Some of the biggest news that I have had to share so far.
In late 2015 I got the amazing opportunity to act in the newest commercial for Turkish Airlines and Turkey Home.
We spent 3 weeks filming this masterpiece by Daghan Celayir and Kala Film, and it demonstrates perfectly what Turkey stands for. The beautiful nature it has to offer, brought to you by the wind.
It has aired on tv in many European countries and will be shown all over the world!
Watch the video here to see for yourself.
The second stop of the world tour was very exciting for me as my dad would be joining the trip. Having someone that’s fully committed to supporting you during a competition is the best thing you can have! And of course the entire package is super fun. The journey there, the preparation, all of it!
Now France is nice… but being at a competition can be quite stressful (read: I am so stressed I’ll be screaming and running around). So to make the trip a bit more enjoyable, we first spend a few days in the lovely Barcelona. It was very nice and even my mom joined us there for a bit. All together a perfect start.
The competition was unfortunately not as perfect. I was riding great and fully going for it, but unfortunately nature was not on our side. We got up to the semi finals and had to stop there as the wind did not return. Shared 1st place with 6 girls it is!
And that means that with the points I earned, I am now officially ranked 2nd on the world ranking! Wow… who would have ever thought!
Yes that was basically my reaction when I made it onto the podium at the first competition of the year. To be totally honest, I did not feel 100% prepared due to a few little injuries over the winter, and was telling myself to go for top 5 if possible, and that top 8 would be ok too..
So yes.. getting on the podium was the most unexpected thing that happened and it was the best feeling in the world. Sometimes you need a little push to realise what’s right in front of you. I’m ready. I’m strong. And after this I have more motivation than ever before!
Thank you Egypt for a very successful event!
Thailand has been incredible!
The food the people the kiting… I might never want to leave this place!!
Also a nice little shot here for my new sponsor CrossXvest. They have constructed a weighted fitness vest where you can insert weights of a kilo up to 20 kilos! Let’s get fit for the upcoming competition season!
Happy new year everyone!
2016… a year of changes, and new opportunities!
I want to thank Cabrinha for the past 5 years. It’s been an incredible ride with many moments that will be in my memory forever! Everyone at Cabrinha, thank you! You all made it special in many different ways.
As you can see, there’s a bit of a change now!
I’m very happy to tell you that I’ll be joining FX Sports Aruba! Riding for FX gives me the opportunity to use a wide range of gear. I’m very stoked to first try out the Core Impact!
Can’t wait to get this year started!!
Next up was Germany. A place that is known for its constantly changing weather conditions. And indeed we had it all again this year! My first competition day I was competing on my 13th, the biggest kite I have. The water was quite flat as it was low tide giving me the perfect circumstances to win my first heat.
That put me immediately into the 3rd round where I was up against Hannah Whiteley. This day, however, the wind was blowing like crazy and the water was incredibly choppy and wavy. It was a very tough heat but I was actually extremely happy with my performance and I secured my spot in the semi-finals.
After that I was not able to keep the winning streak going and I kept a 4th spot for the event. I am super happy with this achievement though. It is only my second top 4 this year and that is already way better than I dreamed of in the beginning of the year!!!
So Germany is a wrap, and now it’s time to head home and on to Brazil for some serious training… I can’t wait!!!
Wow what an event in Fuerteventura for me this year. I missed out last year but two years ago I achieved a 2nd place so I already had a good feeling here. The conditions are always extremely tough but we make the best of it. This week was a bit crazy with the wind leaving us in the last days, but luckily we were able to finish the competition.
My first podium place this year!!!!
So incredibly happy with my performance and achievement. This shoots me up to the 4th place in the ranking which makes me super proud and motivated to keep going!
Last week marked the third stop of the tour this year. It was a really great two weeks in general, with lots of great kiting, friends, and parties, because yeah.. if you know Tarifa.. there is no getting out of that 😉
I flew to Malaga and rented a car there, where I met up with the girls, to head to Tarifa. We had rented an apartment with ocean view right on the centre of the city with 5 girls. As you can imagine, total madness.
The first couple of days before the comp there was some wind and we had loads of fun sessions with everyone that started arriving. Then, the first few days of the comp there was no wind and we were on standby. The wind was going to change direction to become Levante, so the organisation decided to move the entire competition into the town, where there is an insane spot, perfect for this kind of wind.
The next day the comp was ON. There was incredibly strong wind, and we were soon on our fives and sixes. I was first up against Bruna Kajiya once again and Rita Arnaus. I managed to secure a second place, which meant I was up against Helena Brochocka in the second round. I managed to pass here so I went to the third round against Karolina Winkowska once again. It seems like I’m against the same people in every competition so far!!!
I rode quite well considering the conditions and until the last minute I was definitely leading the heat. Unfortunately for me, Karolina managed to land a sick Slim Chance in the last minute which made the difference. Again a 5th place for me.. Either way, I’m proud of how I rode in these condtitions and am looking forward to keep fighting for that spot on the podium this year!
The big air started after the freestyle was over and the wind was even stronger than the previous days. We were literally almost flying away and I had a lot of trouble keeping my 5.5m in control! I fought hard and managed to pass a few heats, securing a 5th place as well for this discipline.
Now it’s time to focus on the next one which is only one week away! Fuerteventura, we’re coming for ya so prepare yourself!!! 😉
The second stop of the world tour this year was held on Isla de Coche in Venezuela. I was a bit hesitant at first knowing the current situation in the country, but hey, I had to go! Luckily the organisation took very good care of us so as soon as we got to Caracas we got a free flight and car/boat transfer to the hotel. Caracas was definitely a little bit scary, but as soon as we got to Isla de Coche, a small island off the coast, we didn’t notice a thing. This peaceful holiday island appeared to be an ideal kite location with flat water and constant wind, about the best for competition. That meant that we could go all out and show our biggest tricks.
In the first round I was up against 3rd placed Bruna Kajiya and 9th placed Helena Brochocka. I managed to get second in this first round so I was up to a local Venezuelan girl in the second round. This round I passed quite easily and I was very happy with my riding.
Then it was time for the third round and I was up against current world champ Karolina Winkowska. I knew that this heat would not be easy and I had to throw in something big. So I decided to go and try a trick that I had not landed in a year… smart thinking right? 😉 I started the heat with a few of my basic tricks and saved the big one for the end. When it was time to go for it, I just stopped thinking rationally and went for it 100%. It’s a risky trick that can hurt when it goes wrong, but is impressive when landed. And I did!!! And that made my the first girl in the history of kiteboarding to land a “Double S-Bend to Blind” in a heat.
Unfortunately it was still not enough for the win, so I finished on a 5th place again, which for now, I’m very happy with. I was not super content with the way they scored my heat, but that’s part of the game with a judging sport. I was, on the other hand, very very proud of the way I rode and my massive accomplishment!