Robinson Hilario 4
Profile
Nationality : Dominican
Currently living in : Cabarete, DR
Date of birth : 26 May 1994
Discipline : Freestyle
Favorite spot : Cabarete, DR
Favorite move : Double Heart Attack
Major accomplishements

2011: 4th overall in PKRA
2013: 7th overall in PKRA
2014: 2nd PKRA 2014
2017 + 2018: 2nd place, DR Open
2017: Top 11 worldwide
2018: Member of the Dominican Olympic Federation for Paris 2024

If you don't work for your dreams, someone will hire you to work for theirs.

How did you get into kiteboarding?
I grew up right on the beach. Because of the favorable wind conditions (almost 365 days of wind), Cabarete has become the watersports capital of the DR and a hotspot for kiters worldwide. After school, at about 10 years old, I would run up and down the beach to help kiters set up, launch, and land their kites. This is also how I started to learn the sport: kind tourists would lend me their equipment and I got a lucky break when an an older gentlemen left me his gear when he was leaving.

What do you do before getting in the water?
I eat a banana (best snack to get you energized without making you feel too full).

Tell us about your best kiting memory
Any of the locations of our F-one video shoots – probably Madagascar!! It took about 6 flights, and a very long drive to get to our location, but it was unforgettable!

Your worst wipeout?
My lines snapped when I did a mega loop and I fell from about 15 meters in the air. Not really a wipe out, but damn, it hurt! Ended up with a broken rib, but for kiting, it’s always worth it.

Who you would like to say thank you to?
First and foremost, gracias a Dios. Without Him, I would not be here. I want to thank Chris Boyle, who believed in my potential and introduced me to Raphael at F-One. They both helped me realize my dream of becoming a professional kiteboarder. I’m coming up on 10 years with F-One and it’s been an incredible ride. It isn’t the norm for a pro rider to have such a long tenure with a kite brand, and for that I am honored and thankful for Raphael’s continued support. I also want to thank my love, Mona, for building a beautiful life with me. It’s not easy having your livelihood based on something as volatile as the wind, but she’s been so supportive through the ups and downs. And to everyone else along my path, THANK YOU- taking a kid out of the barrio in the DR to the international stage is not an easy feat.