KITEWORLD / WHITE AIR SLIDER JAM
SELECTED RIDER #04: SUSI MAI
LIVES: Cabarete, Dominican Republic
YEARS KITING: 7
BEST RESULTS: Red Bull King of the Air 03, 04 and 05, PKRA top 5 since 2003, 2nd PKRA kite loop Fuerteventura '09
SPONSORS: Cabrinha, Red Bull, Animal
Susi has been one of the top international female kiteboarders since 2002. Initially attracted to the sport because of the big, floaty airs that were the standard at the time, she has now seen the sport branch off in a number directions and styles and has successfully adaptapted herself to them, having morphed her riding to become the more technical and powered-up style required in today's competitions.
Susi's a dedicated promoter of the sport, riding powerfully but also with control and grace, she's also brilliant with people, having started up the MaiTai kite camp in Maui, an exclusive get-together of some of the world's leading IT people from Silicone Valley. She has also managed to evolve that concept into a series of pro camps. You may have seen her presenting web and network TV shows, proving she's as adaptable off the water as she is on it.
She highlights her goals for the future as: 'getting more girls involved in the sport and I'm also pushing for more women-specific gear on the market as well. I didn't really get into sliders until this year at the Triple S event in America, but now I'm hooked and am amped for White Air!'
That's all we needed to hear Susi, we're sold! Make sure all you female riders get the chance to meet Susi at this years White Air event in Brighton. And I'm sure some of you male riders wouldn't mind meeting her either...
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