Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Date of Birth
Dolphin Beach, Cape Town
Favorite Gear Set-Up
Dice SLS 9m on small Click Bar and Jaime SLS 136
Biggest Career Achievement
My biggest achievement is probably that I've reached consistent podiums in extreme windy competitions. Riding storms is what I love most and to be able to control this and showcase it more in competitions is something that I'm proud of.
YOUR HOBBIES ASIDE KITEBOARDING?
Photography, padel, gym, hiking, activities with friends
WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY WITHOUT WIND?
Pretty much different every time! I like to do something active everyday, so most likely go to the gym, do some stretching, fun activities and exploring when I’m traveling and going to the beach. And when I’ve kited a lot, I try to rest and get my body energized again.
WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?
Pretty much everything except typical Dutch music. I love listening to hiphop, R&B and house music while I workout or getting ready for a session.
HOW AND WHY DID YOU START KITEBOARDING?
Growing up in the same village as legends Ruben Lenten and Kevin Langeree, I always wanted to do the same: flying high and fast above the water. Having fun was always the goal and by doing so I started getting better and better? Until this whole hobby escalated into what my life is today.
WHY ARE YOU RIDING FOR DUOTONE?
They believed in me since day 1 they same why I believe in Duotone! Since I was still an instructor and giving lessons on the beach and till I got sponsored I’ve always felt incredibly happy and blessed to be a part of the brand. From all team riders and everybody that works on the office side, everybody lives and breathes the sport and we share the same passion.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN GOAL FOR THE FUTURE?
My goal has always been to ride Ad hard and extreme as possible, showcasing big air with my own twist and showing what’s possible in our beautiful sport.
WHAT TRAINING DO YOU DO TO STAY FIT?
A lot of work! I’ve always had back problems and put a lot of time and energy into my overall fitness. Working out on the gym in a smart and responsible way, focusing on strength and full range of motion movements. A lot of stretching and controlled exercises. And a tiny bit of cardio.
WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR JOB IF YOU WOULDN´T BE A PRO KITEBOARDER?
Becoming an airline pilot was always my dream job. But besides kiteboarding I’ve studied architecture and construction engineering.
WHAT´S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
I love food and there’s too many things to choose! But overall I love chicken in all shapes and sizes with whatever. From pasta to noodles and curry’s.
WHAT DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SAY?
The best things in life are at the other side of fear.
BIG AIR / HIGH PERFORMANCE FREERIDE
FREESTYLE / FREERIDE / WAVE