Born and raised in Kenya, Talisa Lanoe has had the chance to live all over the world; South Africa, England, Miami, LA. She is now back in Kenya and is a freelance photographer with a passion for traveling and taking up new adventures. As a teenager, Talisa had the opportunity to swim in the Olympics and with that became a dedicated olympian. She is excited about capturing the world around her through the lens.
You are an Olympian, what does that entail?
As an olympian, swimming becomes more of a lifestyle than a sport. I moved away from home at a young age to attend a sports boarding school. This was characterised with long training hours, numerous competitions around the world and many sacrifices! However, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing! The journey to the Olympics taught me so many lessons and helped shape the person I am today.
How did you get started on Sky Diving and how has it been for you?
I believe in living life to the fullest and as such skydiving was on my bucket list. After my first (and only) tandem skydive, I didn’t get much fulfilment. I therefore decided to take the AFF course and get my license. I wanted to see the world from a different perspective and have the freedom of flying. Since then, I have completely fallen in love with this sport, and it reminds me that you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to. Getting my license was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Aside from Sky-diving, what other adrenaline driven activities have you immersed yourself in?
I love anything that makes me feel alive. In addition to skydiving, I free dive and rock climb. I also love to wakeboard, kite surfing and scuba dive. Sometimes I fear I would give my mother a “heart-attack” because I am either jumping out of planes and high edges or swimming with big fish!
What do you love about the outdoors?
What’s not to love? The outdoors is the place to be- the fresh air, the feeling of being such a small little thing amidst this vast and incredible world. I don’t like being confined to four walls. When I immerse myself in nature, the sky or even underwater, I feel grounded, humbled and so inspired!
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