"My super power is that I am a woman."
Helle Oppedal (17)
Helle Oppedal is one of the upcoming windsurfing talents at Team Duotone. With an extraordinary performance at the PWA foil competition and the IFCA tour, Helle sailed a great first season with us. Time to find out, what this super woman says about the start of her career.
Who is Helle Oppedal?
I am a 17 years old girl from Norway who loves to windsurf and especially to wind foil. I am fighting for gender equality and for the environment. I think that these are matters that have the potential to improve a lot, especially in the windsurfing community. I am still studying at high school, but I dream of becoming a full-time windsurfer.
What is your super power?
My superpower is that I am a woman. A lot of people think that being a woman is a weakness, but I definitely think it is a superpower that I would never want to be without.
When and where did you start windsurfing and foiling?
I started windsurfing when I was 7 years old in a harbor near my house. I started together with my best friend. We had the best time windsurfing together. I started foiling in the beginning of 2017. I remember being super scared the first time I tried it. But at once I was flying in the air, everything just felt right. The feeling of being free and flying above the surface felt so good. I have been to a lot of competitions. I started competing in international competitions when I was 11 years old. Since that I have been to a lot of international competitions in BIC techno, RS:X, slalom, formula and foiling. I think that the gap between those tours is very big - it feels almost like two completely different worlds. I don’t think that this gap has been good for our sport. Now when there is foiling I think that the two worlds are coming together as one. I see that a lot of RS:X sailors and PWA sailors are all foiling. I hope that in the future when foil is in the Olympics the gap will be gone.
The competition I liked the most is the Youth Olympics in Argentina. It was amazing to be a part of a competition which is that huge! My best race would be on the PWA event in Japan. It was a foil race where I came first at the upwind mark before all my childhood idols, I got the feeling that I was finally one of them.