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Xenia Kessler

V: What advice would you give to an upcoming girl who wants to compete on the international competition scene? Many national events don’t start any female competitions… so the girls have to go directly to the PWA. In Germany we try to push the female riders, so we made own female heats in the German Freestyle Battles (GFB).

 

X: That sounds great with special female heats in the GFB! It is always easier to start when there are more girls. I remember this dilemma myself. It was quite a step from national to International. I think to start competing nationally, to get into it, you need to learn about the pressure and so on is a good start. Whenever that point comes where you feel like a bit more of a challenge you should definitely go for the world cup – at least just for the competition-training. All the girls there are friendly and want you to have a good time, and it is such a great experience competing with so many women who are as crazy about windsurfing as you are. In Denmark I was lucky that there was a girls ranking for a while, after that I went to compete with the mens ranking, first the b-class and then the a-class. That was challenging too, and good training to prepare for the world tour when I was in Denmark. So to ask if you may compete with the boys or men for the training is an option too.

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