Date of birth:
1993.04.07
Hometown:
Croatia, Liznjan
Sponsors:
Slingshot Slovenija, 21Rope.hr,
Hobbies:
Yoga,surfing,Rehabilitation :/
Favourite athletes:
Youry Zoon

BIO

"Petar Pavlovic"

My older brother introduced me to kiteboarding when I was 15 years old, but at that same time I was also playing football and was quite talented in it so all of my free time was spent on the field instead of on the water. After suffering a lot of injuries in soccer, when I was 19, I decided to drop football and devote myself to kiteboarding.

That’s when I started working on my first freestyle kiteboarding moves. Having gained some experience in kiting, I wanted to have my own professional equipment, but since the equipment was expensive and I needed more money I fixed myself a job as a kiteboarding instructor.

I wanted to gain even more experience from both training on my own and teaching other students so I decided to fly to Cabo Verde. After 5 months of working and training in pretty hard conditions I came home to Croatia and won my 1st Croatian Championship! The following season I was, however, not that lucky and I came 3rd! I’m still working as a kiting instructor and am still devoting all of my free time to free-styling.

From working at beaches in Brazil, Cabo Verde and Montenegro I have gained a lot of experience, but sometimes with experience come also the injuries. I have last injured my knee in Cabo Verde, and I am now left out of the running for this year’s Croatian Championship title, which I was preparing for. I am now looking forward to fully recovering and flying as soon as possible!


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2013: Croatian Freestyle Champion
  • 2014: 3rd place on Croatian Freestyle Championship

INTERVIEW 2015.06.26

What are you looking for to accomplish?

"Petar Pavlovic"

I already did it…Living my dream, everything else are sundries!

What would be your greatest achievement?

Never again injure myself! 

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

To practice a new FreeStyle trick sometimes I’m crashing a lot and here it’s now fighting with myself to Stop or try again and again, like this is also a big risk of injuries!

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

I’ m not happy if I land a new trick for the first time, can be that it’s just luck, I’m really satisfied and happy when I landed it whenever I want!

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

Brazil was the best spot where most of the time I practiced alone, crashing but still pushing myself like somebody has been yelling me “go, do it don’t be a P…”!

"Petar Pavlovic"

But still I like more to kite with somebody who is better than me, it gives me much more Confidence!

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

Never give up…impossible is nothing. 

What are you most nervous about when competing?

When I’m a favorite, this gives me a lot of pressure, I like to be nobody and surprise!

"Petar Pavlovic"

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My Family and my friends for the decision I made when 19, going to an unknown Country and made my dream become Reality!

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way!  (Alan Watts)

What are your future plans?

I don’t have plans, I have goals…give my best in everything I do!

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Just Enjoy!

"Petar Pavlovic"