"At the moment I feel as if I'm not at my peak. I always want to push it and I think I'm going to be going for some time.
"There's plenty of time for me to progress and have fun."
There's certainly plenty of fun. Whiteley travels across the globe to some of the most exotic places to improve her kitesurfing skills.
Australia, Turkey and Hawaii are just three of her favorite places -- although she retains an affection for her local beach at Lytham St Annes in the north west of England.
But it doesn't matter whether its brown water off the British coast or sharks lurking beneath sunnier climes, nothing puts Whiteley off taking her kite into the deep unknown.
"It's a pretty magical feeling when you're out kitesurfing," she added.
"You're looking back at the land, you've got the whole ocean, and it's just really special.
"We're using the wind, the sea and the waves. When it's cold and windy you feel like you're really in the elements, it's great, you feel alive.
"When I started to compete at the age of 15 it was a real eye-opener. I got to travel to some amazing places and it was definitely for me.
"You have so much freedom on the water and it takes you to beautiful places you wouldn't normally go to. It's amazing."