Asia wrap-up and I oficially GOT SPONSORED!

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Oh boy, oh boy, what a crazy week it has been. I landed back in my freezing motherland 9 days ago and from that moment on it’s been taking care of this, doing that, meeting up with friends, spending time with my family, signing contracts… crazy CRAZY but I find some kind of enjoyment in all the chaos unraveling around me πŸ˜‰

My 3 weeks in Mui Ne have gone extremely fast, but then again, if you’re surrounded by amazing people there is always not enough time to say what you want to say and do what you want to do. I started filming in Mui Ne a bit, but because of multiple reasons (the awesomest of them directly below :D) there will be no Vietnam movie released… not this time, but I can always revisit next year πŸ˜‰ Mui Ne was fun, I spent a lot of time lazying around with friends, did a bit of riding and in general just relaxed prepairing myself for the crazy two working-training months in Egypt ahead of me… thank you Liz and Jeff from c2sky kiteschool for once again becoming a part of my Mui Ne family – you made me feel at home even when my home was thousand miles away and if that’s not magic, then I don’t know what is πŸ™‚ And as far as some other amazing people go – this is NOT a good bye, just keep doing what you love and our paths will cross in the future for sure!

And now the time has come for the exciting news I have… I’VE BEEN SPONSORED by four amazing companies – Cabrinha Poland, 24surf.pl, GoPro Poland and Evokaii!!! You can check them out in the Sponsors tab at the top of the page πŸ™‚ This happened a while ago already, but only now back home I was able to meet with proper people, sign proper papers and make it all real and official πŸ˜€ I am extremely happy and I just can’t wait to get in the water again and ride ride RIDE like nothing else matters, especially that from now on I am not alone anymore, I can focus and do what I do without worrying about the technical part of things… I would like to kite-travel more, experience more, make more movies, take good pictures, write articles from places I have visited and help to develop women kitesurfing community around the globe! Getting more crazy, adventure-driven girls into the sport has always been one of my dreams and now, with all the help from my sponsors, I believe I really CAN make a difference! So, even though I’ve said it a thousand times already, from the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU for supporting me! You will not be disappointed! πŸ™‚

I’m staying home only for 5 days more and then I’m off to El Gouna (Egypt) where I’m going to spend whole April and May. I’m going back to RedSeaZone and I’m planning to work hard and train even harder so that by the end of my stay I can land a few new tricks πŸ˜‰ There will be a lot going on in the next two months over there, some local competitions, training camps and other interesting things… I will keep you posted!

You can follow me more closely on my FACEBOOK PAGE, all the daily updates, photos and other small things can be found over there!

Making my filming life A LOT easier!!!

Making my filming life A LOT easier…


...and making sure I'm warm and comfortavble while filming and riding! Yes!!

…and making sure I’m warm and comfortable while filming and riding! Yes!!

May wind be with you,
Suzana

Rockin’ Bulabog edit and bye bye Philippines!

I’m a little late with this update, because exactly on the day of my second video’s release my computer and my tablet have simultaneously decided that they have lived long enough and that it’s time to die. And so, for the next three weeks I’ll be able to post online only when I borrow a computer from my friend…

I’ve left Philippines already and arrived today in the morning back in Mui Ne, Vietnam. I have already had one awesome session, looking forward to all the next ones! I can see my time spent on Boracay has not been for nothing, because my kiting is much better now (even though all the chop makes me feel really unsteady) than compared to two months ago πŸ™‚ I’m going to push it and learn something new in these 3 weeks I’ll be spending in Vietnam!

Below is my latest video edit, fully shot on Bulabog Beach on Boracay. It’s a great place and if you ever consider visiting Philippines to kitesurf, you definitely have to check it out! Big thanks go to Ocean Republic Kite Centre and to all my teammates and riding buddies – you are all a real inspiration to me!

may wind be with you,
Suzana

VIETNAM FUN (or no) FACTS

#1 puppies: yes, dogs: no

If you ever see a dog in Mui Ne that is more than 1 year old, you can consider yourself lucky. Puppies can be seen everywhere, but grown up dogs are very rare and that’s because… Vietnamese simply eat them. As sad and repulsive as it is for me, this is just a cultural thing that one has to accept. Still, it always bothers me when I see a cute puppy running down the street and I know that sooner or later it will probably end up in someone’s meat&rice…

#2 motorbikes, helmets, vietnamese driving licence

Saigon, the motorbike city

Saigon, the motorbike city

In Vietnam motorbikes are way more common on the streets than cars. Wearing helmets is obligatory – if the police stops you and you don’t have a helmet, a standard $10 fee is charged. If they check you for a vietnamese driving licence (which you obviously won’t have) they confiscate your bike and you have to pick it up at the police station later (after paying a fine). Helmets can be bought almost everywhere and they are pretty cheap, but most of them are just a colorful piece of plastic with a strap, so they provide zero protection in case of an accident.

#3 cheap RUM

Rum is THE thing in Vietnam. Mixed with coke and ice, it is our must have on every night out. Perfect while playing pool or relaxing on beanbags in one of our favourite clubs. Prices in stores range from 20.000 to 80.000 ($1-$4) for a bottle.

#4 Living&Giving/Buddha Beach/Dragon Beach

Even though its name changes a few times every season, this pub/club is absolutely the best to hang out with friends in the evenings. Open air area with beds, beanbags and a pool table is perfect for chatting and meeting new people. Everyone hangs out there. Happy Hour from 8PM till 10PM.

