Thursday, January 1, 2009

North American Junior Race Camp

Fourteen youth windsurfers from across the US and Canada got to spend four days between Christmas and New Year's at the Banana River Resort in Cocoa Beach, Florida taking part in a super-intensive racing camp.  Each morning started with a run and warm-up exercises on the beach before breakfast, and on a couple of the days sailors were still coming off the water after the sun had set.  

Each day was a mix of on-land and on-water training and the predominantly light winds made for perfect learning-to-pump conditions.  Lots of drills on the water helped to improve board and sail handling and everyone got a lot more experience on the start line! Amazingly, even with lots of time-on-the-water, intensive instruction in pumping and race strategy and tactics, the kids still found time for surfing and football on the beach.  

We had 14 windsurfers (4 Canadians, 10 US - 9 boys, 5 girls) training on both RS:X and Bic Techno 293 and it was very cool to get to know all of these talented, hard-working kids who will likely be racing in future world championships and even the Olympics!

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