Which moves are you practicing right now and can you do all the latest moves?
Of course the Shifty and the double Air Culo are the main moves. I need to get them done 100%, but the rest is just getting used to the new gear. Of course I’ve never lost the moves. I do everything like the double moves, triple moves, popping. Day by day I am getting used to the Severne board. Actually the thing is it’ s the sail, because the 5 batten sail is a different feeling. But the board feels like a Starboard, but with a different taste, but I feel good with the board already. But the sail I need to get tuned a bit and I’m ready to go.
How much equipment do you have at the moment?
At the moment I have the 4.8m and the 5.2m, which I need the most for Bonaire and by next week I will get the rest. I am gonna be staked with a lot of gear and I am really happy with that and I am thankful to Jibe City and Severne Caribbean for supporting me with gear. So I am not gonna be lacking on gear this time. I will have enough equipment and I am really happy with that!
Is windsurfing a hobby for you at the moment, a fun thing?
The thing what most of the riders also miss is to enjoy. Before it was more like enjoying and training hard. Now the level got so high, you have to go for it. You don’t have time to play or having fun on the water without doing serious moves. But I’m really happy that I have the fire burning again, because the thing is, when you are at the top, the other riders are working really hard to get to your level. Now I am feeling fresh. I feel that I am the one who has to come back. So I am more motivated. I am hungry and I am also enjoying, because I am happy to see everybody again. And day by day some pro riders are arriving and I am really happy and motivated to train with them and having fun. That’s the main thing but I’m also focused to keep going!!
So, playing around, having fun, taking it not too serious is your recipe to have success in the future?
No, no, of course I’m taking it serious, but the difference is when you are training serious you only focus on yourself. You get a kind of tunnel vision. Of course I am training hard. Everybody is training hard, but beside that you have to really have fun also. When somebody crashes we cheer to each other. We motivate each other and then everybody’s level is getting higher and higher. And the way we sail here in Bonaire is if someone does a Culo, I am gonna try to do a double Culo. Like this you get better and better. I always have trained like that. I never changed my training. In this sport you have to have fun and you need to keep yourself motivated to go for years and years. You get to a tunnel vision and you focus only on yourself to get better and better while you are not focused on the rest. I am really happy to have this feeling again! And of course I am training serious!!
Would you recommend other young riders to go for a professional freestyle windsurfing career?
For the young riders my advise will be „do what your heart is saying“. If you wanna compete, do it, if you don’t wanna compete, don’t do it. If you are young use your talent and travel and compete, because one day you might be world champion also. And never ever give up, never!!! Keep pushing hard. There are a lot of young riders. I am happy to see so many young rippers coming. I just want to see more kids. So this freestyle sport can go higher and higher. And also from different countries. Now you can see the Caribbean kids have the power to be on top like Amado, Gollito, Ricardo or me were there. And Steven of course from Europe and Dieter also. But I want to see young riders from everywhere around the world, who keep pushing the limits to the max!
And what’s the top tip of Kiri for everyone who wants to improve in freestyle windsurfing?
The most important is to go 100% for it, when you do a move, especially with the high technical moves. Be fast, have one of the newest equipment – it always helps you to improve your skills and if you have a buddy, who is good to train with, try to do the move he does even better. This is helping you to get better and better each day!
Thanks Kiri for your honest interview. We are happy to see you back on the water enjoying your windsurfing sessions again…
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