Global Team

Brandon Scheid

United States
Mind blowing tech with a deceptively smooth style can barely describe Brandon’s riding.   From charging park rails and kickers, to noodling around on hydrofoil Brandon embodies the creative side of kiteboarding while pushing limits.  Not to mention his green thumb will provide the best boxes of home grown garden goodies you could ever imagine.

 

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon USA

Age: 32

Gear of choice:

Kites: NV

Board: Echo

Board Interface: Hiker Bindings

Hydrofoil: Galaxy 4’2” board / Thruster foil

 

Helena Brochocka

Poland

Helena is a model of perseverance and stoked drive in kiteboarding and life. Fighting back from
injuries to a higher and higher level in the sport she is an inspiration not only for aspiring riders
from her homeland of Poland but worldwide.

Hometown: Warsaw, Poland
Age:
Gear of Choice:
Kites: HIFI X3
Board: Radnium
Board Interface: LFK bindings

Ramiro Gallart

Argentina
Rami has blown onto the KPL scene like a perfect breeze.  Soft spoken, sort of shy, and lets his riding do all the talking.  One of the most positive and good vibes sending individuals you will ever cross lines with.  The entire park riding crew has a watchful eye on this up and coming powerhouse.

 

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Age: 22

Gear of Choice:

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Radnium / Echo

Board Interface: LFK bindings

Beau Blake

Australia
A pure product of the Australian surf and kite scene.  Beau has cemented his domination at a very young age in claiming national titles in both freestyle and surf with victories at the national freestyle and mambo events.

 

Hometown: Caloundra, Australia

Age: 19

Gear of Choice

Kites: NV / WOW

Boards: Radnium / Sunova Surfboards

Board Interface: LFK Bindings

Hydrofoil: Galaxy board / Impulse foil

George Dufty

UK
Class is in session people!  Yes, British National Champion George Dufty will not only school the competitive freestyle field, he will also teach a lesson at his kiteboarding school.   George has hammer dropping style that always add the technical moves yet never subtracts style.

 

Hometown: Southampton, UK

Age: 22

Gear of Choice:

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: LFK bindings / Pro Pad straps

 

 

Luke McGillewie

Cape Town
Yeah, Luke slays waves like no other with a controlled yet reckless abandon, but what most people don’t know is this guy can crush a big kite looping freestyle session with the best of them.  A native South African, Luke has honed his style in nuking wind and the unruly surf that Cape Town has to offer.

 

Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

Age: 23

Gear of choice:

Kites: WOW

Board: Custom shaped surfboards and Radnium twin-tip

Board Interface: Pro Pad Straps

 

 

Jan Schiegnitz

Germany
Jan is the man!!! You would be hard pressed to find a more motivational human on this planet. Master of all, from ripping wakestyle, to big air old school and hydrofoiling wizardry, Jan can do it all with more style than the latest issue of Vogue.

 

Hometown: Kiel, German
Age: 31
Gear of Choice:
Kites: NV V9 / P1 and Elite
Board: Legacy
Board Interface: LFK bindings / Pro Pad Straps
Hydrofoil: Galaxy Board / Thruster Foil

Aymeric Martin

France
Not many kiteboarding humans on this planet can compare to the dedication and passion that Aymeric has for the sport. From competing in KPL events to teaching a complete beginner he is the real deal.  Aymeric is one of the most traveled kiteboards you will ever meet, so, if you do happen to get to hang with Aymeric don’t hesitate to ask about Zanzibar, Egypt, USA, UK, France or any other place that has wind in the world.

 

Hometown: Nantes – France

Age: 25

Gear of Choice:

Kites: NV

Board: Echo

Board Interface: LFK bindings

 

Sensi Graves

United States
You want to know something??  Sensi is the busiest woman in kiteboarding….period!  Besides, training, competing and putting her stamp on the sport of kiteboarding that is pushing the level higher and higher, Sensi also finds time to run and manage her own brand of woman’s swim and activewear, hosts kiteboarding progression camps around the world, and somehow figures out a way to slide in a ton of fun on top of it all.

 

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon USA

Age: 30

Gear of Choice:

Kites: NV

Board: Echo

Board Interface: LFK bindings

Gisela Pulido

Spain
Gisela embodies the kiteboarding sprit and lifestyle! Not only is she a tenacious competitor but she is a role model that projects an unparalleled passion for the sport that magnetizes people to become a part of kiteboarding. Residing in the kiteboarding epicenter of Tarifa, Spain Gisela has developed a very successful lesson center to teach and develop new kiteboarding participants. Recently she established a new location at Nirto City in Panama taking her recipe for success outside of Spain.

