Nickname: Lou Lou
DOB: April 27, 1990
Hometown: Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Home spot: Noordwijk
Titles: KSP Wave Runner up 2013, & KSP Wave World Champion 2012
Sponsors: Naish, O’Neill, Sinner eyewear
Favorite Naish Gear: Park 7m & Global 5’8”
Duties as Team Rider @ Naish: Do what I love best ride and enjoy!
KB goals for 2014: Get a second title!
How many toenails have you lost since you started kiteboarding?
Only one which isn’t that bad I guess. I lost it here on Maui, and it didn’t even happen kiting! I was so excited to go surfing at Ho’okipa that I kicked a rock with my big toe. It’s still trying to grow his way back lol. Still had a great surf session tho
If you won the lottery, what are the first three things you would do? What are the first 5things you would buy?
Call my mom and my boyfriend, run around like a manic and do a little dance. I’d then pay back my parents for all their support through the years, get a nice luxury apartment right at the ocean in my hometown and one in South Africa, set up a bikini brand, build an artificial wave pool in Holland and of course, a private jet.
What is the last book you read?
Fifty shades Freed by E L James
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Not so much, Low fat yogurt and a pineapple.
My philosophy of life is….
Live every day like it would be your last.
When are you happiest?
After kiting with friends, having a laugh, a bbq on the beach, listen to some tunes and enjoy
If your house was on fire, what’s the first thing you’d grab?
What’s your latest non-kiting obsession?
I did Bikram yoga for a little while.
What’s your dream travel destination?
After an epic session, what do you normally do to celebrate?
I usually have an ice cold beer with friends, but most of the time I’m so tired that I would eat and fall asleep straight away!
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’m wondering how much more the sport is going to develop. Guys are making the double handle passes already and people are kiting Jaws. I’m pretty sure we can say that we are the first generation that took kiteboarding to a whole new level. And the gear obviously brought the sport to this stage, helping us jump super high with our kites and fly like birds. I would love to see kitesurfing get into the Olympics one day!