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Interview Youri Zoon

9 July 2008 | 7:34 am

Hello Youri, Where do you come from and how old are you?
I am 18 and i come from Holland

How did you start to kitesurf?
i was always doing extreme stuff , like skateboarding , bmx and windsurfing and than i saw kiteboarding and started it and got hooked from the first moment!

Its amazing, but besides you there are many great dutch kitesurfers on tour. Is kitesurf very popular in Holland?
Yes it realy popular I think because we have diffrent condititons every day.

Which is and how do you describe your home spot?

My spot is Brouwesrdam and can be any condititons, waves, choppy flat, all!

We know that you had a serious knee injury, what and how it happened to you? Was it a bad wipeout?
I broke my ligament 2 time,s it,s just because i like to ride hard and you need to give shoemthing for i .

Its always hard when an athlete has to stop competing and training due to an injury, where did you get strength to overtake that?
It’s super hard to stop,f or me kiesurf is my life and i just love to kite. Even if my sponsers told me goodbye, I would still do everything to kite, because i just love it.
When the doctor told me, in the the second time that couldn’t kite for 6 months I felt soo bad! But I got up and just started doing my stuff and reabilitation to get back to kitesurf stronger than before.

Since you can’t compete what have you been doing lately? Travelling?
I juts put my kite gear in 1 corner and start doing events and promotion stuff

I saw some pictures of angela you took, and I have to tell you that beside a talent for kitesurf you also have a talent for photography. Since when do you photograph?
Thanks, i just started this year , i like to take picture,s cause it,s never perfect like kiteboarding it,s never perfect

In 2009 You will have a promodel board… Brunotti by youri zoon, What can you tell us about the new board?
It,s going to be sicK!! the pads, finns everything is new desgined and will be realy nice ( septemebe you will see more)

Where are you based right now and Where do you usually practice?
Mostly i am in holland or tarifa I practice al over the world just afther competitions and stuff

Best kite trip you ever been on?
All trips are good fore me

Which is your favourite trick and favourite quiver?
Fuel kites and 20m lines, brunotti pro-x 128 (will be youri zoon pro model).
My favorite trick will be mobe 7

Besides slingshot and brunotti, who are your sponsors?
Mystic , and
I want to say thank to my sponzers for suporting me in these times!!

This season you didn’t compete in the first PKRA events. Do you miss competition?
I was competing in mexico with the bad knee and i was 4th and 3th in singels. I do miss the competitons a lot!

When will you go back to the tour?
Next year i will me full on!

How is the environment in PKRA events? Is there a lot of rivalry between riders?
On the water it’s hell! But that’s what competitons it’s all about and on the beach everything is mellow and we are all friends.

Until now which was your best moment on PKRA?
That i won 2 pkra comeptions afther each other.

Favourite kitesurf destination?
Hmmm, a lot. But tarifa is cool!

What do you do when you are not competing? what hobbies do you have besides kitesurf?
Hmmm… surfing, make pictures and just chill!

Goals for the future…
Be world champ on my own pro model board!

[Photos: Slinghot and Brunotti]

One Comment »

  • P & M says:

    Nice interview and pictures.

    And we wish you all the luck off the world .

    Be carefull

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