Miss Stance : Samy Marins
Sponsors : Liquid Force Kites, Gokite.
I am a kitesurfing athlete, competing in freestyle (jumps, leaps and spins) and waves disciplines. My career began in 2004 (exactly 11 years ago) when I switched surfing (body boarding) to kitesurfing. After a lot of training and dedication in 2007 I started to compete in professional competitions.
Without coach and sponsors support, but with strong will and determination, I am today one of the few women to compete professionally in the sport here in Brazil. I am Brazilian vice champion in kitewave and third in the Freestyle championship. I am the only state representative in the competitions.
You have participated in the Red Bull Rally Dos Ventos last September. Tell us more about your experience.
Rally dos Ventos was an challenge for me. The day before, I had injured my coccis and I was taking medicine and feeling some pain. I went to the competition anyway because I knew it would be an amazing and unique experience, totally different from anything I’ve ever done in my life! It was very hot, but with beautiful lagoons, an extraordinary landscape!!! I am very happy and it has worth a lot to participate in the Rally dos Ventos. I got the 4th place!
I love two disciplines: freestyle and waves. I have started in freestyle, which I have acquire some titles and a great experience in competitions. I believe that an athlete to be complete has to do all disciplines, that is what I try do in my daily practice, but I only compete in two of them. In waves I have been competing for 3 years now.
I usually do some functional exercises and weigh lifting to avoid overloading and to strengthen the joints, which is super important for those who practice sports action, always accompanied by Dr. Wilde Anahy from sports medicine.
I always try to eat right, for this reason I have a nutritionist, Dr. Lilian Vieira guiding me to eat right and healthy and also giving me the supplements that I need for my daily activities.
In Brazil I like Barra Grande (BGK) in Piaui, great for freestyle, and Cumbuco (Kitecabana), a great point for freestyle and waves . This is a place where you can do both disciplines in perfect conditions, constant winds everyday!
Florianópolis is another great place. The wind season runs from November to February. During this period it is possible to practice freestyle at Lagoa da Conceição or waves at several beaches . My favorite wave spot is Praia do Campeche, with good waves and international athletes practicing, like my friends: Roberto Veiga, Sebastian Ribeiro and Mauiricio Pedreira. They are always giving me advice in order to improve my performance.
I like to stay at home with my dog enjoying a good movie!
Next year I plan to produce materials in kitetrips outside Brazil for my sponsors, and run the the Brazilian Kitewave Championship .
Here in Brazil we have beautiful girls in kitesurfing. I would like to indicate my friends: Milene Ancora (SC), Gisele Nuaz (CE).
Learn more about me at my website www.samymarins.com.br.