27, wait, what?


Today is my birthday (27! Time to start calling myself ‘an old hag’ or what?) and so, I have decided to sit down and scribble something here. So let’s see…

After an amazing week spent in the CWC cable park in the Philippines and two days of full-on chilling during the best transit in Bangkok I have ever had, I have finally landed back in Warsaw, my lovely home city, and I’ve been staying here for over two weeks now.

The first question that has hit me upon arrival was “OK lady, so what are you gonna do with your life now?” and to be completely honest, the first few days were a constant search for the best answer. I wanted to do something that will let me develop in the direction that interests me in kiteboarding, I wanted it to be something that, for a change, puts ME first in my own head and I wanted it to be something sensible, because for the past year, as awesome as it was, it seems I have made many misplaced decisions that have not profited me in any particular way. I have kind of realised that, being 27 years old, I can’t do things the same way as when I was 23. Life is different now in many ways and it’s time to step up my game a notch, otherwise this lifestyle will just leave me behind.

So I sat down. And I started thinking about the things that I truly want.

Life is an interesting little bugger, because it seems to me that when you open your mind to all the possibilities, put yourself first and assume that you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to, it always shows you new solutions you haven’t seen before. And it surely did so for me this time, and my new plan is already in motion! πŸ™‚

For all of you interested, I will be hanging out in Poland a lot more this spring and summer. You’ll see me more on the Polish competitions, festivals, girls kite meetings (Cabrinha Girls Weekends – yes, those things are totally happening this year too! We’ve already started planning dates and the general outline, so stay tuned! I’m so excited that this little pet project of mine is still growing strong and receiving so much support from the outside), we’ll be organizing some exciting stuff like photoshoots, downwinders and wakeboarding trips on no-wind days… It looks like my schedule will be pretty packed with awesomness this summer and truth be told – I can not wait!

Probably the best part of me being back home is that I have visited Cabrinha Poland office and have finally oficially SIGNED A NEW CONTRACT with Cabrinha for another two years! I’m changing my setup a bit too, from now on I will be riding Chaos kites and Custom board with Cabrinha boots. I’ll still have my XCaliber on the side of course, but for now I’m super thrilled to step up my game and expand into different areas of the sport a bit πŸ˜‰ Funny how I’ve been into kiteboarding for quite a few years now but recently I feel like a beginner all over again in so many things!

Even though Polish competitions usually start in May already, I don’t think the Polish season will kick in for real until around mid-June (and let’s be honest – it’s too cold for me before that anyway), so until then I will for sure go on one or two smaller kite trips abroad for myself, just to explore, log in some hours on the water, take some photos and maybe release a kite story or two… Actually, I have just bought (a b-day present to myself, haha!) a ticket to Sardinia on 29 March. Sardinia looks like an amazing place that has it all – flat water, 2.0 for no-wind days and even some obstacles on the kitespot (now that will be fun to try!). I am EXTREMELY excited, because Sardinia is one of those places on my kite list that I have always wanted to visit. And it’s going to be my first proper kite trip (without working) in ages! πŸ˜‰

That’s it for now, my next update hopefully will be from Sardinia already!

May wind be with you,


Paradise, here I come :D

Holy shit, I DID IT!!! I. DID. IT.

I spent last 3 weeks back in my hometown, burried under piles and piles of unread notes and classes materials. Essays. Exams. Final papers. Go to classes and be smart, after all you are the only one who was missing for a month. Try to act like your suntan is nothing, like your bleached hair is nothing, like the fact you just don’t visually belong in this pale-faced, dark-clothed mass of people is nothing. And just stay calm, it doesn’t matter that if you screw up something your whole plan for the next year will go to hell. After all, what’s life without a little gamble here and there πŸ˜‰

Phew. Only now, when it is actually over, I can see how stressful it’s been. But I did it! The only thought that kept me going and made me work every day those past three weeks was that this is the last time, last effort and if only I can do it, I’ll have all I wanted.

Now it’s all done and it feels GOOD.

University stuff aside, it was really nice to spend time with my family and see my close friends. This time I was gone only for a month, so I didn’t miss them too much yet, but I know from now on I’ll be seeing less of them so I really wanted to have some quality time with my Important People πŸ™‚ And a few days after I landed in Warsaw the snow started falling and it became soooo pretty! I love it when it snows here, everything is covered in a white, fluffy layer of powder and you can cuddle in your bed under a blanket and read one book after another… unless you have to study, but of course I tried to stay somewhere in the middle, otherwise I would just go crazy πŸ˜‰ So this ‘small’ trip back to Poland was not bad at all… after all, life is not all about kitesurfing (even though it is my thing no.1 on the “NEVER LET GO” list).

