Specialty: Waves, Freestyle
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Current Residence: Cologne, Germany
Home spot: Bostalsee and Wijk aan Zee
Currently riding: Force 4
Other Sponsors: MauiUltraFins, Prolimit, Goya Boards, Stadtholz
Hobbies: Tennis, Drums, Running, Mountain biking…everything that keeps me moving!
How did you get into Windsurfing?
Growing up next to a small lake in the south west of Germany with a windsurf school got me into windsurfing pretty quickly, although nobody in my family or friends in school were into it. So, I would ride my bike and a self-built trailer to the lake every time there was a little bit of wind forecasted. Some friends then took me to the Dutch and French coast every once in a while where I got into wave surfing. Finally being old enough to travel I realized that I want to see and ride as many different places as possible with my quiver – no matter if windsurfing, SUP or wave board. In combination with learning more about the countries and the different cultures around the windsurfing spots is what really changed my life and made me to the person who I am now…
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Sports I think, mainly water sports of course!
What’s in your backpack when traveling?
A camera with a big lense and a map to find new spots!
Minds Wide Open
Top five songs on your latest playlist?
The XX – You’ve got the love (Remix)
Rage Against the Machine – Bomb Track
Chet Faker – No Diggity
Ravens and Chimes – Division Street
Boston Bun – Spread Love (Paddington)
Favorite post session beverage?
Favorite post session food?
Local food – hopefully good fish or meat!
You’re planning your dream trip, where are you going and who’s coming with?
Western European Atlantic coast trip with 3 or 4 friends! All the way from Ireland over the whole Western France coast to Spain and Portugal. Driving over to Morocco, sell everything and buy a flight ticket back!
Favorite thing to do when not you’re not kiting, SUPing or windsurfing?
There are too many cool sports out there! Don’t know where to start…Mountainbiking near the coast I’d say…
What, in your opinion, has been your greatest accomplishment?
Being able to travel around our amazing blue planet and creating unforgettable sessions with new and old friends – on and off the water!
What’s your favorite quote or saying?
Never day no to 5.0!
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Extending the time to be able to have more hours on the water!