Kiri Thode


Boardseeker: When you got back to the Bonaire it sounds like the whole island had come to see you arrive, what happened when you touched down and for the next days?

Kiri: Yeah whilst, we were on the plane from Aruba to Bonaire, then the people on the plane, the pilot announced ‘we have a world champion on board ladies and gentlemen’. Then the pilot came out and invited me to sit in business class so that I could be first off the plane.

When we landed, literally as soon as we touched down I saw sooo many cars, fire trucks were there and as soon as I stepped out the door I heard the noise from all the people cheering, the fire fighters setting off their sirens, I had to sign loads of autographs, have pictures taken with so many different people, it was crazy, I couldn’t take it all in properly.

Bonaire’s soccer champions meet the windsurfing champion

Then the next day there was an event I wanted to go to, but I found myself being taken

from one presentation to the next, literally spending one hour at one place and then being moved on to the next presentation, it was so crazy and I was really really busy. In the end I had to turn some down because I was so tired, so the next days were the same, more presentations and more interviews. I still made sure to take some time to relax, go down to the beach, have some food with my family.

Boardseeker: There is a certain young lady by your side, often coming with you to events, how has she helped you progress through the last years?

Kiri: Yeah Tammy is great, she really understand the pressure of competition and knows when she should and shouldn’t be next to me, like when I need to focus, she already seems to know this and leaves me to it. Then on the other hand when I need someone to talk with she is there straight away. Even if I lose, she is supporting me, telling me that next time is better, that I’ve got it, I can do it. She’s always pushing me to the max and helping me a lot, mentally I’m better during events when she is there, that is for sure.


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