Pauline Valesa 15
Nationality : French
Currently living in : Valencia, Spain
Date of birth : 20 July 1997
Discipline : Freestyle / Air Games
Favorite spot : Noumea, New Caledonia
Favorite move : Heart Attack
Inspirations : Bruna Kajiya
Major accomplishements

Junior World Champion (2016)
5th in the World Tour (2016)
French Champion (2016)

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” Michael Jordan

How did you get into kiteboarding?
I started kitesurfing thanks to my parents. I flew a kite for the first time when I was 11 years old with my dad and the year after I was kiting on my own. It was a wonderful moment and I have not stopped since then! Each year I was really excited about going during 2-3 weeks to Greece or Spain to practice this discipline before going for 5 years in New Caledonia where I could practice every day.

What do you do before getting in the water?
After pumping the kite and pulling the lines I try to keep warm up routine, after that, I’m ready to get in the water and go big!!!

Tell us about your best kiting memory
I have so many memories that come to my mind kitesurfing that it is hard to think of just one! Starting with the Junior European Championship that I won for my first time in 2013 or the first BJ3 than I landed in the Junior World Championship in 2016. But also, when we went back to Greece with my family last year after so many years without going back.
I will remember as well, forever, my ride between icebergs in Iceland or the sunset session in Spring Island, a little place completely remote and wild where we went with the MANERA team the last year.

Your worst wipeout?
My worst crash with my kite was in Leucate during a stop of the World tour. I was really young and it was one of my first big competition. The wind picked up, I was with my 4m² and I couldn’t unhook in these conditions. So I had the good idea to do a kiteloop, and for sure, it was not the best thing to do… The kite didn’t catch me after the loop and I crashed on the water full speed.
Fortunately nothing serious happened to me, just a little breathless for a few minutes, but for sure, one of my biggest fear!

Who you would like to say thank you to?
I would like to say thanks to my family first because they gave me this passion for kitesurfing. They have been of a huge support since I began to kite and they always encouraged me for all the roads that I wanted to take. And for sure I also want to say thank you to F-ONE and MANERA. This family/brand supported me since my first competition in 2011 and I’m more than grateful for all the things they’ve done so that I could perform in my discipline. And a last thank you to all my friends who support me and encourage me!!!

One sentence about the products that you are using
Kite in the air, board to my feet, this feeling to ride with these products make me feel free!

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