It all started back in 1998 when I first touched down on American soil. Living in Hawaii, no one can resist the call of the beach and the ocean and I was no exception to the rule. As a regular beachgoer in Honolulu, I was mesmerized at the sight of a man on the ocean whizzing on the water pulled by a large kite and wondered: “who is this man” “what kind of sport is that?” I had never seen anything like that! That’s when my quest began.
I started dreaming about kitesurfing to the point that I was ready to give it a try, but I was pregnant. Only after the birth of my child and relocation to Florida was I able to finally take my first kitesurfing lesson.
My introduction to the sport was challenging to say the least: I wasn’t even sure I would manage to simply fly the kite in the first place. Bear in mind that we were in 2000 the era of “C” kites with NO safety release!
After days of frustration I finally learned how to maintain the kite at 12 o’clock. Enough motivation for me to buy my first gear and the adventure began…
I quickly became an avid surfer and like the rest of us who have had severe crashes it was only a matter of time until my firstserious accident took place and sidelined me for 2 years. I was fearful to get back on the board and had to summon up enough courage to surf again, but when I did return, I ultimately I managed to get up-wind. The year was 2009; I had bought a BOW kite and really started kiting.
My life has changed drastically with kitesurfing: I find an unparalleled excitement every time I go out. That unique experience that all kitesurfers get to live through: exposed to ever-changing settings: different waters, wind conditions… An indescribable experience only known to kitesurfers
Nowadays when my friends from the 16th Street Crew in Pompano Beach text the word “WIND” I feel the rush of adrenaline going through my body, my hearts starts pounding wishing I could just instantly teleport myself to the beach with my kite set up and ready to go!
Since 2012 I have had the great pleasure to share my passion of kite surfing through teaching others. It has been a humbling andrewarding experience receiving feedback from many of my students whose life has been enhanced like mine.
I am ever thankful of the opportunities that kitesurfing has provided to me. I have met a number of exceptional individuals through the sport and I have had the opportunity to travel to exotic destinations to pursue my passion to name a few: The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Barbados, The Bahamas, Argentina, Venezuela, The Florida Keys…
So my words to you are: If you are thinking about kitesurfing: “do it!” you can thank me later… lol. For those of you whoalready caught the surfing bug “Good wind!”.