Top 3 kitesurfing spots?
- Dolphin Beach, Cape Town
- Atlantis beacg, Bonaire
- Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Favourite gear setup?
9m Dice, click bar on 22m lines and the Jaime Textreme in 40+ knots.
The biggest achievements in your kiteboarding career
My best competition result is probably winning the Red Bull Megaloop Challenge, but my personal biggest achievement is to tell my passion and story to kiteboarder over the whole world!
Your hobbies aside kiteboarding?
I like to play football on the beach, heading to the gym and love to play squash!
What do you do on a day without wind?
Whatever the day may bring. I like to wake up with no plans and end the day exhausted of all the adventures that came along. Probably something with sports to lose my energy haha.
What style of music are you interested in?
I always say I’m interested in good music of any kind, as long as I don’t hear it on the radio everywhere I go.
How and why did you start kiteboarding?
I grew up on the Beach in Noordwijk, where local Heros Kevin Langeree and Ruben Lenten always inspired me. With my dad being a windsurfer back in the day, he supported me to go kitesurfing and have fun.
Why are you riding for Duotone?
The whole team we have at Duotone is truly passionate about the sport, we all have the same vision and understand each other. Together with this team its not only great to work together, but also help everyone out there to have the best gear and more fun on the water!
What is your main goal for the future?
I always find this a difficult question since I’m not much of a planner. I set smaller goals for my self and keep on pushing them higher and higher. The goal I have now is to win the Red Bull King of the Air and to show everybody how cool kitesurfing can be! My first goal was to become known for my kitesurfing, after that I wanted to just ride in the Red Bull King of the Air, and now we are here.
What training do you do to stay fit?
I head to the gym often to stay strong and flexible. Besides that I have a lot of energy during the day so whatever comes up, Football, volleyball, Tennis, squash, mountain biking I’m in!
What would have been your job if you wouldn´t be a pro kiteboarder?
I finished my study to be an architect so that would be high on the list. Also I’ve always dreamed to be an airline pilot and travel the world.. To kitesurf everywhere of course!
What´s your favourite food?
My absolute favorite dish is a good hamburger, but that's not something to eat every day. I like pretty much anything as long as its cooked with love and passion ;-).
What did you always want to say?
Drive fast, take chances! If you want something, you gotta work for it. 90% isn’t going to get you there.