Julia’s story with sport starts very early in the days. At age 8 she already had her diving license thanks to her parents with were both professional divers and, by then, she had already practiced many other sport, from horse riding to football or sailing.
Always very hyperactive, sport was the only way to calm down her whirlwind of energy, and people around her knew it very well.
It was 2011 and Julia started to practice athletics. She was doing 100 and 400m hurdless. In only one regional championship she managed to win 4 gold medals being the athlete that got the most medals of the whole championship.
Like in every story, something would happen that would change the course of her structured and promissing life as a runner.
She got injured and she had to get a surgery on her left knee.
As you can see, Julia never made it back to the track and field. Kitesurfing appeared in her life a bit because of coincidence. After working in the Kiteboarding World Championships celebrated every year at Fuerteventura she decided she had to try kiting. It took her a year until she found out how. She managed to trade kitesurfing lessons for photos.
After this you could only find Julia on the water. She would bring her kites to school and as soon as the bell rang, she would fly away to the beach. It doesn’t matter how, bus, hitch-hiking, rides with friends… 60km every day.
In the beginning Julia’s gear was borrowed from all her kite friends and little by little and thanks to some photography contests and some other jobs she managed to buy her first board, a North Soleil from 2011
After a year of practice her friends encouraged Julia to go to the Spanish Championships. It was 2012 and Julia managed to get the 3rd place in Freestyle and in Waves.
After this achievement Julia got invited to the internationally known competition “Tarifa Masters of Kite” and she managed another 3rd place sharing podium with 10x World Champion Gisela Pulido.
In 2013 Julia got Vice European Junior Champion and a 9th place in her first World Champion tour stop in Fuerteventura and in Tarifa.
2015 was what we can call, “a bad year”, a shoulder injury took Julia to the surgery room.
2016 was only a warm up for Julia after making it back from her injury. Anyway, she got some good results like Spanish Wakeboarding Champion, Wakeboard, 6th place at the European Wakeboarding Championships, Freestyle Philippino Champion… She also got some impresive publications in magazines like RedBull, FHM, MARCA as well as more than 20 newspapers and kite magazines.
2017 starts the year being 2x Philippines Freestyke Champion and invited to two of the biggest events in the wakeboarding and kiteboarding world, the Plastic Playgrounds and the Triple S Invitational.
Fuerteventura+Julia=Fuertejulia. It actually all started with thinking of a nickname for Instagram. It might look like something not so important but I wanted something that really defined me, and my name and surname are kinda common. I really love the fact that I was born in a island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and that’s only 100km from África. Putting my island’s name is also a way of reminding me where I come from so I can always keep being humble.
With the time it happened that fuerte in spanish also means “strong” which also fits me really well if you think of my way of being, acting and thinking.
And last but not least, I didn’t wanted to put on my website’s name the word “kiteboarding” or “wakeboarding” because I don’t want to be considered as a 1 thing person. I love to do many things and, since I cand o them, why to close myself all the windows?
- Born: 22 April 1994, Fuerteventura.
- Nationality: Danish/Spanish
- Languages you speak: english, spanish, german, danish and a bit of portuguese.
- Studying: International Economics and Business Administration in Aarhus University (Denmark)
- Any siblings?: we are 5 !
- Height: 172cm
- I like: hugs
- I don’t like: when people don’t want to reason 😛
- Would like to learn: to be more pacient.
- Music: I like from System of a Down to Beyonce
- My motto: work hard, play harder