Wednesday, July 24, 2024

SENSI GRAVES

Age: 30
Home Park: Slider Project Park in Hood River, OR
Country: USA

WHAT MAKES YOU SO ATTRACTED TO PARK RIDING?

Park riding has always been the discipline in kiteboarding that I’m most attracted to. I love the feeling of sliding over the bits of plastic. I love styling out a press or trying to get technical on the features. It’s a great culture to be a part of and I find it to be super fun and engaging. 

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU ON THE WATER?

Riding with other men and women that are better than me is the best on-the-water motivation. I particularly like riding with women because I can identify more with where they’re at. It’s much easier for me to think, “if she can do it, I can do it!” However, riding with anyone that’s just a bit better than me is inspiring and encourages me to try new things. 

WHAT IS YOUR OFF-THE-WATER TRAINING LIKE?

I incorporate a daily circuit and weight training regimen to keep my muscles strong. I mix in cardio when I’m feeling it. I also practice yoga a few times a week and pay particular focus to my upper back and shoulders which get really hunched and tight from kiteboarding. I also do a lot of massage, foam rolling, acupuncture, heat therapy and general muscle maintenance. 

Big ups to Sensi for helping put this article together. Bromwich photos

TOP BOOK RECOMMENDATION?

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

WHY DO YOU LIKE COMPETING ON THE KPL?

I’ve been competing in park riding for almost seven years now and still my favorite part of competing remains getting to hang out with the other riders in various locales around the world. The KPL is truly a family and I enjoy catching up and hanging out with everyone. I know our group can seem intimidating from the outside, but the individuals on our tour are some of my favorite humans. 

WHAT GOT YOU WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

Consistency, resilience and a willingness to try. 

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