Goncalo Gomes

Rider Profile

Nickname: Gonzas

DOB: January 18, 1992

Hometown: Coimbra, Portugal

Home spot: Figueira da Foz, Aveiro, Peniche

Titles:

2012 – 13th in the KSP world tour

2011 – Champion of the Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit world cup

2009 – Portuguese Wave Champion

2008 – Portuguese Race and Freestyle Champion

Sponsors: Naish, Bomcar-Mini, Holmes Place, Vianalocals

Website: www.gonzas.com

Favorite Naish Gear: Park 7m & Custom LE 5’8”

Duties as Team Rider at Naish: Representing the brand the best I can, being available, always take a responsible attitude.

KB goals for 2014: Be in the Top 10 in the KSP wave competition.

Interview

When did you start riding?
I started when I was 11, and since then I´ve never been tired of kiteboarding!

My philosophy of life is….
Enjoy it while you can!

When are you happiest?
When I’m in the water with my friends.

What’s your dream travel destination?
Australia

What’s the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Having a dad that supports me all the time!

What songs do you have on your playlist to get you pumped before a competition?
If I’m nervous for a competition I’ll listen some chill music to help the stress go way like Bob Marley. If I’m not nervous, I listen some Blink 182, Sum41 or Fitacola.

Best post-­session meal?
It can be anything as long as it’s made by my mum (haha).

The most important person in your life is:
I have a bunch of important people in my life!  My close family, girlfriend and friends. They support me a lot!

If someone walked into your room right now, what would they notice first?
Probably my unmade bed!

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your super powers to be?
I really wish I could fly!

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?
In the waves I think we are approaching a completely surf level! Strapless and super power turns in the critical sections. The next steps are going to be barrels for sure.

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