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"Shut out the 'Real' World"

It was intended to be just another windsurfing holiday, it ended up being a pure adrenaline rush: When Fiona van Ammers entered her first Aloha Classic in 2000, she didnīt win one single heat. But she had a damned good story to tell (read it here!). Today Fiona loves to sail in masthigh waves. And still pays for her windsurfing expenses out of her own pocket.

date of birth: 03-08-1976
nationality: American
profession: Civil Engineer
sponsors: MY SELF!! Until very recently, I have worked a 9 to 5 job (well, 7-4 ish) Oh yea, and Ezzy and Quattro help out :-)
When AND where did you learn how to windsurf?
During my second year at university, I joined the CAL Sailing Club. I would ride my bike down to the Berkeley Marina, where I would use the club equipment.  (Just thinking about it makes me cold.)
favorite move: standard magazine-shot girly hand drag ... (NOT), for real: Aerials, Aerials, Aerials!

what do you train right now: I love big waves. But recently I realized that my waveriding is far beyond my jumping. So I promised myself this summer to jump, jump, jump.

favorite windsurfing spot: You know what, I really have no one favourite spot. I love them all!
best music: Led Zeplin, The Cure
last book youīve read: The Ex President
best film: Shrek, I really loved Princess Fiona
best food: Pumpkin Pancakes from Fat Apples, Berkeley, CA.
best drink: water
Who are your models in windsurfing? Keith Taboul, Nat Gill, Levi Siver, Nori Hubbs
What causes you fear? childbearth
What makes you laugh? Sex in the City
With whom would you like to spend an evening?
Toss up between Brad Pitt and Martin Luther King junior.
Windsurfing - better than sex? Why?
Hmmmm ... it depends if you love him more than windsurfing, and thatīs pretty rare.
If you already know it - what do you like about the "windgirls"-mag?
Itīs a great place for girls to learn not only about windsurfing, but to be inspired about what they can do, and where they can go with it!
Three tips for GIRLS who want to learn windsurfing:
1) Spend the money. Buy THE BEST gear you can afford. This usually means, it will be light and durable.
2) Patience. Give yourself a break when you have a bad day.
3) Just do it!
What does windsurfing mean to you?
Windsurfing is a way for me to completely shut out the "real" world.

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