Nickname: Ariel Corniel
DOB: January 6, 1992
Home spot: Cabarete DR, Kitebeach
1st-PKRA Turkey 2013 (Kite Masters)
1st-PKRA Cabarete World Cup 2010
1st-PKRA Cabarete World Cup 2007
Sponsor: Naish Kiteboarding, Viva Wyndham Tangerine
Favorite Naish Gear: Naish Torch and the Monarch 134
KB goals: To give my best in the PKRA Tour!
As a professional athlete who travels around the world and sees different styles of Kiteboarding, what do you think about the status of Kiteboarding right now? How do you see it evolving?
The sport of kiteboarding is growing bigger and bigger every day! So many new kiteboarding spots have been uncovered in the last 5 years, the sport is becoming so much more visible. It’s so great to be a part of it!
When did you start kiteboarding?
I started flying kites when I was just 7 years old. I began the sport of kitesurfing in 2000 and in less than 2 months, I was already jumping and doing small tricks. My first competition was in 2003/2004 at the Dominican National Championships in Cabarete against all my friends. It was then I became hooked!
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Study and as soon as I’m finished, I go kiteboarding.
My philosophy of life is…
Be who I am and show the best of myself at all times.
I can try harder than the others
The most important person in your life is:
Favorite dish to eat? To cook?
Chicken and rice.
There is no wind so I’m going to __________?
Train at the gym, study and listen music.
What’s your dream travel destination?
I’m always trying to travel as often as I can…right now, I’d really love to visit Maui!
What songs do you have on your playlist to get you pumped before a competition?
An assortment of Reggae, Soul, or R&B music.