When my brother died in 2006 I “woke up” and started to reflect on what I wanted out of life. I didn’t know exactly what, but I knew I wanted more. Some years later I started to windsurf, ski and snowboard. I decided to document my transition in the social media. The attention I got from this activity, inspired me to go far beyond my initial goals and I have now participated in my first windsurfing world cup event!
I love windsurfing and the lifestyle so much, that I can’t think of anything else. My ambition is to live off my lifestyle, and I am pursuing multiple strategies to make this happen.
- 2011: I picked up windsurfing, filed a divorce and started a new life!
- 2015: Entering my first PWA event
I started to windsurf four years ago, at age 31. I felt I didn’t have the life I wanted, and I realized it was up to me to make a change. I feel like I’ve already reached my goals – my life has changed into something really exciting! I never know what’s going to happen next – earlier I was terrified of change, now I embrace it and enjoy it.
My greatest achievement would be to be able to make a living out of my lifestyle! I am working very hard to see this happen, and there are signs that indicate that this might be a possibility from 2016! Wish me luck :)
Mastering windsurfing at any level takes both physical and mental strength – it’s pretty scary when you push your limits. What’s great about this sport is that there is always something to learn, so you never lose the thrill of learning something new.
To me windsurfing gives me the greatest kick of all the sports I’ve ever tried – your body is the connection between the wind and the water, and you need to master both elements. And the thrill of speed slalom windsurfing gives you is just exhilarating!
I am never alone – I’m always sailing together with one or more friends :)
I have fun! I think this is the most important component in any sport. This way I always want to go back and train more!
hehe – this sounds silly, I know – but I am actually most concerned about people watching me! I really need to forget about this and rather focus on my performance! :D
I haven’t really competed that much, so I ‘m sure this will improve in a year or two.
My two kids, age 8 and 13! They come with me most of the time, have learned to ski and are now learning to windsurf. I’m proud to see that I set an example to them on how to live their life to the fullest.
“If you want something done – do it yourself!” Don’t sit around waiting for someone to come and sort things out for you – this is not how it works!