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Actually I was supposed to be studying my post master’s degree in accountancy  & control, work or something “normal people” do.. Somehow I ended up learning to kite, follewed by competing on the Kitefoil world series, in the snowkite world tour  & in different freestyle, freeride competitions around the world. But I am just a Kite instructor – not going to reach anything anymore..?

2017 I figured out that competing in freestyle & big air kiting is fun and I could make a lot of progression into that, train around the world, make it to podiums, new friends – a complete new world openened up for me. I started to believe in myself again and fight for what I am worth. Back in 2019 I just decided to try a competition on the hydrofoil in the Kitefoil race discipline – the Olympic side path of kitesurfing in Paris 2024. While not 100% tacking & gybing -yet, I wanted to see if I liked it and how I could hang on to some of the best of the world. I tried It, I almost gave it up, it was super tough (- in all directions), I pushed myself out of my comfort zone once again. Well and after some struggles and difficulties, deciding to go off on my own, manage the process and my own road: I just I just got hooked, 2021 and yet here we are, just starting over again! Every day a bit better than yesterday!

Well, the downside of course is that you have to fund yourself. Its hard to find or make a job that gives you the flexibility to keep on travelling for the competitions and training. But I didn’t want money to keep me from my biggest passion in life, competing.   It`s often difficult for athletes to find the fund and support for travelling full time along side the whole tour. Finding the balance between work, life and kiteboarding. Beeing your own manager, trainer, travel agent, study planner, coach – is hard work. And the complete package is not something you just do after all.

I am really lucky to have F- One & Manera on my side, some small other partners, to find the right sponsors it always takes a lot of effort and time (especially now during this time) I put a massive effort into being here where I am, but its never enough. That’s why I invite you on my road, my mission Olympic.

Sport makes life a bit nicer. Sport connects people, Sports teaches people to cross boundaries, Sports gives everyone the chance to grow through challenges and allow people make differences. I want to inspire, you to see the possibilities in life, in sports and chase your dreams. To uncover your true potential you must find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.

You all make that possible! To get to that ultimate goal of being a top athlete in the kitefoilracing world – campaigning for the Olympics 2024 conquering that mountain of the world championships.. Something I definitely can`t reach alone – I am super gratefull for every small bit of help.  Also to all the people given me a home away from home, all teammembers at work who made it possible & a bit easier, giving me a family on the other side of the world, my own family and friends who stay after all!

Thank You,

Mariska Wildenberg

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