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2016 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year

In January, I was named the 2016 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. I had never imagined something like this would ever happen and it was a pretty unbelievable experience to go to New York for the ceremony. I am so incredibly honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award and so grateful for everyone’s support along the way.

The day I received the award was one of the craziest days of my life and there were a million things going through my head right. All I can say is do what you love, and always remember to have fun. This will always make the journey completely worth the final result, whatever that may be.

Thank you to everyone for following me along on this journey. I couldn’t have done it without your support.

Watch my speech from the ceremony here.

Watch my video from my time in New York here.

Press release from US Sailing, Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year awards website.

 

Giving Thanks

I just wanted to take some time to give thanks and show my gratefulness for what I have. I’m so lucky to be living the life I am, and I am very thankful to have an incredible community of people constantly supporting me.

Sponsors are one thing. I’m incredibly lucky to be riding the best gear. To Ozone (Matt Taggart, Hannes Burner, Dave Tyburski, to name a few), F4 (Chris Radkowski, Al Mirel, Chip Wasson), Mike’sLab (Mike Zajicek), and Ronstan (Alan Prussia) – thank you for the equipment and support. In addition, thanks to Ride Engine (Coleman Buckley) for the support in getting me more into wave kiting and expanding my boundaries.

Support from the St Francis Yacht Club and St Francis Sailing Foundation in San Francisco I have to mention as well. It’s awesome to represent such a prestigious club internationally.

DSCN6921I am extremely grateful to simply be able to do what I do. That would not be possible if it weren’t for my parents. They have supported me since day one, and I am forever thankful that I was born into an outdoorsy, adventurous family. What they have given me is more than I could have ever asked for.

 

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I am also thankful to be living in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is nothing better than to be able to have several local wave kiting spots on the coast, have a warm training ground with flat water, to be able to kite underneath the infamous Golden Gate Bridge on an almost-weekly basis, and to be able to race in the most developmental fleet of kite board racing in the world. We are at the epicenter of racing, thanks to the StFYC’s support for us crazy kiters. Talking about that support, San Francisco is home to the only Junior Kiteracing Team in the world. Currently, we have 5 juniors: Alex Mutricy, Nicolai Sponholtz, Sebastian Sponholtz, Haydn Fischer, and me. Thank you to them for being my number one (and two and three and four) competitors, to their families for letting us all kite, and to Coach Gebi (Michael Gebhardt) for coming in the summer to coach us.

 

Right now, there aren’t many girls in kiting, much less racing on foils. So thank you to Erika (Heineken) for being my training partner. It’s so fun to race with you (and beat the guys, I have to add) and to have another female to look up to in the racing scene.DSCN6348

Speaking of the racing scene, I was especially lucky this year to be able to participate in my first international competition in La Ventana in the spring. There, I got to spend time with some of the best kiters in the world (that aren’t from SF), including fellow Ozone team riders Nico Parlier and Rikki Leccesse. Thank you Rikki for intel on the latest kites, and thank you Nico for being the nicest kiter in the world. I can’t wait to spend more time with you training in the bay next summer.