Although women make up only 10 percent of kiteboarders in the water sport, there are a few female standouts; one of those being the pint-sized beauty, Min Kim. I first met Min last summer when going on a kiting road-trip with some friends. She had bounded out of her Ford Escape, and without hesitation (and avoiding the awkward handshake), went for a huge hug. "Hi!!!! I'm Min!" she had bubbled enthusiastically. "How was your flight!? This is going to be so fun!" I'm so excited!"
Min is the all-around package and real-deal. Beautiful, smart, kind, talented, driven, and fun, she can ride better than many of the guys and wear heels better than most girls. She's the girl that some women would love to hate, but you can't really be jealous of Min Kim. Min has worked hard for her success; facing every challenge as an experiment of how far she can go, every day as an adventure, and every new direction life throws as an opportunity. While some women look for a man to fall-back on, Min falls into her destiny by working diligently on obtaining a medical degree. You watch Min kite, and you think she must be fearless, but she's not. I asked her once, because I just couldn't figure out how she could make herself throw such hard tricks all of the time, "You're not afraid to fall?!" "No— I'm always afraid. I just do it anyway." These words are a great testament to the fact that if you feel fear, that's ok. The truth is fear will always walk alongside greatness.
I'm not sure very many, if any, professional female kiteboarders can say they are in medical school and a professional kitesurfer.
Min has only begun her journey of doing great things for, and in this world.
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I noticed how her black eyeliner was perfectly placed and her skin dotted with freckles.
on a kiting road My boyfriend at the time kept telling me how rad Min was,
There are many successful, incredible, intelligent, and talented women in world of kitesurfing.