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VIDEO: Adam Koch Profile

VIDEO: Adam Koch Profile

Rider profile of kiteboarding course racer Adam Koch. Filmed during the 2012 PKRA Gold Games in France.

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PROFILED: Chelu Guardati

PROFILED: Chelu Guardati

Chelu grew up in Campana, about 50 miles from Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. She got a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and worked various marketing jobs in the city for a few years but realized that being in an office was not what she wanted for her life.

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PROFILED: Slawek “Suave” Krauze

PROFILED: Slawek “Suave” Krauze

One of the fixtures at Sherman Island, Slawek “Suave” Krauze is usually the easiest guy to pick out on the water due to the fact that he always seems to be able to find the brightest colored gear to ride.

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VIDEO: Tom Herbert Profile

Video profile of French rider Tom Hebert, ranked fifth overall on the PKRA 2011 tour.

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PROFILED: Brian Smith AKA BCS

PROFILED: Brian Smith AKA BCS

Brian Smith grew up in Arlington, VA, and used to work at a marina on the Potomac River where he would spend his summers working, sailing, kayaking, and wakeboarding. After learning to kiteboard on a family vacation to Cabarete, he was hooked.

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PROFILED: Maika Monroe Buckley

PROFILED: Maika Monroe Buckley

At just 17 years old, Maika Buckley has decided to finish her senior year of high school online so she can move to Cabarete to train. Maika said, “I love Cabarete. All of my friends do not understand how I could leave high school my senior year and go live in a third world country. I think how could I not?”

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CLOSE UP: Oli Berlic

As Matt Sexton’s roommate at Eckerd College, Oli Berlac helped found the Collegiate Kiteboarding Association (CKA) after first trying to learn with a 12m kite and no harness. After finishing school, Oli moved to Brazil for a few years and is now the resident coach living onboard Meercat, the Zenith Ocean Voyages catamaran.

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VIDEO: Adriana Harlan Kitesurfing Profile

VIDEO: Adriana Harlan Kitesurfing Profile

Check out this video profile of Adriana Harlan.

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Close Up: Sean Mertens

Growing up with windsports-addicted parents, free (and sometimes mandatory) rides to the beach whenever it was windy didn’t give Sean much of a choice. It was either learn to kite or be bored to tears.

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: Bruce Johnson

I met my good buddy and business partner Nico at a local kite spot and we found out through Arnaud of Kitemasters that F-One was looking for a new distributor for the US market.

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Close Up: Adam Koch

If you’ve been following kiteboarding for a number of years then you have probably heard of Adam Koch.

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: Litewave Dave

I was a windsurfer building my own boards and I went to Maui so I could learn to build better windsurfers.

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INSIDER: North Kiteboarding’s Dan Schwarz

Eat a lot, sleep a lot, brush ‘em like crazy, and never try to argue with someone on a public internet forum.

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Rider Profile: Sam Light

Rumor has it that not only does Sam kill it on the water, but he’s also an English gentleman who can fix you up a proper cup of tea.

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Rider Profile: Claire Lutz

Originally from a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, when Claire first saw kiteboarding she decided that was what she wanted to do more than anything.

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