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2014 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic - final results and event recap:

Oct 7, 2014

Author: Trip Forman

The first annual Cape Hatteras Wave Classic was held on the Outer Banks, September 20th-26th. In choosing this time of the year to host the wave-based event, organizers claimed September is “prime time” for wind and waves, providing excellent kitesurfing or surfing conditions, and many times BOTH, nearly every day. Can it really be that good? Cape Hatteras proved its point, with 6 straight days of conditions that kept surfboards barreled and competitors stoked beyond belief…

The Cape Hatteras Wave Classic is North America’s only wave-based kitesurfing event and therefore created its own competition format, drawing from other successful sports competition models. The primary roots of the competition format came from the current ASP surfing competition format, with a combination of non-elimination rounds and elimination rounds to allow competitors max time on the water during the week. There were also “media days” where competitors were allowed to kitesurf when they wanted in front of the cameras – no scoring of these days, just let it hang loose and go for it!

Heat scoring was based on 50% waveriding, 25% tricks (airs and technical transitions) and 25% overall impression. The top 2 waves and top 2 tricks counted towards these scores above, putting a weighted emphasis on waveriding, with strategy also playing a big part in scoring well since competitors had to make sure they completed all scored disciplines with high numbers. Heat scores were available to the competitors and public directly after each heat to allow competitors to analyze their heat/score and adapt their riding to the new competition format.

Incredible riding was noted throughout the event, both in the men’s and women’s divisions, with riders pushing each other’s skills forward in every round of competition.

In the men’s division, Kevin Langeree and Reider Decker advanced all the way through to the finals, where they then battled it out in well overhead surf and 6m howling straight onshore winds. Decker outscored Langeree on tricks, but Langeree was scored higher on the waves. Both had almost equal overall impression scores for the heat, in the excellent range. Langeree ultimately won the final heat with his higher wave scores and the waves being weighted more than tricks. Final Heat scores were Kevin Langeree - 1st place with 30.5,   
Reider Decker - 2nd place with 27.3. Evan Netsch took 3rd place, edging out Brandon Cordina, with a heat score of 24 vs. 15.3.  


The women’s competition was just as intense with Jalou Langeree and Isa Cohen advancing to the finals to compete in the same extreme conditions as the men. Jalou Langeree took 1st place, leading in waves, tricks and overall impression, with a final heat score of 26.8. Isa Cohen took 2nd with a final heat score of 19.7. The battle for 3rd place was tight, with Gage Ficther grabbing 3rd place over Dominique Granger with their heat scores 15.5 vs. 14.3.

Not to let the epic conditions and insane riding solely define the event, competitors, spectators and the public were also treated to three nights of live music on REAL’s waterfront stage plus event dinners served by Watermen’s Bar & Grill that included Blackened Mahi with Shrimp, Devon’s Famous North Carolina BBQ Ribs, Prime Rib, and Blackened Local Tuna! With ice cold Carolina Brewery draft beers flowing, music pumping, crowds dancing and sessional smiles everywhere, it was definitely a week to remember.

A big THANKS goes out to all the sponsors of the 2014 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic including REAL Watersports, Best Kiteboarding, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, O’Neill, Carolina Brewery, Hydroflex Surfboards, Watermen’s Bar & Grill, Firewire Surfboards, Watermen’s Retreat, Outer Beaches Realty, Frisco Sandwich Company, Quiksilver, Slingshot and Stance Magazine. A HUGE thanks as well to all the competitors who traveled from as far away as Hawaii, California, the Columbia River Gorge, Canada and Holland to compete in the event. Last but definitely not least, THANKS  to our diehard, solid contingent of spectators who followed both the media and competition days, making them even more exciting!

Event Website: www.REALwatersports.com/chwc

Official Results 2014 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic:

Women’s Division:

1st Jalou Langeree

2nd Isa Cohen

3rd Gage Ficther

4th Dominique Granger

5th Jessie Kilgour

5th Annie Carrier

5th Ashley Wright

5th Carol Bolstad



Men’s Division:

1st Kevin Langeree

2nd Reider Decker

3rd Evan Netsch

4th Brandon Cordina

5th James Ropner

5th Mark Miedama

5th Patrick Rebstock

5th Chad Speedy

9th Teddy Lyons

9th Danny Barnette

9th Jason Slezak

9th Billy Moseley

9th Sam Bell

9th Doug Dockray

9th Dave Serrano

9th Llew Simmonds

17th Nate Volk

17th Cody Cerf

17th Will Sizemore

17th Dennis Lent

17th Charles Corpening

17th Chris Rutledge

17th Tony Bolstad

17th Chris Shenton



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