Pre-Stampede Fun

The Sunday Before the 2016 Sturgeon Stampede.

Sunny, Warm, Windy, and Fun.

 

Snow Kite in Fond du Lac

Some of the BEST Snow Kiting in the Midwest is on Lake Winnebago near Fond du Lac, WI. Fond du Lac is filled with kiteboarders, and people who love kiteboarders. Lake Winnebago offers hundreds of square miles of kiteboarding thrills and adventure. The ice and snow last for months, and the wind is smooth and regular.

So , stop out on the Lake on Feb 12 -14 for the Sturgeon Stampede kiteboarding Classic and Enjoy winter at its finest. We kick-off Friday with Kite Course set-up and testing, Followed by LIVE Music from the Josh Schneider Band and D’ Willy and the Souvenirs. We also have the lake’s BIGGEST Bonfire and Fireworks to follow. Saturday brings more snow kite racing, speed drags, and “Big Air” competition. There will also be live music on Saturday with lots of Beer and Food. Sunday brings more of the same.

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Sturgeon Stampede Site Fly By

Ben attempts some sailing for the Drones at the 2016 Sturgeon Stampede Site Sunday Jan 24

Some Great Aerial Views of the Ice Around the Stampede Site….Before the Snow

Sunset at the Shack

The Shack has been launched and the Stampede is right around the corner. The WAK Shack is 1/2 mile off the Shore of Sunset Grill and Bar. There is  a road plowed to the site and over 15 inches of ice.  Better yet we have a good 4″ base of snow and lots of ramps and features. Kiters riding every day, and loving winter on Winnebago!

 

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Ben enjoying a sunset cruise at the Shack

First Day of SnowKiting

2016 Rang in with some epic kiting sessions at “Little Utah” near  Mount Calvary.  Don , Ed, Jason, and Dan shared several sessions at our favorite terrain park. Little Utah has rolling hills, huge drift line, and deep valleys for exploring, slashing, and super boosting. By the end of 4 days of kiting, the face of the steep slope was so diced up that Ed  renamed  it  “scarface”

 

Stampede Stomping Grounds Frozen

Several Kiters and Sailors were out Saturday and Sunday enjoying the frozen lake off the shore of Roosevelt Park. The entire site has great ice conditions for setting tents, making rinks, and soon to be plowed roads. The last know thickness of 8″ was measured last Wednesday and we’ve been makin ice every day since. Now, We need snow

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Sturgeon Stampede

The 27th annual Sturgeon Stampede will kick off Friday Feb 12 at noon with snowkiting and sailing until dark off the shores of Roosevelt Park. Friday afternoon the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) will be sponsoring LIVE music from 5pm to 10pm just off the shores of Sunset Grill and Bar, featuring the Josh Schneider Band, and returning entertainment from D’Willy and the Souvenirs. WAK will also be providing refreshments and food, and the lake’s LARGEST bonfire to keep the crowd warm and lively. Organizers will also host the annual Sturgeon Queen Contest and crown the winner prior to the “on-ice” Fireworks show to be held at 9:30 pm.

On Saturday the Stampede will host the Midwest’s best Kiteboarders and Ice Sailors in a competition of Racing, Freestyle, and “Big Air” jumping. Kiting events are scheduled from 11am to 5pm wind permitting. Complimentary kites will be given away to the first arriving spectators to join in on the kite flying. Racing will be held approx. 1/2 mile off shore of Roosevelt Park. Shelters, food and refreshments will be available. Awards will be presented at the Fishing Has No Boundaries Tent Saturday evening.

Sunday will bring more kite and sailing activities with many of the area riders enjoying and sharing the ‘free ride’ experience of winter winds as they play, soar, and sail on the frozen lake. Sunday is also the official alternate competition day if there is no wind on Saturday. Shelters, food and refreshments will be available.

Stampede poster 2016

Photo Galleries from Summer and Fall

Check out some of the action shots taken this summer and fall of local kiters riding the shores of Winnebago.

Summer Gallery

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Fall Gallery

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Winnebago Lake Crossing

WAK members Kevin, Ben, and Dan geared up and kited across Lake Winnebago on October 27. The 28 mile crossing took the boys roughly 3 hours starting from Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, and finishing at Waverly Beach in Menasha. Winds were out of the East at 18 gusting to 30 and the guys put on nearly 40 miles on the water. The route followed the east shore of the lake with everyone boosting and thrashing as mush as possible. It was a perfect direction that lead the riders to Miller’s Bay just north of Oshkosh where they discovered a 1/4 mile flat water slick. After a few passes in the butter water, they pulled out and found that the wind was clocking to the NE and they had a 13 mile upwind pinch to make their landing. An hour later with exhausted arms and legs, all three sailors greeted their welcoming party Mary, Mike, and Mike at Waverly for a couple beers. Nice Crossing Guys.fIMG_3192IMG_3207IMG_3196

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