Enjoying the wave ride on a warm summer day on the Canaries
Continentseven: How do you finance your windsurfing life? Are you working to earn money?
Caterina Stenta: I am, yes. After the Master Degree I started a PhD and till now I am combining this work with windsurfing. It’s not easy at all, as I have to work and organize the travels. If I can continue combining both of them, it will be perfect. If not, I will have to find another way! It’s hard, but I will try!
Continentseven: Is it hard to find brands supporting ladies?
Caterina Stenta: Definitely yes. Everyone is supporting the men as they are unreachable, but I think if we would train the same as them, we would get a much higher level than now. Just watch a gymnastics competition and see if we are not capable to jump high. Or Daida and Iballa who train a lot and show some high level windsurfing. I am happy to have some sponsors behind me, who believe in me, but I am still looking for more.
Continentseven: Will you make it on the podium one day?
Caterina Stenta: I hope so. It depends a lot on my dedication and training time during the next years! I am working on it, I want it!
Caterina Stenta (Pic: Roland Bos, rolandinyo.com)
Continentseven: How did you start to windsurf?
Caterina Stenta: I started to windsurf on an island in Greece, Paros, and I have been sailing and learning there as I used to spend three months in summer there. So before the year in Gran Canaria, I sailed there during summer and the rest of the year in Italy, around where I live, from Venice to Croatia. I did some training trips to Sicily as well. Then after the year in Gran Canaria, I have always travelled back to Pozo to train.
Continentseven: Where do you windsurf, when you are at home in Italy, Triest?
Caterina Stenta: When I am at home in Italy I go to Croatia which is close to my city and where it can be good, or next to Venice where we have some waves, but mostly I am in Spain, in Costa Brava, Southern France or Canary Islands.
Continentseven: What’s your favourite wave spot in Italy?
Caterina Stenta: I have been in Sicily few times for sailing and there’s a spot with big waves called Puzzi Teddu which I liked a lot. In the north of Italy, where I am from, I like Sottomarina (also called Pozomarina, for the similar conditions to Pozo) and the neighbouring spots in Croatia.
Continentseven: What do you like besides windsurfing?
Caterina Stenta: I love to be in the water no matter how, so I started Stand Up Paddling, both waves and actually more racing. I used to surf before, now in Barcelona I don’t have so much choice to surf, but when traveling I love it. Otherwise, out of the water, I like biking and in winter if home, I do cross country skiing in the Alps.
Continentseven: You really look fit. What are your secrets to get in that good shape?
Caterina Stenta: Ahah, no secrets. I train regularly off the water in the gym or outside with some trainer and by my own. I train at least 4 times a week. I think I am used to train because I was doing gymnastic before, so for me a regular training is good for any sport. And lately I have been starting with the SUP race board, which is a hard workout. I as well eat almost no meat.
Continentseven: Where will you train during the winter months?
Caterina Stenta: I will go training port tack jumps and wave riding in South Africa. And I will try to head to Tenerife in spring as well.