Slingshot Gorge Girls Kite Clinic went off as a huge success. The four day women’s clinic was organized by Slingshot national team riders, Stacy Boggs and Laura Maher to get more women into the sport of kiteboarding. The clinic was sponsored by Slingshot and DaKine.
The clinic was held in Hood River , Oregon , and the turnout of women was absolutely overwhelming. The clinic reached maximum capacity immediately which was 35 women for 4 days. The demand was so high another 30 women were turned away. Yes, they are anxiously awaiting the next women’s clinic.
Stacy Boggs and Laura Maher organized the clinic with Slingshot as they saw the need for a women’s clinic taught by women. The focus was to create an environment that promoted safety, camaraderie, and stoke on the sport in order to create new women kiteboarders. The women were all absolutely amazing, and everyone left wanting more and ready to embrace the sport.
The first day was all trainer kites, the second day all safety, and then two days of tandem body dragging. The clinic was taught by all women who graciously volunteered their time, and the male assistants and support staff were absolutely invaluable. In an environment taught by women, every woman excelled very, very quickly easily mastering kite control, safety knowledge, and skills on the water. The group was so supportive, and the crowd was overflowing with smiles and excitement. I must say it was great to see a group of 45 women all in one spot kiting. The men gathered just to watch.
The demand and turn out for this clinic made it very clear that the sport of kiteboarding is very exciting and accessible to women. Stacy Boggs and Laura Maher are dedicated to making sure that our beaches are full of women kiteboarders. Clinics are coming again soon, and we thank Slingshot for their support and contributions that they make to women in the sport.