Irina Jenni is a world-leading kite surfer, Development Consultant and a true high performer. As a consultant, she has already worked in innovation and high-tech hotspots such as Silicon Valley, the Technology Fair Las Vegas and Sophia Antipolis (the French version of Silicon Valley), and as an athlete she is an active participant in the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour with.
When she’s not kite surfing, she advises and coaches small and large companies and guides them through a cultural change in order to become more innovative, creative and efficient. In order to pursue her sporting as well as her professional goals, the Swiss woman has been working mostly from a distance for three and a half years. Her secret recipe for long-term happiness, health and success is Power-relax balance.
Introduction Credit: Anna Unternährer from original article of Red Bull.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Irina Jenni an exceptionally talented, Swiss World-leading kite surfer and Development Consultant, here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, and her success story.
You must have started Kitesurfing at a young age and then kitesurfing became your favorite sport. You made your debut in 2019 in the kitesurfing world tour. This later propelled your career as a Kite surfer to the height where you are at the top of the world in Kite surfing. Tell us more about this professional journey of yours in the field of kitesurfing that you have achieved by your hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
😃 Actually, I did not start at a young age. I started around seven years ago, more accidentally. A good friend I used to snowboard with suggested trying something new. I loved it from the first moment on! From the next years on, I took all my vacations and spare time to kite (which was not more than 5-7 weeks a year). I developed my specific kiteboarding training at home, to be physically ready, whenever I had the chance to go on the water again.
That obviously didn’t satisfy me. I took a year off from my work, just to kite more and to see the world. I travelled to the world’s most famous kite destinations and got very warmly welcomed in the kitesurfing scene.
The passion was so enormous, that it changed my whole life. One year later, a friend of mine asked me to join the first stop of the GKA Kitesurf World Tour in Capo Verde. Well my thought was that I had nothing to lose.
So there I was, Capo Verde March 2019 Punta Preta on fire. Huge waves. I knew it is now or never. I ended up in 7th place. Being physically fit and knowing my body extremely well from all the different sports I have done since I was very little, made me succeed with so little experience.
The biggest highlight of your career came in 2019 when you were placed 7th in the World Global Kite sports Association Ranking. Tell us more about this exceptional achievement?
It was my first year of competing and the only year we had a full tour before the Covid pandemic. To be honest, it was a wonder! Being a basically unknown kite surfer, coming out of nothing, financing everything by my own means and by training myself. I discovered and developed so many different skills that I was not even aware I possessed until this moment.
You must have many memories and experiences as a Kitesurfing winning different competitions in different locations. Share some such experiences which are precious to you and embedded in your heart.
The first competition I ever did I can recall with a big smile on my face. Mauritius is my favorite place to be, this island has a special natural power and the local people are extremely empathic, helpful and cheerful. Being on the top of the podium on my first competition, with my local friends on such a paradise place on earth is an experience that awakens tremendous feelings of happiness. Plus, it was one of the key experiences to realize that I am now a talented kite surfer.
Furthermore, for me, the very best competitions are those when the ocean is on fire. That means when there are big waves. It creates enormous adrenaline, nervous energy, brave, joy, passionate atmosphere under the competitors – this energy is creating goosebumps only if I write this down here.
This feeling is something you only understand, if you have ever experienced it – it is incredibly overwhelming.
You are a world-leading kite surfer, kite surfing competitor, media personality, Development Consultant and brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Good question 😉 I found my own method to manage it.
It’s a mix between my working skills as a project manager, where you need to be able to manage different project at the same time and my training skills as a kite surfer, where you are dependent on the wind and the waves and you have to adapt your training constantly. Basically, it is all about finding the right combination between agile and stabile acting at the same time (technically, you need to be ambidextry).
I am in the process of founding my own company, where I coach c-level and employees in there leading and cultural behavior and people in their free time to develop digitally, agile, in innovation and personally. Coming soon, keep on posted on my LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/irina-jenni-69996545/
You are one of the world’s leading kite surfers. What traits do you consider as a kite surfer led to this meteoritic rise in the sport of kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing has grown dramatically since its conception and has become extremely popular throughout the world for people of all ages.
There are many reasons, including the amazing locations throughout the world that this sport takes place, also the many health and fitness benefits, both physically and mentally.
An overwhelming attraction is being into nature and frees to explore the open ocean or a spectacular lake and feel the power of the wind.
Kitesurfing is a very sociable sport; friends are made easily amongst all people, all cultures, and all ages.
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