Having decided to live on an island, Michael Valentino first opened Island Pursuit on Martha’s Vineyard in 1983. Ever since Michael was a child vacationing on the Jersey Shore and in Florida with his parents and brothers, Michael has been enamored with all things ocean related. Throughout his life he's been enjoying sailing, wind surfing, motor boating, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and most recently, kiteboarding!
While kiteboarding near the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, FL, Michael met a father and son who just blew him away with their mad kiteboarding skills! The father is Dimitri Maramenides, owner of Epic Kites, and his 16 year old son Cameron, a world champion in kiteboard racing!
Dimitri and his wife Helen live on Anna Maria Island in Florida with their son Cameron, daughter Olivia and adorable dog Zeus! In fact Zeus is often featured in their videos!
Olivia, Dimitri, Helen and Cameron
Cameron will be competing at the International Kiteboarding Association’s Youth Olympic trials, May 3-8, 2018 in Asia Bay, China. Island Pursuit is a proud sponsor of Cameron as he pursues his dream for Olympic Gold! Before we show you just how incredible Cameron is on the water, we’d like to introduce you to the guy who taught him everything he knows......Zeus! Watch closely and you'll see Cameron "flying by!!!"
Recently, another member of this really nice community of local kiteboarders, Aaron, Owner of Elite Watersports in St. Petersburg, FL, held the "Elite Big Air Classic" right here in St. Pete. Here's a video of Aaron, Dimitri and Cameron's "Epic Crash!" Do you like Cameron's Vineyard Vines shirt? It's available at Island Pursuit, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota! Call Laurie at 941-228-5785 to order.
The art of becoming a champion is to keep training! Here's another video of Cameron showing us what he does best, and putting in a little plug in for one of his sponsors.....thanks Cameron!
Island Pursuit is thrilled to report that Cameron received the Wild Card for the USA YOUTH OLYMPICS GAME. Now it is all up to the US OLYMPIC SAILING association to accept the invitation that the WORLD SAILING sent them!!! Stay tuned on Cameron's quest for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires! This will be the first year for kiteboarding to be included in these games. What an amazing time for a very talented young man from Anna Maria Island, Florida. Go Cam!
To learn more about these kiteboarding partners, check out:
Epic Kites for kiteboarding gear, clothing and accessories.
Elite Watersports for kiteboarding lessons, kiteboarding gear, paddle boarding gear and wet suits.