Living Vivida : Connecting to nature with Joss de Pfyffer

Words by Joss De Pfyffer

I feel grateful to be in one piece. To still have strength in my muscles, to be able to do the things that I love. I feel grateful to have such great people around me - mostly just that I was placed in this life, I can't really ask for anything else, it's perfect.

I'm Joss De Pfyffer - I'm a professional kitesurfer from the south of Spain. 

Snowboarding definitely helps me recharge as it's the perfect winter training. You come back after four or five months at high altitude where you've been really pushing yourself physically. When you go back down to sea level you realize how much work you've actually done. So it's actually quite a good transition - you come back very fit and ready for summer.

I got into snowboarding and kitesurfing due to my parents. I started in Chamonix where I was born, and basically had no option but to snowboard. Then I moved to Tarifa in the south of Spain, and same thing there. So due to the locations where I was lucky enough to be brought up in, I basically got forced into these two sports that I still do today.

I am completely in love with both sports - they have the element of risk and adrenaline and I find both of them go very hand in hand when it comes to being in the moment. You grab the board in the same way and you spin in certain ways and they obviously do help each other out. That moment on the mountain or the moment in the water, it's me time, and I think it definitely gives something to your soul. It just brings you back to that equilibrium that you actually need in your day to day - it's your meditation.

I've always been very closely linked to nature and I feel like more and more now it's my place of presence. Like when I'm out in nature, I feel like I'm disconnected from the world, the noise of society that we're kind of living in, which is not the best at times and so it's a very important thing for me.

When I'm snowboarding, what normally goes through my mind is absolute bliss, tranquility, freedom. I'm definitely connected to nature and all that matters is that moment. I'm definitely not thinking about my problems at home or if Covid is going to be over yet, it literally puts you in a space of appreciation for that moment and there's nothing else to it. Kitesurfing and snowboarding are my way out - my meditation and my replenishment of the soul.

I've got two sports in my life that can bring me closer to my friends, my family and I feel like it's a community that I've grown in two places; mountain and beach. I wouldn't change it for the world. It really is a magical thing to have these two things binding everyone together and having a community of people with like-minded thoughts and feelings about your passions.

Everyone knows me as a person who kind of lives life to the fullest, definitely taking life by the reins and saying, okay I want to do things that make me happy and go for it.

I'm Joss De Pfyffer and I'm living the Vivida Lifestyle.

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Jackie Tyburski dives deep into the stories and true essence of the Vivida Lifestyle brand, ethos, and mission. She believes the right words illuminate our purpose and capture life's moments in pure, imperfect, and poetic form. Travelling, cooking, yoga, and paddle-boarding are a few of Jackie's other favourite things, alongside being a mom and wife to a few awesome humans.