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Gisela Pulido


Nationality : Spain  

Date of Birth : Jan-14-1994

Nickname : Gigi

Years Kiteboarding : 12 years

Website : http://www.giselapulido.es

Twitter : @giselapulido

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gisela-Pulido/338920212712

Kite Sponsor : Best

Favorite Kite : Best GP 7m

Favorite Board : 1.32 x 40

Other Sponsors : Movistar, Red Bull, Nissan, Nilox, Baby-g

Favorite Spot : Tarifa Rio Jara (lagoon)

Favorite Move : Front Blind Mobe

Gisela Pulido's astonishing kitesurfing career took flight after watching her father kiting at the beach at the age of six and begging him to buy a small kite for her.
From a young age she showed incredible enthusiasm and competitiveness for the sport and three years later her father found himself agreeing to drive
nine year old Gisela from their home in Barcelona to the Junior European Championships in France under the promise that if she did not place on the podium she would wait a few years to grow up before trying again. Of course Gisela placed on the podium (in second place) and her career blossomed from there on.

However success such as this is only made possible by committing fully to the sport, so in 2004 the family relocated to the kitesurfing mecca of Tarifa.
“I live in Tarifa because there are great conditions for training, and I was able to combine my trainings with school. Now I am in an online school, but still live here.”

It was this move that Gisela pinpoints as the moment she "turned pro" and found herself balancing schoolwork with four times more training than she was use to. All this hard work however undoubtedly paid off because after dominating the KPWT circuit, she continued to succeed in the PKRA championships and in August 2006 (at age 13) she beat Kristin Boese to win the first of many PKRA freestyle titles. Eight years later after her first competition, Gisela is one of the best-known female names in the sport, holding seven freestyle, one wave, and several second disciplines world titles. These amazing accomplishments make her hold the record for the most Kiteboarding world titles won, which has help her attain major sponsorship deals from companies such as Red Bull and Movistar.

Despite being currently ranked number one in the world, she is not finished yet. “I just finished first year of high school, and in September I'll start the second one. Then I will go to the university for study journalism. That's what I'd like to do. I think I'll be able to combine it with the sport.”
Her competitive nature and love of the sport is leading her to bigger and better things and she one day hopes to be an Olympian in addition to the PKRA champion. “Besides the competition I like to have big challenges. Last year in August I crossed the Gibraltar Strait competing against the ferry that goes from Tarifa to Tanger. And in December I rode in the 12 Apostles in Australia. I want to keep going down this path.”


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Ranking in 2014
Event Name Discipline   Position     Points  
Think Blue. Kitesurf World Cup 2014 Freestyle 2 900
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA GRAND SLAM 2014 Freestyle 1 1000
The Red Sea Kitesurf World Cup 2014 Freestyle 2 900
Mondial Du Vent 2014 Freestyle 2 900
Dakhla Kiteboarding World Cup 2014 Freestyle 1 1000
VISIT PANAMA KITEBOARD WORLD CUP 2014 Freestyle 2 900
    TOTAL 4700
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA GRAND SLAM 2014 Slalom 9 485
    TOTAL 485
Past Years
Event Name Discipline   Position     Points  
PKRA Argentina Kiteboarding World Cup 2013 Freestyle 1 1000
2013 PKRA WORLD TOUR HAIKOU EVENT/HAINAN INTERNATIONAL KITESURF FESTIVAL 2013 Freestyle 1 1000
Pingtan Kiteboarding World Cup 2013 Freestyle 1 1000
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA GRAND SLAM 2013 2013 Freestyle 1 1000
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA GRAND SLAM 2013 2013 Slalom 1 1000
The Beetle Kitesurf World Cup 2013 2013 Freestyle 3 810
Marsala World Cup Freestyle 2013 2013 Freestyle 1 1000
Mondial Du Vent 2013 2013 Freestyle 1 1000
Dakhla Kiteboarding World Cup 2013 Freestyle 2 900
REEF Kitesurf Pro 2012 2012 Freestyle 3 790
2012 PKRA WORLD TOUR HAIKOU EVENT/HAINAN INTERNATIONAL KITESURF FESTIVAL 2012 Freestyle 3 790
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA GRAND SLAM 2012 2012 Freestyle 4 710
The Beetle Kitesurf World Cup 2012 2012 Freestyle 1 1000
Copa Mundial De Kitesurf Adicora 2012 Freestyle 1 1000
O\'neill Kitesurf World Cup The Hague 2012 2012 Freestyle 2 885
Mondial Du Vent 2012 2012 Freestyle 1 1000
Dakhla Kiteboarding World Cup 2012 Freestyle 4 710
The Beetle Kitesurf World Cup 2011 – St. Peter-Ording 2011 Freestyle 1 1000
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA GRAND SLAM 2011 2011 Freestyle 1 1000
Mondial Du Vent 2011 2011 Freestyle 1 1000
Dakhla Kiteboarding World cup 2011 2011 Freestyle 2 885
HUA HIN KITEBOARIDNG WORLD CUP 2011 2011 Freestyle 1 1000
PKRA World Tour Australia 2010 – Gold Coast 2010 Freestyle 2 885
Teri Kite Pro 2010 2010 Freestyle 2 885
Kitesurf World Cup Bariloche Argentina 2010 Freestyle 1 1000
Kiteboarding World Cup 2010 Tenerife - Freestyle 2010 Freestyle 1 625
Kiteboarding World Cup 2010 Tenerife -Wave 2010 Waves 1 1000
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA SUPER GRAND SLAM 2010 2010 Freestyle 3 790
FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA SUPER GRAND SLAM 2010 2010 Race 7 59
Palmolive Kitesurf World Cup 2010 – St. Peter Ording 2010 Freestyle 1 1000
Palmolive Kitesurf World Cup 2010 – St. Peter Ording 2010 Race 0 0
Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup 2010 Waves 3 790
Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup 2010 Freestyle 1 625
Cabarete World Cup 2010 2010 Freestyle 1 875
Mondial Du Vent 2010 2010 Freestyle 1 1000
HUA HIN KITEBOARIDNG WORLD CUP 2010 Race 5 342
HUA HIN KITEBOARIDNG WORLD CUP 2010 Freestyle 1 1000
Teri Kite Pro 2009 2009 Freestyle 3 790
MONDIAL DU VENT 2009 2009 Freestyle 2 885
MOVISTAR KITEBOARD WORLD CUP 2008 - Chile 2008 Freestyle 1 1000
Kite-Extreme Brazil 2008 2008 Freestyle 2 885
2008 FESTIVAL OF THE WIND 2008 Freestyle 1 1000
Colgate Kitesurf World Cup 2008 2008 Freestyle 2 885
Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding Grand Slam 2008 2008 Freestyle 1 1000
MOVISTAR NISSAN KITE PRO 2008 2008 Freestyle 1 1000
Cabarete World Cup 2008 2008 Freestyle 1 1000
Venezuela Kiteboarding World Cup 2008 2008 Freestyle 2 885
MONDIAL DU VENT 2008 2008 Freestyle 1 1000
MOVISTAR KITEBOARD WORLD CUP 2008 - Mexico 2008 Freestyle 2 885
Marsala Kite World 2007 2007 Freestyle 1 1000
Surf Worldcup 2007 2007 Freestyle 1 1000
MOVISTAR Venezuela World Cup 2007 2007 Freestyle 2 885