10th Annual Kite Crossing

10th Annual Kite Crossing  Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2014

Ten years ago, the Kitefreeze event was coming to a close and Mike Fox had the idea to leverage his success in 20+ years of the Mille Lacs Crossing (a windsurfing event) and apply it toward creating a snowkite endurance event like no other in the country.  The Mille Lacs Kite Crossing was born.

Mike Fox wanted to create the most challenging snowkite event in the country

That first year was such a huge success.  We had 6-8 inches of new snow, blue skies and incredible winds.  The race took us out along the north end of the lake past Reddy Creek.  John Pedersen was in the air taking some incredible shots, that have defined the event with kiters making fresh tracks across the great expanse dotted with ice houses.  As weak as we were after that long race, the free ride session that followed was spectacular.

Over the years no two years have ever been the same.  We’ve had 30 mile an hour winds ripping across nearly bare ice on Saturday followed by 10+ inches of soft fluffy white on Sunday.  We’ve had a race with light rain and fog where kites and lines were covered in layers of ice, and kiters lost their way, an adventure we remember well.  We’ve had fast races across hardpack and we’ve had races flying at speed over 2-3 feet drifts.   The wind didn’t always show up but that never killed the spirit of the event.  The spirit of the event is created by the gathering of kiters from all over the region.  The crazy things that unfold, the sharing of stories, the really bad jokes that get shared.

Below are some images from previous years.  Just what I had.  If you have some you’ld like to add please shoot them my way.  I know some were taken by others, please let me know they are yours.  I’ll either take them down or give you credit.  Also listed below are some great galleries from professional photographers took last year.

This year, the 10th Annual, will be an exciting event.  Look for a new look in the graphics, new energy and stoke behind the organization, as well as faces that have been absent for a few years.  Hope you can come up, hang out, and if you’re up to it, race in the most challenging endurance snowkite event in the country.

Great video: http://youtu.be/wCge-NXdC5M






About the author


Tighe Belden has been riding the wind for over 30 years. He has been active in the windsport community for over 3 decades, as an instructor, event coordinator, creator of Lakawa and now End of Session, and stokes people on the latest gear as a Tech Ambassador for Slingshot Sports.