Congratulations Team OR

Congratulations Team OR

GKA Wrap Up: Congrats to Team Ocean Rodeo

Photo:  Ydwer van der Heide

 

Team Ocean Rodeo is celebrating the end of the GKA tour with a great showing at Torquay Australia, and as the final standings have been finalised we look back on how it all started to where we are today.

Carla Herrera: Second Place World Champion

Photo by Frances Kelly

 

Carla Herrera Oria had one goal in her sights in Torquay as it came down to her and Jalou Langeree for the first place on the tour. Both battled heat after heat to reach the finals in the event knowing that she would have to give it her all. After the dust settled and both athletes threw down the heat of their lives, Jalou Langeree emerged as the GKA world tour champion. This means that Carla is officially the 2nd place champion of the GKA world tour! Carla surprised the world leaders this year, originally aiming for a top five finish she knew she could dominate when it mattered. Taking a win in her home town of Tarifa with podium finishes throughout the tour she was always there to challenge for the championship. A Massive Congratulations from Ocean Rodeo to Carla on an amazing season and another congratulations to Jalou Langeree for a successful season.

Reece Climbs to Top 15

Photo by Ydwer van her Heide

Reece Myerscough’s season began with him not knowing what to expect. It was never a question of skill more than it was a question of figuring out how to transition his style from his skill set on Canadian waters to the wide variance of conditions around the world. The more he competed the better he seemed to get and wrapping up this tour out in Torquay finishing in the top 15. For Reece the confidence he’s gained on tour was invaluable, and as he’s continuing to grow and learn he’ll take those lessons as he continues to train throughout the off season to start the 2019 season knowing he can do some damage.

 

Laurens Keeps Sights on 2019

With two events under his belt we’re excited for the upcoming 2019 season with Laurens. Still getting a grasp on the sport and continuing to learn, Laurens will now have to take these lessons and use this offseason to capitalize.

 

From Ocean Rodeo to the team;

From Ocean Rodeo to all our team riders, this season proved that even in an individual sport such as this, we are still a strong team and a family above all else. This has been the best season on record for us and we’re so stoked for what 2019 will bring us.

GKA Update – November

GKA Update – November

GKA Update – A Grande Finale in Australia

photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

Team Ocean Rodeo has been on fire since it’s highlight reel finish in the GKA’s Kitesurf World Tour in Brazil! Now as the team heads into Torquay, Australia with some big sights on moving further up in the standings to close out an already successful year! Carla Herrera is closing in on a world championship title, while Reece Myerscough is wrapping up the tour no longer acting as the rookie, but an emerging threat to the GKA standings. Laurens is still getting his feet from under him as Ocean Rodeo’s newest rider. All three have something to prove, while the prospect of a new season is on the horizon as this one is reaching it’s thrilling conclusion.

Carla in a Winner Takes All Final

Carla wrapped up the event in Brazil blazing through the competition and poised to stay on top of the standings. Through a thrilling comeback in the double elimination format she mounted an impressive run of heat win after heat win, ultimately finishing the event 2nd to Jalou Langeree and placing her 2nd in the global standings. Despite the loss of first place Carla is only behind by a slim margin, meaning that Torquay sets the stage as a winner takes all. Here’s a quick recap on Carla’s performance in Brazil.

photo: Ydwer van der Heide

My first day of competition was quite disappointing. I lost my first heat by a difference of 0.2 and I was out of the simple elimination! Luckily this event had a double elimination format and on day two I could compete again! I knew I had a chance at the podium, so I started with determination and fully focused. With that determination and support I was able to win 7 heats in a row to reach the final. Jalou Langeree was who I was up against, and after it was all said and done she was able to secure the win  by the slimmest of margins at 0.21 of a point.

Day after we had the Big Air competition. Being exhausted after the double elimination and with stomach issues and I believed that this wasn’t my best heat so when I went out of the water, we thought I didn’t win and even didn’t bother to look the live stream for results. So finally I won big air contest and got second on the event, so happy about it. Also very proud to have the highest scored female heat and the highest scored trick of female event.

Carla Herrera

photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Reece Grabs Some Big Air!

Reece’s outing in Brazil was his best showing of the year. Landing elusive front roll shovit’s he was able to quickly move past Paulo Aurelio, Pedro Matos and Alan Trancart before eventually falling to  Evan Netsch in round four of the double eliminations.

When it came to the big air event, Reece wasn’t messing around. Finishing fourth overall, Reece has now started to put himself on the radar of the greats, and is hitting stride to be his own rider as he is now wrapping up

Laurens Makes His Ocean Rodeo GKA Debut

Laurens Meyer Kittel is team Ocean Rodeo’s freshest face when it comes to professional touring and he’s still adjusting to his first couple of events at the GKA. Getting some primary experience for him will be key as he’ll be put to the test in his first full season starting in 2019.

