I started to paddle, to see how far I could come in the sport. Since then I have found a big love and passion within SUP where training, personal development and health plays a huge role, while chasing my dreams.
I´m Caroline Kuntzel, a danish girl who have a great passion for stand up paddling. I started paddling in 2017, at 15 years old when Denmark was the host of the SUP World Championship. I got inspired and my world turned around. Suddenly I had a goal - I wanted to become a pro SUP surfer.
My dad have been surfing since he was a teenager and has helped me understand everything I should know. From that point I went on water almost everyday for about 2-7 hours. Within a few months I got selected as the woman to represent Denmark at the World Championship, in all disclines. Along with that I won a bronze medal in the u18 girls at the Worlds and also secured myself a 13th place along the women. In 2019 I won all disciplines in the danish championship.
At that moment I set a goal, I wanted to become the best female sprinter (200m) and technical racer (1000m) in the world. I already reached one of my biggest goals in 2022, becoming the european sprint champion and 2x world championship silvermedalist in technical race and sprint.
On my way to the top, my goal is to help develop this sport and inspire other young paddlers. I want to share all the knowledge I already have and help juniors, make their goals in SUP and surfing. I have already been coaching some of the best danish juniors and can´t wait to expand internationally.
As a person I´m passionate, ambitious and always looking for a fun way to improve. Besides SUP surfing and racing, I´m also a longboarder, shortboard and foil surfer. I love doing all kinds of sports and watersports and taking care of the nature around me is also a passion of mine..
I believe in a sustainable future, where we take care of the environment and do what we as individuals can. I support brands who stand for recycling, using less and who chooses the right materials where it's possible. Small actions in my everyday life like collection plastic, supporting local sustainable brands and sharing the message.
Being loyal to the people around me and the ones who support me, is important to me. It's a huge part of my life talking and connecting and staying loyal to other people and my believes.
Adventure and passion are keywords to how I have chosen to live my life! I love trying new things, learning and to grow as a person. I live with big passion and when I do something, I do it with full commitment. I like to explore and to push my limits. I believe it's always possible to improve and this have always been a part of me.
The future of the sport is in the juniors. Supporting the development of gear, training and events for juniors will make this sport more fun, exciting and professional in the future. This is why I daily coach and help juniors move forward with their passion for SUP. I love seeing young juniors progress and discover the magic of SUP.
Local support is the key to be the best within what you do. For me the support from local sponsors and the collaborations I have had the pleasure to have, has been what I needed to reach new heights within my sport. Helping each other locally and giving back to the community is very important to me.