Take the leap
After leaving high school, Michelle became a Pilates instructor and opened her own studio. “I enjoyed it but I couldn’t kitesurf as much as I wanted to,” she says. What she really wanted was a career in kitesurfing. But when she spoke to her friends about it, they seemed unsupportive. “Everyone thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’” she says. “But I thought, ‘I love kitesurfing so much and I really want to pursue it; it’s my dream.’” She quit the studio and two months into kitesurfing fulltime, she’d already seen an incredible improvement in her performance. Now, she’s consistently one of the topranked kitesurfers in SA.