She starts with classical ballet, jazz ballet, modern dance and piano lessons early in life. At 16 years old she chooses to focus on her latest passion, windsurfing. It leads her to many lakes (flat water) all over the country and to a Dutch championship title at 19 years old. After high school she chooses Scheveningen as her new home; a cute little fishing town on the Dutch west coast. Competitions were “on hold” for she focused on the Sport Academy and learned to windsurf in the Dutch North Sea waves. Good times.
A few years later her first international travels start in countries like Denmark, Sweden, South Africa and Maui (’97). There she is introduced to the big waves and infected again with the virus to compete; this time in the windsurfing discipline WAVE. Her debut in the PWA (professional windsurfing association) World Cup is in ’98. Besides competing, Anne-Marie makes a pact with herself to travel to a new country or place each year to discover the world, new cultures, different languages and off course new waves. She writes her travel experiences for magazines and shares them on the net.
In 2002, a few years into ‘the tour’, she makes it into the top 3 of the PWA world-ranking list. Not only is Anne-Marie a professional windsurfer, she is also a passionate surfer and stand up paddler making the most of every condition the ocean provides. Artpainting, yoga and shaping boards are her other passions. These creative activities offer balance in her active life full of travels.
Instead of enjoying this lifestyle her self, she makes it her goal to share it with other people around the world during clinics, interviews, promotion activities and event organization. By doing what she loves to do most, she wants to motivate and inspire everyone to follow their dreams and passions in life. Her motto being: “Dream of life, live your dream”. This is a continuous choice she makes. Anne-Marie spends most of her year in California, Maui, one of the Hawaiian Islands and Holland. These locations amongst extra travels and trips are the perfect environment for an active, creative, professional and passionate water sports athlete she is.
Anne-Marie is founder and organizer of the SUP11-City Tour>>
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