Rolex China Sea Race 2014
21 Apr 14
For the second time in four years, Neil Pryde's Welbourne 52 Hi Fi from Hong Kong has won the Rolex China Sea Race, Asia's principal offshore event.
|Date of Birth||1 June 1977|
|Place of Birth||Potsdam Germany|
Kristin Boese only began kitesurfing in 2001, but since then has established herself as the leading name in the business. In 2005 she won her first World title and then followed it up with a stack of awards across the disciplines, winning freestyle, wave-riding, slider and kicker, boarder-cross and course racing titles. In 2009, she claimed the IKA Course Racing title to bring her total to a phenomenal nine world titles. This achievement saw Boese enter the Guinness Book of World Records in November 2009 for the most kiting world championship titles.
In 2010, she continued to make her presence felt competing on the circuit but focussed most of her attention on encouraging others to take up the sport. Boese launched KB4girls in December 2009, a non-profit organization that created a worldwide clinic tour for female kiters. This year alone, she ran eleven clinics on a shoestring budget and coached more than 300 girls. The project is designed attract new girls into the sport, to enhance skills for the more experienced, boost self-confidence and motivate them to compete.
This determined woman is an outstanding athlete and is dedicated to promoting her sport, the environment and women's participation.
To be connected to nature in a way I had never been before, battle the forces of nature and challenge them has really been what got me totally addicted in the first place. To be able to quietly glide over the water and fly into the air as free as a bird was what gave me the inspiration I still have today.
A Mistral windsurf board when I was 20 - I got into water - and wind - sports quite late since siling was not a very accessible sport in East Germany where I grew up.
SKBUe (Segelclub Bayer Uerdingen)
I competed in some local windsurf races back in 2000 and then started to compete in kitesurfing in 2002. My first event was the first stop of the "Kitesurf Trophy" national series in Germany that year.
- Winning my very first World Championship title in 2005
- being awarded in November 2009 with a Guiness World Record for winning the most World Championship titles in kiteboarding
- launching my non-profit tour KB4girls to support female kiteboarders and empower women around the world through kiteboarding
To bring kiteboarding to as many people around the world as possible and put a smile on their face, to possibly one day compete in the Olympic Games and to continue to empower and inspire females in sport.
Former kiteboarding World Champion Cindy Mosey (who was World Champion when I started competing) because she has always set great examples and was a person I looked up to in both the sport and private life. She has been a fair and respectful opponent to compete against which has motivated me to the fullest.
?That would have to be Cindy Mosey for the reasons mentioned above.
Yoga, road biking, hiking, skiing and whatever other sport I get to do
I was especially surprised to get nominated because kitesurfing is so new to ISAF but of course that makes it so much more special for me to be a nominee for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award - how amazing!