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25th Annual Sturgeon Stampede!

Feb. 7th – 9th, 2014   (map to event)

Join the Sturgeon Stampede!

Lake Winnebago has turned into a winter play ground again. Many sports take place on the lake in the winter. Kiting, Ice Windsurfing, Ice Boating, Snowmobiling, Ice Bikes, 4-Wheeling, Cross-country Skiing, Ice Skating and of course Ice Fishing. Those are just a few of the many activities enjoyed in the winter on the frozen Lake. Airplanes touch down, people drive their vehicles on the lake, and it's like another city out there in the Winter Wonderland.

See attached pdf for registration form and event poster
(or click to download)

There is a very busy time on the lake when Sturgeon Spearing takes place. There can be 10,000 shanties out there with someone in them trying their luck at capturing a Sturgeon. Sturgeon Spearing usually starts the second weekend of February and runs until the harvest quota of sturgeons are met which usually takes about a week.

What a great time for a PARTY! Voila! The Sturgeon Stampede. Dan Deuster and Ed Schneider started it over 20 years ago. It has transformed over the years and now it's a Kiting Event with WAK (Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders) running it. It also has other activities such as Ice skating, Ice bowling, Sturg-o-Rama, Tether ball, Stupid human tricks and more, and of course food, beer & music. Heat, shelter & toilets provided as well. Saturday evening is the time to light the bonfire and shoot off some fireworks. So come and watch or better yet participate! See MAP to event below

New events added this year include KiteWing and Hiberna ice board racing. Will Tuthill and family from Rhode Island will be here to promote KiteWing racing. (KiteWing USA) Racing will be done with skis and ice skates (short track), weather permitting. Ricard Liepins from Latvia along with Duane Waltz from Indiana will promote Hiberna ice board racing. (Hiberna Board)

The Location for the Sturgeon Stampede will be southwest from Fisherman's Road boat landing, Follow the ice road from Fisherman's Road boat landing west for 4 Christmas trees turning left or south on a road after the fourth tree. The site is about a 1/4 mile from shore Map to Fisherman's Road Contact Wind Power (920-922-2550) (info@windpowerwindsurfing.com or contact form) if more information or directions are needed.

Events will kick off Friday (see full schedule below) with the courses and jumping ramps being setup and tested vigorously. Beer and Food follows. Saturday morning registration takes place until 11:00 am followed by an 11:30 riders meeting to discuss the events and their format. Possible Kite and KiteWing Events include Lake Crossing, GPS Speed Drags, Kitercross (obstacle course), and the Big Air Contest. KiteWing and Hiberna boards will have short track racing. Beverages and warm food will be available. At dusk the bonfire will be lit with the awards to follow. Sunday is a funday with more fun racing. It is also the back-up day for lack of wind or good conditions. As of this writing the conditions on the lake are excellent for the event.

Pre-Registration Form (click for pdf registration form and event poster)

MAP to Event at Fisherman's Road Landing

Hwy 151 from Hwy 41 interchange to Fisherman's Road is about 11.5 miles (shown purple)
(Click the Map above for Google Maps page for directions and map features
 or use GPS coordinates of 43.874° North, 88.366° West on your nav device)

Images from past Sturgeon Stampede Events and more....


Schedule of Events

Friday Feb. 7, 2014
12:00 to ?? Testing and practice
 
Saturday Feb. 8, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 Registration
11:30 Skippers Meeting
12:00 First start
3 races back to back
3rd race maybe 2 laps or a Long Distance.
3:00 Big Air
5:00 Awards Presentation
5:30 Bonfire
This schedule is for weather permitting. Race Committee holds the right to change this schedule at anytime.
 
Sunday Feb. 9, 2014
Sunday we will follow the same format. Sunday races are fun events. No trophies will be given out for Sunday Events. (KiteWing and Hiberna board schedules could vary)



Call Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting Center for
Winter Lessons at 920-922-2550

freeskate & winterboard video     See the Winterboard & Freeskate Video by Kevin

Kevin has been busy this winter teaching Winter-Boarding (Windsurfing on the ice/snow) and Kiting. Winter is the easiest time to learn both sports, especially Kiting. You can learn to kite in 2 to 3 hours in the winter versus 2 to 3 days in the summer. It takes much more power generated from the kite to get moving on soft water. If you kite about 10 times in the winter your skills should be at a much better level to learn the soft water kiting easily. In fact you should be able to get rides on soft water the first day you try after kiting in the winter.


So sign up soon so you can get your ten times out with a kite in the winter before it thaws. Wind Power currently has a waiting list so get on the list ASAP. The lake has over 2 feet of ice. The snow conditions are currently excellent now for both skis and snowboards. Wind Power Kite Lessons link to WP Kite Blog

Everyone asks....

"How can Winter Kiting & Sailing be Safe with a Frozen Lake?"

Winter Sailing is as safe as 'soft' water sailing......

Safety is always paramount, but winter sailing provides excellent learning opportunities that water lessons just can't! However, you must wear a helmet and additional padding in the winter to help protect yourself. Kevin has written a great article on Winter Safety and Padding on the blog. Winter sailing will make you a better sailor and extends the use of your equipment including your quiver of sails and kites.