Wednesday: 1st June
Words: Kate Chandler | Pictures: Ydwer van der Heide
Today we continue our “Meet the Team” series here at the GKA, with part two of meeting the Judges.
Find out how you end up judging the best athletes in the world and what our judges have been up to during lockdown.
We’d like to introduce you to Fadi Issa, Rui Meira and Tanja Rosenkranz, the first female judge on the GKA World Tour.
Tanja started her kiting adventures in 2005 and competed on the local scene in Germany, as well as in Europe from 2008-2013. During this time she was also German Snowkite Champion. In 2007 she moved to Tarifa chasing the wind and warmer conditions, where in 2010 she opened Free Your Mind watersports center.
In 2018 she met the GKA team in Dakhla and joined the Tour as the first female judge. She felt at home straight away with so many familiar faces from the Tarifa kite scene. As the only female judge on the world tour there is some pressure to do a great job and also promote kitesurfing to other women worldwide. Seeing the riders’ level improve greatly over recent years has brought a huge boost in numbers of female competitors and kiters worldwide, which Tanja is extremely happy to see happen.
Besides running her watersports business in Tarifa, Tanja is also involved in a new kite hotel project in Sri Lanka which should have been opened this season. Unfortunately due to the worldwide pandemic, things are on hold for now in Sri Lanka, Tanja included. She is currently locked down in paradise filling her days with work, planning a soon to be released functional movement series for kiters, and plenty of surfing, but she is looking forward to getting back to Tarifa once the borders are open again.
Tanja balances the kite-entrepreneur and digital nomad life with motherhood, she has a six year old son, Tay, who is already surfing and learning to kite, he has even been sponsored by Flysurfer! She has been living the digital nomad dream life, travelling the world since 2007 and living in places like Egypt, Brazil, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka and Morocco. You can follow Tanja’s adventures here.