She’s on the road, far away from home, almost all the time, but the whole family leads an active lifestyle, so they often meet up when doing sports outdoors. “I spend roughly three quarters of the year away from the Czech Republic, but I like coming back home, mostly to rest and spend time with the people close to me. I really enjoy spending time with my brother. When we were young, we always kitesurfed all summer and even now, we never miss an opportunity to do sports in the mountains or on water,” adds Novotná.
In 2024, Paula will be headed to the Olympics, where she will compete in foiling (riding a surfboard with a special extension that allows you to glide right above the surface and master various types of waves). Another of the kitesurfing disciplines is the slalom, but the Czech sportswoman specializes in freestyle, which is full of various acrobatic tricks. The rider has to show seven tricks in the race, with the four best tricks awarded points. By the way, Paula’s favourite trick is called the Heart Attack – it’s a front roll while changing the handle from one hand to the other behind your back, and then a 360°rotation.