Big Air Wind Jam news
The Big Air Wind Jam is set to go off at the end of July, and is shaping up to be one of America’s premiere events this summer. Ozone Team riders Tamatoa Gillot, Sigve Botnen and Chip Wasson have been invited to compete at this summers Big Air Wind Jam, and they are amped to throw down and have a good time. This years Jam takes place at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge and will host three different events. In addition to the week long US Nationals Kiteboarding race, there will be a Big Air competition and Boarder-X race over the weekend.´
The Nationals are an endurance test pitting riders against intense conditions in a chase around the San Francisco Bay. Shifting winds, ocean freighters, and the Bay tide all come into unison as a force to overcome, along with raw determination to just keep hanging on. The Big Air segment boasts a new challenge for Kiteboarders this year, focusing on a massive ramp that has running water flowing down the surface. This giant wave will give riders the opportunity to go higher than ever before, providing a resistive surface to edge against while barreling up the lip. Boarder-X course expert Neil Hutchinson has been brought in to help create the best possible course and provide an organized, efficient race. Littered with obstacles to avoid and overcome, the Boarder-X will be exciting to watch with some of the world’s toughest racers speeding side by side.
The Windzup crew will be in town to support Chip, Sigve and Tamatoa at the event, and will be touring around the area hosting kite demos. Look for the Ozone van at Third Ave & Ocean Beach and of course at Crissy Field. After the Big Air Wind Jam the posse will be rolling around the coastline is search of wind and waves, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where they’ll be riding each day and come join them.
Invited Athletes to the Big Air Wind Jam:
A word on Chip Wasson: We first met Chip at the dawn of Snowkiting in North America, every where we went he was popping up to show us his snow style and explore with a core group of pioneering athletes. 7 years later, nothing’s changed. Chip is constantly at the forefront of new developments in Kiteboarding, from searching out the next Snowkiting Mecca to developing new methods for riding more efficient. These days he is usually found at the front of the pack racing his foilboard and Instinct, pushing the limits of his equipment, himself & our sport.
Check out the gallery page on Tamatoa’s team site for an amazing video of what this Tahitian mad man can throw out and learn more about this amazing athlete.