Kiri Thode

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LOOKING AHEAD

Boardseeker: So what’s your plans now, over the winter, training, any special trips?

Kiri: For now I will stay in Bonaire, I will go over to Aruba for a bit to maybe race with my car a bit and then I also want to stay on Bonaire and promote myself a bit, you know go to the schools and introduce myself and the sport, also the opportunity that these kids can have if they just go to the beach. So many people have no idea what I just became world champion in and don’t know anything about it, so I will grow the awareness to the island even more, both of what I achieved and of windsurfing.

After this, when Philip Koester has finished his competition season, Starboard want us to meet up and do a shoot together somewhere. I don’t know many more details about this now but I know the plan is there.

Other than that I just want to stay in Bonaire, at home where my friends and family are, where the wind is good and I will for sure be here until the PWA event in El Yaque.

Boardseeker: Last question, you are the new PWA freestyle world champion yet when we spoke to you in Sylt you mentioned about training slalom, is there something in the pipeline for you and PWA Slalom?

Kiri: Yeah for sure, I already tried to enter PWA Alacati this year, I feel fast and feel good at keeping up with Taty Frans and we all saw how fast he was in Sylt. It shows that you don’t need to be a big guy to compete in the slalom you just have to be really good at tuning for your personal body weight and size. So this year I really want to enter PWA Alacati and PWA Costa Brava. I hope I get the wild card for them, it would be a lot of fun for sure. I feel I would test some of the big guys, especially in the lighter winds, I think I could really win some races, so of course I want to do it. I begin training in January when I get my race stuff.

Lastly, I just want to say a really special thinks, to my girlfriend, her family, my family and really to Taty and Tonky who have been by my side during events all over the world, always giving me advice, being there to train with, to travel with, they helped me so much. Of course, my sponsors too, they support me a lot and a big thanks to them.

 

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