Like two drops of water
North Kiteboarding team rider and European Champion Paula Novotná teamed up with good friend and 9 x World Champion Gisela Pulido to make 'Like two drops of water.' Filmed by Andre Magaro, it takes place in the Kiteboarding mecca of Brazil.
The inspiration behind the movie is to show the world what it takes to be at the top! As both riders spend a lot of time travelling together on the PKRA they often train, ride and stay fit together, so documenting the action and lifestyle seemed only natural to both women.
Paula acknowledges that having a good friend who pushes you both on and off the water, and is someone you can trust offers great advantages. “ Brazil is one of the best places to train. The wind is steady, the weather warm and the flat waters of the lagoons are world class. That's why we come back to Brazil every year to train and improve our riding” say's Novotná.
Training for Paula is 50% on the water and 50% on land. “ We are women and ride as hard as the men. The thing is, naturally we are not as strong as them, so it's really important for us to train in the gym as well. It helps to keep injuries at bay which is my major concern.” Well said Paula!
So sit back, relax and get ready to see the girls in action!
Mario Rodwald takes his third European Championship title!
I had been dreaming about the title long before I competed at my first European Championships five years ago. The first two years I was close to 1st place, but not close enough. Once in Lamezia where this years competition took place, a famous sportsmen said,“second is the first loser.” I'd never really shared this point of view, although there were certainly times I felt like it and so, coming second in the Singles in Italy was not the best start mentally.
The event was held on the infamous Hang Loose beach in Gizzeria, where Italian local and Northkiteboarding team rider Gianmaria Coccoluto really surprised me landing a variety of doubles and moves I rarely see. I had a good Semi Final landing a KGB5 and Frontmobe5 but I wasn't able to repeat my performance for the Finals in the Single eliminations. According to spectators, the wind was good for my heats and over the next few days the Shirokko wind kicked in despite a bleak forecast. With lots of power in my 9m Vegas I set my focuses on having fun and taking pressure off myself. Every heat I improved my riding landing Double Hinterberger 3, Double S Bend passes, Frontmobe 5s and my first Tootsie Roll. I am very stoked to get a third European Title and would like to thank my family, friends and sponsors.
Paula Novotna showed an incredible performance coming back from injury, landing Mobes and S-Mobes and taking the European Title. My team mates Gianmaria Coccoluto and Sander Bos complete the triple podium for North Kiteboarding!!!
In the coming days, I will enjoy this feeling and express it in my heats during the PKRA in Germany!