There are several components that make this event extra special. The first and foremost being its prime location; Hood River, Oregon. Hood River might not be well known amongst our readers who don’t reside in North America however, this little town tucked amongst the trees, far from the ocean is a mecca for kiteboarding in the United States. During the summer season, it is the most consistently windy place and often boasts strong winds 6-7 days a week from June – August. In addition to prime kiteboarding weather, it is a fun place to explore and offers loads of activities that you can do before or after your kite session.
In addition to the locale being somewhere that riders love to put on their travel schedule, the Slider Project Park is managed by the riders. This means more work for those who decide to participate in the event, but it also makes it more interactive because the layout of the park can be whatever the competitors deme most fun and challenging.
This year we saw a few different rail setups that hadn’t been used in competition before, like the Duotone Incline rail to flat corrugated tube, as well as a mashup of the Cabrinha Funbox with the Duotone Rooftop that made for one of the longest features ever competed on in the Slider Project Park.