www.LiamWhaley.com


Date of birth:
1996.11.04
Hometown:
Tarifa, Spain
Sponsors:
Cabrinha Kites, Np Surf,
Hobbies:
Surfing, Skating, Hiking, Eating
Favourite athletes:
Travis Pastrana, Kelly Slater

BIO

I was born in Ibiza an Island known for Partying not for Kiteboarding. I travelled to Brazil every year from the age of 11 with my dad to go Kiteboarding. I started to become pretty good, entered a few small comps and did really well. At the age of 13 me and my family moved to Tarifa, the kiteboarding Mecca in Europe.

"Liam Whaley"

I trained hard with the best athletes in Kiteboarding and got pretty good. I became Spanish Junior Champion in 2011 and European Junior Champion in 2012. By that time I knew that I was good enough to qualify for the world tour. At the age of 16 I came 4th overall in the Pro Men’s World Tour, from then on I was aiming high and was going to do everything it took to become world Champion.

In 2014 I became Vice World Champion, obviously  you know what my goal is for next year!


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2011: Spanish Junior Champion
  • 2012: European Junior Champion 2012
  • 2013: 4th Place Overall PKRA World Tour
  • 2013: PKRA Fuerteventura, Spain (2nd Place)
  • 2013: Podium Pkra Hainan, China (2nd Place)
  • 2014: PKRA Fuerteventura, Spain (1st Place)
  • 2014: Podium PKRA Hurghada, Egypt (2nd Place)

INTERVIEW 2015.01.02

What are you looking for to accomplish?

Becoming 2015 PKRA World Champion.

"Liam Whaley"

What would be your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement was becoming Vice World champion of 2014.

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

A lot of difficulties, injuries definitely are one of the main ones but as long as you train hard, stay fit and ride smart you’re all good.

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

Landing a new trick or filming something that I know my fans will love!

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

"Liam Whaley"

Tarifa, Spain. That is where I live and train.

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

Patience, dedication and commitment.

What are you most nervous about when competing?

The only time I get nervous is when I know that I haven’t been training hard enough for the particular event that I’m competing in.

"Liam Whaley"

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

Definitely my family and friends, they have supported me since the beginning and I am truly grateful for that.

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

"Liam Whaley"

‘’If it’s not this year it will be next year. Stay on top of your game and you’ll make it.’’

What are your future plans?

I have no plans, just to keep doing what I’m doing until my body can’t take it anymore ;)

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Have as much fun as possible and if you dedicate enough time to anything, you will achieve your goals!

"Liam Whaley"