At 15 years old, Cameron Maramenides, at the coaxing of family took on the challenge of participating in the Twin Tip Racing class in hopes of representing the U.S. team for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this October.
Micheal Gebhardt, an Olympic windsurfer, and kite enthusiast, was secured as his coach, and training began in the spring at Gebhardt’s home base, the Dominican Republic. Training involved start strategies, positioning, physical training and rounding the markers, equipment tuning and a demanding schedule.
Throughout the exciting racing season, Cameron regularly made the podium, including his first place victory at the Youth World Championships. While there were many successes in his very first season, there were a few, but rare, upsets. In the final qualifier, bland wind and tangles prevented a podium. Overall, Cameron displayed professionalism and a drive to improve and learn throughout. His skills and passion secured him a newly announced position on the American team. We’re looking forward to October when the action begins!