Liam Whaley: Profile

I was born on Ibiza a small Island off the coast of Spain, which is where I first learned to kite.  As Ibiza was not the most ideal place to practice Kiteboarding my Dad and I would go to Cumbuco (Brazil) every year to train. I started to show more interest as I progressed in this sport and at the age of 13 we decided to move to Tarifa (Europe’s wind capital), to take advantage of the amazing conditions for kiting. 

Training & Success

From then on I was able to ride every day with the best riders like Gisela Pulido and Alex Pastor. That year I trained very hard and Cabrinha came up with an international sponsorship deal. I was very happy because I knew this would give me the opportunity to become part of one of the biggest kiteboarding brands in the industry and make a name for myself! That year I ended up becoming Spanish and European Junior Champion and from that moment on I knew that I was good enough to compete on the PKRA WORLD TOUR with the most talented people in this sport.

World Tour

 In 2012 I did the first 6 stops of the PKRA (Kiteboarding World Tour) and I had a couple of really good results like 7th and 4th place.

 By the end of 2013 I was ranked 4th in the world at only 16 years old. At the end of 2014 I was ranked 2nd in the world and now in 2015 I'm currently in 1st position in the rankings.

 Now I am currently doing the whole Tour whilst studying online.

Career Results

  • Spanish Junior Champion 2011
  • European Junior Champion 2012
  • 4th Place Overall PKRA World Tour 2013

PKRA Podiums

    PKRA Fuerteventura, Spain 2013 (2nd Place)
  • PKRA Hainan, China 2013 (2nd Place)
  • PKRA Hurghada, Egypt 2014 (2nd Place)
  • PKRA Fuerteventura, Spain 2014 (1st Place)
  • PKRA SPO, Germany 2014 (2nd Place)
  • PKRA Barra Grande, Brazil 2014 (1st Place)
  • PKRA Pingtan, China 2014 (3rd Place)
  • PKRA Hainan, China 2014 (1st Place)
  • VKWC Dakhla, Morocco 2015 (1st Place)
  • VKWC Isla De Coche, Venezuela 2015 (1st Place)
  • VKWC Tarifa, Spain 2015 (3rd Place)

 

Liam Whaley: Biografia

En el año 2012 y con 15 años de edad, compite en la PKRA World Tour consiguiendo el 4º lugar en la prueba de Port Leucate. Este mismo año llega a un acuerdo de patrocinio internacional con la marca Cabrinha, una de las más prestigiosas empresas en la industria del Kitesurf.

Al año siguiente y ya con dedicación absoluta al deporte como profesional del Kitesurf consigue, con tan sólo 16 años, proclamarse el 4o mejor kitesurfer del mundo. En el año 2014 participa en el Campeonato Internacional de la PKRA sumando un total de 7 podios y proclamándose Subcampeón del Mundo. Tras estos brillantes resultado, NP quiso unir su imagen a Liam Whaley y no dudó en ser uno de sus sponsors principales.

En la presente temporada está compitiendo en la Virgin Kitesurf World Championship, el Campeonato más importante en el mundo del Kitesurf. La empresa Virgin dirigida por Richard Branson ha realizado una importante apuesta en este deporte adquiriendo los derechos del Campeonato y su promoción. La primera prueba de 2015 se realizó en Dakhla donde Liam Whaley subió al primer escalón del podio.

Liam Whaley se ha consolidado como uno de los mejores kiters del mundo con una progresión imparable gracias a su esfuerzo, a su trabajo y a su alto nivel de competitividad.

 

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