Bruna Kajiya

Bruna b w Bruna Barbosa Kajiya / Nick name: Bru
Vinhedo, Brazil
birthdate: 25.02.1987
surfing since: 2003
favourite trick: Backside 315
stance: Goofy
sponsors: Red Bull, Mystic, Airush, SWOX
Hello Bru,

According to your years of experience in kiteboarding, we are excited to know, which kite-surf spot you prefer the most?
I enjoy Cumbuco in Brazil, a great spot in my home country.

Tell us, about your favourite board and the advantages to others?
Most of the time I´ll take the Airush 1.34 Diamond board. It's specifically designed for women’s needs, taking into consideration our weight, height and lower center of gravity. It just rides so smooth and has the greatest pop.

As an athlete to you follow a special way of life?
Yes, my way of life is to be healthy and treat my body and mind the best way possible. To keep everything in balance I put high value on a healthy diet, I constantly exercise and train, I do meditation practice but, most importantly, as soon as my feel like needing a break of everything, I allow myself to do whatever feels good at this very moment. If that means eating junk food, partying the night away, skipping training... I just respect my needs and go with it. Obviously this is the exception from my normal routine and it’s my personal key for a balanced life.

What inspires you and what is your passion in life?
Anyone equipped with willpower, strong determination and the willingness of doing what they love, inspires me. I find that passionate people usually turn their activities into something special and worthwhile to observe. It is a great inspiration for me to put the same effort and passion into my life, and that usually translates into my sport.

If you could pick two people (dead or alive who have especially inspired you for your sports) to go for a surf with, who would they be and where would you take them?
Kelly Slater - being a kiteboarder and a surfer like me. I feel a strong connection to surfing, and Kelly seems to be a freak of nature from the outside, I would like to go surfing with him and figure out how he keeps in shape and on a competitive level over such a long period of time.
And Serena Williams - such a powerful female roll model. For me she is not only one of the best female athletes of all time, she is THE best athletes of all time. It would be great to have her tireless motivation and strength of will, to know what drives her, and how to reach that level of excellence as an athlete.

Where would you like to live in the near future or what do you think is the best city/place to live on earth and why?
That’s a hard one! I feel the more I travel the world, the hardest it is to find just one place, I fell in love with many different places and each has it’s ideal time of the year. For example, from January to March, Cape Town- South Africa is perfect, then from April – July, Tarifa – Spain is amazing. But I’m still on the search for that one place where I would like to spend all year around.

What are your goals for 2017/2018? What do you want to achieve next?
Obviously competing plays a big part on my goals, I’m a competitive rider and I would like to get my third World Title. But my biggest goal behind all of that is to push the sport, to break boundaries and be an ambassador for my sport. I was the first woman who landed a Backside 315 and I would like to keep pushing my riding and land more new tricks for women’s kiting.

Is there something else you want to add?
In whatever you do, be mindful, do your best at the specific given time. And always be grateful.

One quote about SWOX. What do you think about SWOX? How did you get to know the company?
SWOX, the product, the brand, is something I really believe in and I’m honoured to be part of it. I first got some sample products from Maximilian, founder of SWOX, and the products won me over. Then I got to see more of the brand, meanwhile developed a great communication with Max and here we are today, I couldn’t be happier to be part of the team.