Julia Castro Christiansen was born 20 years ago in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands). She is the eldest of five brothers and she lives in Andalusia for two years, through studies and passion. She started kiteboarding at age 17, later than usual, as most of her colleagues began with 8 or 10 years. Before she had practiced athletics but a knee injury had forced her to withdraw at this sport competition. However, not only the knee led her to kite. All started because, apart from the sport, she loves photography, which led her to take pictures on a beach where the kitesurfing was practiced. “One of the guys who I took the photos suggested me that if I took more photos throughout the summer, he would taught me how to kite, and so it was!”
What Julia likes about the kite is the fun that it brings. “Unlike other sports, kite training is fun, you spend a great time while you progress!” But at the same time it’s a very expensive sport, “until recently, it was impossible for me to go to competitions because I could not stand it” says Julia. And she adds, “getting my first equipment was quite difficult: in the first months I was sailing with a lent wetsuit. Now. finally, I have a team of people who trust me and help me to find sponsors.”
Her next challenge is to participate in the Kite World Championship, nine tests, something she will be able to do with the help of the people and her sponsors. Because for this tireless athlete to participate in these tests is the most important thing. She even considers that, rather than the victories, the defeats serve her to get stronger, a huge motivation to training, and to reaffirm with certainty what she wants.
So we are delighted to introduce you Julia Castro, our Badtoro of the month, an excellent example of success, of how one can earn achievements with few resources and a lot of willpower. An athlete who has participated in many competitions, national and international, becoming European Junior silver medalist in 2013, in France, and she also achieved third place in Tarifa in the Masters of Kite in 2012 and 2013.
A BadToro is never afraid of challenges. A BadToro doesn’t always reach all of his or her goals, but a BadToro never gives up, and always keeps on trying. A BadToro is not afraid of trying to reach the goals that many others find impossible. To become the BadToro of the month ,you need to show extraordinary courage, respect and sincerity, especially when facing challenges.
Photos: David Aguero, Nick Hall, Chus Alonso, Jiri Horak.