The Triple-S Invitational is the international free ride "world championships" of kiteboarding, held every year in Cape Hatteras, NC.
2009 marks the 4th year of the Triple-S Invitational, scheduled for May 30th to June 5th 2009. After three extremely successful Triple-S events, this has become a highly anticipated event on the pro kiteboarding calendar.
Mark your calendars now with excellent spectating, event parties and award ceremonies open to the public, you cannot miss any of the Surf, Slicks and Sliders action. The Triple-S will feature some of the top pro riders in the world riding for their prospective kite and board manufacturers. A total of 24 athletes will be scheduled to participate in the 2009 Triple-S Invitational.
This years break down is as follows: 20 athletes will be receiving invitations, with 4 alternates in place. This year 4 spots will be allotted to wild card invitations, these will be given to the best 4 rider videos received by March 1st.
Aaron Hadlow - United Kingdom
Andre Phillip - Antigua
Andy Hurdman - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Bertrand Fleury - France
Billy Parker - St. Pete, FL, USA
Brandon Scheid - Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Bruna Kajiya - Brazil
Clarissa Hempel - Brazil
Davey Blair - Oahu, HI, USA
Denver Coon - Maui, HI, USA
Dylan Thompson - Hood River, OR, USA
Jake Kelsick - Antigua
Jason Slezak - Charleroi, PA, USA
Joby Cook - White Salmon, WA, USA
Kevin Langree - Holland
Mauricio Abreu - Brazil
Moe Goold - Tahiti
Ruben Lenten - Holland
Sam Bell - Avon, NC, USA
Susi Mai - Germany
Damien LeRoy - FL, USA
Tom Court - Australia
Shannon Best - Australia
Madison Van Heurck - US Virgin Islands
* 3 Open Wild Card Spots remain
Athletes receiving invitations to compete in the Triple-S Invitational are chosen by an event management committee. All invitations are sent by November 18, 2008. RSVP is expected by January 1, 2009, at which time alternates will take the place of any athlete who has not contacted event management and committed to the event.
Wild Card selections will be made on March 15, 2009. The Triple-S management committee will make their selections taking into consideration submitted videos. Videos will be judged solely on the quality of riding. Editing and effects will not be taken into consideration.
The final list of committed athletes will be announced April 2009.
SOURCE: Real Kiteboarding