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Alex Pastor Interview

8 December 2011 | 12:45 am

Check out the Alex Pastor latest interview.
All the credits belong to Adam Anton from the KiteScoop since he was the one that interviewed Alex.

Hi Alex, thanks for giving us a chance to interview you. How bout you start by telling us a bit about yourself…where you’re from, how old you are, that sort of stuff.

Hey Adam, thanks for interviewing me. I’m glad to be featured on the Scoop.

Here it’s a bit of my story. I was born in Malaga, a city on the south of Spain. I started windsurfing when I was 8 years old as I lived pretty close to Tarifa, the windiest city in Europe. When I was 13, kiteboarding was already well known in Tarifa, and it looked a lot more appealing to me than windsurf, especially because there’re no big waves in Tarifa, so I had to change. I’ve been kiting 9 years already. I just turned 22 last month.

So you started out windsurfing like much of the kiteboarding world. With that sort of background and growing up near Tarifa I guess it was inevitable that you ended up behind a kite. Was it an easy transition for you?

Yeah kiteboarding looked pretty amazing to me when I started. It was my dream to just start. The way I started was pretty funny. My brother and I really wanted to kiteboard because the sport looked insane and I was also going to school with a kiteboarding icon back then and still, Mr. Alvaro Onieva. The problem was that we had no money to buy all the gear, until one day I was winsurfing on a really windy day and found a kiteboard floating like 500m away from the shore. With the help of my brother we took it to the beach. As nobody was looking for it, we took it home. My brother and I were really stoked that day, so we decided to sell some of our windsurf equipment and buy a 2nd hand kite. After that kiteboarding was like a drug to me, so we convinced my parents to move the next year so my brother and I could study in Tarifa. It was hard for them to allow me as I was only 15. It was also a bit hard for me to leave my school, friends and all that but it was the best decission I’ve ever made.

Pretty bold move but I guess it worked out! Where is your favorite place to kite outside of Spain and why?

I really like any place with flat water and steady wind. I guess one of my favourite spots outside home is Cumbuco, Brazil. I really like the atmosphere there, most people have good level of riding and there are always a lot of friends, it doesn’t get much better than that. I really like the spot I’m right now as well, New Caledonia.

Perth, Australia is also one of the best places I’ve been, specially Woodies and Safety Bay.

If you had to watch 3 kiteboarders ride for an entire day, who would you pick and why?

Aaron Hadlow because he is crazy talented and everything he does is just taken to perfection.

Sam Light because he rides really well too and every time I ride with him we both learn new tricks and have a lot of fun.

Youri Zoon because he is really talented as well and he goes to his tricks with more speed than anyone.

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