KITEBOARDING
MELISSA RODWALD
Nick name:
Meli, Lissi

birthplace:

Rendsburg, Germany

birthdate:

19.10.1992

Hometown/
nationality:

For now Barcelona,
German

kite surfing since:

My dad taught me 
kiting when I was 12

favourite trick:

When I´m kiting with my
Waveboard I love
doing cutbacks!

Stance:

Goofy

sponsors:

KOLD shapes,
RideEngine, Ozone,
SWOX

 

” I directly felt connected with the image the brand represents. 

Melissa Rodwald

Melissa, who or what inspires you?
I love spending time with people who follow their passion and live life with a positive mind. Also, I love to spend time in the nature, it helps me recharge my batteries and get my mind free. My passion is definitely Kitesurfing and the lifestyle next to the water.

Do you have a favourite spot or training location?
Cape Town, Mauritius and several places in Denmark.

Favourite boards and why?
KOLD shapes, they have an amazing performance, look great and take care about their carbon footprint!

If you had to pick two surfers, dead or alive, to go surf with. Who would they be and where would you go?
I really would enjoy a hydrofoil session with Kai Lenny! It´s inspiring how much he´s bringing the sport forwards! A woman I have huge respect for is Bethany Hamilton, she is a real power woman.

Which is the best city on earth and why?
My favourite cities are definitely Barcelona and Cape Town! Barcelona is an amazing city, which gives you the opportunity to live an awesome lifestyle. If you are lucky, you can catch some days with wind or waves. Cape Town is perfect to spend time in winter, there is always something going on, no matter if you prefer kiting, surfing, flat water or waves- if you need a break there are several stunning places to visit.

Do you follow a special way of life?
Since several years, I´m vegetarian and I enjoy doing Yoga a lot. It helps me to focus and stay fit if there´s no wind or waves to go kiting and surfing.

What are your goals for 2018? What do you want to achieve next?
My goals for this year are to find a good balance between spending as much time on the water as possible, finishing my master’s degree in Barcelona and finding a job that fulfils me. So far it´s going well, I´m curious to see what´s coming in the future!

Is there something more you want to tell us?
Jokes, wisdoms, feedbacks, inspiration … all welcome.
Choose joy! :))

One quote about SWOX. What do you think about SWOX? How did you get to know the company?
When I first saw the Instagram page and catalogue of SWOX, I directly felt connected with the image the brand represents. It made me really want to try the sun protection and I directly fell in love with the products after trying!