- Name: Arrianne Anna Alie Aukes
- Date of Birth: 01-10-1986
- From: The Netherlands
- Windsurfing since 1994
- Favorite spots: Jericoacoara in Brazil, Cape Town, Bonaire
- Favorite gear: SKATE 86 liter freestyle board and 4.4 IDOL
- Disciplines: Freestyle and Wave
- Education: BSc Business & Communication at University of Amsterdam
- Other hobbies: SUP, yoga, reading, dancing, surfing
- Languages: Dutch, Frysian, English, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
- Best results:
– Vice World Champion PWA freestyle World Tour 2013
– 2nd EFPT European Tour 2016
– 2nd PWA INDOOR Freestyle and Slalom 2014
– Dutch Wave Champion 2015
- Sponsors: North, Fanatic, ION, Boardguru, Maui Ultra Fins, Telstar Surfclub, Pousada Windjeri
Arrianne Aukes was born in a small town in 1986, in the Northern part of Holland. Both her parents were enthuisastic windsurfers and Arrianne couldn’t wait till she was old enough to start learning. She had her first taste of the sport when she was eight years old and was hooked straight away.
In 2005 she finished highschool and went to University in Amsterdam. Living closer to the sea, she was spending even more time on the water. In 2008 Arrianne decided to take a break from University and made a windsurftrip to Jericoacoara in Brazil. This was her first experience with freestyle windsurfing and she was inspired to learn . As a natural windsurfer and athlete she rapidly progressed. With the determination and commitment she showed in her academic studies she progressed rapidly. Within the first two years she was soon sailing at a high level and keen to feed her competative side by testing herself against her fellow sailors.
After finishing her Bachelor degree in 2009 she decided to dedicate her self to windsurfing with a real focus on freestyle. She gained her first sponsors and with the help of part time jobs funded her debute at the PWA (Professional Windsurfers Association). She finished a respectable nineth place and gained valuable experience. Motivated and keen to rise up in the ranking the next year, she spent the following months splitting her time between training and work. In 2011 at the first PWA event of the year in Bonaire Arrianne she shocked the field with a dramatically improved performance and finished in fourth place. as the 2011 tour came to it conclusion she ranked fifth place overall.
In 2012 Arrianne travelled the globe in search of the right training conditions stopping in Brazil, South Africa and Egypt to train for the upcoming competitions.
In Fuerteventura where the first PWA Worldcup stop was to be held, Arrianne once again showed that she is a truely world class athlete, rising again in the ranks to third place and her first podium finish.
To continue her quest to establish herself in the windsurfing world she made her first attempt at slalom in 2012. With the largest turn out for th womens fleet of the year it was a steep learning curve but one that resulted in a 16th out of a fleet of 26.
In 2013 Arrianne decided to not train in just one spot, but to explore known and unknown windsurfspot traveling around in a van through Europe for five months. She drove to all the PWA Worldtour stops and managed to become Vice World Champion Freestyle. She also had her debute in the PWA Wave discipline and made it to a decent 9th place in Tenerife.
Unfortunately in 2014 Arrianne was not able to defend her 2nd place as she torn all her ligaments in her ankle the day before the second PWA event during a warming up session.
But she came back. Although the doctors told her she had to be off the water for a few months, Arrianne took the risk to compete in the first held indoor PWA event in more than eight years. This indoor event took place in the national stadion of Warsaw and saw more than 30.000 spectators. She competed in all three disciplines – freestyle / slalom / jump – and as the only competitor she managed to get on the podium in all three disciplines with a 2nd place in freestyle and a 3rd in slalom and jump.
In 2015 Arrianne became Dutch Wave Champion in her country. This was a real boost for her and in 2016 she decided to compete in all competitions of the PWA Wave Tour as well.
Arrianne has made a solid come back after her injury and is still competing in the top of the world. Since 2016 she added another discipline to her repertoire and is competing in the PWA Wave Tour as well and finished in top ten in her first year doing the whole Wave Tour.
Throughout Arriannes rise she hasnt forgotten her roots and used her passion and new found status to encourage others into windsurfing by running clinics and offering coaching in her home country. Since a few years she has organised many windsurf clinics in multiple countries and decided to combine her love for yoga with windsurfing in her clinics.