Hello David, how are you? Can you introduce yourself in a few lines?
My name is David Marín Fuentes, I am 38 years old and I currently live in Cambrils (Spain).
I started sailing in 2003, we were practically the first kiteboarders in our region. There was no school or person who could teach us how it worked, it was a difficult but fun start. We quickly got hooked and started to travel looking for places to kitesurf.
In 2009, I started to compete in kite competitions and I haven't stopped until today.
I love kitesurfing competition and I have done almost all the disciplines that exist in kitesurfing like, Freestyle, straples freestyle, waves, racing, slalom etc..
My best titles:
- 3rd Spanish Championship 2019 (Strapless)
- 1st Spanish Championship 2018 (Strapless)
- 4th Spanish Championship 2017 (Strapless)
- 4th Spanish Championship 2015 (Slalom)
- 1 Champion of Catalonia 2011/2012/2013 (Race)
- 2nd International Championship Brazil 2012 (Race)
Do you wrinkle more in Twin tip or strapless?
I'm currently focusing on Strapless, because that's what I'm doing in competition right now. I've been doing the twin tip for 15 years and I love it, but now I'm having a lot more fun and enjoying surfing.
You were Spanish champion in 2018 and you follow the GKA circuit. Can you tell us what is the main difference between these 2 competitions?
The Spanish championship (SKL) consists of 3 competitions spread all over the country (Huelva, Valencia and Tarifa). The competitor with the highest number of points in the 3 competitions wins the championship.
The world championships (GKA) work almost in the same way as the Spanish championship. Competitors get points in the different events in the world. Currently there are about 6 events in the world. I was able to participate in several events in Portugal, Cape Verde and Tarifa. I got my best results in the Tarifa events in 2018 and 2019 with a 9th place.
Do you have any particular goals for the coming years?
My goals for the next few years are to continue sailing and competing at the highest level, in freestyle strapless and in waves, because that's how I enjoy the sport the most.
For this year 2020, I will try to do all the events of the Spanish championship and attend all the events I can of the World Championship.
Do you have other kitesurfing sponsors besides Wildsuits?
I am currently competing for the Eleveight brand as a main sponsor. Also Dracsboards collaborates as a sponsor, he is my trusted shaper and helps me to have my boards always in perfect condition.
How do you choose a kiteboarding kite?
In general, we have several sizes of wings. We use them according to the wind intensity. If there is a lot of wind, we use a small wing size. If there is very little wind, we use larger sizes. There are also different kite constructions for different modalities, such as the wave or foil kite or the freestyle kite. Currently I use the RS model for training and competition in Strapless and the WS model for sailing in big wave storms.
What's your favorite face?
The Rodeo Kiteloop, is a very spectacular trick for which you get a lot of altitude and a lot of power. In the air, with the board between your legs, you move the kite at maximum power and it comes out to the front. This is one of the most powerful tricks that exist today.
What are, according to you, the two best kitesurfing spots in Spain?
- Riumar, is located in the Ebro Delta Natural Park in Tarragona. It has wave and flat sea conditions. It is a perfect environment for the practice of this sport all year round. You will find several kite schools here as it is a very safe place to practice kite, with very long beaches, shallow water and a very constant wind, especially in summer.
- Sancti Petri, is a small beach next to the city of Cadiz, the environment is wonderful and when it is windy, it is an ideal place to sail. The water is flat and the waves are numerous. It is a wonderful place to visit even when there are no sailing conditions.
What would you recommend to someone who would like to start kiteboarding?
The best advice I can give to someone who wants to get into kitesurfing is to take beginner's lessons with a professional. We can't forget that it's a risky sport and that we have to be very careful, especially at the beginning. Having a professional accompanying you will help you a lot to progress faster and safer.