How does it feel to be part of the Starboard Dream Team?
Super cool! I was completely blown away when I was asked to join the Starboard team. I had already met Sarah-Quita and Oda and later during a photo shoot also other team riders and people from Starboard. Of course, I was very nervous to meet all these idols, but everyone was so nice that I immediately felt at ease. Just like hockey, it’s nice to be on a team and be super proud of them. During the PWA Pozo, I was able to watch everything online and cheer for everyone.
You plan to participate in the PWA Slalom World Cup at Fuerteventura. Is it your first international event? If yes, what are your goals for the event?
Not my first international, because I was also in Sardinia for the IFCA World Champions slalom youth/junior. Unfortunately, there was no wind and therefore no races. I also joined the IFCA Pan America slalom youth/junior which was in Bonaire. This is my first PWA event Slalom Women and I am really excited! I know Fuerteventura is not the easiest event, the conditions are heavy. My goal is to finish the races, enjoy it to the fullest en learn so much more! It is so cool to join this PWA event, to be here, and meet all the pros. I am only concentrating on the fin; I left my foil gear at home.
To Fuerteventura from Bonaire, it is quite a long trip. Who joins you? Is traveling with all the windsurfing gear something difficult for you?
We are here with the whole family, no one wants to miss this. My sisters want to train here in the waves, of course. The same for me, actually. On Bonaire, the conditions are so very different. My daddy is my caddy and my mother is there for mental support, and so that we occasionally come off the water to eat and sleep and stuff 😉 We make it a nice family holiday. It was quite a long journey and we have 5 boardbags and other surf bags with us because we wanted to be able to wing foil and freestyle here too. A lot of lifting, but there are five of us. And the one-night stopover at Schiphol was also nice because now we could quickly see family.