Mini Miss Stance : Suami Cavallo
Name : Suami Cavallo
Age : 13 years old
Hometown : Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Sponsors : Dasilva Kiteboarding, Biancabikinis, Blossom Retreats
Hello Suami! Could you introduce yourself to our readers that don’t know you yet?
Hola! My name is Suami, I am 13 years-old and I’ve loved the ocean since I was a little kid! I am Italian but I am currently living in Dominican Republic (a kitesurfers paradise). I’m happy and smiling all the time, especially after an amazing kite session! My big goal is to travel the world and compete in the VKWC.
How did you start kiteboarding?
I heard about kiteboarding for the first time when I was 10 years-old visiting family in Kite Beach, DR. Once I tried it I was in love! I still get excited each time I hit the water! I think this is the most amazing sport- once you start you will never stop!
We saw you competing at the stage of the VKWC in Germany. Tell us more about your experience.
It was pretty awesome- probably one of my best experiences to date! I was one of the youngest girls participating and I think I performed well and landed most of my tricks! The VKWC in Germany was really good for me to understand how everything works and how it feels to compete in a new spot with different conditions than I am used too. I am sure that in my next competition I will take all the things I learned from VKWC and I will perform way better! I met so many cool people that inspired me. The conditions were pretty tough for a caribbean girl- cold water and weather, gusty wind up to 45 knots and choppy water. I was really nervous but luckily I had the Dominican Republic team, my sponsors and my mom there supporting me.
Do you intend to do more competitions?
Yes of course! I love competing and showing what I am capable of. I went through so many different feelings during a competition, but at the end when I’ve achieved my goals I feel amazing and really proud. Watching other girls competing is also really motivating to me and pushes me to progress.
What are your favorite kite conditions?
What is your favorite kite spot and where do you dream to go?
My favorite kite spot is “Playa Encuentro” in Cabarete. It is actually a surfing beach but when the wind picks up it is perfect for freestyle with little kickers and blue water! I guess most of time I dream about Brasil! I would love to go there but I worry that then I would not want to come back to Cabarete!
Who is your biggest inspiration within the kitesurfing industry?
I don’t have just one inspiration- All the riders from the World Tour inspire me in all different ways. They each have something that can help me improve and I try to learn from them. My mom also inspires me a lot along with all the kite girls that live here in DR.
What do you like to do when you are not kiteboarding?
On rare occasions when there is no wind I like to do kickboxing and crossfit classes and go surfing. The swell is awesome in low wind season so I try to take advantage! I like to study and spend time with my family and friends too. I love to spend time on social media like facebook, instagram and my website suamicavallo.com. I want to be an inspiration to other kiters and keep my followers updated on how my training is going and about all the fun things you can do in Cabarete!
What are your plans in the upcoming months?
My plans center around school and kiting. Most of the time when I leave for competitions or kite trips it is all at the last minute though! Pretty cool right? I know that my next competition is Master of the Ocean in Cabarete in February 2016. Who knows- maybe we will go to Brazil or to some secret kite spots here in DR!
Who among your kite girl friends should be our next Miss Stance?
Tracy Shayhorn, (@socialzealot) should definitely be the next Miss Stance! She is always willing to offer help and guidance to other kite girls. She has definitely given me a lot of tips- about both kiting and life- over the years. Everyday she makes something cool happen in her life! You guys would love to know more about her!
Pour suivre Suami :
facebook: Suami Cavallo