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

 

Christophe Tack

Belguim

 

When the conversation turns to stylish, high-end freestyle, Christophe Tack’s name can’t be left out. The reigning PKRA World Champion is always a threat in any contest.  His power and style set him apart from others on the water, and his carefree attitude makes him easily approachable on the beach.  Cool, calm, and collective with heaps of style – Tack can make the most complicated tricks look easy.   Follow him on his socials in the header of this tab! 

Hometown: Ostend, Belgium

Nicknme: “Tack”

Gear of Choice:
Kites: HIFI X3
Board: Radnium and Boom
Board Interface: LFK Bindings

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.  Follow her on her socials in the header of this tab!

Hometown: Warsaw, Poland

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.  Follow him on his socials in the header of this tab.

 

Hometown: Caloundra, Australia

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.
Follow him on his socials in the header of this tab.

 

Hometown: Southampton, UK

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.  Follow him on his socials in the header of this tab!

 

Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

Gear of choice:

Kites: WOW

Board: Apple Tree Surfboards and Radnium

Board Interface: Pro Pad Straps

 

 

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

 

 

International Support Team

Elias Ochner

Elias Ochner

Italy

Elias loves to get gnarly. In fact, if you see Elias riding you should try to ride with him because he is always having the most fun. Be sure to check in with him if you are looking for some trick tips on his favorite trick, the backmobe.  Check out more about him in his social media links at the top of this tab.

Gear of Choice

Kite: HIFI

Board: Echo

Attitude: Gnarly

Favorite food: Pizza

Kit Griffiths

Turks & Caicos

Living in paradise isn’t easy, but someone has to do it.  Kit can luckily call the beautiful Turks and Caicos home, giving him ample time to hone his kiteboarding skills.  It doesn’t matter if its foiling, boosting, or free-styling, Kit can do it all.. Follow him on his socials in the header of this tab! 

Hometown: Turks and Caicos

Gear of Choice

Kites: HiFi X3

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: LFK bindings / Pro Pads

 

 

Hendrick Lopes

Cape Verde

Yeah, you can say there is something in the water in Cape Verde as the island of Sal has
undoubtedly produced some of the best kiteboarders floating in the universe. But, I say there
is just a lot of hard work mixed with talent that has earned the crew the much-deserved
recognition and respect. Hendrick is one of the young guns hailing from this magical place.
Groomed by the tricky conditions the area has to offer along with aspiring to reach the level as
his elder counterparts. Watch out everyone! Hendrick has a bright future ahead.

Hometown: Sal, Cape Verde / Nidau, Switzerland

Gear of Choice

Kites: WOW

Board: Radnium / custom surfboards

Board Interface: Pro Pad Straps

 

 

Jocelyn Kotulla

Germany

Leading a successful surf bikini brand and traveling the world – she lives the kite girls dream! She is a 100% freestyle queen, always progressing, trying to spend every second on the water and enjoying the time with her friends around her.

Gear of choice:

Kite: Hifi X3

Board: Legacy 136

Board interface: LFK bindings

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Jan Burgdörfer

Germany

Jan is an absolute all-round talent. He competes in the German nationals in freestyle and slalom race, always with his feet on the podium. Based out of Hamburg, he’s kiting both the North and Baltic sea after school and on the weekends with his dad and friends.

Gear of choice:

Kite: Hifi X3

Board: Radnium 142 / Legacy 141

Board interface: LFK bindings

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

Gear of Choice:

Kites: WOW

Boards: Limit Waves custom surfboards

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

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

Gear of Choice

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Benchmark

Board Interface: LFK Bindings

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

Gear of Choice:

Kites: NV

Board: Radnium

Board Interface: LFK bindings / Pro Pad Straps

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

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

Gear of Choice

Kites: Hifi X3

Board: Benchmark

Board Interface: LFK bindings

Harness: Arc

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

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

Gear of Choice

Kites: NV

Board: Echo

Board Interface: Hiker Bindings

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

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

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

Gear of Choice

Kites: HIFI X3

Board: Echo

Board Interface: Hiker Binding