- Kyra Köster has spent her childhood on a beach, that is windier than most other
places on earth. A beach, that's so rough, wild and of bizarre beauty, that it took a real
pioneer and enthusiast like Rolf Köster and his wife Linda to make this place a home for
a family. For Kyra and her younger brother Philip (of whom we all will hear very often in
the future) this beach, Vargas, on the island of Gran Canaria has been a perfect
windsurfing playground. In the beginning multiple world champion Karin Jaggi, also a
frequent guest at Vargas beach, had used to lend Kyra her old equipment. In 2007 Kyra was
already welcomed in the F2 "rebel team", Karin praised Kyras
"self-confident and cheeky style" then. Currently Kyra uses Neil Pryde sails,
with her new board sponsor Starboard ready to support her. Just a few months before her
debut on the PWA tour she gave windgirls.com magazine this interview. She says: "We
will be as good as the guys one day."
- Kyra, you will finish school very
soon, right? What's next?
- Yes I will finally finish school in April and I am really
happy about it! After finishing school I will do what I like to, like doing sports,
spending time with friends and preparing myself to compete on the worldtour. And I will
inform myself about studying in Germany.
- When will you give your debut on the
PWA tour? What are your goals? And which sponsors will support you?
- I guess my first competition will be in Pozo this year. I
will give my best and try to win against some girls. I have Starboard now and Neil Pryde.
- How do you train, how do you make
progress and improve your windsurfing the best way? Which moves do you train right now?
- I usually train together with my brother Philip and with
Karin Dornbusch when she is in Gran Canaria (she is the best trainer for me !). And some
friends like John Skye or Nayra Alonso, they all are very helpful. I am still training the
landing of the backloop, in wintertime we don't have good winds for small boards very
often, so it takes time.
- I guess you wont be able to
join your brother Philip, who will be going to Australia and Maui soon?
- No, I will have to stay at home and learn for my last exams,
while my little brother is ripping some waves at some great beaches. But it's ok!
- And now the tough question: Why is
your brother Philip even better than you in windsurfing, why are men (very often)
performing somehow better than the girls? What do you think?
- My brother is better than me, because he is the one who's
always on the water (he has got the time). And he is not scared hurting himself, I think
that's often like that guys usually just do the moves, and girls are more careful. But we
will do as good as them someday!! I am sure.
|"Good old days: Back
in july of 1993 (man, Kyra was just 2 years old then!!!) I first got the
chance to sail at Vargas beach. Really high winds, I remember that I was pretty nervous,
but that I just loved it. And I even did fall in love with this bone-like, rough beach.
And even the poor ruin we placed our tents in was kind of ok for a windsurf addict those
days. We saw Rolf Koester (Kyras and Philips dad; find Kyras mum Linda here! ) flying
higher than anyone else, we met Patrik Diethelm (who became one of the
top F2 names in the meantime, Patrik: "I spent many summers living in their house on
the beach and it was Rolf that showed me how to repair boards so this is kind of
where my career started."), who then had to look after the Koesters familys house
during the night. Which meant we had some pretty nice partying there. But that's a
- Did you grow up in Vargas? Can you
tell us what childhood on this great beach (I mean it!) was like?
- Yeah, Vargas is really great. As long as I remember I have
been in touch with this great sport, and as you probably know, it's very windy here, so
you have to make the best of it, and that's windsurfing!
- Will your windsurfing in the future
be even better than eg. Daidas or Iballas in the present?
- That would be really cool, but they are too good. I am still
in the basics. But as far as I know they started when they were 17 and I am 17 already, so
let's see :o)
- Finally: What about your
second sport, running?
- You have been pretty successful in
Yes, I've been at several competitions, even international
(Corsica goldmedal 3000 meters, Sardinia gold in 2000 meters). At the moment I am too much
into school stuff, that is why I can't do any training. But running keeps me fit and
windsurfing is fun!
Thanks for the interview, and all
- date of birth: April 25th 1991
- profession: student
languages: German, English, Spanish, a few words French
Starboard, Neil Pryde, Mercedes-Benz
- When AND where did you learn how to
- With my father and my brother in Vargas, in 2002.
loop, landing the backloop
- Your favourite move and what do you train
Vargas, because you have got wind and waves like in
Pozo, but you have got so much more space.
- favorite windsurfing spot and why:
- best music:
It was a book for school, very boring.
- last book you´ve read:
- best food/drink: pizza
Iballa Moreno, she is really nice and always helpful. Nayra
Alonso is very funny and my brother is always showing me something.
- Who are your models in windsurfing?
- What causes you fear? A math
exam and the waves in Hookipa.
- What makes you laugh? Me! I always laugh about myself and about my brother, he makes
strong things sometimes, I don't think he is normal... :-)
- With whom would you like to spend an
evening? With my friends and my boyfriend.
- The famous 3 things to choose to take with
you to a lonely island? If the island is
windy, a complete windsurfboard, my boyfriend and something to eat.
- 3 tips for GIRLS who want to learn
give up. You will get better soon!
- What does windsurfing mean to you? It definitly means fun, and that you can travel to wonderful places
to surf perfect waves. That's amazing.