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2016 Season Recap

2016 was by far one of the craziest years of my life.

In January, I began the year in Mexico during winter break. Check out this post for a full recap of those two weeks of training. Back at school, I had my first week of high school final exams.Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 4.12.12 PM

In February, I turned 15.

In March, I traveled back to Mexico for the first stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, finishing second in the women’s division. Read about that event hereScreen Shot 2017-01-23 at 12.29.16 PM

In April, a couple weeks after the Pro Tour, I went to Maui with my mom for spring break. There, we kited, relaxed, ate, and kited some more. I also met up with Adam Withington while we were there, and he gave me a tour of the University of Hawaii Maui campus. Watch the video here and see the pictures here. Back home, the first Bluerush Thursday Night Kiteracing Series race night was during that month.

In May, I focused on school, as the second week of final exams were coming up in the first week in June. After that, I was done with school for the summer. In late June, I got a face-ful of the trailing edge of the mast on my foil, and ended one day with some stitches on my nose and a week of not touching water.

In July, Nico Parlier came to the bay and we trained almost every day of the month. We also spent a weekend in Lake Tahoe, where we practiced our light wind skills by kiting on the lake. Watch our edit here.

August was another busy month. At the beginning, I did the second stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour here in San Francisco. It was great to show the out-of-towners what the bay is all about. Read and see some pictures and other media here.

A couple days later, my mom, Nico and I all flew to Mauritius for the third stop of the tour. There were amazing conditions and stunning scenery in Mauritius. Check out the media from that event through this link. Right after Mauritius, I flew back home to San Francisco and started school the next day. Summer had gone in the blink of an eye.

But a highlight was still yet to come. In September, I traveled to China with my dad for the 2016 IKA Formula Kite World Championships. After six days of super light wind conditions, I was proud to be bringing the world title home to the bay.

In October, I got back to school and swimming. It was nice to be able to relax a little bit after the world championships.

In late November, I traveled to Perth, Western Australia, for the final stop of the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour. We had amazing conditions and a great event, and were even able to do some touring around the spot. Check out event recap here and watch my video here.

After Perth, I was home for only a few weeks in December before I flew out for the annual family Baja trip for winter break. I was able to train a lot in Mexico with Rikki, Johnny, and Nico Landauer. It was also a nice trip that didn’t involve competing, just hanging out and having fun with my friends and family. Watch the video here

As I said, 2016 was a pretty crazy year, and it makes me beyond excited to see what 2017 holds.

 

2016 IKA Formula Kite World Championships

I have to begin by saying that there are no words to describe how happy I am to have won this event and achieved my goal of earning the world title. It’s been a goal of mine since I started racing, and I still can’t believe that I did it.

We raced in 8 knot and 25 knot conditions. It was great racing with the rest of the girls from around the world, and I am honored to share the podium with Elena Kalinina and Steph Bridge, two incredible kiters and racers that I have looked up to throughout racing. I look forward to racing with you girls more in the future!

Thank you to everyone for your constant support and for cheering for me from back home! I am so grateful to have so much support from coaches, friends, and family. Especially thank you to my parents for supporting me since day one and helping me achieve my goals.

Finally, thank you to my sponsors – Ozone, Mike’sLab, Ronstan, StFYC, and StFSF.

Other Media:

Videos –

Day One Video

Day Two Video

Day Three Video

Day Four Video

Day Five Video

Day Six Video

Photos –

Event Photos

Press Releases –

IKA Formula Kite News