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Woman Techie Who Kites: Tammy Camp

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Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 10:34pm EST

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by: Jessica Valenzuela

Kiteboarding is about finesse and balance. Women can be better at it than men - Tammy Camp

Kiteboarding is about finesse and balance. Women can be better at it than men - Tammy Camp

This weeks’ Techie Who Kites feature is very special. Why? She’s our FIRST woman techie who kites on Just Kite It! Dan Larsen, our feature from two weeks ago made sure I connected with @Tammy Camp. After a little bit of research, I discover that she not only is a kiteboarder techie, she’s also an entrepreneur! Voila. Tammy is a bundle of delight! She happily accommodated an interview in spite of a superbly hectic schedule. At the time of the interview approximately two weeks ago, she was a few days away from jetting to Cabarete, Dominican Republic for a Kiteboard for Charity Event hosted by Laurel Eastman. The same event was attended by our previous Ripping It star athlete, Dominique Granger who placed FIRST in the racing competition! This is a post for FIRSTS! :-)

The quintessential question: Who is Tammy Camp?

A: Known in the kiteboarding techie circles as a serial entrepreneur, Tammy started her career way before Google was cool. While traveling in Europe during her senior year in film school, Tammy was in search for a way to get from London to Amsterdam. She went to Yahoo Travel (way before Google), yet information was challenging to find. That moment sparked the idea for her first venture which launched in September 10, 2001. Tammy did not wish to disclose further information about this particular startup to keep the privacy of groups or individuals who were part of the deal. Fair enough!

Today, Tammy is Founder and CEO of Corpcom, a full-service internet marketing firm that specializes in SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing.) She’s also in the Advisory Board of a number of startups.

When and how did you discover kiting?

A: In 2006, while on an all girls’  trip to Cabarete, Dominican Republic I tried kiteboarding for the first time. She fell in love with the sport, extended her stay and lived the kiting life for six months to practice, practice, practice! “Soon after, I found myself traveling for a year and a half to kite while working virtually.”

During her year and a half journey, Tammy discovered many exotic kite spots. Her top five favorite places to learn include Cabarete, Dominican Republic (of course!); Hurghada, Egypt; Ilha Do Guijiiru, Brazil; Maui, Hawaii and Tarifa, Spain. As part of her annual kiting repertoire, Tammy often goes back to Cabarete where she has an office right on Kite Beach! :-)

Why are you so passionate about the sport?

Tammy Camp is queen of the air in El Coche Venezuela.

Tammy Camp is queen of the air in El Coche Venezuela.

A: Like most kiters, for Tammy it was an immediate romance with the sport. “It is a great excuse to travel around the world for as long as you can sustain it and discover new and interesting places. I love the freedom that you experience in the water. It is soothing and a quiet place to getaway after you’ve finished work. A great place to unwind and reflect.”

The sport is also symbolic of innovation. When kiteboarded started in Maui in the early to mid-1990s kiteboarding was dubbed “the most dangerous sport in the planet.” That has changed with gear improvement and the introduction of the bow kites in 2006. Tammy shares that she progressed quickly due to the bow kite. “It made kiting more accessible and safer.” And who do we have to thank for that “the people who believed in the sport and have a real passion for it.”

Tammy adds that “in business, you have to be 200% aware of your environment. Kiteboarding is the only situation outside of business that requires your 200% focus and the ability to make quick decisions. One error can be fatal.”

Why should women try kiteboarding?

A: It is a sport about finesse and balance. Women can be better at it than guys. It offers an  equal playground for men and women. Tammy advises “make that decision for yourself. Spend a number of weeks in a place where there is wind and water so you can practice, practice, practice!”

Tammy plans to spend Spring through early Fall this year in the San Francisco, Bay Area so she can prep and participate in the Cabrinha Race Series.

Tammy Camp’s kiting bio

Kiteboard Course Racing World Championships held at Chrissy Field in San Francisco, California, USA. Photo Credit: longbr

Kiteboard Course Racing World Championships held at Chrissy Field in San Francisco, California, USA. Photo Credit: longbr

Kiting birthday: July 15, 2006

Nickname: Tami-kaze (she owns custom boards with her nickname!)

Favorite kiting quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

Kiting homebase: Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Kiting spots visited: She’s been to 13 kiting spots around the world. Her top five include Waves, South Africa; Capetown, South Africa; Peru; Jeri, Brazil

Quiver: North Rebel 6m, 8m, 10m (five line kites). She also loves the Best Waroo

A truly busy girl, Tammy is part of a number of women technology and entrepreneur organizations, including :

Managing Director, Girls In Tech, South Florida

Member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization South Florida

Tammy also guest posts for social media guide, Mashable. You can read more of Tammy Camp here.

Are you a kiting enthusiast and a startup founder, venture capitalist, technologist, creative and media? We’d like to feature your story. For an interview write to jessica@justkiteit.com.

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