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Interview with Gisela Pulido: “Crashes hurt more on the snow”

Take kitesurfing, a sport propelling you across the water on a board using a kite. Replace water with
snow – that’s Red Bull Ragnarok, a snow kite endurance race held in Norway from March 31 to April 3. Kitesurfing’s youngest world champion Gisela Pulido tells us more about an event she’s about to discover.
Located in central Norway, the Hardangervidda plateau offers ideal conditions for kiting. That’s where
350 athletes will ski and snowboard from March 31 to April 3, propelled by a power wing.
Aged 22, Pulido is one of them. A 10-time World Champion, the Spanish kitesurfer explains what the
main differences are between water and snow kiting.

Gisela Pulido poses for a portrait in Tarifa, Spain on June 24th, 2015.
Gisela Pulido poses for a portrait in Tarifa, Spain on June 24th, 2015.

What are the main differences between kite surf and snow kite?
I haven’t really done much snow kiting in my life, I’ve just tried it twice, but I can say it’s very different
from the feeling you get on the water. I felt the main change on the board – it reacts totally differently as
the surface is solid. Crashes hurt more, it’s a bit colder, but it’s good fun! It’s an amazing feeling to be
able to go up the mountain just by using your kite or even jump from the cliffs.

Did you change your training routine?
From what I’ve heard, Ragnarok is a very physical competition so you need a lot of endurance. These
past weeks I’ve done a lot of running and biking. I’m preparing for the Wings For Life World Run this
year too and I have to say I’ve completely changed my training. But I kind of love it!

Competitors perform during the Red Bull Ragnarok at Hardangervidda, Norway on April 10th 2015
Competitors perform during the Red Bull Ragnarok at Hardangervidda, Norway on April 10th 2015

What hurts more – falling on water or on snow?
Definitely on the snow. No doubt about that! On the water you can throw every trick and even if it hurts a
bit when you crash, it’s never as bad as on the snow. As a freestyle rider I would never try to learn or
land a new trick on the snow.

And what is the more fun?
I think both of them are fun. I wouldn’t compare them! It’s a totally different thing. I love to have a sick
session with my friends at my favorite beach with warm weather and sunshine, but it’s also an amazing
experience to be able to kite on the snow. I’m super excited and I can’t wait to be there and see the spot.
It must be unreal, the landscape is so unique!

Thanks to Redbull Content Pool for this interview


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