The venue of round two of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour included views overlooking the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge in “sunny” San Francisco, California (we only saw the sun on the last day of the four day event). But even with Karl the SF fog’s extended visit, we had three days of intense course racing and one long distance race, totaling with 16 races.
I was lucky to be able to train almost every day of the past month with Nico Parlier. Over the month, there was never a dull moment. Between kiting at Crissy and Sherman and the endless drives in the supervan, I learned so much and so thankful to have been able to spend so much time on the water.
Though I’m really happy about my final result (17th overall, 1st and only female, 3rd junior), I’m even more happy about the fact that we had about 48 competitors representing abut 10 countries. The thing about this sport is that you make friends from all over the world. I always get sad at the end of each event, knowing we have to go back home and each in our separate ways – but the truth is that it’s never really good-bye. We’ll always see each other at the next event or the one after that.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support this event and to everyone who helped pull it off. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to the StFYC for being a constant support of the kite racing community at Crissy Field and, as always, for hosting us crazy kiters. Last but not least, thank you to our long list of sponsors and donors for helping us make this event and this tour a reality. Also, thanks to Michael Petrikov and Sebastian Tron for helping us prove this event really did happen with their awesome shots.
I would also like to thank my sponsors: Ozone – the R1 V2’s are soooooo gooooood. Thank you for the kites! Mike’sLab – thank you to Mike for working night and day to make the best foils and boards. Ronstan – thank you for the watch!
Finally, thank you to my incredible parents for allowing me to compete and work to achieve my goals. I literally wouldn’t be able to do anything without you.
P.S. I still can’t believe I leave for Mauritius in a few days!