Having sat for three months on the hill & rocks at Ho’okipa and watched the comings and goings in the water, I can honestly say that nowadays you really have to know what you’re doing to stand out from the busy crowd in the water. One of the women that stood out to me was Nayra Alonso.
Hailing from Gran Canaria, Nayra is very much addicted to windsurfing! We met her last year in Maui and she was one of the warmest, friendliest people on the beach and carves up each of her waves with an intensity and passion that you just have to see. She won the World Cup Waves in Sylt in 2007 and her talent and expertise showed in the water at Ho’okipa. Congrats to Nayra on her recent marriage to John Skye! To keep up to date with Nayra please visit her website: http://nayrae4.com
Name: Nayra Alonso
Where are you currently based? In Gran Canaria, Spain
Sponsors: Fanatic, Severne Sails, Animal Clothing, Aeron, Flying Objects and Zeal Optics
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? Because it makes me feel happier.
Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!): I guess Windguru
Three words you believe describe you: Happy, responsible, and complicated.
Three words that others might use to describe you: ask them!
A phrase or motto you live by: The only constant in life is change
Nayra & John
What was for breakfast this morning? Fruit, coffee and toasts with marmalade and cheese
You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Surf board, SUP board and fishing line.
Favorite movie? Favorite song? Too many good ones to choose only one.
When you travel what don’t you leave home without? My computer
What poster did you have on your wall growing up? Movies posters, like the ones on the theaters. I would go after they are finished showing and ask for the poster.
Money is no object and you have one of those awesome transporter pods from Star Trek so how would you spend your fantasy 24 hours? Wake up really early at home, have breaky with John, go for a dawny surf in glassy water in front of my house. Come back for lunch at home, go for a quick session at Hookipa, come in and have a coffee and creppe in Café des Amis, second session in Vargas with perfect low tide, dinner in Café Mambo in Paia, and back home to bed!
What person would you like to swap lives with for one day? With a baby… would love to check out how it was to be a baby!
Do you do any other sports? surfing, SUPing..
What would you do if you won the lottery? Sort out my life well so I can enjoy a nice life for the rest of my days!
If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? Yogurts, milk, juice, fruit, veggies, cheese, ham, jam, chicken, beers, wine and whatever my mum or my auntie has brought me in a tupperwear!
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? “Just keep going”
Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Vargas, in GC, because is my home and where I am the most happy.
What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? Fanatic Quad, Severne Swat.
Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? All the guys and girls I would see in the magazines, brochures, etc… it looked like such a cool thing to do!
What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? Multi-fin and Wave riding
If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change about your windsurfing career? Nope
What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment? Winning the World Cup in Sylt and my first ever podium there too.
Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience: Back when I was a beginner, in the North Shore of GC. Thought I was going to get smashed onto the cliffs.
If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? Having a normal life with a normal job. Probably I would be a bit miserable I never did my passion.
What has been your biggest windsurfing achievement to date? Winning the World Cup Waves in Sylt 2007.
What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? Working on my computer, surfing or hanging with my friends.
Do you enjoy the travelling that goes hand in hand with windsurfing and what tips do you have with traveling with windsurf gear? Yes, I like the travelling, although I always miss home. Tip about the gear: pack light and wise, and better to have several smaller bags than one heavy beast of a bag!
What challenges have you encountered in your windsurfing career? And how did you overcome them and what lessons did you learn: Going out on bigger days and actually do something decent on them. Lesson learned: you just have to go a little bit more each time.
What are your favorite conditions to sail in? 4,2/3,7 Side/Side on, logo high waves.
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? That you are just a beach bum.
What is the kindest thing someone has ever done or said to you? My husband always does and says the nicest and kindest things to me.
Tell us about an event that changed your life or your character? My first trip to Maui.
What is a typical night out? What is a typical night in? Night out: dinner, a few drinks and normally back home unless something gets us carried away, if this happens, who knows how we end up!. Night in: dinner watching a movie.
What was the last book you read & what was the last movie you watched? Last book: the Help (Really enjoyed it) Last Movie: Sherlock Holmes 2 (didn’t really like it that much)
What was the saddest time of your life and or the happiest? Saddest: loosing my dad. Happiest: Marrying John.
A piece of wisdom you’d pass onto your kids? Don’t give a fuck about what people think of you, just be yourself and be happy about it.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? Same than now but as a hobby, with an easy normal job in the mornings.
How do you personally define success? To be happy with what you do and have.
What irritates you about other people and how do you deal with it? Cockiness: I hate people that show-off all the time.
I’m a big believer in…. food.
Call me crazy but…. I like cheese on marmalade
My favorite place on earth is…. Gran Canaria
My parents are…. The reason I’m who I am and I’m where I am.
I could never…. Say never
I’ve always wanted to…. Own a nice house by the sea.
Life is nothing without…. Friends to share it with.
Today I will…. Go sailing in the afternoon hopefully.
The internet is…. So bloody useful.
If I had the power I would change…. The way wealth is spread in the world.
I am…. Me!