Do yo want to know how Mitu’s career has started?
The web serie “Mitu Monteiro – The man behind the Legend” has just been released and for the first time we had the chance to know the human side of Mitu, the man that unconsciously changed the world of kitesurfing.
We had a chat with him to know more about his career.
But if you haven’t watched yet, don’t miss the web serie.
E: Hi Mitu, in the first episode of the web serie you say “That day my life has changed”
How did you realized it?
M: I had just been proclaimed Kitesurf World Champion 2008 in Morocco and had no idea what was going to happen next. I took a plane back to Sal Island, my homeland.
And when I arrived, the local journalists were waiting for me at the airport.
Then I heard “Mitu Mitu Mitu” as I got closer to the exit. The arrival room was full of friends, families, and strangers who had come to support me.
I can still feel the emotion if I close my eyes.
E: A wonderful career that has just been cap off with a very important prize. On the last 3rd of June you received the “Lifetime Achievement Award”
M: Yes, I couldn’t imagine that my career would have been full of successes and I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve achieved.
I went to Tarifa with my wife Nicole to attend the Qatar Airways GKA Awards ceremony and it was simply amazing. This prize is super important to me.
E: It looks like it was a very emotional moment, does it?
M: Absolutely. When Jorgen (GKA CEO, ndr.) called my name and I walked up to the stage I couldn’t say anything other than “THANK YOU”. I burst into tears. The 300+ persons present then rose to their feet into a standing ovation screaming “Mitu Mitu Mitu”
This sent me back 15 years to that small airport where everyone yelled my name. Believe me when I tell that at least half of the public broke down crying as me.
E: Mitu, you inspired a generation of kiters. How do you feel?
M: I feel grateful. What truly makes me happy is knowing that my life, my work, and my greatest passion have all contributed to doing good in the kitesurfing world. I would like to use this moment to thank each and every person that supported for me, as well as every person that helped me along my career.
E: Let’s switch to the second episode of the web serie. It tells a true friendship story with one of your main rival: Matchu Lopes.
M: I know Matchu since he was a kid. For me he’s like a little brother and during the competition in Ponta Preta we had a final together. It was the first time for us and I can’t describe the feeling.
You know..when I decided to compete I didn’t expect to get into the final. And trust me if I say that it was full of very good and young riders.