Get to know Carolina:
Here are some impressions by "Rick Iossi" in kiteforum:
"a young island
girl ... a free spirit alive in, on and over the ocean ...growing up kiteboarding HARD,
FAST and FULL out on warm tropical seas, then there was a SERIOUS ACCIDENT and things
CHANGED ...the question is for how long ... our actions may determine the answer.
If you have ever loved to shred or crave the free abandon of blasting over the waves or
hurling skyward, read this and please act to help our fellow young rider...
"Chocalate" Diaz, a 16 year old, suffered a serious injury while
kiteboarding at Los Roques, Venezuela last weekend. She fell and sustained a harsh injury
from a height of 25 ft. She was concussed and apparently suffered neural damage. Few
accident details are coming in at this early time, but they aren't all that important at
this point ... not to Carolina. Carolina has had one operation and is to have another
tomorrow. She is in the shadow of paralysis at this critical time. From one report, if
things work, out she may face a full year of hard, expensive rehabilitation
after which she MAY walk again.
Venezuela is going through hard
times these days, political instability, shortages and lost tourism. Carolina is from the
fishing village of El Yacque on Margarita Island, Venezuela. She was wealthy in a lust
for life, kiteboarding and an idylic times growing up on the sea, but not
necessarily in material. If sufficient money isn't found, it is possible that Carolina may
forego vital, expensive additional operations and rehabilitation over the next year. The
potential cost of such a path is painful and wrong. It could mean no full recovery for
this vibrant young lady but merely to languish, bed ridden. We need to
ACT to stop this from happening.
Paul Menta related stories to me
tonight about Carolina. He first met her about 2 1/2 years ago. She started windsurfing at
10 or 12 years and moved into kiteboarding at 14, two years ago. Paul said that she is an
amazing, beautiful girl always radiating a wide, friendly smile. Paul described her as a
extremely active 5' 2 girl who would ride FULLOUT be it in 15 mph or in nuclear
conditions at 30 mph+ with a small kite. He called her a 90 pound girl with the courage
and heart of a 225 pound guy on the water. When he last saw here about two months ago, she
had moved into doing double forwards, with NO HANDS. They have kept in
regular touch weekly online since.
Carolina is a rare talent
on the water and he felt that she would be a notable international champion by 18 years.
She had competed this year in the PKRA World Cup in Margarita and in other local
competitions. She has been called the National female kiteboarding champion of Venezuela.
She assisted Paul with instruction with Kitesurftheearth, New World Kites and other
operations on the island.
Paul described giving Carolina two
kites. She was launched into her element by these gifts and found new thrills and purpose
on the water. Despite being an extremely skilled waterperson, this young lady also has a playful
side being as likely to drench you with a hose or to try to yank your baggies off
while you are shredding on the water. Paul and other like minded kiteboarding concerns
just wanted to help Carolina move up in kiteboarding by helping her when and where they
could. They couldn't help themselves this young lady's appeal was so infectious.
Carolina's friends were planning on helping her to travel to Maui to participate in the
Red Bull Competition along with other events. Paul was even planning on helping her to
move to the USA to progress along this path. They had an agreement that she would
finish high school and NO boys! Dreams and good ones too but that is all
threatened now .... but we can help. So please dig in to help out this rare young rider in
her time of need."