What does “Wave of Life” mean to you:
Well, it’s a few things combined. It’s a play on words given my way of life is dictated by the swell and the wind. But then it’s more than that too: I reckon that life in general is like the ocean with its daunting depths, ebbs and flows and abrupt changes in weather. Waves represent sudden challenges, but also opportunities that life throws at us. Just like in surfing or wavekiting, when an ocean swell builds in front of us what we have to do is jump on the opportunity, fully commit, decide on the perfect line down the wave face and go for it — and hopefully we’ll be having the ride of our life. Yet, if we fall and get washed hard, that’s ok too! Regardless, we just have to relaunch our kite, get out of the impact zone, make our way out the back and soon enough we will be riding the peak again.
You’re fully focused on wave riding these days, yeah?
Ohhhh yes, ever since standing on a kite waveboard for the very first time, in 2005 in Tarifa, I’ve been totally hooked on wave riding.
Give us a brief rundown on your pro kiting career, you’ve been in the industry a fair while:
Yeah, I have and I’m so grateful for it. I started competing in the World Cup in 2003 that’s when Duotone (previously under a different brand name) picked me up as a team-rider. Things went well, I was in the top 3-5 most of the time and won a number of World Cup events, yet, competition life never really resonated with me.
So eventually I followed my heart, quit comps, started my explorer trips and began to write about my adventures. The feedback of the magazines and the readers from my first trips and articles was fantastic and encouraged me to dedicate my pro career to this path. I never looked back.