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Susi Mai is no stranger to the wind, water of adventure. Born to parents who were passionate windsurfers, her entire family moved to the Dominican Republic when she was five to pursue their love of adventure and great beaches. There, Susi grew up on the island, living the carefree life of a beach girl. When she was a teenager, she discovered her life’s passion: kiteboarding. After only 8 months of practicing, to everyone’s surprise, she placed 2nd in her first international PKRA competition. From that point on, her career in kiteboarding exploded, winning the King of the Air in Maui, considered one of the most prestigious events in the sport.
At 28 years old, Susi is one of the most inspirational and decorated female kiteboarders in the world. Her deep passion for growing sport has manifested into a number of creative, innovative and impactful projects, including the annual MaiTai event (dubbed by the media as the “anti-conference” and likened to the prestigious TED conferences), an exclusive kiteboarding camp in Hawaii for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to discuss the future of technology. She’s also worked with Cabrinha to design and develop a line of kiteboarding gear – just for girls – to unveil during the 2013 season, and is the official patron of KiteRight Charity, a non-profit organization that aims to use all kite sports to help improve lives of people that would not normally be able to access the sport.
When Susi’s not traveling around the world chasing the perfect wind, competing professionally, and striving to get the number of girls to outnumber boys on the water, she calls the Dominican Republic home, where she has a dog, a closet and her family.
· First person ever to clinch King of Air Maui three times consecutively (2003, 2004 and 2005)
· Top five for six years during PKRA World Tour competitions
· Susi, together with Cabrinha, created the first-ever full range of womens' specific kite gear.
· “There’s nothing better than the rush of the ocean under your board and harnessing the power of the wind with your kite – I can’t wait to bring people out there so they can learn to love this sport as much as I do.”