The first ever Ozone/Team Fluid Race Clinic wrapped up last week in Mar Menor, Spain. Adam and I were stoked to have 17 participants show up for four days of race talk, training, and gear tuning. Each day we focused on a different aspect of course racing with a morning lesson and afternoon riding.
Although the breeze was generally light, we were able to get on the water every day to run races and practice maneuvers. The group’s tacks made huge strides, and their confidence in starting also improved. It was getting so aggressive on the line that we even had one start with a 7 kite tangle! Maybe this isn’t the goal…but it’s the only way to improve. I was reminded very much of Thursday night racing in San Francisco!
We were invited to participate in the the Spanish Long Distance Championships which took place last weekend following the clinic. It was great to race against everyone we’d gotten to know throughout the week, and see them improve during the event. On day one Adam and I had a solid lead against the top Spanish guys, and on day 2 we could barely keep them off our heals. Practice makes perfect!
Congrats to the new Spanish Long Distance Champion Pedro Garijo, and to Sergio Perera and Miguel Villar for 2nd and 3rd. Fun racing with you guys!
Finally, thanks to all the riders that came out to the clinic for being so eager to improve and absorb information. We couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic group of people or a better local network to take care of us. And a big thanks to Ozone and Kite Frenzy for getting us to Europe and taking care of the clinic logistics, we couldn’t have made this happen without you!