Thursday, 30 September 2010
Gisela Polido : Kiteboarder
I want to talk you about a young amazing girl who became a World penta-Champion of kiteboarding with 14 years old.
I took a some extracts about her in her official site.
Gisela was born in Barcelona in January 1994. At an earlier age, the young girl shows greater interest in everything related with the sea. She wins her first sport prizes in swimming: Catalonia Champion in 50m butterfly modality.
Gisela gets in contact with kite boarding in the summer of 2001, and receives her kite surfing baptism in July 2002. The young sportswoman progresses very fast practicing this sport. She takes part directly in the 2003 European Junior Championship, due to the lack of competitions in Spain, where she finishes first place in the sub 14 years old category and second place sub18 years old category.
With the arrival of the first sponsors (Rip Curl), Pulido’s Family have to decide between supporting kite boarding professional practice or keeping the activity at amateur level. Gisela convinces her father. There is a big surprise when she qualifies in third position at Sables D’Olonne (Francia) KPWT stage. A month after she wins the European sub 21 Junior, and then she obtains her first victory in a World stage, in Istanbul in June.
Gisela finishes this amazing season in Nueva California, where she is crowned as KPWT World Champion in November 2004, with only 10 years old.
Under these circumstances, Pulido’s family decides to move to Tarifa. The young kite surfing girl suffers a radical change in her life: she travels around the world, and the training hours multiply by four. This fact makes her Red Bull Diagnostic & Training Center’s trainers to limitate her training timings. It’s necessary to control how the professional practice of kite boarding affects her growth.
In 2005 she proclaimed KPWT 2005 Twice World Champion. In September 2006 she wins the Spanish Kiteboarding Championship title. She finishes this great season in November 2006 crowned KPWT World Tri-Champion in New Caledonia, with 4 winning stages.
2007 establishes Gisela as a great sportswoman. Public recognition stars in February 2007, when she is nominated to the Laureus World Sport Awards, in extreme sports category. She also obtains a new record as being the youngest sportswoman ever nominated to that prize. Laureus World Sports Awards (considered as the sports’ Oscars) open the door the world top 5 extreme sportsmen exclusive club.
In November 2007 Gisela wins the Guinness World Record as the Youngest World Champion.
In December 2007 at the 70th Marca Newspaper Anniversary, she is decorated as one of the 100 Spanish best Sportsmen, becoming the younger athlete that wins this award.
2008 is also a year full of recognitions for Gisela, who receives two important awards: Best Catalonian Sportswoman, and Best Andalusian Sportswoman.
2008 she become the World Penta-Champion in the cold waters of Matanzas (Chile).
2009 KPWT WORLD CHAMPION
2008 PKRA WORLD CHAMPION
2008 SPANISH CHAMPION
2007 PKRA WORLD CHAMPION
2007 SPANISH CHAMPION
2006 KPWT WORLD CHAMPION
2006 SPANISH CHAMPION
2005 KPWT WORLD CHAMPION
2005 GRAVITY GAMES GOLD MEDAL
2005 WAVE MASTER CHAMPION
2004 KPWT WORLD CHAMPION
2003 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPION
If you want see her in action. Just enjoy!
You can know more about her in her official web:
See u tomorrow!