Interview Karolina Winkowska
Welcome to Kitemovement!
How old are you and where are you from?
I am 17 years old and I come from Poland.
How did your adventure with kitesurf start?
It was in 2004 in Hel (North of Poland). I just switched from windsurfing. I started doing something different when wind was really light.
Currently your competing in the PKRA, why are you competing int he PKRA and not in the KPWT?
I think in PKRA level is much higher. KPWT is a „French“ championship around the world.
When did you start to treat this sport professionally?
I guess never. It’s not my job. I still go to school. Kitesurfing is my passion, the thing that I do basically for a pleasure.
Where do you live right now?
In Warsaw and I am not going to move from there.
How often and where do you usually practice?
I train around 4-5 months a year. During the winter I am in SA or Brazil, spring in Egypt and summer is PKRA tour.
Which is your favorite trick?
The trick that I can land
On which trick are you working right now?
I just go to the water and try everything that comes to my mind.
What is your favourite book? Movie? Music?
Frida, Blow up and good music.
What do you do when you are not kitesurfing?
Probably I am at school or I do other sports like wakeboarding, dancing or I just watch old movies
We are in the middle of the PKRA season. Is the competition going the way you were expecting? Are you happy with your performance?
Not really. But I don’t care about my results so much any more because for me it’s just to have fun. And I have a great fun doing all the tricks.
Who is your favorite rider? Who according to you rides the best?
I have no idea because there are a lot of riders that I like but they are not kiting very well
From what you know you belong to La Ola Team, right? What is that team about?
I think technically I don’t belong to this team I am just the sister of my brother who is La Ola Team. It is about having fun, making videos and spend nice time.
We saw a couple of pictures of you ridding balance boards. We tested the board and we were impressed with her performance.
What is it your personal opinion about it?
It is a very nice board!
Which is your favorite spot? What are the perfect condition for you to kite?
I think that the nicest spot I have ever been is in Muizenberg- South Africa because in there we we have great conditions and a nice atmosphere.
Do you have any idol in kitesurf?
What are your plans for the future?
First of all I want to finish school, I want to make drivers licence and then I will see. For sure I want do somenthing cool
Good luck for the PKRA event in Germany!!
[Interview: Kitemovement.com; Photos: Karolina Winkowska]