Three hundred sixty-five days have passed like the blink of an eye, and here we are again. The second annual Team Battle is here, and we are so very pleased to continue to redefine the standard and triumph as the premier event host in all of kiteboarding. Accolades aside, we are so very humbled by the generosity of our donors and affluent benefactors. Thanks to help from our supporters and viewers like you, the Kite Park League has been able to sustain its values and business ethics, overcoming fraudulent lawsuits and dodging bankruptcy.
Our Roster is packed with 30 riders from around the globe who will be sorted into teams and continue the prestige of park riding. Rules, team configurations, rider list, and event breakdown will be announced tomorrow during the team selection. News updates and live coverage can be found on the KPL Instagram, as well as the KPL website. The 2023 Kite Park League Team Battle begins tomorrow. Tune in by whatever means necessary. Clear your schedule, hire a babysitter or call in sick. See you tomorrow. Over and out.
*Special message to our donors and benefactors* - May your pocketbooks be forever generous and your hearts forever full. Good wind, clean landings, and have a blessed day.
In the meantime enjoy last years videos below!
1st TEAM TAN Ewan Jaspan Jack Rieder Lauren Holman Ian Daly Chris Boyle.
3rd TEAM BLUE Chris Bobryk Brendan Kerr Sam Medysky Rich Sabo Kristen Cooper John Perry
The KPL is honored to bring back the second annual Team Battle to Hood River USA. Since the birth of park riding, Hood River has thrived in promoting and supporting its continuation. If you were with us last year you know what this is about but for those of you joining for the first time here is how it works. Unlike former venues that tier riders through a plethora of heats in an effort to identify the best rider, both male and female, the Team Battle takes a progressive leap forward and introduces a new format that will showcase the best riding, while simultaneously making the event more viewer friendly and accessible to the public. As the name implies, the Team Battle is a team-oriented contest that fosters camaraderie and group participation to determine a winning team.
Riders are split into five teams with each team assigned a team captain based on KPL rankings. For the Team Battle, each of the five teams are responsible for filming and editing their own video that showcases their very best riding in and around the Hood River Slider Project. The Teams have from, August 26th, until midnight of September 1st to film and produce their team’s video. Video Criteria: Each rider has to include a minimum of one clip in the video, but a single rider cannot exceed 10 clips. Beyond these basic parameters, creativity, collaborative efforts and team ingenuity will be the driving force in determining the winner of the 2023 Hood River Team Battle. On September 2rd, the riders will be given the opportunity to exercise their own judgement and cast their ballots for the team they believe has produced the best video. The five teams will have one week to ride, film, edit and showcase the best and highest level of competitive park riding.
Without question, this will be a week to remember and perhaps a new milestone for the KPL and its distinguished influence on the entire kiteboarding industry. Stay Tuned and be ready; Hood River Team Battle August 26th - September 2nd.
The inaugural 2023 Kite Park League Sicily has officially concluded. The results have been chronicled, the photos have been captured, the videographers have filled their hard-drives, the riders have dispersed, and the contest now wonders freely as a memory. See you all again soon in August for the Team Battle (event details can be found on our website.) For now enjoy this masterpiece by Kobulsky Media packed with action and all that went down last week at the KPL Sicily.
Stay humble, stay authentic, keep the support coming, and don’t forget, if park-riding was easy, everyone wouldn’t be doing big air…
All the love,