WINDSURFING: Even as a little girl windsurfing was my big passion, I couldn’t wait till I was old and strong enough to lift up the sail. In my diary I used to write that I wanted to become a professional windsurfer (or a ninja) when I was older.
Both my parents were keen windsurfers (and still are) and they took me windsurfing every summer holiday.
I finished my high school at the highest level (VWO) and also obtained my blackbelt in Jiu Jitsu. After high school I went to University in Amsterdam.
Living closer to the sea, I was spending even more time on the water while I studied Communication, Business and Management. As a side job I decided to become a windsurf instructor and I was working with troubled children and disabled people.
In 2008 I decided to take a break from University and I made a windsurftrip to Jericoacoara in Brazil. This was my first experience with freestyle windsurfing and when I saw people doing all those trips I fell in love with it straight away; I wanted to learn this too. I made very quick progression, the combination of windsurfing since I was little and all those years of doing gymnaties probably helped me a lot.
But it was not just the freestyle windsurfing that changed my life in Brazil. The whole lifestyle that comes along with windsurfing. Being on the water every day, windsurfing for hours and going tired but satisfied to bed every day. The sun on my face, being one with nature and completely lose yourself on the water.
I finished my Bachelor degree and decided to focus on windsurfing. I did my first competitions, gained my first sponsors and in 2010 I made my debut on the World Tour.