Welcome to the team Manuela Jungo!
We're excited to introduce you to Swiss rider Manuela Jungo. Adventurista, and regular fixture on the PKRA Tour, she is our latest edition to the North Kiteboarding International Team of influential riders and sophisticated women.
From: Düdingen (FR), Switzerland
Riding: Since 2006
Other sponsors: Traser H3 Watches, HFVESA.CH, TUBEForce, Rip Curl, Makulo, SWOX
Manuela, what's your history with Kiteboarding?
The first Kiter I saw was at Kailua Beach when I was in Hawaii for a language trip. I was fascinated by how a rider was able to move on the water with the kite flying in the air. At the time I was already a passionate snowboarder and loved the feeling of freedom that being on the board gave me. Kiteboarding was something I had to try!
I went to Maui for a week with some other Kiters, and although it was too windy for me to learn, I knew that I had to use my next University summer holidays to learn - that’s exactly what I did. I went to Cabarete where I worked half days at the Sea Horse Ranch as a marketing assistant, using my afternoons to learn to Kitesurf. It was a hobby for many years as I didn’t have enough time to ride or improve much until I stopped working to travel and Kite in September 2010. I wanted to take a break of 1-2 years from my job and I have been travelling ever since. I've been at it for 4 years now and competing for 3 years on the PKRA World Tour.
Congratulations on becoming part of NKB International! What are your thoughts?
I am very excited to be part of and work with North Kiteboarding. It is after all the biggest brand and organisation in the Kiteboarding Industry and I think we can do great things together! North Kiteboarding offers premium quality products for every rider, and has a great reputation for innovative product development, distribution and sales. As a market leader, NKB is really motivated to drive the sport forwards. It's exciting!
Tell us about which NKB products you're using and how they suit your style.
I will use the Vegas with the wakestyle bar. It’s a direct kite that allows me to generate pop and the necessary slack to perform my tricks. The 135cm Team Series is my choice for freestyle as it’s the perfect size for me and delivers the pop and control I need to improve. I also like that it has a bit more rocker. The Gambler will also travel with me because it has a durable construction and performance that I need to hit obstacles and use at the cable park.
As a women, style is important. What is your style off the water?
It’s very important for me that my clothes match on and off the water. Most of the time I wear shorts or jeans with a shirt and flip flops. But I also like to dress up and add a little glamour with a nice dress and high heels. As you can imagine, I can’t bring many shoes with me when I travel but I love shoes, I can’t have enough.
What are the 3 beauty products you can't live without?
Sun, salt water and travelling take a huge toll on my hair and skin.
1. Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden is great for everything. It is a protectant and treatment all rolled into one.
2. Suncream is a must-have for me, and SWOXis just great! It's water resistant with natural zinc and titanium blockers. Not only that, but it contains Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant and regenerating pro-vitamin B5.
- Hello Hydration Hair conditioner by Herbal Essences, is ideal for giving my dry hair a drink. The Hawaiian coconut and orchid make it smell delicious too.
Any musical influences?
I just go with the flow with music, what I listen to depends on how I feel. I appreciate tips and influences from friends. I sometimes ride with music as it helps me to stay motivated when I am riding alone.
Fitness is an important factor in Kiteboarding. Do you have a regime?
I do Pilates, Power Yoga and I work out with the TRX to stay flexible and strong. Besides that I like to go running or mountain biking to improve my endurance.
What about your diet?
I like to eat and love cooking myself. What I eat is very important for me, as it influences my performance and how I feel. That’s why I try to use fresh produce and Superfoods to stay fit and healthy. I can’t live without chocolate though, dark is my favourite.
You, 2014 and the PKRA?
I have been competing on the PKRA since 2012 and I am incredibly proud to be ranked 5th for the last three years. It was great to make it on to the Podium in Leucate, France 2014.
What's in store for your 2015?
I will keep on competing at the PKRA World Tour and I will aim for an invite for the Triple S this year.
I will keep going on adventures, push my riding and see what life has to offer.
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Check out the brand new episode from North Kiteboarding! Can't stop the pop, won't stop the riding. For 2015 we've created a Vegas so good it's addictive. Our most influential Wakestyle Team Riders took an epic road trip down the west coast of America, starting off with a rail riding jam in Hood River, finishing off with a memorable session under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.
