My Life on Board Exclusive: Professional Kiteboarder Paula Rosales on Wind, Waves and Life

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Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kitesurfer or kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllablepower kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foot-straps or bindings.

Professional female kiteboarder Paula Rosales is on a mission to promote kiteboarding in the Philippines. She is currently one of the top female kiteboarders in Asia and now she was invited to compete in Triple S Invitational in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA.

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 11.51.21 PMPaula boosting in front of the camera at The Triple S Invitational 2014 with her new KB4Girls board from Best Kiteboarding. Photo by Mike Hitelman.

With the support of her sponsors, Roxy Philippines, GoPro Philippines, DC Shoes Philippines,, Tribu Outdoors, David Salon, The Headwear and Best Kiteboarding, Paula has managed to maintain her momentum riding and improving her skills making kiteboarding as a living.

lores_17Photo by Aaron Ebio.

Here’s Paula Rosales’ profile.

Years Kiteboarding: going on 5 years.

Hometown: Boracay Island, Philippines
Homespot: Boracay Island
Favorite Spot: Seco Island
Competition Ranking: 
2nd Place, Kiteboard Tour Asia 2012 – Asian FReestyle Division
2nd Place, ICTSI Philippine Kite Tour – Freestyle
1st place, ICTSI Philippine National Ranking – Freestyle
We had a privilege to ask some few questions about Paula Rosales.
Hi Paula, why do you love kiteboarding?

“Kiteboarding is a free – energy sport first of all, making it perfect for me. Kiteboarding is a cross between sailing and a boardsport which i’ve been doing since i was young. Sailing is something new to me but definitely on the bucket list. If i can ride a board and sail at the same time out at sea that’s just more than perfect.”

Kite 02Photo by Paul Frederick Chiongson.

“Kiteboarding allows me to practice both wakestyle and surfstyle of kiting and sometimes just boosting big air, which gives me such a rush of adrenaline.”

Paula also engage in other type of boardsports like skimboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, SUP and surfing.

What motivates you to continue the sport and help promote it in the Philippines?

“What motivates me to continue kiteboarding is the progressive and laid back lifestyle. I’ve always been at my best when am at the beach and riding a board so it’s perfect. I also just want to do a sport that is fun for everyone. Kiteboarding may seem hard at first but its actually quite easy and you can practice it even if your older.”

“I also enjoy the company of riding with other girls. I also organize a yearly kite camp for girls. The Camp focuses on community building, healthy lifestyle over competition riding.”

Who is your inspiration for kiteboarding?

My inspiration is Gisela Pulido, 9 time freestyle world champion, and my teammate at Best kiteboarding. She is only 20 years old, she is also super down to earth and just likes to smile all the time which i think is very important. Attitude towards the sport is always no. 1.

For those who want to get into kiteboarding, contact Paula Rosales directly through her blog or email

[email protected] / skurbanista.blogspot.com

Paula can arrange kiteboarding lessons that is suitable for your level and schedule.

“Learning to kite can take up to 3days to 1 week, depends on each person and also the dedication and time you want to put into progressing same as any other sport out there.”- Paula Rosales

Like Paula Rosales’ official Facebook Fan Page, facebook.com/paularosaleskite

follow Paula on Instagram: @paularosales