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Winterlude 2007

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What is Winterlude?

From the NCC's Winterlude official information:

"Every February, winter lovers from around the world are invited to celebrate Canada’s northern climate and culture. From February 2 to 18, 2007, North America’s unique winter celebration will storm into town for three weekends of family fun during which Canada’s Capital Region will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind winter destination.

Residents and visitors are invited to join the NCC’s Winterlude team and the more than 650,000 winter revellers who come to Canada’s Capital Region each year to take part in the festivities. The Ice Hog family, Winterlude’s official mascots, are awaiting the arrival of festival-goers to give out tons of their famous Ice Hog hugs!

Created in 1979 by the National Capital Commission (NCC) to celebrate some of Canada’s most famous winter traditions, Winterlude has since grown into a world-class festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. At the heart of this enchanting celebration, you’ll find the Rideau Canal Skateway — recognized as the world's largest naturally frozen ice rink by Guinness World Records TM. Each winter, the NCC welcomes throngs of revellers and skaters from around the globe who descend upon this fantastic 7.8-kilometre ice surface. Families and fun-seekers alike will find a wide variety of services along this scenic Skateway, including rest areas, food concessions, skate and sleigh rentals, skate sharpening and boot check services...

Facts:

  • Winterlude was founded in 1979 by the NCC as a means of celebrating Canada's unique northern climate and culture. Since 1984, it has been the recipient of more than 30 awards from the prestigious International Festival and Event Association.
  • A 2004 survey estimated that 616,000 fun-seekers took part in Winterlude activities that year.
  • Each year, Winterlude welcomes hundreds of performers, athletes and snow and ice carvers from across Canada and around the world.
  • A 2004 survey estimated that Winterlude-related spending generated a total of $151.7 million of economic activity in Ontario and Quebec and $82.5 million within Canada's Capital Region.
  • In 1979, the first edition of Winterlude was presented with the help of a handful of volunteers. In 2006, close to 800 people generously volunteered for the NCC during Winterlude, giving over 10,000 hours of their time helping out with various activities.
  • Most Winterlude activities are free of charge. Registration and admission fees may apply to certain collaborators’ and sporting events."

2007 Winterlude Kite Demonstration Event

 

Following the success of the 2005 Winterlude and 2006 Winterlude Kite Demonstration events, the school VL Kites and the NCC again teamed up to organize a kite demonstration event for Winterlude 2007 on Feb 17 and 18.  Actually, due to the very warm "Global Warming" weather in Jan 2007, Winterlude Kite Event was not planned this year at all.  Fortunately, the winter became more stable in early February so NCC and VL Kites made some emergency arrangement to make this event happened.

 

This was what our kitesnowboarding and kiteskiing playground looked like in Jan 2007

 

Again, this is the world first large scale winter kite demonstration event for a very large number of non-kiter audiences, fully insured with $2,000,000 public liability insurance.  Due to the large number of surrounding audiences, only instructors or riders with more than 3-year experiences were invited to ride in the event.

 

The main objectives of the event are to:

  1. Show the northern climate way of life

  2. Promote kiting to a very large group of non-kiters

  3. Make kiting a legitimate and official sport.

The event was fully supported by the kite manufacturers and the kite magazines.  Due to the rush to coordinate year event we only contacted our previous sponsoring manufacturers Best Kiteboarding (http://www.bestkiteboarding.com).  Best sent us 3 2007 Waroos for the riders to use during the event (and then to keep afterward)

 

Also fortunately, SBC Kiteboard Magazine sent us "just in time" 1 box of the Kiteboard Magazine to be distributed to the audiences.  Many thanks to Best Kiteboarding and SBC Kiteboard Magazine for recognizing the important of the Winterlude Kite Demonstration Event in the promotion of the sport and sponsoring the school as well as the riders.

 

Winterlude 2007 Kite Event Report Part 1

 

Following are the photos and the report of the event (Saturday Feb 17 and Sunday Feb 18, 2007).

 

This year event was the best Winterlude Kite Demonstration event we ever had.  The wind forecast was good, the snow was excellent  and NCC has reserved lots of space for our riders at the optimum spots in Dows Lake.  Even thought we had only 3 main riders, we had enough spaces to put up 5 kites on the sky.

 

The riders have done an admirable job and have really impressed the skaters.  There were huge jumps ,tricks, kickers, rail ride, etc. on skis, snowboards and telemarkskis. The event was a major success.

 

Furthermore, this year, the local news paper came and Interview Brent and the national CTV station crew filmed Claude and Hung kitesnowboarding.

 

Arrived early morning at Kite Camp on Dows Lake.

This year, we are right on the main skate way and our backyard is the kite area

 

Brent unloaded our gears while Peter stakes the kiting territory with flags

 

Pump me up Scotty!

 

Peter tested out the terrain!

 

What a beautiful morning for Peter to test out the 2007 Waroo 13m kite

 

Kite Camp is ready!

 

Kite Camp is on the main skateway and the "backyard" is our playing ground

 

Skaters started arriving on the World's Largest Skating Rink

 

Claude, the "Crazy French Man" tested out the new Waroo 15 while the newly came audiences watching from the main skateway

 

More people came over to Kite Camp

 

The show is on! Brent in his "trade mark" kitetelemarking form

 

Brent hit the kicker and going big with his telemark skis

 

Hung's turn on his snowboard.

See how good the snow coverage was.

 

landing time for Hung! You can't stay up there forever Hung!

 

Peter came back out for an expression session spinning off the kicker.

 

Expression session! Can I grab my telemarkski mom?

 

Expression session! Claude went out for more.

 

Skater taking photo of the expression session!

 

"What do you call this?"

"It's a kite"

Local news paper interviewed Brent

This reporter got some "serious" camera lenses!

 

Claude: "that's all for today folks. We'll be back tomorrow"

 

 

Day 2 (Sunday February 18th, 2007)

 

Click here for day 2 photos and report

 


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