Kiko is boundless enthusiasm personified. Originally from Valencia but now living in the kiteboarding mecca of Tarifa in Southern Spain, Kiko’s become a fully-blooded member of the Tarifa strapless mafia and his level’s been going through the roof. He exploded onto last year’s tour with a stellar early showing at the Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfer Pro, holding his own in tough heats against some of the tour’s most experienced competitors. His strapless freestyle ability is improving all the time and he could be a serious contender in the coming years. He always get a big reaction from the crowds, is something of a favourite among his fellow tour riders and his infamous ‘Eel Dance’ is something to behold as well!
Wet Watersports, ION Spain, Duotone Kiteboarding Spain and Hilx Sunglases
Second place in the Spanish Championship (SKL – Spain Kiteboarding League)
I don’t have a favourite spot because I haven’t been able to travel everywhere yet. I like my local spots in my hometown and also the spots in where I live now in Tarifa, but I haven’t seen enough places yet to really decide! My first experience in real waves was in Dakhla and that spot was very nice. I like it so much.
Favourite thing about competing on tour?:
I like the fun with the participants and friends in the events and I love it when the audience is pushing us and encouraging us to do our best. That support is awesome and motivates us all to try more difficult tricks.
Standout moment 2017:
I don’t have an important standout moment in terms of results on this year’s tour, but a funny standout moment was when the speaker asked me to do my trademark ‘Eel Dance’ to warm up the audience. And I did!
Favourite competitors to ride against and watch:
I always watch everyone because you can always learn from them by just watching their heats, how they warm up or by just taking in the advice they give you. I like to ride against everyone actually. It’s a big privilege for me to participate on the tour and I always remind myself that two years ago I was just watching the contest as a spectator, and I thought that I could never participate here because I would never have a good enough level for this competition. Now I’m here so riding against all the riders is fantastic!
As a personal goal, I would like to improve my 2017 results, but the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy this experience.
How do you train?:
I only train by kitesurfing. I’ve recently joined a gym but I can’t ever find the time to go there. There’s always too much wind so I get distracted!