of the sport's originators, defeated kiteboarding mogul Flash Austin at the 2001 Gorge Games with a record Blowÿout time of 47:51. Hanks, who is spending the summer training in Stevenson, won first place at last year's Bridge of the Gods.
Other local athletes registered to compete are Mark Doyle, Ken Winner, David Tyburski, Gary Reed, Stacey Boggs, Karen Burekÿer and Barb Smith, among others.
Also scheduled to appear is 2000 Bridge of the Gods winner Adam Koch, although he will not compete. The Seattle native and men's freestyle kiteboardÿing champ at this year's Gorge Games will instead be judging the event.
Bridge of the Gods is open to the public and features an exÿpression session format to deÿtermine the winners. The event will be held at Stevenson's East Point, just east of Bob's Beach on the waterfront.
Athletes must preregister and can find more information online at www.freestyle.tv or by contacting Wilkes at email@example.com or (509) 427-5156.
More like this story
- Boys lax suffers significant setback in league opener
- Letters to the Editor for April 30
- No on 14-55: But not a ‘yes’ to Nestlé
- ‘Putting your house in order’ returns May 11
- Police Log, April 12 to 24, part 2 of 2
- Sheriff Log, April 17 to 24
- ‘Music at the Dawn’ brings early 1900s to life
- Entertainment Update for April 30
- GOP governor candidates spar in Hood River
- Late rally falls short in HRV loss to Hermiston
Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge