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Gabi Steindl

Nationality
Austrian

Homespot
Margret River, Western Australia

Date of Birth
16.10.1975

Kitesurfing since
2002

Favorite Spot
Secret Spot in West Oz, New Caledonia

Favorite Gear Set-Up
Neo SLS 10m2, Wam DLAB 5’7, Click Bar 22m

Biggest Career Achievement
Several victories in the PKRA World Cup back in the early days of my career. However, I see all my solo missions to the most remote corners of the planet in search of wind and waves as much bigger achievements than any competition victory. For me personally, my freerider career is just much more fulfilling than any competition has ever been. I truly live for my explorer adventures. I’ve been to over 80 countries, published over 300 magazine articles in several languages and been featured in numerous TV and film productions. Plus, what I’m really most proud of is having been a team rider of the best brand in the world for 20 years now and counting!!

YOUR HOBBIES ASIDE KITEBOARDING?

Surfing, adventuring, travelling, photography, fishing, writing, F45 training.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY WITHOUT WIND? 

I hope the swell is pumping and go surfing.

WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTERESTED IN? 

Cruisy alternative / indie / folk music like Ocie Elliot, Xavier Rudd, Sean Koch, Jon and Roy…

HOW AND WHY DID YOU START KITEBOARDING? 

Ha, that’s a long story, not easy to put it into a few words. Back in 2000, I was living and working in Hong Kong as Worldwide Marketing Manager for the leading media group for extreme sports & adventure travel in Asia, “Action Asia”. One month we featured “Kitesurfing, the new Sport of the Century – A Revolution in the Water” in our beautiful, award winning, glossy magazine. I had heard about that “new” sport for a while but I had never seen any pictures. From the moment, I first saw the images, I was obsessed “I gotta learn this. This sport is perfect a synthesis of everything I already loved doing: wakesurfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, skydiving…” And so I did. During a business trip to Bali, I did a kite course and bought some second hand equipment. A few months later, I quit my career in Hong Kong and decided to go for it: to follow my heart and to dedicate my life to kitesurfing.

WHY ARE YOU RIDING FOR DUOTONE?

Because the products are truly the best on the market – premium quality & high-end performance. The COMPANY has been developing top-notch gear for over two decades. No other brand puts as much into their R&D or comes up with ground-breaking innovations like Duotone. I’m super proud to be in the Duotone team and just simply couldn’t wish for more, because I’m already part of the best. MY DUOTONE gear CONTINUOUSLY helps me to push my riding and progress FURTHER. PLUS, no matter how remote I GO or what crazy conditions Mother Nature dishes up, MY EQUIPMENT ENSURES THAT I ALWAYS feel safe on the water.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN GOAL FOR THE FUTURE?

To stay healthy and to still be kiting when I’m an old granny….”kite granny” :).
I couldn’t imagine living without the energy, stoke and happiness that I feel from playing in the ocean.

WHAT TRAINING DO YOU DO TO STAY FIT? 

For as long as I can remember, physical exercise and sports have always been a main priority for me throughout my life. Having competed in Show Jumping in my teens (2x National Junior Champion), I’ve gotten used to regular training regimes from a very early age. One day without any sport and I’m going crazy! My training depends on where I am. Whilst travelling it’s a bit harder, however, when I’m at home, if there’s no action on the water (kiting, surfing, diving…), I go mountain biking, swimming or to the gym.

WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR JOB IF YOU WOULDN´T BE A PRO KITEBOARDER? 

Well, I had a corporate career in the business jungles of London and Hong Kong, but I gave it all up to follow my heart. Working and being successful in international business was an incredibly exciting and a hugely valuable experience, however, I would not want to go back there. You only live once and spending 12hrs++ in the office every day is definitely not what I’m here for.
I reckon I would have created “my own thing”, something adventurous around photography, travel, writing, health & wellbeing.

WHAT´S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD? 

Fresh fish! I’m very lucky as my husband is an amazing fisherman.

WHAT DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SAY?

Follow your heart! Dream, believe, commit – become.

Favorite Gear Set-Up

SLS
Wam SLS - Unicolor

Wam SLS

ALL-ROUNDER, SMALL TO MEDIUM WAVES

CHARACTERISTICS

Freestyle
Freeride
Medium Waves
Big Waves
NEW
Click Bar Quad Control - M

Click Bar Quad Control

Bars

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