#5 Lam Tong

chicken springrolls and iced lemon tea

chicken springrolls and iced lemon tea

Lam Tong is THE place where everyone goes for breakfasts/lunch/dinner/late night snack. The food here is VERY GOOD and VERY CHEAP… that’s a lot of ‘very’ here. Banana pancakes with milk, tofu with lemon grass and chili, chicken or pork in claypot, fresh springrolls, lemon juice, jinseng pineapple milk… I could go on and on about how good all these things are. Once you’ve tried Lam Tong food your standards for what is ‘good&cheap’ will never be the same again… The only downside of this place is the waiting time – sometimes you would get your food super quickly, but often you have to wait way too long, especially when there are lots of people… this is not SO bad though, as in Lam tong you can ALWAYS see familiar faces from all over Mui Ne – chances of sitting bored and alone at table are close to zero πŸ™‚

#6 Malibu kitespot

where all the surfers go

where all the surfers go

It is true that the most popular kitesurfing area in Mui Ne is wavy and choppy and just crappy in general. However, about 20 minutes ride from the town, right after Mui Ne fishing village, there is another kitesurfing spot which everyone calls Malibu. It’s a place where surfers usually go, as the waves there can get up to 3m, but it is also very nice for kitesurfing – perfectly flat water everywhere between the waves! if you ever go to Mui Ne, don’t forget to ask locals about this place, it’s definitely worth seeing πŸ™‚

#7 sugar cane juice

That's how sugar cane juice is made!

That’s how sugar cane juice is made!

costs only 5.000dong (25 cents), iced sugar cane juice is one of my Vietnamese guilty pleasures. It’s cold, sweet and it quenches your thirst like nothing else!

#8 money

This is the thing that confused me profoundly right after I’ve arrived. Jesus Christ, so many zeroes on every friggin’ note! One dollar is roughly 20.000 here! And yet, for 1$ you can buy 2 bottles of water OR a bottle of rum OR 4 coconut cookies OR a sandwich OR four cups of sugarcane juice… and a small fun fact – money in Vietnam is WATERPROOF, which means you no longer have to worry that you forgot a 100.000 note in your boardshorts and went for a ride…

#9 funny coconut-shaped boats

Rowing this thing straight could be an olympics dyscipline.

Rowing this thing straight could be an olympics dyscipline.

You can see these boats everywhere – wooden/plastic, round, blue, looking like a half of a coconut, these boats are used by locals for fishing. There’s no engine or a normal helm or a rudder – these boats have only one paddle which moves from one side to another, making the boat move forward. obviously it is very hard to steer – if you don’t do it properly, you will just end up going in never ending circles…

That would be all for now. But just because adding pictures is so fun, here are a few more…

What is better than a fresh banana or a coconut served straight on the beach?

What is better than a fresh banana or a coconut served straight on the beach?


the port in Mui Ne fishing village

the port in Mui Ne fishing village


Food market in Mui Ne. Cheap local food, sugar cane juice, fruit and vegetables. Yes!!

Food market in Mui Ne. Cheap local food, sugar cane juice, fruit and vegetables. Yes!!

May wind be with you,
Suzana

Vietnam, the place where magic is still alive.

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If you’re a person who desn’t believe in wizards, spells and all the mystical voodoo madness, you have surely never been to Vietnam. I am absolutely positive that’s the case, because if you have ever spent here at least a few days, you would for sure know that Vietnam is magic. It is magic, in its pure unravished form and just as any other magical place it has sucked me in, wrapped its sticky, hot fingers around my soul and proclaimed me its property, making me completely unable to remember about all the things that once seemed important. I’ve been stuck in this extatic state for over a month now, enjoying my every hour, every minute of every day and wondering how can a person be so utterly happy.

Vietnam is a place where motorbikes rule the streets, where everyone can be a millionaire and where censorship is still perfectly alive and kickin’. The air is hot and moisty, iced coffee almost unbearably sweet and seafood as popular as McDonalds back home.

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The place where I spend most of my time is obviously the beach and looking back I think I chose the best kiteschool here I possibly could. C2sky kitecenter has all I could wish for – a lazy dog wandering around, a comfy hammock with a perfect sea view, a neverending supply of iced tea for anyone who wishes to quench their thirst after a good kitesesh. And most importantly – it has amazing, AMAZING people. People who welcomed me as one of their own as soon as I arrived, who shared their time and stories with me and who showed me all that I needed to see. I never expected to find here friends who would make me want to stay and yet I did and I am grateful for that. Vietnam is not my dream place, this is not yet the place where I one day stop and stay, but I definitely feel this is the closest I have ever been to finding it. Vietnam makes me believe my place, THE place, exists somewhere and the mere thought of that is exciting.

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I’ll be here for only 3 days more, but somehow I’m not especially sad. I’ve made so many good memories, met so many incredible people, discovered so many things… everything good must eventually end, but if you really get the best of the time you have, you don’t feel regrets at the end. i was supposed to be here for a month, but I’ve already stayed two weeks longer than that, and now I feel that this is exactly the amount of time I was meant to have here. Lately, I’ve been waking up with the “time to move on” feeling in my stomach again, so I’m pretty sure it’s time to go. I’m looking forward to my next destination, to all the new stories, places and people that await me.

I was born to do this. Thanks to Vietnam I know it now better than ever before.

More pictures from Vietnam can be found in the gallery on I KITE IT Facebook page!

May wind be with you,
Suzana