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Georgina Monti

Georgina MontiGeorgina Monti, born on February, 13th 1995 in Southend On Sea, Essex, Great Britain is a Kiteboarder whom is sponsored by Agent Eight, Richys Kitesurf School and Kitepix.

For as long as Georgina can remember she's loved being in the water. From a young age, her parents would take her brother and her barefooting, waterskiing and to the coast to boogie board and surf - they just couldn’t get enough.

Throughout school, she loved to swim and would compete in interschool events too. Like most little girls, she loved horses and got her first horse when she was only seven - which forced the watersports into the backseat for a while.

In the meantime, Georgina competed nationally with her rescue horse Rodney, who she trained to become a Grade C affiliated showjumper and they won many competitions together.

It wasn’t until she was 16 years old that she took up wakeboarding at a new local wake park, which reignited her love for watersports.

With every sport she does, she pushes herself to exert maximum effort and she did just that with wakeboarding.

Georgina MontiUnfortunately, at 17 Georgina dislocated her hip while riding on an obstacle and didn’t realize how serious it was or the implications but was forced to sit out three months recovery before jumping back in the saddle and into the water.

Not long after she decided to give kitesurfing a try after watching her brother do it for so many years. She decided that she loved it too and at 18, after finishing her studies of chemistry, biology, English literature and mathematics, she travelled to the Dominican Republic for the winter to train in a warmer climate.

"I’ve always loved the ocean! When I was young I used to water ski and surf a lot and as I grew up I tried many other water sports like sailing and wakeboarding and loved them all!

At last I got offered a kitesurfing lesson so pounced on the chance, then from that moment on my whole life revolved around kitesurfing."

"It gave me a feeling like no other sport! I’ve always wanted to travel so now I take 6 months in the winter to the Dominican Republic to train, kite, surf and live the endless summer!

I am also now a qualified instructor so I enjoy teaching and coaching and just sharing the Stoke with other people!"

Georgina was completely hooked on the sport and ever since has travelled to and from the Caribbean competing and training with the support of several amazing sponsors.

Georgina Monti"I don’t spend much time back in the UK now but instead, I chase the wind and waves for kitesurfing and surf, and the clearer warm waters to freedive. In between, I have worked on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island teaching watersports."

"I also coach freestyle, strapless and foil kiting and work full time in digital marketing and content creation. I have also been incredibly lucky to compete in prestigious kite competitions like the World Kiteboarding League and I’m training hard on and off the water for many more to come.

I’m eternally grateful for the support from my family and my sponsors who help me strive to be my best in all of my sports."

A normal day for Georgina starts at sunrise with a surf session, followed by breakfast/brunch and some work. Usually, the wind picks up midday and depending on the wind strength and wave conditions, she’ll either go for a foil, strapless wave session or twin-tip freestyle session.

"Then I’ll head back home for some sunset yoga, have something to eat, squeeze in a little more work and then finally pass out for the evening!"

This sport’s performance involves being accustomed to different factors. Wind can be tricky at times like when the wind is really gusty it makes it hard to do tricks, but wind strength can also get tricky, especially when it’s up and down. But, landing new tricks perfectly gives you a feeling like no other!

Georgina MontiA lot of her practice is obviously on the water, but she says it’s important to think and practice tricks on land too with either a bar hanging out of a tree or just flying a kite and practicing on the land in an open space.

"I haven’t been competing very long but I feel it is something you get better at with practice, so by practicing heats and my tricks consistently it's hopefully going to help me out this year."

"Body strength is definitely important, so working out at the gym and staying fit and strong can really reduce the chance of injury on the water and help you throw your tricks bigger and better!"

"I hate losing - Let’s face it no one wants to lose but someone has to. It’s part of the experience and losing can be a really positive experience and it can show you where your weak spots are."

"When it comes to fans, my dad is totally my biggest fan! He stands in the freezing wind and rain just to get some pictures of me kiting and if he can’t come and watch a competition, he’s checking Facebook and texting me trying to find out what’s going on!"

"The best piece of advice I have been ever given is that whatever happens, you can always turn it around. You could be having a terrible kite with gusty wind and unable to land any tricks - just go back to basics, boost big, have a laugh with your friends, then you can turn any bad situation into a good one!"