 

Hometown: Tarifa, Spain

Age: 27

Gear of choice:

Kites: HIFI X3 / WOW

Board: Benchmark

Board interface: Pro Pad Straps

Julien Fillion

Canada
Did you know that Julien Fillion is not only one of the most adaptable and capable kiteboarders on earth but also, Liquid Forces lead designer for kites, accessories and many other products in the range?Julien’s intuitive sill in kiteboarding has led to some of the most influential and industry leading products ever produced.

 

Hometown:  Montreal, Canada

Age: 37

Gear of Choice

Kites: WOW

Board: Moon Patrol / FCD surfboards

Board Interface: Pro Pad Straps

Hydrofoil: Galaxy 4’2” board / Impulse foil

 

Jason Slezak

United States
Jason is an icon in the kiteboarding universe.  From leading the charge in the fledgling days of park riding to seeking the best surf in all major oceans. His contributions to the sport of kiteboarding and endless and continue to stack up.  If there is ever a rider that you would want as your wingman, there is no better human that Jason Slezak.

 

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon USA

Age: 40

Gear of Choice:

Kites: WOW

Boards: Legacy / FCD custom shapes

Board Interface: Pro Pad Straps

Hydrofoil: Galaxy 4’2” board / Thruster foil

 

 

 

International Support Team

Dan Sweeny

Australia

Dan is the man!!!  No question about this..  Dan has been ruling the British and Australian freestyle scene for some time holding down both national titles as a junior and pro!  His ultra-powered, explosive style has influenced many aspiring compition riders.  So much so that he has establish DSC (Dan Sweeney Coaching) to push riders to the next level.

Age: 25

Gear of Choice:

Kites: HIFI X3 / NV

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: Hiker Bindings

Hydrofoil: Galaxy board / Impulse Foil

Jocelyn Kotulla

Germany

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Gregory Tixier

Tahiti

Gregory is a Tahitian water man that loves everything about the sea.  Weather its kitesurfing, SUP, or now foiling, you can find Greg out on the water enjoying the elements.

Age: 33

Gear of choice:

Kites: NV & Wow

Board: Legacy 136

Board Interface: Pro Pad

Hydrofoil : Galaxy 4’8” board / Impluse foil

Vincenzo Bigione

Italy

Vincenzo has his priorities of life figured out.  Traveling the world teaching kiteboarding while as the same time advancing his progression of freestyle riding.  From Zanzibar and Langebaan to Lake Como you can find Vincenzo honing his skill.

Hometown: Italy

Age:

Gear of Choice

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Legacy

Board Interface: Pro Pad Straps

Titik

Cape Verde

Hard working and hard charging.  Titik is one of the Cape Verde pillars of shred-ocity.  On any given day from small and ripable to giant and heavy Punta Prieta you will see Titik quietly picking off the best and most critical waves.

Hometown: Sal, Cape Verde

Age:

Gear of Choice:

Kites: WOW

Boards: Custom shape surfboards

Sebastian Lang

Spain

A Liquid Force loyalist for many years, Sebastian is key cog in the machine for the brand.  From testing, to shredding to filming, his talents seem to be endless.

Hometown: Algeciras, Spain

Age: 34

Gear of Choice:

Kites: WOW

Boards: Limit Waves custom surfboards

Sara Audelius

Sweden

Nothing can stop Sara.  Always a constant happy flow on energy from her, even after a reconstructed ACL!  Sara is back on track and shred ready.

Hometown: Malmo, Sweden

Age: 31

Gear of Choice

Kites: Hifi X3

Board: Radnium

Sandro Haubenwallner

Austria

If you want to watch one of the most progressive kiteboarders in Austria, Sandro is your man.  From kickers and sliders to free-riding hydrofoil action, creativity and progression is the name of Sandro’s game.

Hometown: Lake Neusiedl, Austria

Age: 27

Gear of Choice

Kites: Hifi X3

Board: Echo

Board Interface: LFK

Hydrofoil: Galaxy Board / Thruster Foil

Samantha Chilvers

Canada

Never will you meet a more passionate person about life, art and kiteboarding.  Following her passions Samantha found herself in the Caribbean paradise of Cabarete, Dominican Republic where she chases many sessions on the water and runs her art studio.

