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Maiya Holton

Maiya Holton is a young girl who loves windsurfing. Her first day on a windsurfer was windless and raining, but she knew instantly this was something she wanted to do. Within three months, she had her own shortboard. A year later, she won the 13-and-under division of the Madloop Junior Freestyle Competition. In years to come, she hopes to be making her way as a professional windsurfer in all the disciplines. Maiya is eleven years old.

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Q. What is it that you love about windsurfing?
I love going fast across the water. And I love the challenge of learning every single thing I possibly can about it.

Q. What is your favourite thing to do in windsurfing?
That's really hard, because I love everything. But probably my favourite thing is jumping - I love the feeling you get when you're in the air. Unfortunately, my smallest board is still too big for me to get very high.

Q. What is your favourite freestyle move that you can do?
Probably the move I invented, which I call the Gonzales (after Speedy Gonzales, fastest mouse in Mexico). It basically is half a duck tack with a reverse sail-360 attached to it. I also like doing a no-footed sail-360.

Q. What move are you working on now?
I'm making my way towards doing a forward loop. I really want to do high wind freestyle. I also want to do planing duck gybes but my sail is too big.

Q. What equipment do you have?
A Hot Sails Maui Smack 4.0, a Starboard Evo 80 litres and a JP Freestyle Wave 107 litres. I also have a Techno board on loan.

Q. If you could have any equipment, what would you want the most?
Hot Sails Maui Microfire 3.2 sail and a Starboard Prokids Flare 60 litres. I wish it was easier to get proper kids' equipment in New Zealand.

Q. How often do you go windsurfing?
On average, four or five days a week, five hours a day. I'm homeschooled so I get to go windsurfing when the wind is best.

Q. What was your best day windsurfing?
I recently went to Pt Chev for the first time and I loved being able to speed along for as far as I wanted. It was also great being out with the amazing slalom racers, they were so inspiring.

Q. How did it feel to win your divison in the Madloop Freestyle Competition?
It was amazing, I am still so happy about it. I really didn't expect to win, some of the other kids were doing some great moves.

Q. What are your plans for this year?
Hopefully to enter in the new junior freestyle competitions AWA are talking about having, and to generally get better at windsurfing. I also want to try getting sponsorship so I can buy the right sized sail and board for me.

Q. Where do you hope to be in ten years' time?
On the PWA tour! I want to get as good as I can possibly manage so I can do this.

Q. When you're not on the water, what do you do?
Wish I was on the water, plan my next session on the water, read windsurfing magazines, read Tricktionary, research windsurfing on the internet, design boards and sails, and spend time with friends even though they don't windsurf.

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