2018 has been a year to remember for our Duotone women. From competition results to hosting events, media output and initiative, there’s been a serious case of Duotone domination and we couldn’t be more proud. We applaud the female Duotone competitors of the WKC Freestyle World Tour and GKA Air Games, who have fought against and with each other in hope of claiming that World Title. From Turkey to Morocco, Germany, Dominican Republic and Brazil - to name a few — the pressure never let up and our girls never stopped giving.
At the final event on the WKC Tour in Cumbuco, Brazil, Mikaili Sol is crowned World Champion, Francesca Bagnoli finishes the year in 2nd position, Paula Novotna in 3rd. When the GKA Air Games wrapped up the season in Fehmarn, Germany, it was Mika again who took the gold, with Duotone’s Hannah Whitely and Pippa Van Iersel in 2nd and 3rd place. With that in mind, we grabbed the opportunity to catch up with the girl of the moment, Mika, to hear what she had to say about her whilwind year.
In 2018, I decided to compete in Tarifa on the GKA Air Games Tour. When I took first place, I decided to compete in Cabarete, Dominican Republic and Fehmarn in Germany where I managed to take first place in both events again! Winning the GKA Air Games tour was super exciting since I was only 13 years old! Once the GKA tour was over, I was ready for the WKC Freestyle tour.
Freestyle is my passion. I love Air Games as well but freestyle is super technical and it has taken me years of training to master my tricks. The tour started in Turkey, where I had an excellent event and took first place. Then we competed in Morocco where I just snuck into 1st. Next stop was close to my hometown in Cumbuco, Brazil where again I managed to claim the title.
I also had the opportunity to train for two weeks in Egypt with the Duotone women’s team. This was great because we were able to push each other’s riding and get to know each other better. We are friends off of the water and competitors on the water during our heats.
I also have to say my parents are awesome because they support me 100% in my kiteboarding career and are always there for me when I need them. They trust me and encourage me to travel to train with my coach even when they can’t be there. They even let me do my schoolwork via corespondents so I can train. Not many 14 year olds have parents like mine!