Hometown: Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Age:

Gear of Choice

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Benchmark

Board Interface: LFK bindings

Rich Sabo

United States

Never giving up and always giving back! Rich continues holding his place on KPL completive bubble while holding down the global sale desk for Liquid Force kites!  Not to mention he is the guiding force behind the Slider Project in Hood River, Oregon the ONLY public kite park in the world.

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon USA

Age: 31

Gear of Choice

Kites: NV

Board: Echo

Board Interface: LFK

Oliver Umpierre

Uruguay

Style + power = Oliver.  Oliver is one of the most consistent riders to watch making tricks look easy.  His unique approach to kiteboarding has earned him the honors of being one of the most stylish riders to ever fly kite.

Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay

Age:

Gear of Choice:

Kites: NV

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: LFK bindings / Pro Pad Straps

Matt Keenan

United States

Frothing! Amping!  Always searching for a session.  Matt is one of the professional surfers of this world that has seen the light on the blow out days.  Go kite surfing.

Hometown: Ocean City, NJ USA

Age:

Gear of Choice

Kites: WOW

Boards: Custom Rusty Surfboards

Mariano Cuevas

Argentina

Hometown: Buenos Aries, Argentina

Age: 27

Gear of Choice:

Kites: NV

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: LFK Bindings

Lindsay McClure

United States

Dedication and love for kiteboarding is what Lindsay has tons of!  Always smiling, always happy and always on the water taking laps in the park.

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon USA

Age: 33

Gear of Choice

Kites: Hifi X3

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: Hiker Bindings

 

Kristiin Oja

Estonia

Pure performance driven with heart is the best way to describe Kristiin.  A hard charging freestyler that puts all the pieces of the puzzle together from technical tricks to superior fitness. A truly inspiring rider for many.

Hometown: Tallinn, Estonia

Age:

Gear of Choice

Kites: Hifi X3

Board: Benchmark

Board Interface: LFK bindings

Harness: Arc

Juan Pablo Diban

Chile

Surf charging JP has one of the undisputed, hardest on rail turns in kite surfing.  Local figure at the Chilean standout spot of Matanzas and part time resident of Lobitos, Peru, JP is the landlord of the left-hand breaks.

Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Age: 31

Gear of Choice

Kites: WOW

Board: Custom shape surfboards

Harness: Solo

Jason Van Der Spuy

South Africa

Training to go huge!  Jason has been flying under the radar for a bit, but get ready as he is going to show up on dead center on the screen.  One of the youngest guns to hit the mega looping scene in the mega loop training arena of Cape Town, South Africa.

Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

Age: 17

Gear of Choice

Kites: Hifi X3

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: LFK bindings

Erik Volope

Italy

Not afraid!! That is the best description for Erik.  Spending the past years honing his mega looping skills in the mega loop proving grounds of Cape Town, South Africa we are sure to see his debut in the Red Bull King of The Air soon!

Hometown: Corato, Italy

Age: 27

Gear of Choice

Kites: Hifi X3

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: Pro Pad Straps

Brendan Kerr

United States

Skis, bikes, kites, Brendan rips at is all.  Always spreading positive vibes, first to jump up and give you a launch, first to offer you buy you a lunch and he has no problem guinea pigging the first rail hit.

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon USA

Age:

Gear of Choice

Kites: NV

Board: Echo

Board Interface: Hiker Bindings

Aryen Gonzales

Dominican Republic

Aryen a solid freestyle powerhouse form Cabarete, Dominican Republic the hot bed of riding talent.  Aryen has made his mark on the national scene and how has his sights set for the Olympics representing the DR as their top hydrofoiling competitor.

Hometown: Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Age:

Gear of Choice

Kites: NV / Elite

Board: Legacy

Board interface: Pro Pad Straps

Hydrofoil: Galaxy foil board / Thruster (for free riding)

Alex Thon

United States

Smiles for miles!  Alex is a purveyor of pure stoke and happiness.  Not, is he always pushing his riding but he is pushing everyone else to raise the fun factor.

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington USA

Age:

Gear of Choice:

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: LFK bindings

Davey Blair

United States

Blaine Baker

United States

The Professor!  Blaine can not only teach a few tricks on the water but, he is also one of the head educational teachers at the World Class Kiteboarding Academy, a high school program that offers high school classes for aspiring kids that want to pursue kiteboarding at a competitive level!

Hometown: Hood River, Oregon

Age:

Gear of Choice

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Echo

Board Interface: Hiker Binding