I decided to give it another try my luck and to compete with the worlds best.
The reasons why I want to compete is because I never really kite together with other girls in the waves (might sound weird but it's true), even tho I found myself confident to try compete,
I mean - I have nothing to lose, no pressure on me and the onother reason is because of my curiosity about how I could develop myself in "competitive way". I love competitions and games, and ofc to win.
So why shouldn't I do it?
Registration done - we where 14 girls registered and ready to battle for the title.
There is a single elimination and a double (also called - second chance).
In the women devision you compete 2 girls in one heat and the winner goes to next round, if you lose your heat you are out of the competition and have to wait until the "single elimination" is over before you get a second chance in the double elimination.
The wave - One Eye, is not only one of the most famous waves on this planet, its also one of the most difficult waves to kite. A big bonus is to spend a few weeks before the competition to train and get "used" to the wave. This wasn't possible for me since my brother got married just 3 days earlier and I only manage to get one session (in waves that was between 4-5m high, so can't really count that session) before i had my first heat.
Honestly I was quite sad and disappointed since I was out the competition and start feeling a bit of pressure since I knew that I had to perform in the doubles (second chance) to get a good results overall. But I was still happy with my performance overall for being my frist proper session at One Eye and only losing by less than 1 point!!!
I kited everyday and durring the breaks in between the heats I manage to get some more sessions to get more use to wave and the conditions. I started to feel more and more confident after each session and OH MAN what I love iiiiiiiitttt.
If not out on the water I was watching the rest of the girls out there. Asking Moona, the winner of the event (world champion) for tips and advices.
This picture is taking just before my frist heat the the "second chance" in the doubles.
My heat did not go at all as expected, I was really underpowered on my kite and after less than half of the heat I fell on a wave, got held under the water, the board hit my head and had to get rescued after my kite fell down in the water and I couldn't get my kite up in the air.
I thought it was it and a very sad Catharina was sitting on the boat in the way back ti the beach meanwhile I watched the other girl getting wave after wave out there.
I was really down coming in and was about to start packing together my kites when they told me i won my heat! What just happened?
I was a bit chocked and couldn't remember that i got any good waves ( The picture from above capture from my heat). But I did, I got two scoring waves and that was enough to make it into the next round.
The next morning it was my turn again to compete, I was up against the former world champion Jalou Langegree. I lost my heat and was struggling a bit in the light conditions, I still manage to get some nice waves and super happy overall with the results.
Ending up with a 9th place in the World championship and I have to say.. I'M SO READY FOR NEXT YEAR.
It's been the best experience and i'm so motivated to train harder until next year!
Thanks Global Kitesports Association for a great event, and to my family for all the love and support and to my boyfriend Stefan for coming with me and supporting me every moment and being the best ever!