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Trainingsweek in Santa Pola

Kitefoil Europeans 2019

Kitefoil World Series 2019

Anoc World Beach Games 2019

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From 10 – 16 October the ANOC World Beach Games 2019 took place in Doha – Qatar 🇶🇦: An International beach / multi-sport event, organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees.  1240 Athletes from 97 countries, competing in 14 different disciplines: on the beach, in the water and action sports. Kitefoil Racing with its 40 competitors is one of those disciplines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mariska Qualified herself and the Netherlands for this event on her first worlds last May in Italy. Without any expectations or training she ended high enough on the world ranking to be one of the 20 kitefoiling woman. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As part of #teamnl 🦁🇳🇱 she has been representing the Dutch in the kitefoiling discipline at Katara Beach last week, together with Katja (coach). Racing with skyscrapers at the background in 38 degrees and 30 degrees of water is already something new. The first two days were about qualifying and the last day reserved for the semifinals and finals.  Shifty, super light (5-8 knots) and patchy wind made it difficult for everyone (18-21m + weather). The first day she managed to get a 10th place. The second day is a bit harder, but Mariska made her way through to the semifinals.  Ending the event on a 14th place.  After all a good result with the training hours done. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Looking back at a great international event and another new experience to not forget! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Congrats to Florian Gruber (GER) and Daniela Moroz (USA) for winning the Gold! 🥇 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 : Ika / @alexschwarz.p ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #worldbeachgames2019 #teamnlinsta #kitefoiling #hydrofoiling #racing #kitesurfing #doha #beachgames #qatar #katarabeach

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#introductionseries #6 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meet Mariska Wildenberg 🙋‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Growing up with lots of sport around, always driven to reach new goals, makes her live fun and sometimes a bit of an never ending adventure for everyone. 😇 🙈From a young age she already learned to challenge herself. In every sport and in studies. Soccer with the guys, skateparks, running competitions, swimming, flying through snow parks/ kickers, skiing 140 km /hour. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From frozen to liquid water. 🏄 🎿 🏂  She added kitesurfing to that list at the age of 18. A little scared  to go out there. Not expecting anything, becoming a kite instructor, not practicing any trick the first years.  Once Mariska started to fight for what she believed in ……a new passion is born: kitesurfing & snowkiting.🙌🙌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With a family always supporting her, even if it might be a little crazy 🙏  All limits will be tested now: foiling in no-wind or holding on to that 3m in 55 knots. Missing handle passes, throwing board offs, kitelooping, water taxi, not hitting the cameraman,  and flying over the course on a hydrofoil.  Landing a strapless backroll but never surfed a real wave…. 🤔 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best result? … Capable doing all of this over the whole world! 🌏 The past 2 years➡️ Dutch champion big air, PKA overall 1st  in freestyle, 1st  race,  1st big air, Long distance world/European Champion Snowkite, 5th Redbull Ragnarok, 4th goldcup sardinie, 19th WK Formula Kite. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This last results let her decide to change more to hydrofoiling.  Representing the Dutch on the World Championships Formula Kite in italy (al alone….where were you guys?) ➡️ the new Olympic discipline – kitefoiling. #someonehadtodoit Ending up in the middle, motivated her to learn more and climb the rankings next time. Knowing with more training, some training buddy`s and the development now in the foiling world of the Netherlands we can reach that new goals! We are not there yet but closer every day! 💪💪 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Powered by: @fonebenelux @fonekites @manerawatermen @fonefoil ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More stories behind my journey:

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