Sunday, July 21, 2024

JULIA CASTRO

Age: 24

Home Park: None

Country: Spain/Denmark

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU ON THE WATER?

I have a really strong drive for excelling in all I do and making the best out of it. 

WHAT IS YOUR OFF-THE-WATER TRAINING LIKE?

Three times a week, I normally do a gym session that makes me workout my whole body. I try not do to ‘only legs’ or ‘only upper body’ but to do all. I am also trying to focus a bit more on being more flexible and elastic through yoga.

ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEARNING NEW TRICKS?

Go little by little and ask the ones that know. I realize now that If I asked for help I would have learned much faster and easier. 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ANYONE WANTING TO LEARN TO KITE?

What are you waiting for? Well, apart from that I would recommend to anyone that wants to learn to find a good school and once they’ve got their teacher, listen to him like it he is your god. I have the feeling that sometimes people don’t have a lot of confidence in their teacher and that slows down the learning process.

Brazil park session. Magarao photos

WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

I’ve always looked up to all the big Spanish athletes: Rafa Nadal, Gisela Pulido, the Moreno Twins. It really motivates me to see Spanish people having success around the world. 

WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO SEE WOMEN’S KITEBOARDING TAKE YOU?

I am not looking to have women’s kiteboarding take me somewhere but for me to help the situation in which we are. There’s still quite a gap in gender equality and I want to fight to make the situation better for all the ladies killing it out there.

HOW DID YOU GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

Well, it’s been a lot of effort. I come from a kind of poor family; we are five siblings and money has always been a bit of an issue for my fam so, imagine starting to kite. I’ve put countless hours in the water and I’ve been lucky to count on some awesome sponsors that believed in me and helped me be where I am today.

WHAT TRICK DID YOU LAND AT THE 2018 HOOD JAM THAT GOT YOU THAT NEVER-BEEN-DONE BEFORE NINE-POINT SCORE?

I did a Heelside 90 in to Board, 270 out. I’ve practiced this trick a lot during my winters in the wakepark in the Philippines and when I saw the obstacle (Cabrinha Box) set up I knew I had to try it. During the warmups, I did not dare to do it and then, in my second hit, I went for it. And it worked! The feeling was awesome! It was the first time I heard everyone cheering for me. I can’t get that moment out of my head.

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