SUMMER SLIDE ’13
The time came for us to get out of South Florida for a little bit, and check out our drift family in Central Florida! Just a three hour trip north, Luis Ochoa, our seasoned photographer and I, were on our way to Summer Slide! Or, more like Slip n’ Slide! Before we get into that, it should be noted that this was our first time attending this annual event. That morning we arrived to the gates of the Central Florida Racing Complex, or CRFC, with the intent on capturing some sizzling summertime cook-out flavored drifting action… WRONG! It rained! And I mean drenched, predictable Florida fashion I should add, so much so that the imperfections of the track could be seen by the mounting pools of water. If you know anything about Floridian summers is that it rains, too damn much! On and off like a sporadic faucet; someone get the Mario Bros.!
Summer Slide is a friendly competition complete with tandem and solo class events. As the rules go, it’s a rather simple approach: do your best, but don’t suck! And what I meant by “friendly” is that there is no cash payout in the end, so as I’m sure you can imagine, it’s more for glory, receiving a prized trophy indicating how much better you are than your buds. JJ Naico, a sponsored drifter of ours, showed up to the event and stomped the solo class! Normally, should JJ enter into an even like this he’d more than likely compete in the tandem class, but, with no extra tires on hand, he didn’t want to risk his chances of making it back home safely; prior to coming to Summer Slide he was in the Orlando area at the time visiting his fiancee, so he wasn’t really prepared for it. He chalked up another First Place position this year within Floridian drift events.
It was great to have FD drivers such as Chelsea Denofa, Pat Goodin, and Jeremy Lowe as judges for the entire competition, making some really accurate calls for the drivers and their respective performances, despite the rain and it’s hindrance on a lot of drivers; it makes me wonder if overall skill level is impeded on wet tracks? Nonetheless, it was an overall fantastic event, but I’ve gotta say I would love to see more South and Central Floridian drivers take part in more events together. My travels has witnessed me two completely different styles and skills, brewing from region to region. I can imagine a competition where regions go head-to-head, something like that could really boost the level of talent for the entirety of the Floridian drift scene!
Photo x Luis Ochoa and shane prescod
Location @ Central Florida Racing Complex, FL