Nicky Rudd: From teaching to travelling
Date of Birth:
Kitesurf, Wakeboard, Windsurf, Sailing
Years on the water:
First got into water sports around 17yrs ago
Pro Kitesurf (National/European Women's Freestyle)
Depends on the time of year
Why draws you to the sport?
It is a really free sport, there are so many dimensions to it, waves, freestyle, wakestyle you could never get bored. It is a great sport to travel and see the world, there are so many places to kite.
How did you get into the sport?
I was teaching windsurfing for Edge Watersports in Devon and managed to get a few kite lessons, since then I haven't looked back.
Do you kite with any other girls?
Not as often as I would like, but we usually all hook up when we are travelling, and occasionally free ride together at the competitions. I have just started to do girls kite clinics where I teach at Bracklesham Boardriders.
Why would you encourage other girls to get into the sport and any advice on how they can go about it?
Because it is a great sport and despite appearances you don't need to be really strong.
There are more girls getting into it all the time it is not just guys at the beach anymore. The best way to learn is from a recognised kite school check out the BKSA website, and there are more girls clinics out there for girls who are already kiting. I am starting to run girls beginner courses at http://www.brackleshamboardriders.co.uk so check it out!
Kit set up:
Slingshot RPM and Misfit 132 board or Aboard 137 Wake series with Slingshot Jewel Bindings
On water wear:
West Lotus 4/3mm
Place to kite:
Anywhere there is a group of good kiters / friends with 18-20kts and sunshine!
Place to party:
Newports, Fremantle, Western Australia
Piece of clothing:
Competition so far:
European stop in Switzerland last year, epic conditions on a lake surrounded by snow capped mountains!
Plan for a day (on and off water):
Cable if there is no wind, if wind on the water kiting all day followed by BBQ with friends or pub if it's really cold!
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Nicky is also a Kitesurf Ambassador on http://xsportmap.com check out their chicks forum!