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Xenia Kessler

V: Did you receive good support in your windsurfing career (around 2010/2011) or how were your deals? Many people say that women receive more support by brands then men when they compete international, is this true?

 

I think though, if I could live from it, I would still be on tour, bringing my family with me

X: I don’t think women have better deals. We are fewer women, so for the men I guess it is more of a fight to get good sponsors. I actually think more men have better deals. I’ve had a lot of good sponsors – Mauisails, my local surfshop Surfline, Roxy/Quiksilver Denmark, Skullcandy Denmark, Reptile Masts, Choco Fins, Sorobon Beach Resort, Gaz Station, JP Australia, Neil Pryde, Unifiber, Atan, the local surfclub Aawk – they’ve all supported me at different times in my career with gear. I am super thankful for that. For me the fact that the sponsor believes in you, and feel like they want to help you reach your goals, with what they have, is super important, and a big thing for me. I’ve even had local people supporting me – a local surf guy, Svend, made his Bar sponsor half of the first freestyle board I was competing on internationally. That meant a lot to me.

I am super thankful for all my sponsors, and I always do my best to make it worth sponsoring me. Together with the prize money from contests, and working when in Denmark next to doing my University, I’ve been able to make it on tour, and to get away for training in the winter – but never more than that. But I never chose windsurfing for the money. Windsurfing gives me so much, so just being able to do that so much is worth more than money. I think though, if I could live from it, I would still be on tour, bringing my family with me.

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