Bride of the Gods Kite Fest a success

— The 13th annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest held its second and final round of competition Sunday under sunny skies and strong, gusty conditions. The amateur-only event, touted as the longest-running freestyle kiteboarding contest in the U.S., featured two separate weekends of competition this year. A successful pro event was held at the end of July and was followed by Sunday’s amateur and youth contest.

Organized by the Boldstad family of Stevenson, the event brought 35 contestants ranging in age from mini-groms to masters, to the front-row viewing venue of the Stevenson waterfront. Kiters were competing for bragging rights, several thousand dollars in prizes and cash and the experience of participating in a judged freestyle event. Several past Bridge of the Gods winners have gone on to become professional kiteboarders.

Contest Highlights:

Mini Groms
1st: Vatea Boersma

2nd: Wyatt Foley

Groms

1st: Dylan Murphy

2nd: Austin Keillor

3rd: Mateo Soltane

Masters

1st: Jan Boersma

2nd: Billy Kipling

3rd: Tom Dawson

Women

1st: Lindsey Mcclure

2nd: Cameron Rogers

3rd: Carol Bolstad

Men

1st: Grom Gormley

2nd: Blaine Baker

3rd: Antar Racca

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