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WD: Who are your sponsors?
Slingshot, Da Kine, Body Glove, Timezone, Tarifa Fin
WD: What is your home town and current residence?
Untersiggenthal, a little town near Zurich,
Switzerland, far away from any water...I have been
living in Tarifa, Spain for the last five years
though, a real good spot for kiteboarding.
WD: How did you get started in kiteboarding?
I lived in Tarifa where kites were seen everywhere in
the sky in the last few years. One day I gave it a go
but didn't get hooked on right away. It was when I
went on a trip to Uruguay to work in a kiteboarding
school that I really got into the sport.
WD: What events (or tour) are you competing in this
year and how is your
season going so far?
This year, I have decided to step back a little from
the competitions. I am not really a competition rider
and felt that I wanted to focus more on other
projects. At the moment, I participated at the Girls
Crossing event in Cornwall which I prefer to pure
competition events because it is all about group
spirit and lots of time on the water.
Editor's Note: In 2002, Fiona won the PKRA Big Air World Cup comp as well as the PKRA Hang Time World Cup comp.
The simple fact of pulling such a huge thing off as a
group of girls made it quite unique. The moments of
actually being out there in the middle of the ocean
without seeing any land around us was a very powerful
and humbling feeling. We all got to our limits but
cheered to each other to keep each other going - that
was very special. Besides, we did this event in memory
of our friend Silke who died in a kiteboarding event
two years ago. This event was a way for us to commemorate
her and do something in her spirit.
The main difference is the long time we actually spent
on the water. We kited for 5 1/2 hours straight
without a break. We had to face problems such as
muscle cramps, dehydration, hypothermia etc. But
luckily we had a really good safety team and several
support boats who took good care of us.
We are talking already of organizing another
crossing, next time preferably in warmer water!