Snowkiting Tour Stop: Georgetown Lake, Montana
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2007
Georgetown Lake Open!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
This trip was the start of the snow season for us. Last weekend, we gave the trailer a test run. Now, we had a ride up to Montana for the Georgetown Lake open; an event with some racing, freestyle, and a demo session for kite gear. Jake and I enlisted the services of a local kiter, Mark Johnson, who is stoked to kite on the snow and nice enough to tow our trailer up to the event. The plan was to meet up with the Best RV in Montana and take possession for the winter RV tour! The RV, however, got wise to our plan and made a protest in South Dakota and set fire to itself in a RV torc statement! Sean and his copilot, Graham, were left stranded, with only what they could run out the door with.
Wow did that just happen? We were 3 hours out side Georgetown when the text came in:
"I wont be seeing you. Rv caught on fire and is burnt down. Call me tomorrow. Sorry mate!"
That's what is interesting about being on the road; you learn to always adapt. The RV with a ton of gear, swag, and kites wasn’t coming. Our advertising campaign and weekend home for the winter was gone. Arghhhhh! I personally had some kites and a harness coming. We would have to make do with Mark’s truck towing the trailer that we had planned to hook up to the RV. Instead of kiting our way home over the next week, we had to shorten our trip so Mark could get home.
Friday, December 7, 2008
We met AJ Kier from Triple Threat team that night at the Brown Derby, a bar/restaurant/ motel that would be home base now that the RV was in the hands of the insurance folks. AJ was one half of the two cats kind enough to host the event. AJ works his *ss off teaching, kiting, and selling Best gear, so he was our guide when we went to check out the spot.
We rode Friday out on the lake in the lightest breeze. Co-Organizer, Cole, showed up and we all discussed plans about the next day and had a great light wind friction-free lake session with Rhett, AJ, Mark, and Laurel. That Rhett cat sure had patience; he was out before anyone and would just sit forever waiting for it to fill in. And when it did he was one of the last off the ice.
Georgetown Lake Open
Day one of the event was super light, and we discovered the trailer and the snowmobile double as a shelter, couch combo. It was great to have Greg, Jason, and Julian from Liquid Force join us. Thanks to the local girls and their cooler full of "Mojo Juice", the windless day went fast. Although empty handed because the swag was destroyed on the RV, we had a great time at the raffle and mingled with the locals that evening.
Billy, Mark Johnson, and Julian hanging out inside the Best’s Trailer
Somehow during the mingling we started to face the reality that the would not be any wind at Georgetown lake but there should be in Island park, Idaho a quick four hours away. We loaded up the gear and some cars full of locals and we all headed off.
On our way to Island Park, ID
When we all met up at Island Park it was on and everyone scrambled to ride. We all got a great session in before it started to get light. Julian had a great idea when he suggested we take out the slider.
Jake Buzianis’ snow session
Jake and Julian got out there right away. Jason and I where planning on sharing kites and taking pictures, but as soon as those guys had at it we got our own kites. We had a great four man session with Greg and Mark capturing some great images! We slid until dark and packed up under the snowmobile headlights. It was great to ride with those guys. It was sick slider night; every one was sticking some sick tricks. During the sliding session cars stopped to watch and the local kiters were enjoying our session as well.
We spent the night in Island Park hoping to session more rails with Greg, Julian, and Jason, but with a weak forecast we packed up early, said goodbye to the Liquid Force guys, and we headed home to three feet of fresh pow! Without the RV.
Written By Billy Bordy
Editor's Note: Even though the untimely demise of the RV throws a wrench into our tour plans, we are planning to complete our winter tour. We know the importance of hands-on demonstrations of our gear, meeting our retailers and customers, and establishing long lasting relationships with them. That concept will never change. It's what has made our tour a success so far!
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