Mitu Monteiro @mitumonteiro
told me about the start of his career, it was so inspiring to see which challenges he had to overcome to become world champion:
"When I started competing, my
family didn´t have money and I needed to work to save every dime to be able to go on a trip to compete. It was not easy, one time there was no wind and we couldn´t ride, so there also was no prize money. I did not have a sponsor back then. I love my sport and I invested to pay my gear and to buy the tickets.
When I won the world championship, I got the result for my hard work.
It also opened the door for Airton and Matchu, because now in Cape Verde it´s different.
Back then when you said in Cape Verde: "I am going to go kitesurfing" , people told you: No better go fishing, then we have fish to eat. If you say: "No I am going to take a wave" ,
They said: No we cannot eat the wave. Now even ministers come to our school, sit down and chat with us because they know that kitesurfing is important for the tourism and the economy of Cape Verde"
Mitu started with windsurfing with a board he found in the trash and built his own sail. The big smile on his face and his positive attitude comes from the fact that he appreciates everything he has in life. Very inspiring! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Read the full interview in #132
of the Kiteboarding Magazin @kiteboarding.eu
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