What a year! Watch this short recap of my season traveling to Brazil, Panama, Morocco, China and many more places to train and compete in the professional kiteboarding world tour. Couldn’t be happier with my 2nd place in slalom racing and my 4th place in freestyle. It was amazing to visit al these new places and meet so many great people along the way.
I’m really thankful for all my dear friends, family and everyone else supporting me throughout the year. Thanks for being part of my 2014 and let’s make many more great memories in 2015!
Also thanks to Brunotti, Slingshot, Mystic and Natural High for the support this year.
After the world cup in Feurteventura we went straight to the 6th tour stop of the season in Sankt Peter Ording, Germany. Kristiin and me arrived 4 days before the event to get some training in at the competition area and we were very lucky to have wind every day. Germany is the biggest event of the season and with a maximum number of riders in almost all disciplines it was promising for 10 days full of the best kite action in the world.
This event I decided to register for slalom racing again. After my succes in Fuerteventura I was really motivated to also give it a try in Germany where there were 3 times as much entries. I knew it was going to be a totally different game since the forecast wasn’t showing a lot of wind. That means that they will run the slalom in light wind and the moment there is enough wind for freestyle they will switch immediately. Luckily I could borrow a 17m Turbine from the Slingshot testcenter. I knew it would be challenging to compete on a twintip agains all the girls on raceboards, but I was happy to be on the water while other freestylers were waiting for wind.
In total we completed 5 races, first you had to race to qualify for the finals and than fight for best position. I’m really happy I was able to get such a good result between all the dedicated racers and even winning one race!
The last two days of the event we could finally start with the main event freestyle. We didn’t have a lot of wind the first 8 days and we had to do quite some qualifiers to sort out which guys and girls could compete in the main event. I was very happy to start competing in my favorite discipline! The conditions were changing the whole day and I was stoked to be in the top 4 of the single elimination again. Mother nature provided good freestyle conditions and we were able to finish just before the end of the event. In the end I was able to defend my 4th place but couldn’t pull it off to win the heat for 3rd place.
At the moment I’m at home training for the next tourstop. I’m am very happy with again good results in both disciplines this worldcup and very motivated to keep going for more podium places!
After two weeks of training in Tarifa it was time to head to Fuerteventura for the 5th PKRA world cup of the season. I had never been there before but I heard about the classic very strong and gusty wind, so at least Tarifa was a good preparation with the strong offshore Levante.
This event there was a second discipline; slalom racing. I had never done it before but decided to enter for fun and see if I was any good. After the first days of slalom I was in second place and on the last day in the very last two races I managed to overtake Bibiana and ended up first with only a very small difference. It was a very nice experience and I am definitely going to do more slalom when I have the chance.
But of course for me it’s all about freestyle. I was very happy to be 3rd after the single elimination. On the last day we had the lasts heats of the double elimination and again I had to defend my 3rd place against Bruna Kajiya from Brazil. I was very nervous because I really didn’t want to loose my podium place, so I was really happy when I heard that I won that heat. The next heat was against Gisela Pulido who was riding really strong. Unfortunately I couldn’t manage to land all my tricks while she was landing really powered and technical moves, which also made here win the event over Karolina Winkowska.
I am super stoked with my second podium place in freestyle. After the competition I went home and after only a day I went straight to Germany to train for the next world cup that starts in only 3 days.
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After 3 weeks of training we were ready for the world cup in Egypt. Since there are so many girls competing this year, there are trials for the girls who are not in top 6. Kristiin and Malin both proved their level matches with the best girls and made it to the main event. In the end Kristiin and Malin both ended up on a really nice 7th place and for me this was a really special event because I managed to get on the podium for the first place.
Hope you like the video showing our experience at the fourth world cup of the year!
After the PKRA world cup in Egypt I went straight to Tarifa in the south of Spain for the Masters of Kiteboard. The wind was good, the people were very nice and there was a great atmosphere on the beach during the event. I was happy with my riding and really happy to get second place. Can’t wait to go back to this great place! In September we will have a world cup here, so this was definitely a good practice.
Soooooo stoked on my first podium place, still can’t believe it! Had an amazing 3 weeks of training in Egypt and could end better than becoming 3rd at the PKRA world cup in Soma Bay. Thanks everyone for the support!
Right after the PKRA in France, we left to Egypt to train for next PKRA world cup. First days the wind didn’t really show up so we decided to check out the new cable park in El Gouna.
El Gouna Sliders Cable Park has two full round cables – clockwise and anticlockwise, which is pretty rare and so perfect for training. We really enjoyed the chilled atmosphere, good vibes and nice people around. This cable makes Egypt a perfect place to spend your time, wind or no wind.
We arrived to France 2 days before the PKRA world cup started, to try out the conditions. Our friend Malin Amle decided to join us on our way. The wind in Leucate was traditionally strong going up to 50 knots. We were sharing a small flat in Port Leucate, around 15 minutes drive from La Franqui, where the competition was held. We had such a funny time hitchhiking to the spot and back.
The competition was really tough as we were riding our smallest kites overpowered. Kristiin ended up on 7th place and Annelous on 5th place.
Kristiin Oja (Estiona, Kitesurf Tour Asia Champion 2013) and me started with really cool video project, called Gypsies on Tour. We met in Brazil while training in winter, we shared the same dream, competing in PKRA World Tour. We didn’t really have enough sponsors back then to go for whole tour, but we decided not to give up our dream and do it together – that’s why we call ourselves Gypsies On Tour. With this video project we will try to give you some insight into our lifestyle, traveling and kiting. We will upload one episode per week, not only showing kiteboarding, but showing you the reality, how it really is.
First episode dropping next week! Daily updates from #GypsiesOnTour at Facebook