Wednesday, July 24, 2024
From The MagPro RidersKAROLINA WINKOWSKA

KAROLINA WINKOWSKA

Age: 28
Home Park: Warsaw Wake Park
Country: Poland

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU ON THE WATER? 

Better execution. I am always working on my tricks to look better and better. Once I master one rotation, I will try to spend extra time to make it look perfect. It’s easy to get a reward from it, especially if you see it in photos. Simple trick, steezy grab is definitely my goal at the moment.

WHAT IS YOUR OFF-THE-WATER TRAINING LIKE? 

Yoga, surfing, wakeboarding, gym and healthy food.

Winkowska visits the home town of Slingshot, Hood River. OR. Bromwich photo

ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEARNING NEW TRICKS?

Lots of practice, always keep changing your routines and tricks. Strong pop and keep your kite lower, as it will be easier to get the slack and pass the handle behind your back!

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

Get a trainer kite to give it a go.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

I am inspired mainly by other riders and other boardsports. Always checking out the latest videos from my favorite wakeboarding, snowboarding and kiteboarding athletes.

WHY DO YOU LIKE COMPETING ON THE KPL?

The KPL is such a great tour, with amazing athletes as well as amazing friends. The style of riding and general philosophy of this tour is definitely what keeps me competing. Rewarding good style, and proper execution has always been my main concern in kiteboarding. I also really like the format where 6-to-8 competitors battle it out, so there are more variables in each heat.

HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

It’s been a long journey for me. I rode freestyle in footstraps for seven years, then changed my riding into a more stylish approach and started using boots. I continued riding in the Freestyle World Tour and won my first world title in 2012. After 10 years on the freestyle world tour and three world titles in my pocket, I decided it was time for me to push my riding even more and challenge myself in the kite park events. This was in 2016, when I decided on pursuing the Kite Park League events including the famous Wind Voyager Triple-S! Three years on the KPL went so fast, as this tour is the most exciting thing for me in kiteboarding.

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