"Even in competitions, I’ve learned even when I’ve ridden badly and have lost, to take out the positives like 'I threw this tricks nicely but just not the others so I need to work on that'. Turn those negatives into positives!

Georgina Monti"My future plans are just to keep traveling, teaching and just kiting as much as possible! To live the dream!

Anyone new to the sport - Don’t ever give up, sometimes progression can take a while but you never know how close you are to something until you keep at it and then finally do it."

"I’ve had days where I’ve been trying a new trick and said so many times to myself 'I’ll try one more time then I give up.' and soon enough I’ll land it! So just keep at it!"

"My upbringing instilled our sense of adventure and love for the water. My parents - as far back as I can remember they had my brother and I outdoors and in the water. They always kept us really active, so while most of our childhood friends went on vacation to Disneyland, we would be on waterski trips or surf trips along the coast."

"Having a brother I was close to also meant I always had someone to adventure and get up to mischief with while we were growing up. It also meant I always felt comfortable in the water knowing he was there and my parents were always on the beach."

"Leaving family behind is never easy and probably the hardest part about living away - especially in a foreign country, but I definitely don’t miss the weather. There is something really special about an English summers day, but unfortunately for me, they’re too infrequent and I just want to be in the sunshine and in warmer oceans."

Georgina Monti"As for politics, as I’m British born and bred, I stay up to date with the politics and feel privileged to be in a position to vote and help make positive changes."

"I do feel like I’m looking at it from the outside, which helps me to view things from a different perspective where I’m not blasted with media, but I also like to keep up with the news and do my research on the current affairs."

"Social media often paints a distorted picture of my lifestyle. That is a huge downside to Instagram. I live a really awesome action packed life, but in all honestly, the hardest part is being away from my family. Facetime is amazing, but time with your family I feel is one of the most precious things."

"I am so fortunate so be surrounded by support in whatever venture I’m on. My parents and brother have always supported me and pushed me to follow my athletic goals and live a happy and fulfilling lifestyle."

"I also have a group of incredible friends, who I also class as family both at home in the UK and in the Caribbean who are always pushing, inspiring and also keeping me grounded when things get tough."

"I also owe a huge thank you to the brands I work with like Cabrinha Kites, Vivida Lifestyle and many more who help me to train on and off the water."

Georgina MontiGeorgina worked on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson teaching kitesurfing. An opportunity that also allowed her to meet the Obamas. "It was an experience that is pretty high up there! You’re always told to never meet your heroes but the Obama’s exceeded all my expectations and are just truly incredible, humble and inspiring people."

"I’m also incredibly fortunate to have many wonderful people here who aren’t so well known but just as important, like those at the forefront of fighting environmental issues, those who are pushing the boundaries of medical science and so many more interesting and selfless people. I feel inspired every single day."

Georgina competed in the World Kiteboarding League and won the Susi Mai Invitational Freestyle Competition. When asked what it was like competing in the water and whether her show jumping background helped she replied:

"Most definitely! Being able to get into your focused and competition mind set is key and translates across all sports from show jumping to kitesurfing."

"However, there are a lot more variables in ocean related competitions compared to show jumping - so competing in the water can get tricky.

You’re relying on the wind conditions, wave conditions, weather and sometimes it all works in your favour, and others it doesn’t. That’s why I feel it is really key to practise in ALL conditions so you can be the best well rounded athlete you possibly can."

Georgina MontiIn a blog post Georgina wrote about a garbage dump in the Dominican Republic titled ‘Where Does Our Trash Go?’ As someone so connected to nature, how concerned is Georgina with the state of pollution in the oceans?

"It’s really terrifying and despite often wanting to bang your head against a brick wall, we can all do our part and make a huge difference from picking up rubbish, changing our eating habits, saying no to plastic to even just educating one more person a day."

"I’ve already seen a lot of change in habits of both people and companies; it’s now great that it is ‘fashionable’ to be green."

"There are also breakthroughs every day on alternatives to plastics, cleaning up the ocean, protests from school children demanding change, actions from world leaders and more. It’s so important to keep sharing all of the progress to keep us feeling inspired so we don’t become dulled down in it all."

Read Georgina's blog post on trash at: Where does our trash go...?

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