- Every year, more than 650,000 fun-seekers take part in Winterlude activities. More than a third of our visitors are people from outside the Capital Region.
- Winterlude attracts thousands of artists, athletes, and visitors from across Canada and around the world.
- The success of Winterlude rests on the support — both financial and in donated services — of the private sector, local collaborators, the media, and the community.
- In a 2004 survey, it was estimated that Winterlude-related spending generated a total of $151.7 million of economic activity in Ontario and Quebec — $82.5 million within Canada’s Capital Region.
Winterlude Kite Skiing Demonstration Event
Following the success of the 2005 Winterlude Kite Demonstration event, Kitesurfingschool.org, Ottawa (VL Kites), and the NCC again teamed up to organize a kite demonstration event for Winterlude 2006.
Again, this was the world’s 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 a large number of surrounding audiences, only instructors or riders with more than 3-year experience were invited to ride in the event.
The main objectives of the event were 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.
Arrived at Kite Camp early in the morning, Claude and Paul unloaded the truck.
We used this same Tahoe LX 4×4 on sand as well as snow and ice.
The event was fully supported by the kite manufacturers and the kite magazines. Many kite manufacturers and magazines contacted Kitesurfingschool.org. In the end, BestKiteboarding (bestkiteboarding.com) sponsored 4 riders by sending 3 BFK kites and 1 newly released Waroo kite for the riders to use during the event (then to keep afterward).
SBC Kiteboard Magazine sent two boxes of Kiteboard magazines to be distributed to the audiences. Many thanks to BestKiteboarding and SBC Kiteboard Magazine for recognizing the importance of the Winterlude Kite Demonstration Event in the promotion of the sport and sponsoring the school as well as the riders.
Winterlude Kiteskiing Event Report (part 1)
Even though we normally have very good wind around here in the winter, the wind was not very cooperative on Saturday and somewhat OK on Sunday. This year, NCC made a mistake of over-plowing the demonstration area so it was smaller than last year but large enough for a couple kiters.
Kite skiing, kite snowboarding and kite skating demos
Due to the lack of new snow, snowboards were not very desirable but doable. Thanks to the experienced team and the cooperation of the wind on Sunday, we managed to demonstrate all aspects of winter kiting: kite-skiing, kite-snowboarding, kite skating, kite-snowblading, kite-telemarking with skis, snowboards, skates, snowblade, and telemark skis respectively.
Claude switched to the Waroo Kite.
The riders did an admirable job and have really impressed the skaters. Some riders managed to boost some good airs given the non-ideal condition. That quite motivated the audiences.
The event was a major success. We managed to demonstrate all forms of stand-up winter kiting. If you know of some others, let us know and we’ll try to do it next year.
More skaters came to Kite Camp
Furthermore, this year, the Canadian national CTV station crew filmed Claude kitesnowblading, Hung kite snowboarding, interviewed Brent and we made it to the TV news coverage at 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM EST.
Kiteskating on ice demo
The Kite Demo is ON! Claude showed how to kitesnowblade with the BFK
Many of the audiences (skaters), came from all across Canada and Northern US:
• Some didn’t know our sport exist; however, more people knowing about kiting this year than last year!
• Some has seen kitesurfing but not aware that one can do kitesnowboarding and kiteskiing in the winter
• Some has seen kitesnowboarding and/or kiteskiing but not aware that one can do kitesurfing in the summer
• Overall, most agree that kiting is the most exciting 4 season sport in northern climate
Steve showed an icey kiteskate with the trainer kite.