rom a young age, I had a passion for adventure, delving into a diverse range of extreme sports, not just kitesurfing, but also free diving, rock climbing, and mountaineering. I certified as a diver in 1994 and became a diving instructor in 2002, accumulating an impressive 5,000+ dives in locations around the globe. I also achieved recognition as a two-time Brazilian Wakeboard Champion and a three-time Brazilian Snowboard Champion. On top of that, I love tackling uncharted challenges – I entered the Guinness World Record book for being the first person to cross the longest zipline traverse over a lava lake. I was also the first Latin American person to fly a Jet Suit!
My journey into the medical field seamlessly intertwined with my love for adventure. Trained as a medical doctor, I combined my medical expertise with my passion for exploration, taking me to some of the world’s most challenging and remote environments. I am an honorary member of the UK-based World Extreme Medicine. My work in wilderness medicine led me to become the founder and first president of the Brazilian Wilderness Medicine Society. My dedication to humanitarian work has been a cornerstone of my life’s mission. I have volunteered in isolated communities across the globe, bringing much-needed medical care and support to those in need in more than 20 different countries.
As for my mountaineering achievements, I first visited Nepal as an altitude doctor, then a few years later, in 2013, went back to become the youngest Brazilian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, taking the South Face route in Nepal. In 2017, I conquered Mount Everest once again, this time via the North Face on the Chinese side. This achievement made me the first Latin American woman to summit the world’s highest peak from both sides. In 2019, I reached the summit of K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth, known for its extreme technical difficulty.
So as you have guessed by now, outdoor sports have always been part of my life and I love how I can alternate between different sports and learn so much from doing more than just one sport. Kitesurfing is of course one of these sports. I first learnt over 20 years ago in northeastern Brazil. My combination of being a kitesurfer and a doctor led me to organize an initiative – a downwind event, together with Jailson Sena, a famous Brazilian kitesurfing personality, that brings together kitesurfing doctors to provide essential medical attention to the remote villages along the northeastern coast of Brazil. This is a part of the world I have come to know well and love to kite in.