Born november 15th in 1982 in Bochum, Germany, Maike startet kitesurfing in 2005. After some kitelessons in France and some in Holland she went to Tarifa - the Capital of Wind Europe - for her first 'independant' sessions. After having spent almost all her holidays in Tarifa - except those she spent snowboarding in the Alpes - and after having finished her studies in Germany, she decided to settle down in Tarifa. At the moment she runs waveBandits Kiteschool  in Tarifa as well as waveBandits Taiba, Brazil during the winter period. In 2010 she is going compete the first time during the Kitesurf Tour Europe (KTE).
5th Freestyle Kitesurf Tour Europe Podersdorf, Austria
22.-27.06.2010 Kitesurf Tour Europe Sylt, Germany
02.-04.07.2010 Kitesurf Tour Europe Silvaplana, Switzerland
"I started windsurfing when I was 8 years old and spent all my summer holidays on that sport until one day I saw people doing a crazy watersport - mixture of wakeboarding and flying a kite. They where jumping amazingly high, kept flying and slowly landed on the water. I have been so fascinated by what I saw that I immediatly searched for someone who could teach me how to do it as well. Finally during a late summer week in September I tried flying a kite the first time in my life. And I fell in love with that sport! - I teach a lot of people their first steps into kitesurfing and every time they become stoked of kitesurfing, I still have the same feeling as in my first lesson."
"It doesn't really matter if you are beginner or a pro, it's all about having a good time on the water!"