Tuva Jansen: Votada n.º 1 – Surf Diva

4 03 2008

With a charging style that gets her out in surf when many would shy away, Tuva is the pioneer of women’s wavekiting. Tuva Jansen has earned the respect of the pro men, not an easy thing to do. She likes to kite the waves like she surfs, using the power of the wave.

When I first met Tuva Jansen I knew her as a super-cute, young Norwegian girl living in Cabarete, Dominican Republic with a group of equally cute, young Norwegian girls. Every night the Norwegian posse would be out tantalizing all the locals with their perfect skin and cute rifling of the English language. I never thought any of them were serious about kiting and would amount to anything in the kite world. Wrong. While her friends were more attuned to the Cabarete night life, Tuva was dedicated to getting on the water every chance she had. In a short amount of time the young Norwegian princess turned into a queen of the kite world.

Since her early days kiting in Cabarete, Tuva has racked up a list of accomplishments that equals or exceeds almost all other women kiters today. From becoming one of the fastest women on the water (who even beat many of the guys,) in the early days of speed kiting, to being one of the first women to venture out in the heaving waves of Lakey peak, Indonesia (a spot previously reserved for only the bravest and best of the male-dominated kitesurfing world), Tuva has become a bit of an unsung hero in the world of women’s kiting. From Cabarete cutie to trailblazing lady, Tuva Jansen is the most exciting woman to watch in the surf. —Alex Jowett

Height: 169 cm
Weight: 5’7”
DOB: 11/01/81
Hometown: Heggedal, Norway
Current residence: None, just traveling around and looking for the perfect place to settle down one day
Sponsors: Takoon, Cebe, Helly Hansen, Prolimit 

Tech out: “I ride with the Takoon Enova kite; I mostly use the 5 m2 and the 7 m2 for the waves. Really fast and easy for the waveriding. I use the normal bar which comes with the kite. It has a long depower line, and that is something I like for the waveriding. It also works very good unhooked. I use two different boards, one is the Takoon surfboard Burn, and the other one is a 5’6” surfboard that I have put inserts on.”

Fonte : kiteboard.com 
“There is only one girl I have ever enjoyed watching and that’s Tuva Jansen.” —Jeff Tobias




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