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Meet World No 1 No Kiteboarder Kristen Boese

Interview by Emma York
photo Denis Romanov
It has been Kristin's pure determination that has driven her to the number one spot and in doing so has inspired the other girls to push their limits.
Did you know straight away that you would love the sport?:
Well, I didn't know that I would love this sport that much, but when I first felt the power of that kite above me I knew that I had to try to get control over this thing and I wanted to learn to kite really bad.

Have any other sports help influence your kiteboarding?
Not really, I have always been doing a lot of sport. I played handball for 12 years, I have been Mountain biking and windsurfing and skiing and snowboarding, but nothing got close to the kite boarding I do today. What really helped me was the urge I always had to do sport.

How do you stay focused? or do you secretly get nervous?
Oh, not only secretly – I get really nervous. But it is a good thing for me, because it helps me concentrating more and it keeps me focused.
So actually, getting nervous is my secret to stay focused somehow.


When you are not on the tour, where do you like to be?:
Maui is probably my favorite place to hang out and to relax when I need some time off. If I have more time, like during the winter break, I like to explore new places I have never been to before. I have been to Asia only once, but it has been such a special experience for me, that I would like to go to Asia more.

When it finally sank in that you had achieved world champion, how did it feel?
It was just unbelievable, it was like all my dreams had come true. There where butterflies flying around in my stomach, the sun was shining in my heard and a smile jumped into my face “forever”. I was, and I still am, just very happy. But the happiest I felt because I could celebrate this moment with my family and my boyfriend and I saw and felt how happy they were for me.

Name someone who has influenced your riding in anyway:
Cindy Mosey, because without her I would still think that girls can not pass the bar in the air and she always showed me how to rip.

Kristin has dominated the whole tour in 2005, winning 6 out of the 8 events. Never without a smile, and always helping other people on the beach, Kristin loves to be on the water having fun and you can see she has a real passion for it.
Britain's Kiteboarder Emma York caught up with Kristen in Hawaii.

After the final world tour event in Brazil, Kristin headed back to her favorite spot for some R&R. It was in Maui I tracked her down for a chat.


Name: KRISTIN BOESE
Nationality: German
Sponsors: JN Kites, Mystic, Caribbean Winds
Years kiting: 4
Years competing: 3
When did you first go out on a kite?: in October 2001

Do you do any additional training? (like go to the gym?)
I do a lot of Yoga to strengthen my muscles and to stay flexible and I feel how important this is to me. I would love to have more time to go to the gym too and I know this could prevent some injuries, but with so much traveling around it is just not possible.
What is it about the competitions that you enjoy?:
When I started to compete I just did it because I loved all the traveling around and to meet with all the other riders. Now it is more or less just part of my life and my job. I do it for my sponsors, I do it because I like it much more than to work in an office and I do it because it is something that pushes me a lot.

Photo Denis Romanov
You are pushing the limits of kiteboarding not only for the girls but the guys too, how much further do you think it can go?
I know it can go much further, because 2 years ago or so I did not even think about doing unhooked jumps and now it is all we are doing. The sport is just changing so fast and has been surprising me so many times already that I think there are just no limits. I guess in 2 years we will be doing things that nobody dares to think about right now.

photo Monika Oszfolk


You are pushing the limits of kiteboarding not only for the girls but the guys too, how much further do you think it can go?
I know it can go much further, because 2 years ago or so I did not even think about doing unhooked jumps and now it is all we are doing. The sport is just changing so fast and has been surprising me so many times already that I think there are just no limits. I guess in 2 years we will be doing things that nobody dares to think about right now.
When you are not on the tour, where do you like to be?:
Maui is probably my favorite place to hang out and to relax when I need some time off. If I have more time, like during the winter break, I like to explore new places I have never been to before. I have been to Asia only once, but it has been such a special experience for me, that I would like to go to Asia more.

Interviewer Emma York/photo Justin Bufton



photo Denis Romanov
When it finally sank in that you had achieved world champion, how did it feel?
It was just unbelievable, it was like all my dreams had come true. There where butterflies flying around in my stomach, the sun was shining in my heard and a smile jumped into my face “forever”. I was, and I still am, just very happy. But the happiest I felt because I could celebrate this moment with my family and my boyfriend and I saw and felt how happy they were for me.
What has been your favorite stop on the tour in 2005?
It’s not easy to say, because every spot has his good things, but condition-wise Coche/Venezuela has been my favorite spot and stop this year and I hope we will go back there next year again.
Name three great places you have been:
Maui/Hawaii
Kuredu/Maldives
Che Shale/Kenia

Name three things you HAVE to have when packing to go to a competition (not your equipment):
My iBook for working, my yoga mat for relaxing and some good DVD’s for the fun

 

 

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