I was born and grew up in the Netherlands. My parents, when I was eleven years old, decided to move to the beautiful island of Aruba. During the first few years I was mostly into Paso Fino horseback riding. I even joined the world championships in Colombia and returned with a silver medal.
Not much later, I got to know kite boarding and was immediately hooked. After four years of practicing, I finished high school and immediately started my career as a professional kite boarder. At the moment I am living the dream. I now travel all over the world competing in the PKRA World Tour of freestyle and visiting as many events as possible. I was ranked 3rd in 2013 and looking forward to another great season!
- 2013: 3rd place overall – PKRA World Tour of Freestyle
Getting 3rd place in the world tour last year! :)
I’m always super afraid of knee and shoulder injuries which are very common in kiteboarding. I had a minor knee injury this year and am working very hard to keep my body as strong as possible.
I love the adrenaline rush when landing big tricks!
When I’m travelling I’ll do my workouts wherever I can find space. In my bedroom, the garden, hallways…
My warm-up is super important. It doesn’t feel good to go on the water with cold muscles. Once I’m on the water I focus on just one or two tricks at a time, and make sure I get them perfect!
I need to land my tricks!! The first trick is always most nerve wrecking because a good start makes the rest so much easier.
A young girl named Mikki de Man from Bonaire. She is super stoked on kiteboarding, makes sure she’s riding the same gear as me (which really is the best!) and I can totally see her growing up to be a pro too!
If you really believe, anything is possible.
I am currently training in Brazil for the upcoming 2015 season. I’m definitely going to be competing for a couple of years and after maybe go study? Endless possibilities… :)