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My story:

I started kitesurfing because my whole family is addicted to water sports. Since I was young I had been traveling with them for windsurfing. During the winter I used to do snowboarding and skies. I even won polish championship in bordercross and big air in juniors. After the summer and long kite holidays in2004 I have decided to try my skills in competition – King of the Air. It occurred that I am quite good in this and I finished on the 3rd place!!!

Next year I got my first sponsors. That year I won Polish edition of king of the air and I went to Hawaii for the big final. Later, the same year I went for my first PKRA competition in Brazil. I finished on the 5th place and I had earned my first money prize!!!

In 2006 I  have decided to do more PKRA world tour competitions and I stood on the podium two times that year. Also in Poland I had dominated Polish competitions. Then in 2007 and 2008 i was 3rd in the PKRA ranking overall and I won one stop in Chile.  I became the Polish kitesurfing champion in 2008. That year FORD became my new sponsor. 2009 season began very bad for me cause I broke my leg in Brazil. Then I had to finished my high school education so I had been studying a lot and not seeing beach, sea and kite. I have been kiting only 3 weeks during winter time. Fortunately I didn’t forget how to kite and i won 3 Polish competitions in a row.

The beginning of 2010 was pretty good for me because I have been in Cape Town for three months during the winter and I got a new kite sponsor SLINGSHOT! I am super happy with this brand, with Fuel kites and Asylum 134 board. Once again 3rd on the PKRA podium. 2011 was one of my best seasons so far, I improved a lot and started wakeboarding :)

However, bad luck had happened to me and I injured my ankle which had to be operated… Nevertheless, I got supported by the new sponsor, BURN energy drink. 2012 was a very long year for me with 8 PKRA stops. I had my ups and downs, but on the end of the season, I managed to win 3 events in a row (Fuerteventura, China and New Caledonia) and first time I became the PKRA freestyle World Champion ! I also made a short video-clip from my training in South Africa, which got quite popular (made by my brother Kuba). Check it out here https://vimeo.com/38853581 and tell me what you think ;)

2014 was a long year for me with 10 stops of the world tour and 4 of the polish championship. We started in February in Panama and ended in November in China.  However it was a very successful year for me first of all I became the kiteboarding ambassador of Egypt. This contract gave me great opportunities to represent the Red Sea rivera as one of the best kiteboarding destinations. This was just a beginning of this amazing 2014 season as I was leading the tour from the first to the last event this year. In between world destination I found some time to go to the Polish seaside to compete in the Ford Kite Cup championship. Once again I won it and I become 6th time the Polish Champion. What was the highlight of this year ? It was definitely my second WORLD TITLE in kiteboarding freestyle, that I gained through my hard work during the entire season.

WORLD TOUR RESULTS:

3X KITEBOARDING WORLD CHAMPION

2006 Tarifa 3,  Fuerteventura 3

2007-3rd  PKRA overall Fuertaventura 3,  chile 1,  Cabarete 3,  Brazil 2,  Italy 3,  Venezuela 3,  Austria 3

2008-3rd  PKRA overall Tarifa 2, Cabarete 2, Germany 3,

2009-3rd  PKRA overall Fuerteventura 3,  Germany 3,  New Caledonia 2

KPWT Brazil 2009 1st place

2010-3rd  PKRA overall Thailand 2, France 3, Cabarete 2, Germany 2, Fuerteventura 2, Argentina 3, New Caledonia 1

2011-3rd PKRA overall Thailand 2, Morocco 3, France 2, Fuerteventura 2, Germany 2

2012 – PKRA WORLD CHAMPION  Morocco 2, France 2, Holland 3, Venezuela 3, Germany 3, Fuerteventura 1, China 1, New Caledonia 1

2013 – 2nd PKRA overall Morocco 1, France 2, Sicily 2, Germany 1, Fuertaventura inj, Pingtan 2, Haikou 2

2014 – PKRA WORLD CHAMPION, Panama 1st, Morocco 3, France 1st, Egypt 1st, Fuerteventura 2, Germany 1st, Tarifa 1st, Brazil 3, China Haikou 1st, China Pingtan 1st.

2015 – VKWC (Virgin Kiteboarding World Championship) – Morocco 1st, Venezuela 1st, Tarifa 1st,

2015 – IKA WORLD CHAMPION

2016 – KITE PARK LEAGUE Champion – Blue Kiteboarding, Philipines 1st, Wind Voyager Triple S, USA 1st, Hood Jam, USA 4, Rosneigr UK 1st

Polish champion in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010,  2011, 2014 and 2015  !!!

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