Do you get nervous?
Olivia: I am definitely always nervous when kiting Jaws. In fact, the nerves begin as soon as we start to see huge readings on the buoys about 24 hours in advance. However, I kind of thrive off of these jitters.
Do you have any 2022 goals that may rival that feat?
Olivia: Each time I kite Jaws, I hope to get a bigger and better wave where I am deeper and in a more consequential position. So I guess a 2022 goal would be to do just that!
What would you say to someone that wants to ride Jaws?
Olivia: I would say it is essential to put in the time to prepare for it. There are many ways you can do this. Obviously, you will want to put in the time kiting waves and spend time training in the gym. I would advise spending time improving your static and active breath holds. It is essential to formulate a safety team – to gather a team of people that you trust (and that trust you) and acquire a jetski – you don’t want to rely on a stranger who happens to be out there to save you if something goes wrong! You also want to spend some time on Maui talking to locals and getting insight into the wave and the conditions. Spend some time kiting the outer reefs on Maui on big swells, as when it can get pretty solid out there and is good preparation for Jaws! It also helps to get a few poundings on the outer reefs. You will want to gather all the right gear in terms of boards, kites, inflation, and impact suits. Overall, preparation is key.
What are you working on now in watersports?
Olivia: I want to progress in a wide variety of ocean sports, especially within kiting, surfing, and wingfoiling. In terms of kiting, I want to work on improving in all disciplines such as wave riding, twin-tipping, foiling, etc. I want to continue progressing in wing-foiling, especially in terms of freestyle. I am surfing a lot more now and want to improve in all disciplines – shortboarding, longboarding, and prone foiling. I want to get barreled more. I think my progression in surfing will strengthen my abilities at kite wave riding. I guess I want to be well rounded and be confident to get onto the water in any type of condition. Along the way, I hope to create fun new interesting projects and share my adventures with the world.