Nine times World Champion Kitesurfing Freestyle, Guinness World Record Holder Reveals her Workout, Diet, Beauty and Success Secrets Read More
Gisela Pulido Borrell is a Spanish kitesurfer. She is a sporting prodigy of our times. Gisela Pulido’s biography is the story of what is probably the youngest world champion in the sport’s history. Gisela was born in Barcelona in January 1994. Her first years of life are spent in the Maresme, a region of great tradition in the practice of the nautical sports, where the child from an early age shows great interest in everything related to the sea.
Another of her passions is sports, especially those that involved a degree of risk, hobby she shares with her father. She being endowed with great competitive spirit gets her first sporting success in swimming. Gisela got into kiteboarding in the summer of 2001 and in July 2002 when she received her baptism as kitesurfer. The young athlete evolved beautifully in the practice of this sport and in the absence of competition in Spain, where she showed her skills, participated in the European Junior Championships 2003 with being just 9 years old she won 1st position (U-14) and 2nd place in (U-18).
With these perspectives, lapping the dilemma of supporting family kiteboarding professionally or maintain activity arising at the amateur level. With the arrival of the first sponsor (Rip Curl) Gisela included support to convince her father to let her participate in professional competitions. The deal is that if she can continue to compete on the podium, but wait to be older. The father accepts and is convinced that young Gisela shall not achieve its objective and that this will allow her to gain time in which certainly points as the greatest vocation of the girl.
The surprise came in April 2004 when Gisela is ranked 3rd in the KPWT Sables D’Olonne stage (France). A month after Junior European Champion U-21 was proclaimed in June 2004 and she won her first stage win of the world in Istanbul. Gisela culminates an incredible year in New Caledonia, which was proclaimed World Champion in the professional circuit KPWT in November 2004 at the age of 10 years.
Given such a scenario, the Pulido family moved their residence to Tarifa for the young Gisela can reconcile professional kiteboarding with her studies. Gisela’s life undergoes a radical change, travels around the world and she increase her training hours. This forces the Red Bull coaches Diagnostic & Training Center to limit her browsing time, to control as kitesurfing affect physical development in early age. 2005 was to Gisela another successful year in her career, dominating the Kitesurf World Cup (KPWT) and attracting the interest of the press and sponsors. Achieved spectacular victories in Brazil and Australia at the prestigious Gravity Games and proclaimed World Champion again.
Without doubt, 2006 is the most important year in the career of Gisela. Her physical development is correct and that the training allows more intense and progresses technically.
Get major sponsorships with Telefónica Movistar and Adecco. A leader in the World Cup for the first time KPWT, she will face the World Champion in the PKRA, Kristin Boese circuit.
For Gisela this is a dream come true and that is certainly the most important victory that gets to Boese in Fuerteventura in August 2006. In September she proclaimed Spanish championship with adding a new title to her resume. Gisela ends a great season with 4 wins on the World Tour and won in Noumea, New Caledonia KPWT three-time World championship.