Kiri Thode


So I was like ok, tomorrow I will show everybody who’s gonna rip…

Charging to victory in Holland

Boardseeker: It’s not over until it’s over – PWA Sylt appeared and suddenly there was that last chance, however you got unlucky in the single elimination and ended up fourth, how were you feeling when you came down to the beach on the morning of the double elimination when you knew you had to beat Gollito, then Tonky and then Steven Van Broeckhoven twice to stand a chance of being the world champion?

Kiri: Yeah in the single I didn’t really sail good and I saw Steven just on fire! He also had a chance for the title, and after watching him, my fighting spirit was drifting away again. But I knew I had to come back in the double and again the feeling was back, the motivation to win by ‘free sailing’ you know.  I was gutted to end up in the losers final of the single, and in the night I was talking to my girlfriend, Tammy and also to Tonky and they both said to me, ‘you know how many years you have left to compete, you can still do it in the future, but why not this year, there is a chance, you just need to win here and now, you got this!’. So I was like ok, tomorrow I will show everybody who’s gonna rip, who’s the boss.

When I came down to the beach I saw the heats were already going on and the conditions looked quite tricky and patchy, it seemed like it was getting lighter so in the end I decided to use my 5.2. Everything was working great, my kit felt good, I tuned into the conditions and Amado was by my side caddying with my 4.8, we were so far from the beach, he really helped me out, even though I ended up staying on my 5.2 the whole time.

I think that is why I won, because I just wanted to stay on the water and keep windsurfing

Boardseeker: Did you already know that the world title was yours before you beat Steven, you actually didn’t need to win against him and you would have still taken the world title?

Kiri: Actually I had no idea, I was just enjoying my sailing on the water, normally after two heats I’m quite tired and don’t mind having a break but after fighting back all I could feel was my enjoyment for windsurfing. All I wanted to do was just stay on the water and enjoy the session, after all that is how it felt for me, like another session, I think that is why I won, because I just wanted to stay on the water and keep windsurfing.  I didn’t even care about my ranking I just wanted to keep warm because it was so cold and enjoy my windsurfing.

Boardseeker: You sailed some impressive heats to take the win with backloops and clew first backloops in very very light winds, how often do you practice these moves?

Kiri: Actually as everyone knows I never really train in the waves, I always stay on Boanire and love sailing in the bay there. So for me as soon as I see a small chop already it feels a lot bigger than maybe what other people are used to, so I just push myself to go high off it. Actually I haven’t really trained my jumps much at all but suddenly I could start landing the moves, it’s crazy!

On the flat water most people know that my starboard tack is pretty strong and my port tack is not so good, so I really focused on this when I was training at home in Bonaire and I feel much more confident now.


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