“The bond women develop through coaching, and learning is super special,” says Michaela. “We’re able to communicate with each other in a relatable way. I feel like it’s easy for the dudes to tell us to just go out there and send and put a lot of pressure on us. Women working together can talk about the fear, share how hard it can be to be a woman in a mostly male discipline, and support each other through the emotional side of the sport.”
After packing up gear, the women all met for dinner and recapped their experiences. “Michaela dedicated her full Saturday plus days before to prepare for this day without asking for anything in return. She shared valuable knowledge and insight on the sport, both generally and individually, when it came to what we were working on. She is an incredibly knowledgeable, talented, and valuable inspiration to both women and this sport. I am honored that I was able to share this day and learn from her,” says clinic participant Caitlin Arendse.
Scott Trudon, Naish Brand Manager, is extremely proud of this clinic. “Michaela is an exceptional human who truly cares about women in kiteboarding and shares her knowledge and stoke every chance she gets. Naish is very fortunate to have her on our International Team not only as a World Class Rider but as an ambassador for women’s kiteboarding.”