People often ask me what the most special place I’ve been to is. Well, since recently, I have a new answer! I got invited by my teammate Susi Mai to a MaiTai event on the island of the one and only Sir Richard Branson! I couldn’t believe that I got the opportunity to visit this place. The MaiTai is and event where entrepreneurs and businesspeople come together to network, promote, and then kite all together. Susi Mai and Bill Tai host this event all around the world but the one on Necker island is definitely one of the most prestigious ones.
Luckily, my amazing sponsor Saba Rock Resort is located only 5 minutes away from Necker with a boat! So of course it was a great opportunity to combine the two. Arriving at Saba Rock I was just so exited. This island is so very tiny but is perfectly set up with new and modern hotel rooms, the best restaurant and bar in the caribbean, and a view that you can’t even imagine, you’re in the middle of multiple other islands where people come in and anchor to Saba for a nice lunch or drink. Paradise? Better!
Then it was time to head to Necker. And arriving there I was blown away. I had never seen anything like it. The luxury, the people, the beauty, just incredible. I had an amazing week meeting lots of nice people, kiting and having the opportunity to shoot with one of the world’s best photographers, John Bilderback, going to insane costume parties, and of course, meeting Richard Branson himself. If I had to describe this entire week to you know, it would be a hundred pages long of me raging about all the craziness I witnessed there. Maybe I should just write an article about it some time… (: For now, here are a few pictures. Hugs!
It was time to get ready for the next upcoming competition, so I decided to head to Egypt a week early to get some training in. I went to Hurghada, a town about 40 minutes from the competition area. Everyone at Tommy Friedl’s pro center welcomed me with open arms and the kitespot was amazing.
After a great week of training and experiencing the Egyptian culture, it was time to head to Soma Bay. The competition spot was amazing. The water was crystal clear and we had loads of wind. The hotel was massive and breakfast, lunch, and dinner was included every day.
The competition didn’t go as well for me as I’d hoped and I finished with a 5th place. However, I am very content with my riding that week and am motivated to keep training and get back on the podium!
I was so excited to be asked by my sponsor NP Surf to come to Hong Kong for a photoshoot. Alberto Rondina, Leon Jamear and myself headed to the big city for an amazing 4 days! If you’re wondering, yes, 4 days up and down to HK is pretty intense, but it was definitely worth it! We did the photoshoot in a studio, so no kiting involved at all, which was pretty crazy for me. The pictures ended up super well, and I can’t wait for you to see them in the NP Surf product book soon (:
I love competing and everything about it, but I already knew that France doesn’t make competing much easier than it already is.. It was my second year and just like last the conditions were super crazy again. Luckily it was a bit less cold than I remembered and most of the days the sun was shining!
The singles didn’t go very well for me. I lost my first heat which meant the singles were over for me and I had to defend myself in the doubles!
In the doubles I had to work myself all the way up the ladder again to get a good position. I won over several girls including Vieira, Van Der Snoek, and Lammerts. I was going like a rocket, riding super well and feeling great. Once I got to Manuela Jungo for 4th or 3rd place we both rode super well. In the end she landed a really good trick managing to kick me out. Even though I didn’t manage to get on the podium I am still very happy with my 4th place. I gave the best I had and am super motivated for the next stop in Egypt!
Hey! Life is all about new experiences right? So how about working with a professional photographer, a makeup artist, and a hairdresser? Definitely something different for me!
I had so much fun in this photoshoot with my good friend and professional wedding photographer Caprice Nicole Photography! She came up with the idea and called up her friend and professional makeup artist Jessica Waite to make this photoshoot happen.
I’m so happy and proud that our pictures have already been posted in the Pacific Weddings Magazine!!
If you love this one, then please check out the article and see more pictures!
While in Dakhla, a local photographer and videographer created a video of what girls can do in Dakhla! I was so happy that I could be a part of this together with Manuela Jungo and Bruna Kajiya!
Find out what all our local experiences were in this great video by Kai Sou for Dakhla Attitude!
Sirens Of The Desert from Kai Sou on Vimeo.
Directly after the competition finished my kite camp started. It was the second year of doing this camp already and there were lots of excited people who were ready to join! Surprisingly there were lots of girls this time! We had some really great kitesessions where everyone really learned a lot and we also did lots of fun activities like a wakeboarding at the new cablepark, yoga classes,SUP downwinder, Asnaa hot springs, lunch at the Oyster Farm, fun night out in Dakhla Town and trying the Moroccan tea and delicacies!
All together just a perfect week with lots of fun people! Are you ready for next year? Info coming soon
Being in Morocco for the PKRA again really made it clear: Gosh, this is my second full year on the tour! Time just flies by doesn’t it? A full year has gone by already and it has just been an amazing experience so far. Last year everything was new and exciting. Meeting people and going on adventures. Now it’s exciting in different ways. Going to a place you really like again, seeing friends that you met there the year before, all of that is very special too!
Anyways, the days before the competition the wind slowly got stronger and stronger. And you wouldn’t believe it but during the comp I was actually on my 5.5m! So crazy..! The competition was extremely tough. There are some good new girls this year like Annelous Lammerts and Kristin Oja. This is great too though as it really motivates me and gets my adrenaline going!
I was very happy to manage a 3rd place in the singles and it made me feel safe too. At least I couldn’t go any lower than a 4th place for this comp, which is great!
In the doubles I had some very bad luck. During my heat against Bruna Kajiya my kite crashed badly and I somehow released completely from it. Bye bye kite…! It was early in the heat so I nearly didn’t have enough points of course. So that was it.. But still a great 4th place which made me very happy. Good second stop of the year!
So so so stoked to show you my new video by Tobias Hölter promoting the Cabrinha Siren Collection! Enjoy (:
The Cabrinha Siren Collection- Annabel Van Westerop from Cabrinha Kites on Vimeo.
This February the PKRA World Tour of Freestyle kicked off the year in Panama. Yay! A stop close to home! I spent the winter at home training so it was nice to not have to fly like two days to get there! I had never been to Panama and I’d heard good things about it, so I was looking forward to it! I first went to Panama city for two days to check out the big city. My uncle has an appartment there so he was the perfect guide to show me around!
After my little tourist trip it was time to head to Nitro City. This action sports resort is created for active people that pretty much want to have a crazy vacation. In short, the kiting is great, and in no wind situation you can hit the cable park, skate park, or go motorcrossing! You want to kite in the pool? No problem, go for it!
The competition itself went well. Unfortunately I could only get a 5th place, which is a slow start to the year, but I did ride the best heat of my life with a score of over 29 points! There is a very good group of girls this year which is super motivating to keep training and get ready for the upcoming competitions!
After the main competition we did a fun Best Trick competition combining kite and cable riding. I was stoked to get a 3rd place in this one and still get a podium in the first event of the year!
Thank you Nitro City Panama for a great week and Morocco, here I come (:
For more info on Nitro City visit their website: http://www.nitrocitypanama.com
Very proud to announce my new sponsor Musclecare! So happy to have them supporting me together with my other sponsors! Musclecare makes super good products to help aching muscles and joints. Check out their website!