This is what Daniela says about MAX: “The MAX has been a game-changer for my training. Having instant feedback from the display that tells me where I am making gains and losses has transformed my sessions and improved my overall efficiency. It allows you to really make the most out of your training sessions with the different data display options so you know exactly what techniques or modes are working as you are riding or sailing. The MAX is definitely my new favourite training partner!”
Both of my parents were long time windsurfers that raced in everything from the local Friday Night Races at the St Francis Yacht Club to the U.S. Nationals. They were commonly seen riding out of the Berkeley Marina.
My first race was windsurfing in August of 2000. It was the San Francisco Classic, a long distance race that takes you on an epic tour around the bay. That year about 40 windsurfers started, but only 8 finished. But the funny thing is that I was not even born yet; my mom finished the Classic while she was pregnant with me. 15 years later, I finished 5th out of 25 in the same race on a kite and foil.
I started taking lessons at the Sherman Island Delta at 11 years old. In the late summer of 2013, at 12 years old, I had my first racing experience out of Crissy Field at one of the Thursday Night Races. I was hooked on going fast. Not long after, I learned how to foil (which made me go even faster).
At 14, I competed in my first international event. The following year, I realized that this was more than just a hobby – it was a passion, and I wanted to be the best I could be, and knew I could be the best in the world. I had no idea that it would happen so quickly. Chasing after that goal, I won my first World Championship at 15 years old, in 2016 as a 10th grade student. For my performance during the 2016 season, I was named 2016 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, and awarded my first Rolex.
From 2017 through 2019, I juggled high school with an international racing and training schedule, along with being a year-round club swimmer. Not only that, I graduated high school, won every single event I competed in (which includes 4 consecutive World Championships and 3 consecutive European Championships), was awarded a second Rolex by US Sailing for my 2019 racing season results, started college at the University of Hawaii (go Bows!), traveled to about 18 different countries, and have almost survived the insane rollercoaster that is my teenage years – I am 19 as I write this, but certainly don’t expect any of the craziness to stop.
For sure all of my results are probably impressive, but I am more proud of how I’ve grown as an athlete, student, and person. I am extremely grateful for everything I have gotten to experience and see, and for the many incredible opportunities I have been presented with along the way. It’s easy to talk about what I’ve done and say I’m thankful, but I truly see more value in how my experiences have shaped me as a person than the awards and titles that can be listed with my name. That, of course, is not to say I take those achievements lightly – I have worked very hard to perform at this level. But I also remember the individual moments, people, places, and experiences that have contributed to my journey. I always tell myself to live in the moment.
Now, my biggest long-term goal is to compete for the USA in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, where kiteboarding will make its Olympic debut. It won’t be easy, but I am ready for the challenge, and I can’t wait to experience everything that will happen along the way.
– 5x Formula Kite World Champion (2016-2019)
– 3x Open European Champion (2017-2019)
– 3x US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (2016, 2019)
– Rolex World Sailor of the Year Finalist (2018)
– United States SailGP Team