LATEST FROM Annabel van Westerop
Annabel van Westerop
I was born and grew up in the Netherlands. When I was eleven years old, my parents decided to move the beautiful island of Aruba… lucky me! During the first few years I was totally into Paso Fino horseback riding. I even went to the world championships in Colombia and returned with a silver medal.
When I was 14 I got to know kiteboarding and was immediately hooked! After four years of practicing the sport I finished high school and started my career as a professional kiteboarder.
At the moment I am living a dream. I travel all over the world competing in the PKRA World Tour of freestyle and visiting as many events as possible. My goals? Enjoy life as much as possible and become world champion!
So. What I haven't told you yet is that on my way back from Morocco my bag never arrived. The reason I haven't told you this is because the past two weeks I've been calling airlines and airports and secretly keeping my hopes up that it might still be found. However, like said, it has been 2 weeks now and no trace whatsoever. ALL my stuff gone. Kites, boards, boots, wetsuits, everything. 😤 So while I'm trying to figure all this out, #Fiberworx, our local surfshop has been so kind to help me out with an 8m kite to borrow for these few windy weeks at home. 🙏 And on the bright side, this gives me the chance to check out the new Cabrinha FX a bit better! 💪 Thank you so much Fiberworx, you guys are the best. An FX from the FX shop 😎 @cabrinhakites #CabrinhaFX #anewreality #arubasurfshop #grateful www.arubasurfshop.com
Unfortunately I could not beat @brunakajiya in the quarter final, so that means that I have a shared 5th place for this event. However, I am extremely happy with my riding. My heat was amazing!!! (I kept my hair dry...!) After a long time being off the tour, it feels so incredibly good to be competing again and I felt super confident on the water. I already can't wait to the next tour stop. Thanks to Hotel Dakhla Attitude for being the best host ever and having us compete in one of the best spots in the world. Special thanks to Al Training Performanc Center who got me through the toughest parts last year and because of whom I can stand here again. And of course my amazing sponsors @cabrinhakites @npsurf and @sabarockbvis for supporting me all the way. Ok enough with the emotional stuff, time to go partyyy! Photo credit: @kitesista (Can you guys come to every event from now on? Finally lots of attention for the girls 😊) #competition #girls #kiteboarding #vkwc #pktmorocco #cabrinha #npsurf #sabarock
Wow this is incredible! I just got published with a great article in @originmagazine !! So grateful to be part of this issue displaying a "Top 100 Creatives Making a Difference". I have been interviewed in the section "Badass Female Athletes". This is my first time being featured in a non-kiteboarding magazine and I'm soooo happy! Special thanks to @capricenicolephotography for the amazing photo. #OriginMagazine #origin #inspiration #badass #athlete #magazine
What a great day!!!! I'm still in the running for freestyle. My first heat of the day against Karolina Winkowska and Katarzyna Lange didn't go super well but I still managed to get 2nd. After that I was up against Helena Brochocka and that went SUPER well! So now I'm up tomorrow against Bruna Kajiya, let's see how that goes. I have to say, I feel SO grateful to be back competing. It's amazing to feel the nerves and adrenaline rushing through my body and put myself and my riding to the test against some amazing girls. Tomorrow we will finish the rest of the comp, so let's see how it goes!!! @cabrinhakites @npsurf @sabarockbvis #pktmorocco #vkwc #competitionmode
Freestyle is released again for the day. (The tide got too high for the freestyle spot) However, I will compete in big air in the afternoon and the first round of the girls tomorrow morning!!! Here's a shot of helping my @cabrinhakites teammate @theresetaabbel yesterday during the trials. Make sure you follow her! Photo by @kitesista
@nick_jacobsen getting the shots! And nowwww it's finally time for the main event. They will finish the qualifiers in the morning and then we can start the main event around 11am. I can't wait!!! 👏✨👯@cabrinhakites @npsurf @sabarockbvis #vkwc #pktmorocco #dakhla #DakhlaAttitude #competitionmode #gopro #cabrinha #npsurf #sabarock #shreddingtime!
Finally a bit of wind for a nice session! Hopefully it keeps up so that the main event can start soon. For now, we will still need a full day for the qualifiers. Thanks so much @kitesista for the shot! @cabrinhakites @npsurf @sabarockbvis #pktmorocco #vkwc #dakhla #DakhlaAttitude #kitesista #cabrinha #npsurf #sabarock