Miss Stance : Danielle Durant
Name : Danielle Durrant
Age : 20
Hometown : Hunstanton, England
Sponsors : Ozone, Axis, Wind Warriors Kite + Sup NZ
Years of riding : 8
Hello Danielle! Could you describe yourself to our readers that don’t know you yet?
Hey! I’m Danni, a very enthusiastic, bubbly kinda girl that travels around the world sharing my passion with kiteboarding by teaching and coaching others. Happiest outdoors for anything exciting and energetic… Mostly at the beach or if I’m not there, the mountains.
How did you start kiteboarding?
I started kiteboarding with my family back in 2007. We used to spend a lot of time together out at the beach during the weekends, as we were only 10 minutes away. One day we saw one guy giving it a go with the buggy and mountain board and we were all super enthusiastic about giving it a go, coming from a small village surrounded by nice big beaches it looked so exciting and a perfect location! After spending some time on the mountain boards with my younger sister and also my mum and dad, we took a holiday to Futerventura where my dad progressed to the water and then taught as all back at home! Our time was then dedicated to the beach. Whenever it was windy, after school, every weekend… We were all out there.
What is your favorite aspect of kiteboarding?
I love kiteboarding for its’ sense of free-ness and how it always keeps you on your toes. Every session is different and that’s what I love about it. You could be in flat water heaven with a good 20knots in a bikni, or somewhere amongst a few waves in a wetsuit and a surfboard.. Any where in the world and still have a good time.
What do you dream to achieve within your kitesurfing career?
Ever since I learnt how to kite, surrounded by all the magazines and social media I’ve always dreamed to travel with my kiteboarding, I wanted to coach and share my passion to others, and I wished to compet too.. Young and enthuiastic I dreamed of everything.
I took a coaching course within my studies at school and then spent a season working in my local kite shop and school back at home, got my teaching qualifications and made plans!
My years kiteboarding at home were great! I competed in many events and whilst I’m not a very competitive person, I did dream of claiming the British title. In October 2013 I made my first trip away from home to New Zealand where I instructed and coached for 6 months and also won their National freestyle event. I’ve continued to travel around the world since then catching windy seasons in other places, with a few other competitions here and there.
So you could say I’m living my dream right now and it’s not going to stop just yet 🙂
What do you prefer : a rainy, cold, windy session or a sunny, light wind session?
I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a fan of the cold.. Hence why I haven’t had a winter for three years now. But I’ve always said any time on the water is a good time.. Sometimes a little bit of both doesn’t hurt! A cold, wet, windy session definitely makes you appreciate the sun.
What is your favorite kite spot, why and where do you dream to go?
This is a tough question. I’ve had so many good times on the water in so many different places, I love my home spot because home is home, though I had my best three months in Brazil, wind everyday, perfect flat water and hot enough for your bikini! Who doesn’t love that.
I have no where in specific that I wish to go, just everywhere possible!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
As I’ve travelled around the world, I’ve met so many great inspiring people so it’s hard to just name one person. The people and riders that most inspire me are the ones that push the limits within their riding and go out of their way to inspire others.
What do you like to do when you are not kiteboarding?
I love to do so many different things when I’m not kiting. I always like to make time for a workout, ski when it’s cold, sup, surf, play guitar and some drawing here and there.
What are your plans for the upcoming months?
I have a return ticket to go back home in March, but I’m currently making plans to stay longer in Australia. It’s too much of a big country to just visit one State! Maybe I’ll stay here another year, or go to Brazil in September… Who knows.
Who among your kite girl friend should be our next Miss Stance?
Katie Potter should definitely be your next Miss Stance! She’s an awesome chick I met when I arrived in Melbourne. Heaps of fun and some great energy on the water. She’s just took 1st at the NKL here in Australia.