Hi @ all,
time for another “5 questions, 5 answers” interview! Lately I asked Julia Castro, Teamrider for North Kiteboarding about how kiteboarding changed her life and how she starts practicing new tricks … but enough, I don’t want to tell you everything before. I just tell you: It’s definitely worth reading it, cause the half spanish/half danish prorider answered very detailed and personally! I could learn a lot from what she was telling me and I’m looking forward already to getting the opportunity to ask her for tips again.
5 questions to Julia Castro
You as a pro rider – do you also experience sometimes that you have a session and absolutely nothing works, so that you feel like you have to start kiting from the beginning?
- Well, I don’t really like to call myself a “pro rider” because this is still not my living, I like to say I’m something like a “survivor” hehe. But well, off course as a “pro rider” I have sessions were absolutely NOTHING works. But I also see it as a great opportunity to step back and start climbing little by little. Some people get really frustrated when they can’t do their tricks. But, trust me, even if you only did backrolls, it wasn’t a lost session.
How do you motivate yourself for new tricks and how would you describe the way you start practicing something new?
Well, after my shoulder surgery one year ago I haven’t really tried new tricks. I am still experiencing some problems so actually Im re-learning to do my tricks in a way I don’t feel pain. So now is a moment were I need to motivate myself even more, specially to win over my fear, pain. But I tell you something, If you need to push yourselt to learn something new … Maybe you should give yourself some air and wait for the feeling to come. As a “pro” of course I need to push myself but I also need to listen to my body and mind and try to make things aligned. There’s no sense to push your body if your mind is not ready.
About the way I normally start to learn something new; well, the first step is undertanding the trick on land. Normally before trying a trick I take whatever I can use as a kite bar (sticks, cleaning mops, or my imaginary kite bar) and I practice the trick 1.000.000 times, on the street, in bed, in the shower… Visualizing is for me even better than trying the trick itself. If I can understand it I can do it.
Later comes building up the trick on the water, this means, If you want to do a “Raley to blind” (Video R2B) you have to know you do a different raley, is not the same raley from a “single raley” or a “sbend”… So I would do one raley, see how it felt. Good: maybe try two times more. Bad: try until it feels good. Then once I get few raleys the way I think they should be done for a “r2b” I go for the blind. This is the hardest step but is all about trying, not bing afraid and ASKING. Asking someone to check some of your attempts or filming you is one of the best things you can do for your own progression.And … Last step! Don’t be afraid! 🙂
What would you say is the part of your life/personality which changed most due to kitesurfing??
Well, my whole life changed. School, way of living, way of thinking, way of wearing clothes, everything! I used to be an athlete (100m hurdles) and my plan of life was going to Madrid to an elite sports center near one university I liked and train there during the next four years. Since I quit running I’ve lived in Cadiz, Malaga, Spain and Denmark. I’ve traveled to many, many countries. I’ve been living max. three weeks in each place and I do uni online (which is the hardest part). As having such a “moving” life, I have to re-think amost every day how I’m going to do tomorrow, where I am going to travel, what can make my career keep going up and what¡s putting the brake on it …I have to admit I miss a bit of knowing what I’m going to do tomorrow. I mean, the feeling of doing every day the same … Having a plan set … But well, every way of living has it’s pros and cons.
Kitegirls sometimes experience to be treatened like a baby on the water from the guys (some of them think that every girl must be a beginner). What would you recommend – how should girls assert themselves against these macho guys?
OMG!!! This is SO annoying. I have it in every beach I go and sometimes it get’s way too annoying. I’m really try to push kitegirls image in a way everyone respects us in the same way they would respect themselves. I started kiting watching Bruna’s (Bruna Kajiya) videos and the phrase “we are more than that” got me really deep. I think the first thing to do for us girls is to really have control: on the elements, on our kite, on the wind. Usually I go to the spot, try to see who’s the non-respecting human and then do a cool trick right in front of his face. By the moment is the only way I know to win respect from others. Let’s keep building this girls!
How would you describe your perfect session – how much wind, which kite size, which equipment, temperature, spot …?
Wind for 9 m, flat water, side on-shore wind conditions, 28ºC. Probably I could find this in the North of Fuerteventura or in Brazil. About the equipment … yy North Kiteboarding Dice get’s lovely in any size. Then I would be using my Gambler 136 (which I’ll be changing to 139 to try a bigger board) and my Apex ION harness 🙂
Thanks a lot Anja and Kitejoy for the interview, thanks to you for being there reading this and thanks to my friends, supporter, sponsors and partners for being there!
If you want to know more about Julia Castro, check this out:
Cover pic: (c) Ronald Chu
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