Kirstin Boese at Beetle Kitesurf World Cup in St. Peter Ording

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Holding nine world champion titles, Kirstin Boese is the most successful female kite surfer in the world. She has already won almost everything. In an interview she discussed her goals, what motivated her, and the sport.
You have broken your ankle for the third time in your career. What do you do when you cannot train?
Actually it is not so bad. I am a co-organizer of the new Kitesurf Pro Tour, which starts in the fall. I prepare my KB4 girls for the tour, which will be held at 10 locations around the world. Because of my injury I had time for this.
You want to inspire young girls at the kite camp. What do you advise them?
Kitesurfing is a great sport, but you have to train a lot which will then ultimately take up a lot of your free time. At the beginning there will be no sponsors so you have to take up a part-time job in order to finance yourself. I worked as a kitesurf instructor.
How has your sport in the last few years changed?
Today one has actually an opportunity to specialize it. Racing is a science in itself especially since the equipment plays an important role. Freestyle is becoming more complicated, which makes the young athletes first in line. And then there’s wave or boarder cross because it comes from the mix of driving skill, stamina and experience.
This would be then your profession…
…exactly, these disciplines are up to me, I’m getting too old for freestyle; while I was in that discipline at St. Peter Ording I always had top rankings.
You kite at beaches all over the world. How is it to go back home to the Beetle Kitesurf World Cup?
I was there right from the start. In 2007 at Ording beach I won the world championship in boarder cross. It is the largest event in the world and with one thousand fans cheering, you know it. This isn’t only my opinion, but also all the other kite surfers.
Which freestylers do you see moving forward in St. Peter Ording?
Gisela Pulido is the most difficult repertoire and is coached perfectly by her father. Behind I see Karolina Winkowska, who has made great progress and Bruna Kajiya for second place.
You are 34 years old. How long do you see yourself as an active athlete?
Organizing and hosting is already a big part of my work. But I am still very happy in the water and competing. As of today, I do not see I have anything to lose nor do I have anything to prove.
You have accomplished so much. Is there still a big goal?
In November 2012 there will be the decision whether kiteboarding will be included in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Because I would like to end my career with that, it is important to know what is running for a discipline. If windsurfing does not become a discipline, it will only hurt the sport.
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