"I want to be seen as one of the more radical Chicks in
You are well known on World of Windgirls since you have uploaded
a VERY cool crash video (loops and crashes in Pozo) – one of my favorite
clips by the way. But as we know, you have been successful in the
meantime - congrats! What is your advice for other girls who want
to (learn to) loop?!
First of all, just go for it because it's not so scary and hard as
you think it is! Remember it's all in your head! Second, don't give
up, no matter how bad it looks or how much your ass, back and neck
hurt. You'll get it eventually (remember: no pain, no gain) ! And
third, remember to jump up and forward, instead of down and
sidewards. And I think its really good to watch yourself on video
and compare it with other guys (or girls) who already master the
move. This way you can really learn from your mistakes. And don't
be afraid to ask people for help, I mean, which guy wouldn't want
to help a surfchick with a foward ;-)?
In 2008 you have spent 6 months in Pozo… How did it influence
your windsurfing? How did you make a living there? Did the twins
help you in any way, or anybody else?
Wow! Well Pozo for me was the big change for my windsurf dreams and
level. When I came there I couldn't even do a proper jibe or tack.
No airjibe, no nothing, just sail. It took me 2 months to go for
the first forward attempt. I remember it was during the PWA event.
That was a big turning point, I got the hang of it and wanted more,
so I also went for back and pushloops.
So my level was
getting better everyday! Of course I'm just a poor surfer so I had
to work for a living. I got a job as a surf instructor at Club
Mistral in the south of Gran Canaria. Together with some friends
from Holland we had a lot of fun there teaching people
I didn't got to talk to the twins much, but I got some help from
Alex Mussolini, Ruben Petrisie, Ron Barel, Bart de Vries and many
more! Like I said before everyone was very happy to help and gave
me some great advice! Bart was filming me almost everyday when
learning forwards and that helped me a lot! (that's why I got so
many great crashes on film haha!) I would love to go back to Pozo,
so many different people all there for the same reason! It was an
amazing time and I will never forget it! Pozo will probably forever
be one of my favourite sailing spots.
You will be co-organizing a Woman’s Wave event in Holland (with
Mara van der Schaaf). What can you tell us
about this so far?
Well, it's a working process but it's going to be amazing. It's
called Dutch Wave Ladies
and it's a trainings day for women
either to learn wave windsurfing or to improve their wave skills.
Just to be windsurfing together, to get in touch with more women on
the water and to have fun. A lot of women just won't take the step
from sailing on a lake, to sailing on the sea on their own. Or want
to find some buddies in windsurfing. So we are here to help! This
is actually going to be the second edition of the Dutch Wave
Mara (Womens Representative at the International Windsurfing
Association) organized it a couple of years ago with some other
female windsurfers, the surfchicas. This year, me, Mara van der
Schaaf and Arlinde Plomp we will make it an incredible day with a
lot to learn, not only for people who never sailed at sea but also
for the more experienced windsurfers who want to learn more about
waveriding and wave tricks. There will be professional windsurfers
who can explain everyting, for everyone, on every level.
When will it happen, and which spot(s) or event sites do you
have in mind?
A date is not yet set, but it is definitly going to happen this
year! We will try and set some dates in spring and in autumn. There
will be a couple of weekend days selected for standby. Whenever the
wind and wave conditions are good enough ( wind between 5 and 8
bft, and not to big of waves) it's a go! Location: Wijk aan Zee,
By the way: Although It's called DUTCH wave ladies, that doesn't
mean that other nationalities are not welcome: Of course every
woman who is interested to experience the Dutch Northsea and get
some coaching / trainings on the water... You just need to be able
to sail with footstraps and harness, don't hesitate and join the
What are your personal plans and dreams for the future – when it
comes to windsurfing and a windsurfing lifestyle?
I want to get my level up even more! I want to be seen as one of
the more radical chicks in windsurfing.
And joining more
competitions is also a priority on my list! Besides competing I
want to travel as much as possible! I think that sailing a lot of
different spots get's your level up! I want to focus completly on
wave and I would love to make money doing what I love the most!
I am prepared to give everything up for this amazing sport and
Starting end 2010 with a world surftrip, I hope to
find more sponsors and write some travel stories for the bigger
windsurf magazines. In 10 years from now I hope to live the life
of Anne-Marie Reichman!
Somewhere in Maui doing some amazing
trips and events and writing some great stories. And well, I think
I'll get there :) A big thanks to all my sponsors who helped me
along the way: Sailworks, Nolimitz, Surfgear.nl & Van der Let
& partners Identity.