The Journals - Ocean Rodeo's Weekly Report
UPDATED WEEKELY OCEAN RODEO REFLECTS ON THE WEEK OF WORK, WHAT LIES AHEAD AND HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD ONE RIDER AT A TIME.
SUMMER 2010 !!!!!! with philippe
Posted by Philippe Alengrin on April 29th 2010
Hello everyone from OR, here I am back from a tough winter, lots of snow and work, now ready to travel the world again and make some cool videos for you guys.
as for last year you can check out my videos on this link... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaZ4MP8KK5E&layer_token=6f33aa9838ed06e3
or peru: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKThWTQB9-E&layer_token=c77842aca5b6d012
enjoy and see you soon
philippe loves OR
Kitty Hawk Kites Now Carrying Ocean Rodeo!
Posted by johnz on April 7th 2010
Kitty Hawk Kites Now Carrying Full Stock of Ocean Rodeo Kites, Boards, Suits and Accessories!
Ocean Rodeo is proud to announce that its full line of products are now officially available through Kitty Hawk Sports, one of North America's premier Kiteboard and active water sport destination and retail outlet.
Kitty Hawk Kites offers free Ocean Rodeo Demos every Wednesday from Memorial Day to Labour Day!
Also, from June 9th to 12th, 2010 John and Evan from Ocean Rodeo will be on hand running free demos and product knowledge sessions with anyone interested in coming out and trying all the newest 2010 equipment. Come Join Us!
Kitty Hawk Kites is a one stop Kiteboarding Destination offering Kiteboarding lessons, retail sales, waterfront accomodation, eatery and gear rentals all from its incredible 15,000 sq ft retail location in Cape Hatteras!
For more information contact Chris Moore from Kitty Hawk Kites or visit them online! Waves Village, Kitty Hawk Kites.
Adding Kitty Hawk to our already amazing dealer base will give Ocean Rodeo an incredibly strong presence on the east coast and a real boost in an area known as a popular destination for North American and European riders!
We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Kitty Hawk and welcome them to the Crew!
Ocean Rodeo Greece!
Posted by johnz on March 5th 2010
Ocean Rodeo now available in Greece!
Ocean Rodeo is proud to announce the latest addition to the Crew, KiteClub.gr.
KiteClub.gr has long been Greece's largest and best kite community forum and is now Ocean Rodeo's latest outlet for our high quality, consumer driven equipment in Europe.
Ocean Rodeo is delighted to be working with KiteClub.gr and very much looks forward to working with the forum and it's community to welcome that community into the Crew environment of Ocean Rodeo as part of our larger community focus on riders, their needs and their desires as they relate to kiteboarding equipment. The Crew is a massive part of Ocean Rodeo's huge success and KiteClub.gr's community of riders come with open arms into our family of riders and enthusiasts.
KiteClub.gr is open for business. If you live in Greece or Europe and are looking for Ocean Rodeo equipment please drop by their site or email them directly for information about our amazing 2010 line up of equipment!
Ocean Rodeo Welcomes Yvan Laviolette to the Crew!
Posted by johnz on March 3rd 2010
Ocean Rodeo is proud to announce the new involvement of Yvan Laviolette as our Eastern Canadian Sales Rep.
Yvan comes from a competitive windsurfing background but is today a certified IKO Instructor as well as the owner of mykitebeach.ca, a local forum for east coast kiteboarders.
Yvan's windsurfing background was started at a very young age when his father opened one of Canada's first windsurfing schools. From those early roots Yvan went on to compete internationally with many top five finishes.
Today, as the owner and operator of MyKiteBeach.ca Yvan has worked hard to foster development of kiteboarding on the Canadian East Coast. For him it is a lifestyle as much as a hobby and he loves nothing more than to take his family to South East New Brunswick for a kite trip and a chance to share some time on the beach and by the water.
Ocean Rodeo Crew Member Jasey Jay Anderson Wins Olympic Gold!!
Posted by Administrator on March 2nd 2010
A HUGE congratulations to Ocean Rodeo eTeam member Jasey Jay Anderson on winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Men's Parallel Giant Slalom. Jasey has been tearing up the World Cup circuit for 15 years and an Olympic Gold was the only thing missing from his resume...not anymore.
