Winter snowkiting topics and locations.
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The first Ozone Snowkite Masters will take place from the 14th to the 19th December, 2004 in Serre-Chevalier (Hautes-Alpes, France).
At the stunning col du Lauteret, 15 of the World's best riders will showcase their amazing talent, and defy the laws of gravity. The event is hosted by Guillaume Chastagnol, the current snowkite World Champion, renowned for pushing the boundaries within the sport with his amazing big airs and fluid transitions. The places will be allocated on an invitation-only basis, ensuring that only the cream of the snowkiting community will compete.
The Ozone Snowkite Masters provides the perfect opportunity to come and discover the most dynamic and exciting winter sport ever!
What is Snowkiting?
Snowkiting has evolved from kitesurfing, and involves harnessing the power of the wind with a kite to propel the rider along on either skis or a snowboard. Imagine being able to ride wherever you wanted, up and over mountains using the land and constantly changing terrain, jumping over houses, roads you name itÖ.the 'gliss' experience is superbÖyou need so little power to get going on the snow, yet you can hold so much more power; its such a different feeling to kitesurfing on water.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect to snowkiting is the varying terrain you get to ride over; on snow your world becomes truly 3D and the terrain can really be used to the max by any level of rider. Massive jumps are possible; in fact they are more like flights, and landings are super smooth.
The backcountry potential is amazing with this sport, with snowkiters able to climb 1000 metres in 10 to 15 minutes powered only by their kites. It then takes minutes to pack up and ski/board back down the untouched powder that would have easily taken them a 3 hour slog to access with skins on. This is the sport at it's purest level and it's no wonder that it's growing quickly in popularity as more and more people are turned on to the pure fun and exhilaration that kiting has to offer.
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