Ride With Hannah
Best is proud to announce that extreme athlete Hannah Whiteley has joined team Best. Hannah is known for riding hard and going big, this is why she is a perfect fit for the Extract team joining Ruben Lenten and Lewis Crathern seeking out the most insane stunts and pushing the sport of kiteboarding to the next level. Here is a bit more about the girl that everyone wants to know more about!
Years Kiting: 7 years
Two words that describe your riding style: Fast & furious.
What tricks are you working on: Flat 3 variations off waves, working on my style and want to put in grabs.
Inspirations: A guy from my local beach that learned to kite at 60 years old and when I’m in my full winter 6mm wetsuit he is still shredding in his summer wetsuit!
Unforgettable Moment: The day I learnt to stay upwind, I was screaming so loud on the water and it was onshore wind so the whole of my beach heard my magic moment too! Another special memory was the day I did my first air pass at my local beach, Lytham.
Best Trip Ever and why: That’s hard to say, I feel very grateful to have had so many great adventures & opportunities. My favorite trip was probably my first ever trip to Turkey with my local kite friends. The spot was amazing, totally empty with wind every day. Every session I was nailing something new on the water. The kite school also took us on loads of different adventures daily to really get the full Turkish experience. Turkish people are some of the most lovely people I have ever met.
Why I ride for Best: I’m over the moon to be riding Best Kiteboarding equipment, the performance and quality of the gear really is simply the ‘Best’. I feel totally in control on the water. My riding is becoming so much stronger on my new quiver of Extracts kites and TS’s. For me one of the greatest feelings in kitesurfing is the thrill of progressing. With my gear performing at such a high level I’m confident my riding will too.
What are your plans now with the Extract team around Ruben Lenten and all the other world champions like Youri Zoon and Gisela Pulido as team mates? I'm super excited to join such a prestigious team of the sport’s top athletes. It’s really inspiring to surround myself with such a close knit and dedicated group of riders who have become great friends. Best had really been able to create a very welcoming family atmosphere and I couldn't be happier to be working with the Best! I'm currently in Cape Town with Ruben and Lewis where we've already begun working on a new extreme video pushing the limits of the sport and working on some projects that we need to keep under wraps. ;) You'll have to keep a close eye on what’s to come!
Are you already looking forward to the next team shoots with Best? Absolutely. It's an exciting time for all of us.
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Photos: Bianca Asher