Born on Sal in Cape Verde, Mitu pioneered strapless kitesurfing because he simply couldn't afford straps.
Having inspired a whole generation with a new discipline, he became a star but it’s his friendliness and open spirit that turned him into an icon.
Today, he lives happily between worldwide coaching and a family life, raising three boys who will most likely follow his path.
Ponta Preta, Cabo Verde
Triple front, 313.... Work in progress!
Fun, passion, job
The cachupa (corn, beans, vegetables and pork)
Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for kitesurfing?
Once upon a time, there was a young Cape Verdian who saw a kite for the first time... Let's say that my story with a kite begun a long time ago, over 20 years ago. When you live in a small island in the middle of the ocean, you don't see many innovations until somebody brings them to you.
I can still remember that guy who let me try his kite. He was here on holidays with this new toy and a theory book. I left the theory for him and I directly went for the kite! I used to windsurf at that time too, and I found kiting way too easy to learn. In a few weeks, I was landing some tricks already. To be honest, I actually got bored and came back to windsurfing, until the moment I put together my surf board and the kite... There, my story began.
You just won the lottery, what would you do first?
Put the money on a savings account, then go fishing and have good sushi!
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?
Surf Teahupo'o and become a father.
What are you doing during a day without wind?
I go surf foiling or spearfishing.