Did you ever think that an extreme sport such as kitesurfing could have a super mushy part to it? Well believe me, it can and it does!
If you approach a kitesurfer asking them about the sport, I’m certain you will be met with a great sense of enthusiasm. It is almost impossible to meet someone who kites and hasn’t experienced that feeling of euphoria while on the water. The burst of happy hormones shooting through your body coupled with an immense sense of freedom is what keeps kitesurfers coming back for more. Being forced to live in the moment and appreciate the beauty of current reality has translated into my sense of passion for the sport and my biggest soft spot.
Progressing through kitesurfing and experiencing its positive effects has led me to want to motivate others to get on the water. When my two KiteSirens sidekicks and I thought about reaching out to other girls and making kitesurfing accessible to them, we quickly began brainstorming ways to make it possible. As a first attempt, we approached a fellow kitesurfer on the beach and asked whether his daughter, Keilani, who is also a surfer, would be interested in learning the sport. Andrea, being the IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified instructor at the moment, volunteered to give Keilani a few kitesurfing lessons. This opened up a whole new world for us!
Meeting Keilani and assisting Andrea with basics in her lessons showed me the power that teaching kitesurfing can have. Kitesurfing is an extreme sport that requires technique, focus and a whole lot of courage. Learning the sport develops physical endurance and cognitive skills, which can aid young girls in improving their self-confidence.
After witnessing Keilani become fueled by her own progress while learning kite control, I was sold. Because of this experience, I have chosen to commit significant time to help girls become stronger, both physically and mentally, through kitesurfing. Kelly, Andrea and I have developed the Sun Tribe project, making it our mission to bring kitesurfing to underprivileged girls in various communities. We seek to remove the cost barrier and offer girls free kitesurfing lessons, giving them the opportunity to get involved in an active water-sports community.
In order to teach kitesurfing at the highest standards, introducing the necessary safety rules and reaching a greater number of girls, I will join Andrea and the international IKO instructor crew. In the next few weeks, I will be completing a set of IKO courses to become a certified instructor. This will equip me with the necessary tools to embark on the Sun Tribe journey. I will be sharing the kitesurfing stoke with younger girls in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.
Join us in the ride and visit the link below to experience the softer side of kitesurfing. Contribute what you can to the first international Sun Tribe event.