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Turkey heaven for windsurfing champion

'Once you buy surfing equipment, sea and wind are free,' says Lena Erdil

30.11.2018
Turkey heaven for windsurfing champion

By Hilmi Sever

ISTANBUL

Professional surfer Lena Erdil said Turkey is a heaven for windsurfing as it is surrounded by three different seas.

Erdil, who holds the Vice World Champion title in slalom windsurfing for 2018, said there is a misperception that the sport is only for rich people.

"Once you buy surfing equipment, sea and wind are free," Erdil said. "The windsurfing races last 3-4 minutes, very short, fast and full of adrenalin," she added.

Speaking about her journey to becoming second-best in the world category, she said: "I had a world record project. l wanted to be the fastest surfer in the world. l tried to break the record in 2012 in Namibia and reached 85km/h speed but l missed the record by just 0.024 knots.

"It was a sad but really important experience. Now, l am the fastest surfer in Turkey and one of the fastest in the world."

Erdil also shared her experience with a shark during windsurfing in South Africa.

"l hit a shark when l was surfing. It is true but l do not even believe it. l saw something pass below me in the sea and l tried to calm myself on the board.

"l wanted to convince myself that it was not a shark. It was one of the scariest moments of my life. l sat on the board couple of minutes and could not move and thought that it will not attack me. l managed to stand on the board but l fell into the water and but safely and quickly returned to the shore," she added.

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