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!
It was finally time for the last stop of the year! Argentina, the country of wine, a new stop on the tour,and the only stop where the competition was held in a lake. This lake was already more than 1000 meters high up in the mountains so it was a very different experience. Driving towards the snowy mountains the vineyards were everywhere around you and the water of the lake was so crystal clear and so fresh that you could drink it! The air temperature was warm, but once it was time to enter the water, I definitely needed my wetsuit! We were a little unlucky, we had enough wind on the first day to do the trials but then the wind died for the rest of the week. Long days of waiting were ahead of us, as we had to stay on the beach to wait for possible wind to come. On the very last day of the competition we were lucky, we finally got wind! We could only do the singles, but it was enough! With half of the competition done, we could at least have an official scoring for the event. I was super happy and proud to finish 2nd on this event and even more happy that it secured my 3rd place for the year! It had been an incredible first year on the tour and can’t wait for the 2014 season!