Do you see yourself growing more in freestyle or hydrofoil discipline in kiting?
To be honest, I am still trying to decide which path to take. It is really hard to keep up with both disciplines but not impossible. I might just challenge myself one more time, and prove that I got this and I can go through with it!
You’re a great inspiration for the people in your country! How do you reckon that having kiting in the Olympics will help inspire them and help kiting in general?
Kitesurfing becoming an Olympic sport is something huge for all of us kiters and water enthusiasts. I am very sure that this big news will inspire many riders out there to get started on Formula Kite and push their limits to get that gold medal.
How is your knee doing after your injury? Are you 100% back to the game?
Over the summer I have been training really hard both in freestyle and foiling for Formula Kite, and I can finally say that everything seems good with my knee. After a little accident in Colombia, I took it easy for a couple of months, and that time off really only helped me become stronger. I am 100% back in the game and I cannot wait to see what 2023 holds for me.
If you had to ride only one kite size and one board for the rest of your kite career what would it be?!
My favorite size kite would be the Cabrinha FX2 11m, and my favorite board is the Cabrinha CBL 139×42.
Since you are feeling more and more Italian, what’s your favorite spot to ride in Italy?!
Without a doubt, my favorite spot in Italy is Pro Kite Alby Rondina in Lo Stagnone! You all know what I am talking about. Nobody else dreams of that flat water as much as I do!
What do you do to keep yourself fit and prevent injuries?
Hard training and a good diet plays a huge part in my career and really does help prevent injuries. Something that is also extremely important is time off the water to give your body a break. I try really hard to fit some stretching and foam rolling into my routine – I have researched it and found only positive outcomes, so for sure try to add this to your weekly routine.
Would you rather live in the North Pole for six months or Scotland for six months?
North Pole for six months, 100%. Visiting the North Pole is an experience I would love to do in my life.
What do you like to do after a good day kiting at home?
A good day kiting at home means a hydrofoil session in the morning when no one else is in the water, and a freestyle session in La Boca in the afternoon. After going huge during a sunset session, I usually like to relax at home with family or friends, and maybe have a glass of wine to finish off the day and release the stress. Many times we go to La Boca and shoot videos which help me see my progression, so another thing I love to do is watch those clips and edit them so that later I can show you guys on my social media channels.
How do you think we can help more young kids from countries like the Dominican Republic or Brazil to be able to compete in the complete World Tour?
I would love for the next generation to come out and be able to experience what we got to experience. As a Cabrinha rider, one of my goals is to support this generation and start by providing them with the gear they need to improve their riding and get recognized by people and other brands from all over the world.
You’ve shown multiple times that you have the capacity to be Freestyle World Champion but you’re just missing it by an inch every year. How do you stay motivated? Is the goal the same for 2023?
Motivation will always be there, even if one day I do make it and become World Champion. It is something that runs in my blood and I love the feeling of it. I have a few goals for 2023 that I am not ready to share with you yet!
Can you give us a sneak peek into what you’re planning?!
It is a secret! But stay tuned on my social media – @deurycorniel – to find out more in the next few weeks or so.
Do you know most of the other kiters in the Dominican Republic and do you hang out together after a session?
In Cabarete, we are all family. We hang out by the beach, kite together and push each other. Lorenzo, who is my brother from another mother, comes down to Cabarete specifically to train together and push our limits. There is nothing better than kiting with friends who motivate you to become better and better.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I have a vision, and I see myself teaching my little ones how to kite and give them everything I didn’t receive when I was a kid. I also see myself owning a couple of businesses and investing in many ways possible in the kitesurfing world. I already have an online pro center, and during my off season I am open to teach anyone out there how to kite, foil or wing, and how to push your limits. Just waiting for the perfect time to turn all of this into something bigger. ■