At a remarkably young age Xenia Kessler stepped back from international competition. Having had marked success in 2010/11, her future looked set with a career in professional windsurfing. Yet not all things are as they appear and for Kessler it seems as though her sights were set somewhere away from the PWA scene. Will she return? What does she make of the female freestyle scene? What would her advice be to those looking to start out? Read it all in our interview below.
V: Xenia, you were the 4th best female Freestyler in the World in 2011, what made you stop competing on the PWA?
Windsurfing gives me so much, so just being able to do that so much is worth more than money.
X: I had a great time on tour, and I really loved travelling the world with my windsurf gear – both training and competing. I was pushing myself, sat up new small goals all the time and enjoyed seeing the work paying off. In Aruba I reached one of my big goals by becoming third on the podium in the world cup. After that I needed something new to strive for, and for me that would be climbing higher up the ladder. But with Sarah and Laura up there, I knew it would have to focus 110% on the windsurf-training all year round. At the same time I was also studying, going to have my internship and yeah.. I felt like trying something else for a while. Doing other projects, reaching more goals, but different goals, also off the water. So, I decided to take some time away from tour.