Date of birth:
2000.01.13
Hometown:
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Sponsors:
Slingshot Sports, Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding, Hearshot, Island Water Sports,
Hobbies:
Skateboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, building kickers and sliders, photography, videography, film editing
Favourite athletes:
Sam Light, Alex Fox, Brandon Scheid, Aaron Hadlow, Kelly Slater

BIO

"Mark Cafero"

I am 15 years old and live in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I was born in New York and lived there for 13 years. I have participated in sports my whole life. I can’t recall a time that I wasn’t interested in being athletic and physical. I played football, soccer, basketball and baseball over the first 13 years of my life. I was always motivated and enjoyed being part of each of my sports teams.

When I moved to the TCI two years ago, I soon discovered kiteboarding. Before moving to TCI, I didn’t even know kiteboarding existed. I took an immediate interest because of my history of love in wakeboarding. I found this new sport came naturally to me and now that I have gotten to a certain level, I am really training hard and progressing quickly.

There is a strong kiteboarding community here and my friends and I build features all the time. My goal is to secure a wildcard spot in the Triple S Competition in Cape Hatteras in 2016.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2014: First Place Youth Windvibes 2014

INTERVIEW 2015.06.08

What are you looking for to accomplish?

"Mark Cafero"

To make it into the Triple S for 2016 as a wildcard and to be the best rider that I can. Both in terms of tricks and as an ambassador for my sponsors.

What would be your greatest achievement?

Being where I am now, I never thought I would’ve taken my kiteboarding this far in only 18 months.

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

Lots and lots of crashing, your body takes quite a beating, but it’s the only way to learn new tricks and progress.

"Mark Cafero"

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

Progression. I live for the pursuit of progression. Landing a new trick is the best feeling in the world. Also having fun and shredding with friends.

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

Out on the water and at my house in Turks and Caicos. I try to find a way to work on my muscle memory for kiteboarding everyday. 

"Mark Cafero"

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

My Slingshot Fuel! It flows perfectly with my riding and allows me to feel safe and confident when trying new tricks that are bigger and more technical. Also having fun, I progress most when I’m riding with friends.

"Mark Cafero"

What are you most nervous about when competing?

I don’t get too nervous, but if it had to be anything it would be the time constraint. It is sometimes difficult to stomp all your tricks in the time limit.

"Mark Cafero"

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My family and friends because they are always there for me and they have been from the beginning.

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

Have fun and don’t stress too much. This is key to kiteboarding no matter what level you are at. Also, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. I live by this.

"Mark Cafero"

What are your future plans?

I hope to finish my studies and then fulfill my dream of being a professional kiteboarder, traveling the world and exploring new places.

"Mark Cafero"

I also want to pursue a higher level of education and add an aspect of kite and board design and possibly photography and videography to my career.

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Don’t give up. It can be fairly tricky at the beginning, but stick with it and you’ll be off and ripping in no time.

"Mark Cafero"