The PKRA in Pingtan started off a bit different for me than I hoped. On the day that the singles were being held, I was still chilling in Hong Kong because my Visa wasn’t done on time! Nice timing Annabel…
However, the second day of the competition I arrived and decided to compete in the Big Air comp. This was a lot more fun than expected and I was stoked to win!
The next day, we continued with the doubles of freestyle and as I missed the singles I had to work my way up the ladder! It went very very well though and after beating Paula Novotna I lost against Gisela Pulido so I got a 3rd place! The sickest thing about this is that I am now officially 3rd in the ranking!
The following day I also decided to compete in the Twin Tip Long Distance Race where I managed to get 2nd place in the women’s division!
All together it was an awesome comp and I left Pingtan with 3 trophees!! Soo crazy!
I think I just visited one of the most beautiful places on earth… Mauritius was a place I really thought I would never get to. Just a few months ago I still wasn’t even sure where it was! Then I got a invitation to join the Kiteival, a festival full of fun downwinders with lots of people, and found out it was really located all the way near the south of Africa, next to the massive Madagascar. The making of the decision whether I was going or not didn’t take very long.
The event was simply awesome. Most people know the kitespot Le Morne in Mauritius, and that’s about it. But we discovered manyyy suitable places to kite at. Doing a downwinder every single day, we went from the south coast of the island, all the way to the north. It is amazing how many beautiful flat, blue, crystal clear spots there were and when I cross the reef, you find yourself in the middle of world class waves, all by yourself.
It was an amazing week, filled with good people and fun times! I definitely can’t wait till next year! Can you?
Check out www.kiteivalmauritius.com for more info!
This August I did my very first kite camp all by myself. And I can only say that it was a great success! My students were extremely motivated and together with Dakhla Attitude Hotel it was perfectly organized. It was a week full of freestyle sessions, extreme downwinders, and fun activities. Levels were ranging from some learning their first jump to others learning their first handlepass. We can definitely count on doing another one next year!!!
This pkra stop was definitely my very best one so far!!! The temperature might have been the best so far at this spot, but the conditions were definitely the toughest! With winds ranging from 15 knots to 45, it was extremely hard to control the kite. I was on my 5.5m kite the entire time, trying to land as many tricks as I could! I couldn’t believe it when I kept winning every heat I did, becoming 2nd in the single elimination!
The next day we started on the double elimination. This was the most important day because if I lost my first heat against Novotna I would become 3rd (still not bad, but I was striving for the 2nd!). Beating her meant that I stayed above her in the overall ranking, making me 4th from the entire year so far. I had a very good heat against her and was super happy when I heard that I had advanced and was about to go against Gisela Pulido in the finals!
If I won from Gisela, we would have to go for a Super Final as she won once in the singles (so we were tied). If I lost that first heat, the competition would be over and I would stick with the 2nd place. I knew that Gisela is an amazing rider and very hard to beat, but as I always do, I just went out there and give it all.
After the heat I went back to the beach, and assuming I lost I started rolling my lines and took off my boots etc. I really couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had won that heat and had to go for the super final!!! So I had to go out once more and prove myself again. This time, I wasn’t strong enough to beat her, so I kept my 2nd place. Wow, what a result. First time podium and immediately 2nd!!!
What a sick event this was! It was huge! With every brand there presenting the newest 2014 gear! There were 81 men and 20 women!!! Which is a lottt compared to all other events! There was wind on the second day so the trials were done. I didn’t have to do them because the top 4 is pre-seated! So I was lucky with that. However, the next 5 days there was absolutely no wind! On friday the wind finally turned on. We did the singles and doubles in one day..! I got 4th in the singles but lost in the doubles and ended up 5th in the comp. A little bit less than I hoped for but still not a bad result. The event in general was really fun, and the parties weren’t so bad either (: Thank you to my sponsors Cabrinha, Saba Rock Resort, and NP Surf for your support. After my kite ripped and board broke, I immediately got new stuff from the test center that I could borrow so I was perfect for the competition!
A little bit late on this update because I have been suuper busy! PKRA Italy was great for me though!!! Due to a lack of wind we could only do the singles, but luckily I got 4th during these rounds so that ended up being my end position! This was perfect for me! It made me 4th overall in the ranking as well! It was also really nice that my parents were there and could see one of my pkra competitions for the first time!!!
A new kite camp is coming up! I will be hosting this sick ALL GIRLS camp in one of the best spots I’ve been to: Dakhla, Morocco!
Girls of any level are welcome, beginner to advanced freestyle! Take your kiting to the next level and have a fun week full of parties, downwinders, and training sessions!
I was invited to come to the MaiTai event in Maui this year, how exciting!
The MaiTai is an event where entrepeneurs come together to promote their new business, network, but most of all: to kite! I got to meet a lot of great people and I learned a lot as well! While they could tell me all about their business, I can explain them the next trick they should try.
The wind was blowing like crazy the entire week. The first days I was fully overpowered on my 5.5m. It was a battle of survival in the big waves of the Maui coastline. The wind died down a bit in the following days, but we were able to kite all week long so we couldn’t wish for anything more! On the last day, we all dressed up in our costumes and got in the water. It was so much fun seeing everyone in crazy costumes trying their best to kite normally!
Next to all the kiting, the evenings were just as fun. Nice dinners, tech nights, and of course, parties!
I enjoyed it all and can’t wait to come back for it next year! Thanks a lot for an amazing week!