Scheduled on February 14th, the conditions at first seemed very favourable for the first ever Red Bull Kite Farm (kite boarding) endurance race of 50km — 10 laps at 5km/lap — out on the open prairies just outside of Regina.
Winners in both the ski and snowboard divisions were in town, pegged against home grown kite boarders vying for an all-expense paid trip to Norway to represent North America at Red Bull Ragnarok in April 2015.
However with wind gusts hovering around 60 km as the start time approached, and snow blizzarding across prairies blinding riders and enthusiasts alike, there was too much of a good thing. Plus, it was cold. Not just cold, wind cold.
I held onto hope just before the event’s official reschedule announcement and headed bravely onto the highway with my two little ones bundled from head to toe. It took only one minute exactly to turn around and head home. I couldn’t see to drive.
Thankfully, upon arriving at home and taking to Twitter, I read the event had been postponed until the following day. So, it was on Sunday the 15th that we headed out again, bundled up and ready to watch a hundred or so kites take to the sky.
Though the wind was quite weak, a rarity in these parts, the competition was able to go on and it seemed well received by all who made the quick drive outside the city to watch.
We loved the event. The site of the colourful kites whipping across the open prairies was truly beautiful. And we were close enough to it to see it was a sport, and a workout to keep the kites up and in the right direction.
Though the novelty of the kiting wore off on the boys quite early, they found their own fun digging snow forts, running up and down snow piles and enjoying hot chocolate around an open fire.
Here are a few pics from the event which, was the first of its kind to be held in North America.
Interested in kite boarding?
Saskatchewan is the perfect place to learn with our abundance of open lakes and vast prairies, and usually, copious amounts of wind. Contact Explore Sports in Regina or Escape Sports in Saskatoon. They can equip and set you up with lessons during the summer or winter months. Happy flying!