Cameras, CEOS with Wakeboards, Cabarete, and a Clinic at Laurel Eastman's School
Posted Saturday June 23rd 2007
By Kristin Boese
After the Triple S, I got to stay 3 more days in Hatteras and got to spend time with our President Ian, Kian our Operating Officer, Jeff our Sales Manager and one of our Investors Russel, who all came to Hatteras to either enjoy kiteboarding or to learn how to kitesurf. It was great to see (or get to know) everybody and we were having a fun time. The evening before I left, we even had a little BEST and REAL BBQ and so I got to say good bye to everyone in a nice way. I can only tell you, I took a lot of nice pictures those 3 days, always having in mind to make Stacey happy and laugh, because I know she loves good reports so much.
But it was not meant to be, as Ian somehow decided to spray our camera while wakeboarding and all the pictures are gone. I bet he did not want those pictures of him published ... but really, he could have told me that and I am sure we could have agreed in another way… ;-)
Over to Ian, for comments: She's the World Champ and she's standing there with a kite tester from North. Did I MEAN to spray them? Of course I meant to spray them! He's a kite tester from North!! Did I mean to spray them THAT MUCH? No! But she's the world champion! She holds onto her bar during extremely difficult manouevers ... why couldn't she hold onto her camera? It was just SPRAY!!! Did she HAVE to drop it into the water and lose all the pictures??? I don't think she HAD to!! But, no ... those weren't EXACTLY the results we wanted ... but ..."
Anyways, we were laughing a lot about this little incident and I am happy that now I have something that I can tease Ian with (as he still keeps reminding me of my little Buggy lagoon accident)! Right click here (and open in new window) for a brand new look at the "little Buggy Lagoon accident." Only I am still sorry for Stacey as I don’t have any pictures at all now… hope she is not going to be too disappointed or is even going to send me the "angry picture" for that!
Oh well, after Hatteras, we flew to Cabarete. With some little problems with American Airlines and a missed connection flight in Miami, we made it there a day late (and I missed the shooting with Gavin in La Boca). That also made me late for the clinic with Laurel and I was worried in the beginning, but it turned out great in the end. We were all just hanging out at the center, almost everybody got to try my Yarga 9 (which they were super excited about!) We got to kite together every single day, and not only Laurel's 12 instructors seemed to enjoy it a lot, but also all the customers were having great fun.
One evening we had a big dinner all together at "Pitu," and on my last day, we got together ... all the girls (12 of us in total) ... for a girl's Downwinder in memory of Silke Gordlt.
In the beginning, I was not quite sure if it would come out the way we wanted it, as the only girls that ever got to know Silke were Laurel and me ... but then we had a little ceremony for Silke just before we went downwind to Encuentro and Laurel and I told the girls about what a great person and how special Silke was and shared our memories with them.
This was really so moving and all the girls shared our feelings so much that it really was special. We had picked some flowers before and each took a handful, walked into the water all together, and threw the flowers into the sea for Silke, ... a few moments of silence ... and then we had the best downwinder together, an event that I will not forget too soon and that really warmed my heart. I so wish Silke could have been there, but am sure her soul was with us.
Another moving and special event those days in Cabarete was the wedding of Ben Meyers and Jill Cervi. Not only did they have the most perfect wedding in beautiful scenery and with wonderful people, but also the feelings shared between the 2 of them were so strong that everyone could feel them and cried at least once during the day. Their families and all their friends (75 people flew into the DR) celebrated the happiest day of their lives with them and everybody was incredibly happy!
And even if I only had 5 days to spend in the Dominican Republic, it was so worth it to go there for all that happened there. I would like to thank Laurel for accommodating us so nicely and for all her help, support and great work! I really hope we can do that again next year!
And even though I am still waiting for the pictures (we had taken pictures with Jenny’s camera and had a photographer for the Downwinder too) I promise that you will get to see some very soon! I will post them underneath! (6/25/07: Actually, I posted them above, with the corresponding text.)
I am in Germany now for 3 days ... actually I'm sick and sitting at the doctor's at the moment ... and will be going to Italy on Sunday for the first KPWT of the season. Hopefully going to feel better by then!
All the best for now,
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