Hope Levin

Rider Profile

Nickname: Everyone seems to have a different nickname for me, but the most common is Hopey.

DOB: March 1993                      

Hometown: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Home spot: Long Bay               

Sponsors: Naish, Big Blue Unlimited, Visit TCI, Blue surf shop, Ride Engine

Website: www.hopelevin.com

Favorite Naish Gear: Torch, Dub TT & Alana TT

Duties as Team Rider @ Naish: Always be kind, conscientious and represent Naish well.

KB goals for 2014: Go to more competitions, hopefully podium place in a few and take tons of photographs!

Interview

What is the last book you read?
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout. I now think I know a few…

What’s the most embarrassing that happened to you in elementary school?
I didn’t go to elementary school, but during my first week of 6th form, I lost my voice and went to my first classes unable to talk.  This just made me weirder. Not only was I from some unheard of island that no one could pronounce, but I couldn’t speak either!  Then they heard my accent when I could… haha!

When was the last time you were stoked out of your mind?
Just yesterday! We built a new rail!

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
It’s not about having opportunities, its about recognizing them. 

When are you happiest?
Sitting on a rock on a beach.

Are you a spender or a saver?
Saver, unless it’s on sale!

After an epic session, what do you normally do to celebrate?
Curl up in my bed and kite again in my dreams!  I’m a bit of a party pooper for late nights.  NYE is one of the only nights I stay out late!

Have you ever been dared to do something you totally regretted?
How about if I only half regretted it? My brothers dared me to get my truck way out on a sandy road and back without getting stuck. I let air out of my tires and did, but the CO2 sensor got ripped out of my exhaust, which was a pain, though their disappointment of not having to tow me out was priceless! So I only kinda regretted it!

What are you craving at this very moment….
One of my mother’s hoagies!

If someone walked into your room right now, what would they notice first?
Probably five different boards, an exercise ball and my Grandmother’s sewing machine from 1923. (I still use it!)

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?
I think people are realizing that though kiteboarding is an extreme sport, anyone can do it; young, old, men, women, children, disabled, everyone is getting involved and its great! The limits are being pushed every day and the technology is still changing fast. Strapless tricks have become insane, kiters are riding Peahi, boots are official, and now kites are strutless?! The future of kiteboarding is looking bright!

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