I was in Vancouver at a pub when he won gold and the whole city went off...it was out of this world.
Ya Man!! You Killed It!!
Ocean Rodeo trip in Cape Verde - photo gallery and story !
Posted by jeremie tronet on February 5th 2010
Live from http://www.jeremietronet.com
FUll photo gallery: http://www.jeremietronet.com/trips/punta/
Three weeks ago, while filming in Brazil, Mallory Hersart de la Villemarqué, http://www.malloryprokiter.com called me on skype an afternoon and told me that he had found a good deal to go to Cape Verde and surf Punta Preta. The problem was that the departure was only 2 days after I would be back from Brazil and I had several things to do, but the idea of a trip to Cape Verde and the mytic wave of Punta Pretta was to good to ignore. So, in 10 min, after a quick call to Ocean Rodeo, we booked our flights and were ready for our first real trip together.
Manu Morel, http://www.manumorel.com very talented kite photographer would be part of our trip. I was really exited as I had already met Manu in St Marteen several years ago, and I always been impressed by his work in all the kite magazines worldwide.
2 weeks later we were on our way to Sal island, famous for it's amazing wave conditions at Punta Preta. Mallory and I flew from Nice where he is now studying, and Manu came from Montpelier.
Thanks to Fun and Fly who arranged our stay on the island, we arrived at the Morabeza hotel http://www.hotelmorabeza.com which welcomed us right of the airport. We had a super nice room well located close to a nice Surf spot, a kite spot, the center of santa Maria ( the town) and punta preta where we can see the brakes from the road ! The perfect location for us. You can go out at night, surf and kite the same day.
The first day of our trip, we met Mitu Monteiro, wave KPWT world champion last season, he lives there and knows all the best kite and surf spots, he would be our guide for this nice trip.
After renting a 4 wheel drive to load all our gear, we first went to surf punta preta as the wind wasn't very strong. The right brake is amazing, I 'm not so use to surf rights, but this was a perfect opportunity for me to train and surf backside.
The next days the wind was pretty consistent, and using the same board, strapless, we went out me on my 8 m ocean rodeo and Mallory on his 7. This is when Mitu did the show on the water and showed us what strapless kite surfing means. He was ripping the wave, getting in all barrels etc .... a very impressive rider !
We had a lot of fun the next days, kiting this amazing wave, and scoring some pretty good wipe out.
The next days, to show the full potential of Sal island, we went to explore some freestyle spots and had some pretty good sessions in kitebeach ( the main freestyle kite spot) offering a lot of nice kickers. But the main surprise came from punta lema, a long rock strip offering the perfect flat water spot with sometime nice kickers coming in. It was to tempting not to use my bindings and we went out for a really nice freestyle session.
The next days the wind went down a little so we decided to explore other islands around Sal, so we flew down to Sao Vicente , the whole team together, Mallory, Mitu, manu, me and Alex Caizergues and his girl friend Marie .
We had a lot of fun trying to discover some new waves on the north shore and score a couple nice surf session.
I'm now back in the south of France for few days, I finally got my laptop back from warranty, so I'll be able to sort out all the pictures and videos from this trip.
Thanks to Manu Morel for the amazing pictures and the filming.
Have a look at the web selection of the pictures before to find the exclusive shots on your favorite magazines:
Check out the new Ocean Rodeo Video Page!
Posted by johnz on February 3rd 2010
New Ocean Rodeo Interactive Video Gallery
Fresh off the presses, check out the new Ocean Rodeo Video page by clicking here or visiting our home page and following the links to Video!
The new page allows for users to watch a host of Ocean Rodeo videos as well as upload their own!
Be the first to share your videos with the Ocean Rodeo Crew!
2010 La Ventana Kite XPO Wrap Up
Posted by johnz on January 25th 2010
2010 La Ventana Kite XPO Wrap Up
Fresh off the heels of another sucessful La Ventana Kite XPO Evan and I are on our way to the airport now.
After a couple nervouse opening days without wind this year's event finished in spectacular fashion with 2 great days of wind, competition and demos. The 2010 equipment was a huge draw as Evan and I found ourselves inundated with interest in the newest Ocean Rodeo gear. 2010 promises to be an excellent year for Ocean Rodeo riders if pubic interest in our products is even half an indication of the gear's performance.
