Get to know a little more about Spanish Athlete, Rita Arnaus
After five years on the World Tour, Rita Arnaus doesn’t need much introduction! One of several Spanish athletes currently competing professionally, she is sitting in fifth in the current rankings. Not only is she a renowned pro-athlete, but Rita also boasts the largest social media following of most kite athletes, with almost 90k Instagram followers. So, what made Rita the successful pro-rider that she is today? Let’s find out more:
Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into kiteboarding?
I was born into a very sporty family; both mum and dad were Spanish Windsurf Champions and my dad was among the first to start kiteboarding in Spain. I got into windsurfing and sailing when I was ten-years-old, and it wasn’t until I was 16 that my dad taught me how to fly a kite. The kite community was growing a lot back at home, I had many friends that were kiteboarding and I was very eager to learn. It only took me three days until I was in the water and completely hooked on the sport.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in kiteboarding?
I don’t think I had to face more challenges because of the fact that I am a woman. Also, water and extreme sports are normal in my family, so I’ve always had a lot of support. I think women might actually have more advantages as kiteboarding is a sport dominated by men, so they will always come to you, help you with whatever you need and they love to see girls ripping on the water. I also weigh less than most of the guys, so I can always be the first one on the water as soon as the breeze starts blowing.