Although my heats didn’t go as planned, I was very nervous and didn’t plan my tricks right. But I definitely improved in my big air riding, and I really love the equipment!  

Here’s to hoping we’ll have some waves for the event in Australia. So far it’s looking promising.

Day after we had the Big Air competition. Being exhausted after the double elimination and with stomach issues and I believed that this wasn’t my best heat so when I went out of the water, we thought I didn’t win and even didn’t bother to look the live stream for results. So finally I won big air contest and got second on the event, so happy about it. Also very proud to have the highest scored female heat and the highest scored trick of female event.

Laurens Meyer Kittel

The Final Event

With Torquay, Australia hosting the final event all eyes are eagerly looking to see who from Ocean Rodeo will make the most noise! We’re proud to announce that Frances Kelly has earned a wild card spot into the event and will also be competing alongside Carla, Reece, and Laurens. Team Ocean Rodeo is excited to see how our entire lineup does in Australia and is proud to have such a great showing of Athletes at this year’s GKA event. Stay tuned as we’ll have some GKA updates for you as they come in to us.

A Kiter’s Guide: La Ventana

A Kiter’s Guide: La Ventana

Traveller’s Guide: La Ventana

By Jill Linde

Down in Baja, the season is just getting started, and with many already heading down to one of the best global kite spots. Some of the best schools from La Ventana reached out to us to be able to offer their insight as to what makes this such an amazing spot for all skill levels.

Wind/Water Conditions

Within a long sandy bay, La Ventana offers a plethora of options for launch access. Furthermore there is a widely popular 8km downwinder that starts at the hot springs and ends at the bottom of the bay.

Wind conditions, naturally depend on the time of year as well as weather systems over the baja region. The windy season begins as early as October, and starts to wind down around late May. La Ventana has consistent North East Thermal winds that range from 10-20 knots and frontal winds (NW, El Norte) blow a gusty 20-40 knots. Thermals dominate the spring and fall where Nortes are typically more present in the winter. Water conditions can range anywhere from flat, to ‘bump n’ jump’ chop or a double overhead rolling swell.

Water temperature in November is tropical and always warm (28C) (no wetsuit/just rashguard). By February the water temperature drops to 20, usually a 4/3 wetsuit is preferred by kiters during this time of year. Occasionally, it is possible to get Maui like wave sailing on the Pacific coast (a few hours drive from La Ventana), so it is always worth it to check the forecast!  

Where Can I Find Lessons?

There are no shortage of kite schools based in La Ventana, however, it is important to do some research beforehand.We would always recommend that you find a school that follows IKO standards and employs IKO-certified instructors.

It is also generally a good idea to book jet ski-assisted lessons, as they are safer and cut down on precious learning time.

Martin Dovick has been based out of Ventana Bay resort for many years and teaches on the latest Ocean Rodeo equipment. For those staying further south along the bay, Elevation is another great option.

Food

La Ventana offers some amazing cuisine! Fresh local seafood is a staple here, and can be found in just about any restaurant. The street meat is not only safe to eat, but also extremely tasty. If you’re feeling fancy, there are also options for more upscale dining.

Some of our favourite food places here include:

Dona Paty’s taco stand – $

Marlin Azul – $$

Cone’s – $$

Ventana Bay Resort – $$$

The local nightlife is usually centered around Baja Joe’s, Delaney’s and Playa Central.

Prices

Prices are generally low for north American standards. Food is fairly inexpensive – a meal and drinks ranges from 100-400 pesos (around 7-30 CAD) All businesses do accept USD, but be aware that cash can be hard to come by in  La Ventana. There are rarely any working ATMS, so be prepared for this. Visa is increasingly being accepted in businesses, but don’t rely on it. Bring all the pesos you need for the easiest experience. Expect to spend the most on accommodation. This ranges from free camping on the beach to private luxury houses. Expect to pay a 50-100 CAD per night for a decent basic room.

No Wind Activities

No wind? No problem. La Ventana and the surrounding areas offer a plethora of interesting activities for calm days, including: Mountain biking, hiking, mountain tours, fishing, freediving, scuba, island tours, and snorkelling along the reef.  

La Paz is the nearest city (about a 45 minute drive/shuttle ride) for sight-seeing, shopping, tours to Isla Espiritu, as well as swimming with whale sharks.  

The Pacific coast (about 2-3 hour drive) is also a popular surfing destination.

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