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Stef

When I first started kitesurfing in 2010, I was probably the biggest anti-talent that there ever was. I guess one of the main reasons that I didn’t quit then and there was that I had already bought equipment and I had something to prove. Even after 2 weeks of courses with really good wind conditions, I could barely ride 50 meters, but I was having so much fun that I couldn’t let it go. At the time I was only working at night, I was able to come and kitesurf every day during that summer. I must have walked back from the Schweinebucht every 2 days, and untangled my lines at least once a week. At the end of that summer I went on my first kitesurfing holiday to South Africa, and after that I was hooked. (Pun intended)

In 2011 I started working as a kitesurf instructor at Swiss Kitesurf. In 2014 I was fortunate enough to have a professional sailmaker teach me the basics in kite repair, and have been improving my technique ever since. Over the years Yannick, Simon and the rest of the team have become like family to me, and even when we are not working together at the lake, we often spend evenings, days and holidays together. In winter I work as a ski instructor in St Moritz, though I still drop by at the station to see the guys and to fix a kite or two.

What I really love about Kitesurfing is not only the sport in itself but also the community behind it. It’s something I wish for everyone to experience. People from all walks of life and backgrounds bound together by this single passion. On the water you are alone but not alone. The shared stoke and energy at the end of a really good session is difficult to describe. Evenings spent with other kiters exchanging tips and tricks and stories over a beer. And that no matter where in the world you are, you will always meet or recognise a friendly face who is just as obsessive about the wind as you.