Schoorl (The Netherlands), Tauranga (New Zealand)
With her father running a kayak school and an older brother and sister already hooked on paddling, Martina had pretty much no choice than to become a kayaker. She grew up in the small seaside village of Schoorl, just to the north of Amsterdam, spending her teenage summers working as a kayak instructor for her father or following the European freestyle circuit. In recent years, Martina has not only become a true globetrotter, rapidly ticking destinations off her travelling list, but also one of the most successful female contenders in freestyle kayaking. She can pride herself on winning the European Freestyle Championships and some of the highest profile whitewater races in the world, including the Teva Outdoor Games and the Sickline Extreme World Championships four times in a row.