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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.

 

San Francisco Gold Cup 2015

The San Francisco Gold Cup was quite a wild ride. From gusty wind, choppy waters, broken foils, tangled bridals, freezing cold evenings, foggy mornings and sunny afternoons – this regatta had it all!
This was my second international regatta and much bigger than the first. With almost 70 competitors hailing from about 17 countries, it was quite a busy starting line. The US Junior Foil Nationals were also held as part of the event.
After a not-too-great first day, I put myself back together and took day two just one race at a time. I sailed clean, did not have to get rescued, and did not break anything – accomplishment! I was super stoked when I found out I had made it into Gold Fleet, which meant the top 35 kiters overall. Sailing about five races a day, I was constantly battling with Chip Wasson and Nick Leason, who was convinced I had legs of steel.
It was also very cool to have some of my great friends from swimming come down and watch a day of racing!
In the end it was a very fun regatta. I finished 29th overall in Gold Fleet; 2nd in women’s, and 3rd in the Junior Nationals. But what’s even better than the scores was the experience I had kiting on the San Francisco Bay in some of the toughest sailing conditions in the world, competing with the best riders in the world.

Thank you everyone for showing up and making this a one-of-a-kind experience.  I hope you all come again next year!

Article about the Gold Cup from Ozone
Drone Footage from Gold Cup brought to you by the Levitaz boys