Sailor Spotlight on Daniela Moroz
A conversation with a kiter on the rise
By Peggy Lidster
Mainsheet: How long have you been an StFYC member and why did you join?
Daniela: I joined StFYC in March 2014. I wanted to become a member because I had just started racing and wanted to learn and improve. Eventually I hoped to represent the Club in races around the world.
MS: How did you start kiting?
Daniela: I grew up around windsurfing. Both of my parents were windsurfers and competed in everything from local races at the StFYC to U.S. Nationals. My dad started kiting in 2005, and I eventually followed him in 2012 at the age of eleven. I took lessons from Sandy Parker at Sherman Island and fell in love with being out on the water.
MS: How often do you get out on the water?
Daniela: During the school year, only on the weekends and when I don’t have a swim meet. During the summer, I get out as often as I can. Over winter break, my family and I go to Los Barriles on the tip of the Baja Peninsula where we kite almost every day.
MS: What has been your most memorable sailing experience?
Daniela: The seven days I spent in La Ventana this past March for the IKA Kite Foil Gold Cup Mexico. We had five days of intense racing where I learned a lot from some of the best racers in the world. It was incredible to be with them on the course.
MS: What is your favorite kiting location?
Daniela: I kite at several spots and each one has its own special memories: Sherman Island in the Delta is where it all started. Crissy Field is where all my racing happens and sailing there is always a challenge. Kiting under the Golden Gate Bridge is incredible. Every time I do it, I get an indescribable feeling of peace. Except during the 2014 Ronstan Bridge to Bridge; that was definitely not peaceful! Waddell Creek is super fun for wave kiting. Los Barriles, BCS, is where my family and I spend every Christmas kiting. La Ventana is beautiful and racing there for the Gold Cup was one of the most memorable experiences in my life.
MS: Do you have a kiting role model?
Daniela: Erika Heineken. She is an incredible sailor who I am lucky to have as a training partner. I learned a lot from her at the Gold Cup and we try to keep the guys on their toes!
MS: What racing plans do you have for the future?
Daniela: I will continue to do racing organized by the StFYC, including the Thursday Night Series, Ronstan Bridge to Bridge, the Bay Challenge, the Classic, and the Gold Cup. I am also excited to participate in the U.S. Junior Kite Foil Nationals, which will take place as part of the Gold Cup this summer. Eventually, I hope to do more international competitions around the world and to go to the Olympics for kitesurfing in 2020.
MS: Describe your sport in one word:
Daniela: Indescribable. It’s a combination of speed and finesse that creates a feeling you can’t describe until you’ve experienced it.
MS: When you are not sailing, what are you doing?
Daniela: Checking the wind—not! I am in 8th grade at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, California and this fall I’ll start at Campolindo High School in Moraga. I am also on a competitive swim team that trains year-round and is part of USA Swimming. As you can tell, I love the water!