The first year of the KSP tour brought us unexpected winners, Ailton Cozzolino Lopes and Ines Correia.
Ines Correia is a young rider coming from Portugal. She rides at our local spots so we saw her grow as an athlete since she was a grom.
Between the trainings for the KSP Guincho we had a little chat with her so you can know this talented athlete a little bit better.
When and why did you start kitesurfing?
I started kitesurfing in 2006. My dad saw it on TV and on the beach and thought this was a sport that had everything to do with me. So he took me to try it.
Where do you live and is it a good place to kitesurf?
I live in Montijo which is not a good place to kitesurf but it’s only about 30 minutes away from an excellent spot, Costa da Caparica.
You won the Portuguese freestyle title. And currently you’re not competing in freestyle anymore. Are you planning to go back? What drove you into wave riding?
I will keep on competing in National Freestyle Competitions. I would love to compete in Europeans as well but unfortunately some of the stages are incompatible with KSP. For now I just want to focus on International Wave Riding. This is something I have been training for the most.
How would you define a good session?
Side-off wind, perfect left handers or flat water and constant wind for Freestyle. All of this and good friends!
What are your favourite conditions for wave riding?
Side-off wind and 2m left handers.
What other sports do you practise?
SUP and Surf
What do you prefer in kitesurf and why?
I really enjoy wave riding because every wave is different and there is a lot of adrenalin.
What are your goals for the 2012 season?
I will keep on growing and trying my best to win KSP again.
Define a perfect day?
To start it with SUP, no wind with perfect left hander and after that a short surf session with some off shore wind. Afternoon with side wind, big waves and friends. Then dinner at the beach.
You’re not a rookie in the sport, what are the biggest achievements you have had so far?
Up until today my biggest achievement was to be able to grow as an athlete and never stop. I hope it will continue like this. Obviously being World Champion was very important but above all it motivates me to train even harder and love this sport more.
What are your favourite spots to kitesurf?
In Portugal it is Viana do Castelo for Megaloops and Ericeira for wave session.
Abroad I think Mauritius for wave and Brazil for freestyle.
What is your best memory of kiting?
My trip to Mauritius with the best weather conditions I have ever had and all the best moments I have here, in Portugal.
How would you recommend somebody to get into Kitesurfing?
You need a of will power and drive to experiment something new and really cool. And of course, learn with professionals so you avoid unnecessary risks that might make you give up.
Which riders are influencing your style of riding and giving you inspiration?
I like the style and atitude of Airton in wave.
What memories do you keep from last year KSP?
Only good memories. Perfect spots, new interesting people and how good it went.
Last year during the KSP tour did you have any massive wipe out?
Yeeeeeees. In Mauritius when at the end of my heat I dropped my kite into a huge wave and had to go back to the boat being hit constantly by other waves. My kite and bar got completely destroyed.
What do you expect from the 2012 season?
I train a lot and feel very motivated. I hope it shows in my results. I expect to give my best and defend the title.
Stay tuned to KiteMovement. We will keep you update about Ines lastest news.