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Push your kitesurf progress with Sensi Graves

Bringing your kitesurf skills to the next level isn’t always easy – but one thing is for sure: It’s way easier and more effective to follow a reasonable learning curve. And to have expert advice! Check out these useful tips from pro kiteboarder Sensi Graves and get them first hand at her kite camp in Dakhla/Morocco together with Colleen Carroll this October.

Often women are afraid to try their first unhooked tricks – what’s the best way to overcome this fear? 

Great question! It can be really intimidating to start unhooking for the first time. The best way to overcome this fear is to start small. Start by just unhooking for a few seconds and then hooking back in. Start with the kite at 45 degrees off the water, release your edge and head slightly downwind, keep your hands close together, pull the bar in and down and unhook. Keep riding downwind toward your kite, then hook back in and re-engage your edge. 
Make sure you’re with people who are encouraging and supportive and can give you tips. This is beyond helpful!

Sensi Graves in Dakhla, Morocco
Progressing is so much easier if you have advice from a pro like Sensi Graves! And of course great conditions are helpful too. © Debbie Jean Hollmon

If it’s about to start park riding, which basics skills are essential?

The number one basic skills needed to ride in the park is comfort unhooking and staying in control. You have to be confident in approaching an obstacle, bearing off to flatten your board and then just doing it. It helps a lot if you’re able to get some time in at a cable park. Cable parks are excellent cross-training playgrounds and super helpful when first getting up the courage to hit obstacles. 

Sensi Graves knows how to rock obstacles!
Park riding opens a whole new world of kitesurf experiences. Sensi Graves knows how to rock obstacles! © Vincent Bergeron

What’s your personal approach to learn new tricks? 

Just keep trying! It can be really easy to get discouraged when trying new tricks. It can take a long time to learn something new! It’s important to allow yourself to fail and not be super discouraged by it. If you find that you’re just getting frustrated, it’s time to go in and take a break and come back out when you’re fresh. Reaffirm that you can do it, believe in yourself and keep going for it!

Kite retreat in Dakhla, Morocco organized by Sensi Graves and Colleen Carroll
Being in an engouraging and supportive environment (like Sensi and Colleen offer at their retreats) helps to feel more confident on the water.

What can participants expect from your kite retreat in Dakhla together with Colleen?

Participants can expect an empowering group environment that allows for connection, progression and fun! We find all women’s kite camps to be really supportive of the individuals and allow for tons of encouragement and connection. It’s always really fun to meet like-minded women, cheer each other on and bond over kiteboarding in a new location. We’re really looking forward to Dakhla for it’s charm, excellent wind conditions and easy access to kiteboarding. 

Check out everything you need to know about the retreat in October from Sensi Graves & Colleen Carroll here:

https://www.sensiandcolleen.com/dakhla-2019

For those who have never been to Dakhla before – here’s a glimpse on Morocco’s kite paradise:

Cover shot: Rider Sensi Graves, © Vincent Bergeron


Interested in more tips and tricks for your progress? Then you might like these posts:

Getting unhooked – tips from the pros
How to pimp your kite sessions
Unhooked basics: Pro tips from Lauren Holman

Inspiring women in kitesurfing: Miriam Tymiec from Wake Up Stoked

Maybe you have already heard from Wake Up Stoked which is a great kitesurf blog founded by Miriam Tymiec, a travel addicted kitegirl who works as a graphic designer all over the world (depending where her wind chasing journeys lead her …). If you want to know more about Miriam’s lifestyle as a digital nomad and in particular about her new project together with her brother – the Wake Up Stoked camps – then you should definitely read on …

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Inspiring women in kitesurfing: Agata Dobrzynska

Welcome to the next part of the series “Inspiring women in kitesurfing”. For this one I talked to Agata Dobrzynska (Aggie) who you might know from the advertorials of the Ion Muse wetsuits as she’s the face of the Muse collection. Her current homebase is in Sicily, Lo Stagnone where she’s teaching at Prokite Alby Rondina. But Aggie also travels a lot to follow her passions – not only kitesurfing but also snowboarding and snowkiting (for example she takes part in the Red Bull Ragnarok each winter). Next to that she founded her own business Love2Kite where she organizes kite camps for women. Read more about how it is to be a business kitesurf lady and the next Love2Kite girls camp (21 – 25 September in Sicily) in the following!

