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PAULA NOVOTNÁ

Nationality
Czech Republic

Homespot
Rozkoš, Czech Republic

Date of Birth
26.12.1992

Kitesurfing since
2008

Favorite Spot
Brazil, Greece and Cabarete

Brazil stole my heart with its stunning beaches, lagoons and very consistent wind. I love Greece for the food and for the diversity of the spots, Cabarete in the Dominican Republic is my second home. The community and ideal wind and waves conditions make it an incredible place to ride and live. The warm waters and beautiful beaches make it a perfect second home for an athlete from country without seaside.

Favorite Gear Set-Up
As a professional kitesurfer, having reliable and high performing gear is very essential. My favorite kites at the moment are REBEL SLS, Evo Dlab or Sls. My favorite board to ride on is Soleil SLS and Team Series SLS. These kites give me the confidence to push my limits and enjoy every session to the fullest.

Biggest Career Achievement
I won European Champion right when I started competing. One of the most significant milestones for me was winning a world tour stop in Fuerteventura. Standing on that podium and knowing that my hard work has paid off was an incredible feeling. I’ ve consistently ranked among the world’ s top kiteboarder, securing a remarkable 3rd place in the GKA rankings. The most rewarding achievement came in when I started wingfoiling and became a double World champion in freestyle and in racing in year 2022.

YOUR HOBBIES ASIDE KITEBOARDING?

As many of you know that my big hobby is also wingfoiling now. I do love both sports so much and I try to split my time on the water between those two sports. I do love challenges and learning new things, so when something new comes up or there is an opportunity for me to try new sport, I don’t say no, I go. I enjoy going to the gym and staying active. I enjoy cooking healthy meals. I enjoy creating content and staying up to date with social media world.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY WITHOUT WIND? 

I stay active with different sports. Surfing, e-foiling, gym. I have a lot of work as an professional athlete to have my social media active and engaging. So days without wind is a great way how to rest my body and work on my dreams.

WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTERESTED IN? 

All kind of music. It really depends on my mood.

HOW AND WHY DID YOU START KITEBOARDING? 

I start kiteboarding when I was 14, half of my life ago. That sounds crazy! I had the privilige and love from my parents to learn this sport this early. Thanks to them we were going to spend holidays by the ocean. I got hoked with the sport, the lifestyle around it and everything the sport was offering. My dream was to travel around the world and get to see different spots, compete and enjoy my life. The freedom, adrenaline, and lifestyle that kiteboarding offered was so attractive. My dream came true.

WHY ARE YOU RIDING FOR DUOTONE?

I am proud to be associated with Duotone, a brand that has supported me since the early days of my career. Duotone was my first sponsor, and their belief in me has been very important for my success. The quality and performance of Duotone products have been impressing me every time I receive a new product. They are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in kiteboarding. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the best brand in the market.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN GOAL FOR THE FUTURE?

Looking ahead, my main goal is to share my passion and inspire others. I have a deep love for social media and content creation, as they allow me to connect with my community and showcase the incredible lifestyle that watersports offer. I hope to motivate more and more people to embrace an active way of life and explore the wonders of kiteboarding and wing foiling.

WHAT TRAINING DO YOU DO TO STAY FIT? 

Going to the gym is very crucial for me. I do it to be able to stay injury free and be stronger. Eating right balanced diet and getting enough sleep is also very important for my overall health.

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

If I hadn’t become a professional kiteboarder, it’ s difficult to say exactly where my life would have taken me. However, I’ve always been drawn to sports and the pursuit of excellence. Maybe I would have became a professional athlete in another sport.

WHAT´S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD? 

Salmon and Tuna, Poke bowls and I do love chocolate a lot!

WHAT DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SAY?

I want to take this opportunity to share a message that’ s close to my heart. Every dream can come true if you are willing to work for it. Stay focused, stay dedicated and most importantly, find joy in the process. With passion and perseverance, you can overcome any obstacle.  Challenge yourself every day, step out of your comfort zone and approach life with a positive mindset. Embrace new opportunities, push your boundaries, and never lose sight of what truly brings you happiness. Remember, with passion as your guide, the possibilties are endless.

Favorite Gear Set-Up

NEW
SLS
Soleil SLS - Unicolor

Soleil SLS

PERFORMANCE FREERIDE

CHARACTERISTICS

Freestyle Hooked
Freestyle Unhooked
Freeride
Trust Bar Quad Control - S/M

Trust Bar Quad Control

Bars

NEW
SLS
Rebel SLS - C04: lime/dark-grey

Rebel SLS

BIG AIR / HIGH PERFORMANCE FREERIDE

CHARACTERISTICS

Freestyle Unhooked
Freestyle Hooked
Freeride
Foil
Wave
Entry

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