|windgirls-portrait: Nina Heiberg, N-10|
|I was born in Hong-Kong on June, 1st 1978 and lived there till I was six, so English was the first language I spoke. Later, when my whole family (my parents, who are both Norwegian and my two elder brothers, "Elling" now 25, and "Eric" now 22) moved to Norway and I learned Norwegian. I did most of school in Norway, but at the age of 16 I moved to Gran Canaria and finished off highschool there. There is a Norwegian highschool, so it was perfect! I could finish my highschool studies at the same time as I was learning how to windsurf. I spent most of my time on the canary islands untill I was 20. At 20, I felt it was time for a change, and I moved to Maui to continue my studies there.|
So now I live and study on Maui. I live with Kelly Moore, in her house which is located less than two minutes away from Ho'okipa Beach park and study at the Maui Community College. I am a major in Liberal Arts, and I am going for a business degree, but since this is my first year, I am still doing the "core requirement courses". Next year I might have to move over to Oahu to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
I would like to stay here on Maui for longer, because the sailing is better here, but I have to put my studies in "first place". Anyway, if I have to go over to Oahu, I'll be sailing "Diamond Head" and "Backyards"...
I started sailing slalom and got my own gear when I was about 16, and to be honest I was a REALLY slow learner in the beginning. It took me forever to learn how to do the waterstart and the jibe (probably mostly because I started out on the wrong gear: fully-cambered, heavy slalom sails, which were hard to get out of the water). I sailed slalom for a while and did some races in Norway with my brothers. I didn't start wavesailing untill september 1996, in Gran Canaria. I got my own waveboard and little by little I started figuring out how it works The very next summer in July (less than a year later) I sailed in the Grand Slam on Gran Canaria, and placed 16th. I kept on sailing in the canaries, and I sailed A LOT.
The year after (1998), I placed 7th in the same competition. Now I
still have the ranking from 1998, which is 7th in wave and 8 overall. I have stopped
racing, simply because the gear is too expensive and I don't have sponsors that can help
me out with that. But: wavesailing has become my true passion anyway, and I just love it.
Now that I live on Maui, I get the chance to sail good waves, and I can't even explain how
much I enjoy it. Currently I am sponsored by "Quatro" boards and am on the Simmer Style Maui team. I am
"stoked" about that, because I have been breaking quite a lot of gear lately and
it is really expensive to get new gear all the time.
|I have got other interests though: I used to telemark-ski a lot, (before I moved away from Norway) and I was in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at Lillehammer 1994 (telemark skiing). I still go skiing when I go home. I spent a lot of time rock-climbing (mostly indoors, but also outdoors), but I haven't been able to do it lately, because I don't have anyone to climb with, and I don't know where to climb here on the island.||
"I want to sail like the guys!"
? Norway is known for sportsmen like Lasse Kjus and Björn Dählie, the Jensens grew up on the canaries. How can a girl from Norway become a passionate windsurfer?
? If you have the choice: Do you prefer Pozo or Maui?
! Maui, because I love the place. It's mellowness, it's waves and
wind, it's beautiful nature. Everything about it.
? What is your favourite windsurfing-spot?
! Without a doubt: Ho'okipa. Especially on days where it's not too
crowded, and the waves are good.
? Is it sometimes hard for you to be in the men's shade? Do you have the impression that the girl's performance is not given proper attention? How do you deal with that?
? Some people don't think that the girl's windsurfing provides radical action. What do you answer such people?
? Do you have any models in Windsurfing, in life in general?
? Which move is at the moment the biggest challenge for you? Which move do you train right now?
! I don't really think of it that way. I'm not training on a move. I go out there every day, having fun, and improving that way. I want to waveride well, and the only way I can do that is by spending time on the water. I don't think I would be able to learn anything at all if it wasn't fun. I don't think about training, I go out, sail & have fun and automatically improve. I see it as a "time & effort" kind of thing. I am willing to spend most of my time on the water because I love it so much, and it makes me relax and gives me a "kick". Sometimes I stay out there even though I feel tired. I keep saying to myself "ok Nina, you have to go back in now. One more wave only Ok, ONE more. Then another one and so on". I end up staying out there hours longer than I had planned for
Women windsurfers are going off!
? Freestyle seems to be the most dynamic discipline at the moment. Is freestyle the future of windsurfing? If possible would you like to freestyle at the Austrian event (Lake Neusiedl) next year?
! No, but I probably will in the future.
? Which move do you consider to be more difficult? A high forward in the waves or a "Spock" on flat water?
! A spock. A forward is just about "going for it", while the spock includes a lot of awareness of what you are doing.
Nina, what does life mean to you?
? Concerning groupies: Can you imagine to "enjoy life" like some of the boys do? Or is sex a question of love?
! Sex is definitely a question of love.
? Who are your best friends/comrades at the tour?
! I am pretty much friends with everyone. Kelly Moore is probably my
best friend though.
? What are your aims in windsurfing, especially on the PWA-tour?
! I want to win, and I want to be the best waverider. I want to sail like the guys.
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