So now that I’ve done all I had to do here, said my goodbyes and took care of all the things, it is time to go on an adventure again. I am extremely happy that in a few hours I’ll be boarding a plane that is gonna take me back to Boracay, where I’m gonna spend at least next two months… super excited to film more with my friend the next 3 weeks, various ideas are overflowing my head and I really need to finally let them out! πŸ˜‰

Until next time!

Can't wait to be back on the water!

Can’t wait to be back on the water!

May wind be with you,

2 weeks until the start of the rest of my life <3

I am so stoked today. So very very stoked I can’t really keep it in, have to shout it to the world πŸ™‚

Last 2 months have been quite hard on me, with most of my plans crumbling, lots of money lost, some goodbyes I didn’t want to say, tons of difficult decisions to be made and quite a few hardships I had to go through to be able to say today ‘I am back on my feet’. Well, not quite yet, but things are getting better and better and lately I am looking into the future with a lot of hope again πŸ™‚ I couldn’t have done it without a few grand people who supported me the last two months and provided me with all the psychological, financial and legal help – you know who you are and I hope you know how grateful I am!

As of now, I am back in Poland, finishing my last semester at university… It was a last-second decision to come back to studying instead of throwing it all away, and I am so glad that I made it. I know now that if I didn’t, I would probably forever regret it. My main concern was that if I go back to studying, I won’t be able to pursue the lifestyle I so very much wanted and that if I don’t pursue it, I’ll wake up at some point realising it’s too late. Well, seems like even a 25 years old person can be a silly child sometimes… πŸ™‚ Everyone at university has been really kind to me and even though I am currently being flooded with extra course work, my teachers have all agreed to help me combine this last year with kitesurfing. And so, even though they are probably pushing me harder than other kids in my courses, I am allowed to skip more and so I am allowed to spend almost the whole winter in Asia, to train and take part in competitions. This makes me so insanely happy, that I don’t have to choose between education and this amazing lifestyle I love so much…

…and so, in exactly 13 days December 2013 starts, and together with December starts the rest of my life. I will begin it with a bang, going for a short trip to visit my very good friend whom I miss a lot, and then straight from that I’ll hop into a plane that will take me to Boracay. It will be interesting (and VERY time consuming for sure!) to teach, train, compete and spend time with all my friends every day and at the same time do homeworks and write my MA dissertation… but turns out there are so many people who have my back that really, failing them is not an option πŸ™‚

May wind be with you,

PS 1 – in the light of recent events concerning Yolanda typhoon on Philippines, I just wanted to remind everyone that help can be provided worldwide by donating to Red Cross. The place where I’m going, Boracay, has been spared from the damage, but other islands sadly didn’t have it that easy. There are countless people in need of food, water, sanitary supplies… if you can, please help!

PS 2 – if you LIKED my FB fanpage before, please do it one more time – I had to delete many fans to be able to introduce some changes to the fanpage… sorry for all the inconvenience!

Sorting my life out

Spending time back on my homespot in Poland has given me opportunity to finally sit down and think a bit about the upcoming months. The whole past year was a big string of unpredicted events, plans that changed one thousand times, opportunities seized and waisted and doors that were either closing or opening before me wherever I went. I travelled, I saw some things, I went to the other side of the world and back, surfed places I never though I would surf and met a few people who in some mysterious way managed to become a very important part of my present life.

It was all magical and amazing, but it was also a big, big time and money consuming mess.

So this year I’ve decided to do things differently. I am still going to go places and do stuff, but this time it’s not going to be the wild I-need-to-do-it-all-at-once craze.

After much consideration, I’ve decided the best thing for me will be to go to one windy place for the whole winter season and just settle there for a time. My final choice is Boracay, where I’ll be spending my time from 30 October until mid-April. I’ll be staying in the same awesome school as last year, so if anyone’s up for a kite lesson, you’ll find me in Ocean Republic Kite Centre πŸ™‚