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Inspiring women in kitesurfing: Nathalie Lambrecht

With this article I want to start kind of a new series about inspiring women in kitesurfing. It will not be a series only about the super well known pros – cause I think that they are not the only ones who act as role models for women in kitesurfing! So I’d like to have a mix of women all over the world who I think are spreading inspiration with what they are doing.

For this first article I talked to Nathalie Lambrecht who started to kite at young age, has been Swedish champion 2017 and really knows how to shred hard! A knee injury some months ago forced her to make a break from kitesurfing which she used to concentrate on other projects like a girls kite event in Sweden and her (super motivating!) Vlog. In this interview she’ll not only tell us what it’s all about but also reveals how to deal with recovery after an accident like hers.

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Women and kitesurfing: A motivational guide

A lot of girls and women are reluctant to start kitesurfing – mainly cause there are still too many prejudices about this sport: You need a lot of physical strength, you need to be very athletic … The fact is: Those who don’t try it will miss a lot of fun! So it’s time to clear up with some myths and prejudices. This little motivation guide is for all girls and women who ask themselves: Should I try kitesurfing or better let it be? The answer is simple: TRY! 

I picked up some tips from someone who really ought to know: Theresa “Resl” Gaismayer has been working as a kite instructor for some years now and she collected a lot of training experience with women. So what’s the plan now? Read this, book a kite course/a camp, and get started!
P. S.: Resl will organize a kitecamp with the Seven Seas Riders in January 2018 which will take place in Sri Lanka. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect start into a kite carreer? You’ll find all the infos concerning the camp in the end of this article.

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Women and kitesurfing: Why did you start?

If you talk to other kitesurfers about women who kite, the rumour persists that most of them started to kitesurf mainly cause their boyfriend or husband does. What else? Hm …
I did a poll that shows if it’s the truth or just a myth. Also I asked some female riders to tell me all about their very own kite beginnings.

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Skin and hair care for kitesurfers

Summer, sun, kitesurfing – it’s the perfect happy-combo! Unfortunately not for our hair and skin … UV-radiation, water and salt can cause irreversible damage to them. So they need more attention and extra care. Of course the hair topic affects rather women than men. But nobody gets around protecting his skin from the sun! In the last few years I spent many weeks in the summer heat for kitesurfing – and so I had enough time to try different sun- and hair care strategies & hairstyles and to collect tips from others. So I could create my personal top combo for skin and hair. Et voilá, here it is!

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Business, lifestyle, boyfriends, catfights: Interview with Maroean Mones from Girlzactive

Lately I talked to Maroean Mones who is the founder and owner of Girlzactive, a company who organizes women’s only kiteboarding camps and boardsport events all over the world. While working in the corporate banking/financial world after university she took her first kitesurf lession in 2013. Finally she asked herself “Is this all?” and officialy started Girlzactive in November 2014. She did the kite instructor license, teaches and organizes the Girlzactive trips together with her team. Currently she lives all over the world while her house is in Utrecht/Netherlands.

It was really amazing to hear the thoughts of a women who just DID it – she decided to take a risk and followed her heart – and now lives the surfing lifestyle everyday. Which doesn’t mean that this isn’t also a lot of work, it’s even the opposite!

Read more about the spirit of Girlzactive, Maroean’s rituals, the kitesurf-boyfriend-thing and the cliché about catfights in women’s groups in this interview.

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Kitesurfing and relationship Vol. 2.1: What if …

After I got so much feedback on my previous article about “kitesurfing and relationship” I decided to focus more attention to this issue. So I will pick out specific situations and problems which kite couples may experience from time to time. And, of course, I will try to offer tips and ideas how best to deal with such situations.

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Kitesurfing and relationship

Shall I start kitesurfing just for his (her) sake?

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Well, shall I? This is a question which for sure is going around in a lots of girls heads whose boyfriend or husband is a passionate kitesurfer. Some years ago I was one of them. For this reason I want to bring of this subject here: I can’t philosophize about this only theoretically – I myself have already experienced it including all the associated thoughts, feelings and doubts.
As I spend a lot of time with other kiters I know that “kitesurfing and relationship” is very often a sensitive topic. Some even say that kitesurfing is a relationship-killer. Continue reading Kitesurfing and relationship