IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera
Where did you grow up, when did you learn to kite, and what made you interested in the sport?
I was born in the Dominican Republic, but later my family moved to Spain. When I was 12 years old, we moved to Conil in Southern Spain, just one hour from Tarifa. Two years later, I flew a kite for the first time, and that’s when I got hooked. Ever since I have always kept one eye on the forecast and don’t see myself ever living away from the sea. What got me interested was the power of the kite, the adrenalin and Tarifa’s challenging conditions.
On the women’s side, you’ve been one of the pioneers in strapless freestyle. Has this always been your discipline of choice and what attracted you to it?
To begin with, I started with freestyle and achieved a pretty decent level! But two years ago I tried the surfboard and really enjoyed it. After a few sessions, I decided to move over to strapless freestyle. I guess I switched because I am a girl who likes action. Also, we don’t usually get nice waves for wave riding here!
How has living Tarifa influenced you as a rider?
Tarifa is well known for it’s strong winds; almost everyday we get great conditions for training strapless freestyle. Many of the riders here have a super high level, so I learn from them and get motivated to improve every time I ride.
Well done on a successful start to the season on the GKA World Tour. The women seem to be on fire! What have you done to prepare for the season?
Honestly, I thought that this year we would have some more freestyle events on the tour and the other women would be a bit more motivated and prepared for it.
Last winter, I moved to Brazil to train properly. There, I got more consistent and learnt how to go bigger. I was really close to landing my first strapless kite loops!
Sadly, this year most of the women’s events are wave-based with only a bit of freestyle, as most women don’t want to ride freestyle. At the moment, I am trying to train and improve my wave riding, although this is not the easiest in Tarifa. I really Think with the right support and training I could be on top in the wave events. Wish me luck!