Maaike Belder had travelled with us on a few trips and became addicted to kitesurfing. She tells us about her new lifestyle and about our new spot in Panama.
I need to warn you: your life won’t be the same after you get back from a kitesurfing trip. Be prepared for a lifetime addiction. You will find yourself checking the forecast daily, cancelling appointments if the wind blows and trying to get as many days off from work for kiting trips.
It was summer 2015 when I went on my first kiting trip. I learned how to kitesurf with Girlzactive in Portugal. Shortly after I got back, I bought my own kite gear and left early 2016 to continue practicing water starts on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. By the time spring kicked in I was kiting every now and then at home until I unfortunately ruptured my eardrum when hit by a wave. After that, I had to stay away from the water for a while.
I couldn’t stop dreaming of becoming a better kitesurfer and decided that dedication was the best way to achieve my goal. It was just a matter of time before I quit my job. I loved my job as a copywriter, but I realized that writing is a skill that makes it possible to work remotely from any place in the world. So here I am now – calling Panama home for as long as the wind blows. I am the happiest version of myself, combining two things I love doing most: writing & kiting.
Panama’s peninsula Punta Chame turned out to be the perfect spot to get myself to a higher level of kiteboarding. The consistent wind every day speeded up my progression unbelievably fast. When I arrived, I was able to ride both ways but could not go the other direction without sinking in the water. Believe it or not, within a month I was doing jumps and backrolls!
The guesthouse I am staying at is right on the spot. From my bed I can tell by the movement of the palm trees if the wind is worth it getting up quickly. After an early session (in bikini, of course) I eat breakfast in a hammock. I drink coffee in a bean bag. I work in between sessions in that same hammock and bean bag. And every day ends with a cold drink at the beach bar with new kiting friends. You don’t hear me complaining.
Create your own possibilities and do what you love every day again!
P.S. Sounds like a pretty awesome spot, right? Girlzactive offers a kite cruise to the picturesque San Blas islands in December 2017 with an optional stay at the guesthouse in Punta Chame before or after the cruise. Check it out!3