For those of you who paddled with us in Ecuador this past winter, you may have met and/or spoken to Omar. Omar works at Altar Tours with Angel. And he distinguished himself among those of us who learned that he is a)an enthusiastic whitewater kayaker; b) great river guide and c) in training to be the first Ecuadorian Slalom boater to head to the Olympics (over-and-above being a master at putting together an awesome Galapagos trip package for our folks).

The 2008 Olympic Team Trials and 2008 Pan American Slalom Championship & Olympic Qualifier are going on as we speak, at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. Omar has been in Charlotte training at the Center for the past two weeks. And with any luck, all his training back in Quito and now in Charlotte will land him a coveted qualification to represent Ecuador in the 2008 Olympics in China. Keep tabs on the weekend’s events and keep an eye out for our Ecuadorian friend.

Go Omar!!