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Meet The Face Of Essential Travel's 'Sea Sense' Summer Campaign

Kirsty Jones

Kirsty Jones is a professional athlete with passion and drive fuelling her successful career.The Welsh professional kitesurfer, surfer and 'water woman' has three world titles to her name, as well as a string of endurance accomplishments.

Why is Kirsty the face of our Sea Sense campaign?

Even experts aren't immune to accidents. Last year saw Britain's Kite Surfing Champion, Kirsty Jones, save thousands of pounds (thanks to her travel insurance policy from Essential) after a serious kite surfing accident in Mauritius which left her needing an operation for reconstructive surgery on her knee.

Kirsty Jones' comments...

"As a professional athlete, one of my greatest fears has always been injury. Whether a beginner or an experienced water sports enthusiast, Sea Sense is about having respect for the ocean, elements, other water users and your own limitations. This means pausing to observe, think and acknowledge when the conditions seem too dangerous for you. Sometimes courage is about having the strength and sense to hold back, respecting the ocean instead of trying to fight with it."

See Kirsty in action

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Five minutes with Kirsty Jones

Earlier this month, we chatted to Kirsty to find out what it's like to be a World Champion Kite Surfer. But first we wanted to know her favourite places to...

  • Go kite boarding - Dakhla, Western Sahara
  • Go on holiday - Madagascar
  • Party - Necker Island, BVI
  • Go sight seeing - Peru
  • Relax - Portugal, Alentejo, Aljezur, trekking with donkeys in the countryside

In our recent interview, Kirsty told us about her injury

"I think one of my greatest fears was injury or sickness but when I actually sustained my first serious injury, after the initial shock and disappointment, it just made me more appreciative for all the things I actually could do now and not what I couldn't do. I could finally focus on other things I never had time for and give my competitive side a much needed rest!

"We can choose to be negative or positive about a situation and for sure if we are positive it can create positive results and we can discover and learn great things. I think injury has made me feel much more in tune with my body and mind and now I am even more sure that everything in life happens for a reason.

"I lost a lot of confidence after the operation reconstructing the ligaments in my knee, and even just walking normally was a challenge for a long time. The thought of actually kitesurfing again, riding waves and doing freestyle tricks seemed impossible but I reminded myself that everything that is worth it requires patience..."

Read the Full Interview