Date of birth:
GA sails gaastra, Starboard, F-Hot fins,
Skiing, running, Soccer
Favourite athletes:
Taty Frans, Ben Van Der Steen, Ricardo Campello, Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Marcilio Browne


"Ethan Westera"

I’m a 17 year old boy that grew up on a beautiful island called Aruba in 1997. My father is from Holland and my mother is from Brazil, I have one sister and one little brother who is also crazy about windsurfing. I started windsurfing when I was 5, but stopped after a while, because it didn’t really touch me.

"Ethan Westera"

I was one of those kids that did 6 to 8 sports a week… (and always liked to win). After a few years one of my friends invited me to go windsurfing again, I think I was 9 years old, and after that I never stopped… I was lucky enough that my father was also a windsurfer for several years. Without him I wouldn’t be where I am now. I kept windsurfing just because it was SO MUCH FUN.

I began learning new tricks on my freestyle gear and going faster on my slalom gear, sailing almost every day and just having fun. As most of the windsurfing people know windsurfing on Aruba is pretty big, with wind almost every single day and with big talents like Sarah Quita Offringa and Jeroen Westerate.

"Ethan Westera"

So after 3 years I began competing internationally, and began getting some pretty good results…Few IFCA world titles and I also began doing one PWA event a year. Big windsurfing brands were getting interested in sponsoring me and I realized that this was getting pretty serious. So here I am now traveling the world doing the PWA tour and trying to fit my studies with my windsurfing career. This is definitely a dream come true for me, but still need to make windsurfing my JOB…


What are you looking for to accomplish?

The dream is getting a top 10 result in freestyle, being world champion in Racing (slalom), and maybe also an Olympic medal in the future.. I always say this to myself: Dream big or don’t dream at all. 

"Ethan Westera"

What would be your greatest achievement?

That would be getting a few world titles, make windsurfing my job, travel the world, stay healthy, enjoy life, stay happy and never stop windsurfing.

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

With windsurfing we depend a lot on the wind, because without the wind we can’t do any training, so that’s one of the difficulties we have with our sport.

"Ethan Westera"

Mentally you need to be very strong, physically you need to be very strong and of course you need to have some talent… That means that fitness plays a big role in windsurfing, which will keep you physically top fit and which also will help you being mentally stronger.

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

In my racing it’s the freedom and speed you have on the water, it’s unexplainable. Carving those gybes in your maximum speed and taking a lot of risk in getting a huge crash is just the Best feeling ever… My freestyle it’s also the freedom, but it’s also the jumping and staying in the air as long as possible.

Doing crazy moves for the first time and landing them is always a good feeling with freestyle, you would be feeling really satisfied when you land a new move in any sport..

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

"Ethan Westera"

I practice my techniques mostly on Aruba. Fisherman’s huts is the spot where you will be seeing me train when I am windsurfing. I also practice some techniques in the gym on Aruba. That would be at Al Training Performance Center. Some techniques I also train in my mind. Haha I know it sounds weird, but it works for me. Searching online for clips with the movement of the tricks helps a lot.

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

I guess in my racing is that I am really focused in my trainings. Always changing things and asking team mates what I can do to go faster. I could sail all day long and change my settings, until I feel that my set is perfect trimmed.

My freestyle sailing is all about having fun. Sailing with professionals and pushing my level higher. I would usually do 2 days in a week fully focused freestyle session and 1 or 2 in a week having fun with friends.

What are you most nervous about when competing?

When I get a bad start in my racing competitions, and when my gear isn’t fully trimmed in the competitions is when I get nervous. Other than that I don’t get nervous. In my freestyle is when I am falling too much in the water, which means that I am not landing my tricks.

"Ethan Westera"

You have a few minutes to do your tricks in a freestyle heat, which will make you really nervous to land your tricks before the time is up.

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

I’m 100% sure that that would be my family on Aruba, my father, my mother, my sister, my little brother and my grandfather (Opa Caddy). I also have family in Holland, Argentina and Brazil, and they also support me a lot when I am competing.

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

The best advice that has ever been given to me is yet to come, but a good piece of advice would be when my friends invited me to go windsurfing with them.

"Ethan Westera"

What are your future plans?

I don’t really know… Keep on doing the sport I love and make a living out of it.. Promote windsurfing and get more people on a windsurfing board to experience one of the world’s best sports.

What are your tips for those who begin now?

The ones who begin JUST HAVE FUN. The first 2 months will be hard, but when you get planning, gybing and jumping you won’t stop! Get a windsurfing buddy and sail with him every now and then. Windsurf because you love it and not because you need to.

"Ethan Westera"