This interview appeared in Stance Mag a while back but I thought I'd share it here as well.
How long have you been riding waves?
I’ve surfed since I was a grom and have been kiting in waves for the last 9 or so years
Why did you choose waveriding instead of freestyle and wakestyle? How did you get into it?
I grew up surfing so it has always felt natural to me.
Is there a big difference between waveriding in competition and just freeride?
Yeah, I think competition requires a lot more discipline while free riding allows more experimentation and creativity. It’s not a completely different mindset but a different approach.
If you need to choose, for a session, do you pick surfing or kiting?
Surfing to me is absolutely the best thing when the waves are perfect and you’re out there with a couple of mates getting barreled. Those moments happen so rarely you could almost count them on one hand so for everyday consistency, I’d choose kiting because I can have fun in a wider range of conditions.
Is the wave riding spirit different than in other disciplines like freestyle? Is it closer to surfing?
To be honest I wouldn’t be in a position to comment because I don’t really get involved in freestyle anymore. But I think kitesurfing is now more like surfing was in the 70’s. Surfing these days can be really overcrowded with a negative energy whereas you’ve still got more space to yourself with kitesurfing.
What do you like the most about wave riding, and riding strapless?