Photo By Rob Waara
They call it “dawn patrol,” kiteboarding first thing in the morning while the rest of the world is still sleeping. The wind is nuking as the sun peaks up over the horizon. It’s her perfect day. It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and the sun isn’t even up yet. The smell of coffee fills the apartment… she’s moving a little quicker because this time it’s not just to clock in by 7:00am in the county hospital Emergency Room.
Kat started kiteboarding back in 2012 while lifeguarding and going to nursing school. “Kat consider’s her self a full-time wind gypsy traveling from coast to coast finding spots to kite, and then working in the emergency room in my “spare time,” 40 hours a week.” Kat grew up along the shoreline of Costa Rica and moved to Miami, FL in the late 90’s. Being exposed to water sports at any early age, it was only a matter of time before Kat entered the kiteboard world.
Photo By Fidel @305kitesurf
The sport is something Kat is increasingly passionate about. From the beautiful beaches of South Florida, to the snow-covered Rockies, this kiter chick doesn’t miss an opportunity to see the world from above. In April she will be visiting one of the world’s most challenging kiteboarding hotspots, Cape Town, South Africa. While there she hopes to tackle the wind-whipped surf, ridden by only very experienced kiteboarders in extremely challenging conditions. “I’ve met so many inspiring people since I started kiting, Kat’s life has become an endless adventure. Kat can only hope to instill the same passion in other people.”To spot this kiting gypsy? Just look up in the air for her hot pink wings at her favorite local spot Matheson Hammock, or further south in the Florida Keys. “If there’s good wind, She will be there.”
“I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.”
John Masefield, “Sea Fever”
So if you ever in Florida send her a email on where to go