F-One have just announced that Milla Knesse and Filippe Ferreira have joined the F-One International Team. Milla and Filippe are a brother and sister team from Brazil who have been competing on the KSP World Tour. Both riders are heavily into their strapless waveriding but they are equally happy on surfboards and SUP’s they have both become Brazilian Champions and are looking to take that to the next level and win the KSP World titles.
Milla Knesse & Filippe Ferreira
F-One put this interview together for us so we could get to know a little more about their new team riders!
M > Milla
F > Filippe
How old are you? Where are you living?
M: I’m 22 years old and I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
F: 20 years old and live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
How long have you been surfing and kitesurfing?
M: I’ve been kitesurfing since I was 10 and surfing since I was 6.
F: I’ve been surfing since I was 6 too and I started to kitesurf when I was 13.
What do you feel to share this common passion between brothers and sisters?
M: It’s great to travel with my brother, firstly because he competes in the same sport as me, and second, because he is better than me. That is always good because we help each other, he always gives me several tips whenever I am training and after heats, and I show him a few things that I think could be improved too.
F: It is always good to travel with my sister. First we always help each other in the championships and in the training. Second she’s a woman and is able to see things that I often do not see. It is good to be able to look at how women and men do things differently and learn from that, especially when we are training and during competitions. She always helps a lot when we are traveling. She sees everything and solves things haha. She is much calmer than I am so we compliment each other.
Milla getting ready for another training session!
What is your plan for the year competition wise?
M: I plan to get the greatest number of good results this year. I’ve been training for it since the beginning of the year, I’m going to do my best to win the World Title this year.
F: I really want the world title, and I’m going in search of that this year. I know that many also want it, what will differentiate the riders will be the training time and the will to win each event. I want to get the greatest number of good results and can show my performance in the water in the best way possible.
What is your best memory from kitesurfing?
M: It was when I was World Champion on the event in Peru in 2011. It was great because I love sailing in that place, has perfect lefts, and I’m always there coaching. So it was really quite satisfying for me to win there.
F: For sure the most perfect wave’s I’ve got in Hawaii last season.
Filippe in competition mode, pumped and ready to go.
Where are your favourite spots? What are your favourite trips?
M: My favorite spot it calls Postinho, is my home spot. Favorite trip is Indonesia and Hawaii
F: Is my home spot, Postinho. Favorite trip: Hawaii.
What is your “special trick”?
M: Backside attack.
F: Frontside barrel and Backside attack.
In which conditions do you prefer to sail? Why?
M and F: Side Wind with 6-8 ft of waves.
Because is our homespot conditions on the most part of the year.
What do you think about the Bandit?
M: It sure is the best kite I have ever used so far. Faster, lighter and more responsive and of course great quality.
F: The best kite I have ever experienced. A kite that is lightweight and fast. It sure is the best on the market right now.
How do you feel about joining the F-ONE team?
M: For me it is a great pleasure to join the team of F-ONE. I’m happy of having the best kites on the market and joining an amazing team.
F: I believe it will be very nice to walk on the side of this team! I know that I will have the best equipment of the market and will be with the best team of all.
Filippe launching his sister, ladies first!
Brazilian Champion 2011/2012
Country Champion (Rio de Janeiro) 2011/2012
KSP Pacasmayo 2011 Champion
KSP Ireland 2012 – 3rd place
KSP Hawaii 2012 – 4th place
5 KSP World Tour ranking 2011
4 KSP World Tour ranking 2012
2 times International Pacasmayo Classic – 1st place
KSP World Tour Peru 2011 – 3rd place
KSP World Tour Hawaii 2012 – 4th place
2 times State Champion
Brazilian Champion 2011
Super Kite International Brazil – 2d place