Before you moved to the DR, you spent summers living in a trailer on an Italian beach. Is that something you’d recommend for all kids?
[Vibrant, super-attractive laughter] It's a beach town, so people don’t spend any time indoors. Electricity didn’t even start coming in regularly until ten years ago. There was no TV minus one crappy channel. I used to be on the beach every single day boogie boarding or just splashing around in the waves.
Why did you ditch windsurfing for kiteboarding?
Ever since I was born, my dad wanted me to windsurf, however windsurfing’s not really instant fun. But then kiteboarding came around, and windsurfers were getting annoyed by kiteboarding, and I thought, ’This looks awesome. I want to try and learn'. My dad was like, ‘No, that’s dangerous,’ at which point, of course, I went out, got a job, and made enough money to buy my own. It was a little bit of a rebellious act.