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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.

 

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.

 

2015 Season Recap

2015 was an indescribable year of firsts for me.

My family and I celebrated New Years in Los Barriles, Baja, as always. While on the trip, I filmed my first ever kiting video – an instructional video on how to foil. (Watch it here).

I turned 14 at the beginning of February, and later that month, my family and I drove down to San Diego on a long weekend for the SoCal ProAm hosted by Boards Unlimited (Nico Landauer, Brian Camet). It was my first time kiting in San Diego, and my first time racing on a foil kite – a 12 meter Chrono.

A few weekends later, we had family friend Chip Wasson and his family over for dinner. It was thanks to him that I was able to go to La Ventana for the Gold Cup. Somehow, he was able to convince my mom to let me go, and I will be forever grateful for that.

The Kite Foil Gold Cup Mexico in March was an experience I will never forget. It was my first international competition, my first time traveling to race, the first time on the podium, the first time I won prize money, my first time in La Ventana – so many firsts on that trip and I will never forget the results! (Read more about that event here).IMG_3834

The St Francis Yacht Club Thursday Night Kiteracing Series first race night was the Thursday after we got home from La Ventana. It continued every other Thursday all the way until September. I got protested for the first time, and have learned a lot more about rules since then.

The same week we got back from La Ventana, I swam in the 2015 short course Speedo Far Westerns held in Morgan Hill. I had qualified in the 1,000 yard freestyle. Right after swimming, my dad and I decided to go to Waddell Creek for some wave kiting. It was my first time at Waddell, my first time wave kiting, and it kept me coming back several times after that.

In May, the Rippin Rio race returned to Sherman. We had a lot of fun racing on the Sacramento River. Race strategy and technique really came into play.

In June, I graduated from middle school.

I competed in a few other StFYC hosted events, including Elvstrom Zellerbach, The Challenge, The Classic, and the Bridge to Bridge. It was my first time doing the Challenge and the Classic, and both were very tough races that I look forward to in 2016. (Read about the Classic here, the Challenge here, and the B2B here).

The Gold Cup came to San Francisco at the end of July. It was incredibly exciting to have the best in the world at my local spot and I am looking forward to the 2016 SF stop of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour. The first U.S. Youth Foil Nationals were held as part of the Gold Cup. It was my first Nationals of any kind, and I was lucky to be competing against my own team – Nicolai Sponholtz, Sebastian Sponholtz, and Haydn Fischer.

On the weekends when there was no swim meet, my family and I would spend days at Sherman Island, where conditions are perfect and the sunset sessions beautiful. The delta was where training on my F4 foil and Ozone kites would happen. One of the firsts of Sherman this year was my first foil tacks.

Olympian and coach Michael Gebhardt came over from his paradise in Cabarete, D.R., for our annual Junior Kiteracing Clinic. I’ve learned so much from Gebi over the years and am super lucky to have him as a coach. Especially when there’s a possibility of going to Buenos Aires for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games for kiting.IMG_4476

We are drawing 2015 to a close with our annual Baja trip. And this year, for me, it’s not just a trip. I’m calling it Winter Training Camp 2015-16 for the first time.

First protest, first podium(s), first foil kites, first international events – this year was a year I won’t forget, and I’m stoked to see what 2016 will bring!