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C. Moore 05-06-2008 10:58 AM

A Big Woot!!
As everyone knows the Tampa Bay Kite Masters was held last week. We had a young rider Ross Bond who has only been riding for about 7 months entered our contest. For those of you that know Ross, he is a very nice kid and riding on a board that looks like a ironing board. Ross placed 42nd with a time of 82.54 minutes. That's a very good time for such a new rider. Jayson and I wanted to give him a great prize but some our sponsors that promised us gear fell through.

I know times are tough in the kite industry and everyone is feeling the pinch due to the economy. So please give a big woot to our sponsors. We couldn't have done it with out them, especially John, Steve, and Steve-O at Water Sports West.

I'm happy to say that Freak Dog Kites lived up to their word and sent us a board that we are giving to Ross as a prize for most improved rider. Thanks AJ at kitericity and Freakdog Kites for the donation. It means a lot to the riders and organizers of our events when sponsors keep their word. I just want to clarify that Freakdog wasn't keeping their word its just other sponsors that we had as advertised as sponsors didn't live up to theirs.

Thanks to all those who made this years race another great event and to the Leroy family for getting the riders from Miami here. Kent, Josh, and Clarissa glad you made it wish we could have waited a 10 minutes more but Damien paid us off. jk :)

Danimal8199 05-06-2008 03:04 PM

What a great race! I got a chance to meet Ross, extremely nice guy who was probably one of the more pumped riders to be out there (besides myself). Congrats Ross!

Ross Bond(blu Swchblde 2) 05-06-2008 04:26 PM

thank you!!
thanks a lot guys, all you guys in the the kiting community are soo nice, thanks soo much to freak dog kites for the board, ill be getting it tomorrow. the race was soo fun, i wish we could have some more small non prize type of races, just to bring the kiting community together more often. it was great meeting all you guys at the race, thanks alot everyone for the support.
Ross Bond

Skyway Scott 05-06-2008 04:33 PM

Nice job Ross. Better add that board to your signature now. :-D

Ross Bond(blu Swchblde 2) 05-06-2008 04:39 PM

happy scott? lol

Skyway Scott 05-06-2008 05:06 PM

It's not in bold. :cool:

Ross Bond(blu Swchblde 2) 05-06-2008 05:39 PM

there you go, you are far too demanding. lol

Erick 05-06-2008 06:21 PM

Way to go Ross! Congrats man ... it's amazing that i met you less than a year ago in Hatteras when Toby helped you with the basics of kite control.

I have to say it cuz he disserves recognition too... Great job Toby!

Ross Bond(blu Swchblde 2) 05-06-2008 09:23 PM

Thanks Toby
well i didnt want to have to thank the acadamy, but you're definatly right, i bent the rules by not taking lessons, but Toby is the one and only safety instructor ive ever taken lessons from. he's been very kind and supportive of me these last 7-8 months, Thanks man.

toby wilson 05-07-2008 12:52 AM

Thank yourself my friend...
Thanks for the props Erick and Ross, but the credit and focus should be 100% on Ross' in my opinion. An hour long lesson spent with Ross dwarfs in comparison to all of the time that he has put in on the water grinding it out to get to this level and I was very happy to see him win the very well deserved most improved rider award at this years race. It's just great to see Ross so successful in such a short time, he is the kind of person that sets a great example for others looking to get into the sport and is a very positive addition to our community of kiters...not to mention the fact that he beat my race time by well over 10 minutes!!! :)

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