Van Der Kloot
Kristin has been passionate about the outdoors since young. She grew up skiing, climbing, and hiking over the mountains in northeastern USA. After suffering a bad car accident that left her unable to do sports for 18 months, she took up surfing as she looked for a low-impact activity.
She immediately fell in love with it and found herself loving the ocean just as much as the mountains. Steezy is one of the first words that comes to mind when watching Kristin on her longboard nowadays, as she surfs and strolls up and down her board with style and ease.
I’m always traveling to chase the waves so I can’t say I really have a home break, but I feel most at home at Long Sands in Maine, USA
A good fade.
Left point breaks.
For the feeling you get after a good surf session, the motivation to keep improving, and the people you meet
Anyone who has truly mastered their craft, and who reached the point of making something very difficult look effortless
A post-winter-surf breakfast sandwich and a hot latte
Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for surfing?
I actually started surfing after I was hit by a drunk driver and badly injured. I couldn’t handle the impact of skiing — one of my original passions — on my body. Surfing helped me feel strong and capable again and brought the joy of movement back into my life.
You just won the lottery, what would you do first?
I’m actually working towards my pilot’s license right now, so I’d definitely buy a plane that could fit my longboard. How awesome would it be to have almost any surf spot at your fingertips?!
Take it one day at a time.
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?
That’s an impossible question! I can’t narrow it down. For now, I’ll say, my first time flying an airplane solo, the first time I got to the nose of my longboard, and surfing in a snowstorm.
What are you doing during a day without waves?
Flying airplanes, ski touring, rock climbing, or just hanging out with my dog Reese. I also love to bake!