Boracay will give me a great opportunity to develop my riding, as over there it’s windy almost every day, so it’s a comfortable spot with good, consistent winds that help the progress instead of stopping it. I’ve also decided to go for it this winter season and take part in the PKA tour (Philippine Kiteboarding Tour) and hopefully at least 2 stops of the KTA tour… There’s probably gonna be also one big local competition on Boracay, so I might enter that as well. Competitions help to develop your skills a lot and they give you some kind of purpose and a reason to practice, so since I’m gonna spend on Philippines 6 long months, I might just as well participate in as many as I can. So far I’ve been kind of avoiding competing, but I have a feeling if I really try, I can do it. I bought my plane ticket for the first stop of PKA today, so can’t really chicken out anymore πŸ™‚

So that’s more or less all when it comes to my winter plans. For now I am still at the Polish seaside, enjoying time on my homespot on Hel Peninsula. I’m gonna stay here one month more, hopefully producing another video… if only there’s enough wind to ride and film, it should be possible πŸ™‚

Check out a few random pictures from our daily life on Hel!

May wind be with you,

About endings and beginnings.

The most annoying thing about endings is that they come too soon when you don’t want them to. This is widely known and very obvious, as time flies by fast when you spend it in great company and in a great place. And so, my stay on Paros is coming to an end – only four days left on the island, and at this time next week I’ll be in a bus to the airport, partly sad about leaving, partly excited about my next destination.

During the past two months I have managed to: loose my passport and make a new one, see Athens, eat fresh figs from a tree for the first time, teach 29 students, learn some new tricks, kitesurf in 45knts, get in an accident, try a surfboard, see a sea turtle, make new friends and see old ones, make my first vid, get interviewed for national TV, decide a few important things, eat the best cheesecakes from the best bakery on Paros…

…and the biggest achievement so far, the number of sea urchin spikes in my feet in 2012: ZERO πŸ˜€

The season has already ended and practically no one is here anymore, so it does not feel wrong to pack my bags and go. But the thing is, I already got used to everything here, to the apartment, to the surroundings, to all the sheep I see every morning from the kitchen window… it feels very comfortable and home-like and when I think I have to trade it for something new and unknown I am not that excited to do so. But I know very well that I ALWAYS get this feeling, every single time, but as soon as my feet land on a new ground it all goes away and all that stays is hunger for new and unknown.

This time I’m gonna spend in Egypt around 2 months. I’m staying in Hurghada again, but hopefully I’ll be able to go to Safaga, Luxor and Marsa Alam as well as I have some friends over there whom I want to see πŸ™‚ And yes, this time it will all be different and no, I’m not gonna be an idiot anymore. Compared to Paros, Egypt is not the windiest place on earth, but that does not bother me really, especially that I have a little vid project in mind that has nothing to do with wind or water… When you know you’ll be kiting in a month and two and four and more, your point of view on some things changes greatly πŸ˜€

It’s nice to finally be on the right path.

May wind be with you,

Travel Plans Clear Up

I am perfectly happy here on my homespot in Poland, but it’s already mid-July and so the time has come to get off my ass and decide where am I REALLY going this season. It is one thing to dream about doing something and another thing entirely to actually DO it, but after a week of crazy searching, planning, asking around, checking prices (I’m on a zero budget as always… sad), changing, crying in despair and going through all the depressing I-will-never-make-it ups and downs, I have it all finally ready.

And so, here it is, I KITE IT around the world. If anyone finds themselves in any of the locations below at the same time as me, let me know so that we can meet up and be awesome together! πŸ˜€

07.06 – 12.08 –> Hel Peninsula, Poland
14.08 – 12.09 –> Paros, Greece
12.09 – 15.09 –> Naxos, Greece
15.09 – 22.09 –> Rodos, Greece
22.09 – 30.09 –> Cyprus
30.09 – 21.12 –> Hurghada or El Gouna, Egypt
21.12 – 11.01 –> Muscat, Oman (SO STOKED FOR THIS ONE!)
11.01 – 11.02 –> Boracay, Philippines

…aaaand then if I have any money left…

12.02 – 26.02 –> Perth, Australia
26.02 – 30.03 –> New Zealand

And after that we will see, but I’ll definitely go to Zanzibar somewhere July-September 2013 πŸ™‚ Dates may change slightly as I don’t have all the tickets yet, and I will try to buy the cheapest ones availiable… I will try to travel some more, for example when I’m in Egypt, to check out as many spots and places as possible. We’ll see what happens, the more I talk with people, the more opportunities open up for me, so who knows – I might end up somewhere totally unexpected! πŸ™‚ I have all the prices, visa info, work info etc. checked and for the first time I really believe I am going to make it. So 14 August it is and this time no looking back.

β€œAdventure is out there!” πŸ˜‰

Have my ticket to Paros already! Woohoo!

May wind be with you,