Interview with Asia Litwin. Future Kitesurfing World Champion?
Asia Litwin is young Polish kitesurfer that only recently started participating in kitesurfing championships. She is already one of the best. Lately she won a final heat against Bruna Kajiya in PKRA stage in St.Peter-Ording, Germany and that’s just the beginning.
Are we looking at future World Champion? Probably. Are we looking at an amazing athlete that is not afraid to put effort in trainings and is focused on improvement? Most definitely!
How old are you and where are you from?
I am 15 and I am from Warsaw, it’s a capital city of Poland.
You started to kitesurf 3 years ago in Egypt, right? Why kitesurfing?
Yes, I started kitesurfing in Egypt , more or less 3 years ago. I saw my uncle Darius kiting and jumping very high, and I just wanted to try and do this jumps.
Where do you live right now?
I still live in Warsaw, Poland. It’s my home city.
Why PKRA and not KPWT?
I prefer PKRA’s judging , rules and level than those from KPWT.
What are you sponsors besides Nobile?
My current sponsors are Nobile, NPX and Orange Surf Team.
Favourite kites and board?
Nobile N62kite , and Nobile 666 NHP board. They are really great and I got used to using them.
Where do you usually train? How many times a week do you train?
I usually kite abroad , because the conditions in Poland are not very good. I train in a lot of different places like Brazil , Greece and Egypt, because i want to ride in all weather conditions. I usually go on one trip per month because i am still learning at school. Besides kiting I always try to do some exercise at home. You need that to be in shape.
With who do you usually train besides Victor Borsuk and Lukasz Cyran?
Besides those two riders that train with me I also ride with Mike Blomvall. We learn from each other.
Who is your favorite rider? I don’ t have any favorite rider.
What is your favorite trick? Backmobe5
And the most difficult one you have learned until now? low mobe
What is your biggest achievement until now in kitesurf? Definitely 1st place in PKRA in freestyle Germany 2009
Besides freestyle do you have any interest in other kiteboarding disciplines (race and waves) ? I started to ride on waves and i really enjoyed that!
I think it’s curious that there are so many Polish girls riding so well on the international kite tours. Why do you think that happen? Do you girls ever speak about that ?
Maybe because we are 100% into kitesurfing:P We love it, enjoy it, have a lot of fun doing it and we are not afraid of training hard. And yes , we have spoke about that already.
What is your favourite kitesurf spot? Can you describe the place? Definitely, Greece-Rodos. In season (June-October) the wind, which is pretty strong, is every single day, and in one place you have spot with flat water and waves so for me it’s just great!
And the most exotic place you have been kitesurfing until now? Perth, Australia.
What do you do in the winter? I train hard before next year’s competitions.
What do you do in your free time? Whenever I have some spare time between trainings, travels and competition I do what a normal teenager does; meet my friends, watch films and read books.
What is your biggest passion? Most definitely Kitesurfing
You are very keen on sport, what other sports do you practice? I like jogging and I practice Acrobatics, this helps me to maintain the shape and it’s a great way to improve the technique of some freestyle tricks.
What are your plans for the next season? What are your plans for the future? Be better and better, learn new tricks and still have fun while kiting , which is the most important thing for me, finish school with good marks , learn some languages, and still evolve.
You’re only 15 year old. Are you planning to become a professional kitesurfer?
Yes I would like to be a professional kitesurfer in the future. This is something I love and enjoy doing. My personal website will be soon avaible (www.joannalitwin.com)so don’t miss it!
We wish you all the best then!!! Good luck Asia and thanks!
Source: FlickaMag / Kitemovement