• Adam Vance

    Ozone team rider

Background:

A member of the first Canadian Olympic Kiteboard Racing Team, Adam Vance is originally from Montreal and is a four-time Canadian champion in Formula Kite racing (2010, 2011, 2015) and the 2017 Canadian Slalom champion, with many other top podium finishes at international competitions. With a background in ski racing and windsurfing, Adam was one of the first to pioneer the sport in the Pacific Northwest, and has competed in kiteboarding since the beginning. In 2014 he won the world champion title for his age class at the Masters world championships in Sardinia, Italy, after taking a close second place at the Masters World Championships in France in 2011.

As a founder and board of directors member for the Seattle Kitesurfing Association, Adam has focused his efforts on community events, safety and helping others to learn about technical advances in the sport. Adam has received lifesaving awards from the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, and Red Cross for his initiative in several marine rescues when he saved people from drowning. During COVID, Adam developed remote online training sessions for aspiring athletes in lockdown together with Sail Canada.

Philosophy and passion:

Whether in high-speed foil racing or wave kitesurfing big ocean swells, and now wing foiling, there is an intimate link for Adam between riding the critical section of breaking waves, achieving pole position on the race course, and innovation within a global technology adoption wave. The ideal position is frontside on the curve, where the pitch angle allows for maintaining the fastest, highest level of performance. For Adam, it is all part of a passion for speed, performance, and being on the cutting edge of new technology.

Tech projects:

In his latest technology, sports and outdoor adventure projects, Adam introduced the use of Virtual Reality and 360 video to Olympic teams for simulator training in high performance formula kiteboard racing. Adam has shown Olympic teams around the world - in the U.S., Poland, Italy, France, Canada, Colombia and Spain among others - how to leverage the latest innovations in VR and 360 video as a powerful simulation and training tool for training Olympic team athletes in preparation for the 2024 Olympics. Here are a couple of short documentary clips illustrating some of the applications of VR and his work with the U.S. Olympic team at their training camps:

Career highlights and results:

  • 4th Place, Pan American Championships of Formula Kite racing class, Colombia 2020
  • 1st place, Ocean Rodeo Canadian Championships of Slalom Kiteboard Racing, Canada 2017
  • 1st Place, Canadian Champion of Formula Kite racing class, Canada 2015
  • 3rd Place, Formula Kite World Championships, Grandmaster Division, Italy 2015
  • 3rd Place, South American Championships, Masters Division, Colombia 2014
  • 1st Place, N.A. Championships, Grandmaster Division Champion, SF 2013
  • 1st Place, West Coast Open, Grandmaster Division Champion, Canada 2013
  • 3rd Place overall, Sailing World Cup, Formula Kite Racing at Sail Melbourne, Australia 2012
  • 2nd Place, Kiteboard Racing World Championships, Grandmaster Division, 2012
  • 1st Place, North American Championships Grandmaster Division Champion, 2012
  • 1st Place, 2x Canadian Champion, Canadian Championships, 2011-2010
  • 2nd Place, Masters World Championships, Douarnenez France 2011

Kiteboarding videos and session mashups: