When I was born, my parents, who were both windsurfers, were living part time in Germany and part time in southern Italy where they ran a windsurfing school. For the first 6 years of my life we would spend the summer season down in Italy living in a trailer on the beach and return to Germany in the winters where my dad shaped windsurf boards for the next season.
When I was 5, one of my dad’s friends returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic and said that it was the best place he’d ever seen and that he wanted to move there. He convinced my dad to go check it out and now, 20 years down the road, they’re still there.
I grew up living the carefree life of a beach girl. I attended an American bilingual private Elementary- and High-school, and graduated in 2002. At that point, kiteboarding was only a past time for me during the winter of 02./03. After only 8 months of practicing it, to everyone’s surprise, I placed 2nd in my first international PKRA competition. From that point on, things just snowballed and I found support from a kite company to do the whole world tour and placed 5th overall. Another big moment for me was winning my first King of the Air in Maui which was considered one of the most prestigious events in kiteboarding.
Before long, I started to gain support from Red Bull and Cabrinha as my main sponsors and decided to put my original plan of going to university on hold and dedicate myself fully to the sport.