Having now attended this event 4 years in a row I can say Marina and Tim have their system polished up and tight. This year's event was well managed and attended. Certainly those of you wondering if next year will be worth the trip will not be dissapointed as each year just seems to get better and better, including the local food on offer with a number of new restuarants open this year over last, including sushi and smoked marlin!
The course racing was an awesome public spectacle as was the big air competition, both adding to the enjoyment available to those who came to demo equipment!
Here's a photo of one of the newest raceboards to hit the waters, riders interested in ordering an Ocean Rodeo Custom Race Series Board please contact your local shops! We are taking orders now!
John and Evan from the Baja.
Ocean Rodeo hits La Ventana’s Kite XPO 2010
Posted by johnz on January 23rd 2010
Ocean Rodeo hits La Ventana's Kite XPO 2010
Evan and John reporting in from Ocean Rodeo HQ here isn La Ventana Mexico, aka Palapas Ventana's front deck looking out to the La Ventana Bay.
Weather here in Ventana for the last 2 days has been, well, dissapointing. The paddle boarders have been loving it, that's all that can be said for the complete lack of sailable winds. However, as I type this I am enjoying a Palapa Ventana coffee breakfast looking out towards the Ventana Island and have just watched a fleet of pongas set sail accross the straight to drop off the participants in this year's island crossing event. Held in conjunction with the Kite XPO each year the La Ventana Classic is a mash up of an island crossing race, course race, beer bong fest, big air competition and - of course - an opportunity to raise money for the local school and hospital. Last year's event raised a little over $18,000 and this year seems to be even better attended, so hopes are high.
Demos should be running this afternoon if the north winds return and will be on for sure tomorrow with the forcast calling for strong north winds all day. It would have been ideal for this weather pattern to have pushed off a few days earlier but that is the nature of our sport! Plenty of time to soak up a tan and chat about the gear in the mean time!
We will blog more as the event unfolds and will be back in the office early next week with a warm glow of baja sun and knowing we've helped raise money for the local school and hospital and shown the world - again - just what amazing gear Ross and Richard have dreamt up for us all to enjoy!
Photo gallery from Brazil + Brand new canon 7D !
Posted by jeremie tronet on November 15th 2009
Photo gallery from Brazil + Brand new canon 7D !
Hey guys, what have I been doing this past month here in Brazil, Cumbuco ? Nothing constructive! hehe
I have spent my days chillin in some of the nicest apartments in Cumbuco and training in the Cauipe lagoon offering a nice flat water spot. So life had been pretty easy for us the past 2 months as I had done most of the 2010 Ocean Rodeo product shooting in Egypt before we flew down here to Cumbuco !
I now have a really nice buggy with a cool sound system to annoy everybody sitting around the lagoon every day with some cool Caribbean tunes !
But the lazy time is now over ! But what's taking place is even better, I just received my brand new Canon 7D. This camera is insane as it offers a great full HD filming feature allowing us to shoot with all my photo lenses.... The photos are also very nice with the new sensor and the 8 frame /secondes ! And no I'm not sponsored by Canon, but stoked to start shooting with this camera. Hopefully my next videos will benefit of a better filming quality.
Tom Court http://www.tomcourt.com and Susi Mai both pro riders for North (Tom) and Cabrinha (Susi) have spent 2 weeks with us in the apartment on the beach. We had a super great time all together with Linn, working on a Brazil travel story for kite magazines and some video shooting for my next video projects.
We came up with some sick shots and I think the story will come out really good.
Here is a small photo gallery of some of the pictures we took down here, you can also see "The buggy" : http://www.jeremietronet.com/photos/cumbuco
Tom and Susi just left for a downwinder but will come back down here to shoot extra stuff with us.
So for the next day I'm gonna try and practise shooting videos on the 7D and hopefully end up with some sick videos clips.
I'm starting to plan 2 or 3 kitecamps for 2010, in some of the sickest spots. I will keep you posted, so don't book your next holidays already.
don't forget to keep an eye at http://www.jeremietronet.com for the latest videos and photos
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