On the Crest of a Wave
From Düsseldorf to Tokyo, the 15-year-old German Celine Dornick is dominating the global rapid surfing competition circuit, one city wave at a time
Picking up the sport only four years ago at the age of 11, Celine Dornick has made a name for herself internationally in the field of rapid surfing. Since 2019, she has consistently ranked among the top junior surfers in national and international competitions, including the Deutsche Meisterschaften (DM) and the Citywave Pro Worldtour. Impressively, Celine trains without a coach, strengthening her technique, learning new skills, and preparing for competitions on her own. In addition to a rigorous training regime, Celine attends school and enjoys spending her time with friends, or skateboarding to improve her surfing skills. How does she do it? “My motivation comes from the fun I have while surfing and seeing myself improve—and of course, success always spurs me on.”
Celine’s interest in rapid surfing stems from a serendipitous visit with her parents to the Citywave in Munich. With locations in cities around the world, Citywave is the leading brand behind indoor and outdoor standing wave systems, used by beginners and professionals alike. “You should just drop by and try it,” enthused Celine. “I’d argue that age doesn’t matter and anyone can learn it.”
My motivation comes from the fun I have while surfing and seeing myself improve—and of course, success always spurs me onCeline Dornick
Celine is currently preparing for her return to the Deutsche Meisterschaften (DM), her first large event of the year and where she ranked first among Juniors in 2020. Follow Celine on Instagram @celinedornick to stay up to date on upcoming events and competitions. To see her in action, check out the film CELINE - The girl from the urban Line-Up, produced in collaboration with 25hours Hotels.
To learn more about where you can hit the waves like Celine, visit the full list of Citywave locations here: