since I was 8 1/2
Double Heart Attack
or wave 360
“I am so happy to be part of the SWOX team! I was given a SWOX ZINC sample in Cabarete and fell in love with it! It stays on and protects me from the sun like no other sunscreen I have used.”
Hi Mika, how long have you been kitesurfing and where did you start?
I’ve been kitesurfing since I was 8 1/2 years old. I learned to kite in Prea, Brazil is crazy conditions! I had a 2 1/2 meter kite! The wind in Prea is 25 plus and it is very choppy! I have been considered a pro kiter for just one year because I wasn’t old enough to be on the circuit. I am just 14 years old. I have been sponsored since I was 9.
Where is your favorite spot / training location?
My home spot in Taiba, Brazil. We have a great flat water lake with perfect wind 7 months a year! I also enjoy Cauipe lake which is very close to my house as well! Some other amazing spots are Bonaire and Sri Lanka.
Tell us your favorite trick / combination.
The Double Heart Attack. But I love my KGB with a grab and S-mobe 5 with a grab and my Double Hinderberger 5! Most of you probably don’t know what these tricks mean but it is a lot of spinning and twisting!
Favorite boards and why?
My favorite board is the Duotone Team Series 134. The design of the board helps give me the best pop and also helps me stick the landings on my tricks.
What is your passion in life?
My passion in life is kitesurfing! I love the feeling when I am out on the water training. I am completely absorbed in the moment and my mind is so focused. I love the thrill and the adrenalin I get from trying new tricks. And of course all of the satisfaction I get when I land new tricks! I am very thankful that my parents support me and allow me to fully engage in this sport! Not all parents would let their young girl start traveling the world at 12 years old!
Do you follow a special way of life?
I try to eat healthy and stay fit. I work out in the gym to strengthen the areas of my body that receive the most stress from kiting: knees and shoulders. I also think it is important to keep kitesurfing fun so when I take my breaks, I surf and hang out with my family.
Which is the best city/place to live on earth and why?
I already live in the best place in the world! I live in Brazil but I travel the world several months a year to train so I get the best of everything! Since December 2018 – April 2019 I have been in USA, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Brazil, Bonaire, Switzerland, and France!
If you could pick two athletes (dead or alive) to go kite / train with, who would they be and where would you go?
I love kiting with my Duotone teammates! Gianmaria Coccoluto is awesome and always helping me and push my limits and try new things. Fabio Ingrosso is my coach and I love kiting with him as well! It really wouldn’t matter where we went to train because just being with these guys is enough!
What are your goals for 2019? What do you want to achieve next?
My goal for 2019 is to be the World Freestyle Champion again and to push the girl’s kiteboarding level thru the roof. I was the first girl to land a double heart attack in competition and the first girl to score a TEN last year on the World Tour! I am the youngest girl on the Kitesurfing Tour. I also want to inspire other girls to dream big and never give up!
Is there something more you want to tell us? Jokes, wisdoms, feedbacks, inspiration … all welcome.
Well, I am a bit young to be so wise so I guess I just want everyone to know that if you can dream it, you can do it with hard work and dedication. Go for it!
One quote about SWOX. How did you get to know the company?
I am so happy to be part of the SWOX team! I was given a SWOX Zinc in Cabarete and fell in love with it! It stays on and protects me from the sun like no other sunscreen I have used. Since I live in the water, this is extremely important to me! I am young and need to protect my skin! Swox is a great sunscreen brand with amazing people and great products!
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