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WET Watersports plays host to the new, 2015 VEGAS launch party - 4th Sept
Clear your schedules people and make sure you're in Tarifa, Spain for the 4th of September when WET Watersports and North Kiteboarding will be throwing the party of the year. Yes, that's right, a magnificent shindig to celebrate the launch of the new, 2015 Vegas and premier the video from our latest trip to the States. Tarifa is a world renowned hotspot for Kiteboarding drawing in enthusiasts all year round. During the hottest months of the year, watersports fanatics flock in their thousands to enjoy the outstanding conditions and endless summer vibes. If you haven’t experience Tarifa in all it's glory; music, wind, sunshine and magnificent mojitos, then we suggest booking a flight asap to come and join us next week! Host to the event is WET Watersports shop & cafe. Headed up by longstanding Team Rider Jaime Herraiz, the shop is mesmerising with the hottest fashion, technical apparel and all the latest NKB gear. The WET Team all have fantastic knowledge of the NKB products, perfect for when you need some help choosing the right model for you. So, it's no surprise that the party will be held at the heart of Tarifa's Kiteboarding scene. The party will kick off with drinks and delicious food. As the sun goes down, Echovolt will be breaking into musical madness. DJ Pinsho Andrade will be spinning the decks later in the evening with riders such as Aaron Hadlow, Reno Romeu, Stephan Spiessberger and Tom Court there to enjoy the festivities. If you want to check out the new, 2015 Vegas video and have an evening to remember, make sure you're there!
19:00 Chiringuito will be open for drinks
20:00 Dinner starts
22:15 Echovolt live concert
22:45 Vegas video premiere
23.00 Echovolt live concert
24:30 DJ Pinsho Andrade
A view from across the pond – Colleen Carroll
Colleen Carroll is a pint sized bombshell from the US who joined North Kiteboarding last year. For those of you unfamiliar of her, don't let appearances fool you, she rides hard! Often found hanging out at cable parks around the world honing her skills on the features, she dominated at the Triple S last year and is on a mission to do the same again this year. We caught up with Colleen to find out what she's been up to and what her take on kiteboarding from 'across the pond' is.
“I’ve been travelling, kiting, spending lots of time at the cable park and in general loving life!
Seeing other people on the water pushing their riding really inspires me to go for harder tricks or to try out a new one. It also helps that our sport is so fun. I never have the feeling that I’m lacking motivation when I’m at a kite spot. If its windy and the water looks nice, I’m in!”
When asked how she sees the progression of the female side of the sport, she say's; “progression is kicking ass these days! In the last year I’ve seen and met many female riders who are really pushing their personal limits as well as those of women’s kiteboarding as a whole. I’m curious as to when we’ll see the first double pass landed...”
As a Team Rider it is always interesting to get an 'insiders' perspective on the North Range and more specifically for women and Colleen's style of riding: “Firstly the North Kiteboarding range is huge. There is definitely something for everybody in there whether it’s sliders, freestyle, speed, hang-time, or waves. Whatever fuels your fire. More specifically, the North range offers the perfect setup for me and I think any girl can find what she needs. The performance, safety, and durability are all time on the North kites so I don’t really know what more you could ask for! My perfect set up is a 9m Vegas on 22 meter lines with 136 Gambler and North Kiteboarding boots. Also need my ION sol harness and of course a lovely Sensi Graves bikini. If the wind is a smooth 20kts, the water butter flat, and there is a feature to session, I am in utter heaven!”
A well known rider on the American Kite scene she has never made it across the pond to test out some of Europe’s hotspots, but she is adamant that she will be making the trip this summer. Inquisitive to find out how she felt about riding for a European brand and whether it has influenced her view on the sport, she said: “ Our first kites as a family were North kites and the brand has always had such a strong presence in the Hood River/Seattle kite spots that I guess I’ve never really felt it was foreign. However, working more closely with a European brand, it has shown me how much bigger and more mature the industry is ‘across the pond.”
Looking to the future, she admits that it is best to be flexible when trying to make plans materialise, but that a trip to Europe is on the cards and that her main goal and sights are set on the Triple S Invitational, Cape Hatteras. “I was really lucky last year and came out on top. I have a feeling I’ll see even more competition this year on the girls side so I’m feeling a bit of pressure to up my game.” And up her game she did!
Colleen was crowned the women's Triple S Champion 2014. Never taking her eyes of the prize she dominated the field securing a 1st in Slicks and Sliders, and 3rd in the Surf putting her 1st Overall. Her performance in the Slicks was solid, with two clean runs and stomping technical moves such as Back to Wrapped. A day in the Surf saw her dialling some stylish grabs and unhooked moves off the kickers, scoring well with the judges. In the Slider discipline, she cruised through the heats with clean hits across the park. A stylish front side 180 tail press to blind across the flat bar put her in the Finals. She said;
“All of the girls were riding really solid and it was made even more intense having mixed heats and riding with the boys. I’m incredibly happy that I advanced through to the Finals with the North boys.”