What is the reason you committed your life to kitesurfing?
I’ve always found peace of mind in sports. No matter what was going on in my life, when I was out there it was just me enjoying every moment. When my mother died at the age of 8, I needed a way to escape from reality. My cousin gave me his old windsurf set and this opened up a whole new world. Using the elements to gain speed over the water was such a phenomenal feeling. After 3 years of windsurfing I got to try out kitesurfing. From the first moment on the kite I was hooked. The amount of joy I can get out of this sport / lifestyle is just incomparable to anything else, making it worth committing my life to it.
What is your biggest achievement in your sport?
There’s been so many achievements I’ve made in this sport. Overcoming fear, feelings and thoughts. All of these achievements made me to who I am right now. I think the biggest game changer was getting a 3rd place at the Redbull King of the Air in 2014. At that time I was not a competitive person and was mainly kiting for the fun of it. When all of the sudden people tell you: “You’ve made it! You’re in the final!” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I managed to secure a 3rd position in that that final meaning I ended up on the podium. From then on the ball started rolling and my “pro career” started of.
What are you doing to push yourself everyday?
When I’m out on the water I always try to stay in a good mood, this helps me to push myself in the right direction. Riding with my friends while trying to pull the gnarliest trick or loop makes me push into the unknown.
What is your vision on what direction the sport should go?
I love a lot of different riding styles but there is one that mainly jumps out for me. We can do almost everything people can do in other sports. One thing that they can’t do is jump high in the sky and pull all kinds of crazy moves. I think the big air discipline leaves such a big impression on people when they see it and I also think there is a lot more room for improvement. Let’s get that kite lower while we go way higher!