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Name Johnny Heineken
Nation United States of America
Date of Birth 17 July 1988
Place of Birth California
Class sailed Kiteboarding
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Johnny Heineken has taken Kiteboard Course Racing to another level and established himself as the man to beat. The only problem is, no one has been able to achieve that over the qualification period as Heineken holds a perfect record. In a 153-boat fleet at the 2012 IKA Course Racing World Championship in Cagliari, Heineken dominated the field, stylishly winning all five races in the Final Series. Two out of three Medal Race wins handed Heineken his second successive title, sharing the peak of the podium with sister and Female ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee Erika Heineken.

Achievements between 31 September 2012 and 31 August 2013

Major achievements

1 - Record time of 12:00 - 2013 Bridge to Bridge, San Francisco, USA
1 - Canadian Nationals, Squamish, Canadai - July 2013
1 - AC Open - Big Cats and Kites - San Francisco, USA - July 2013
1 - IKA North American Championship, San Francisco, USA - June 2013
1 - StFYC Elvestrom Zellerbach Regatta, San Francisco, USA
1 - African Continental Championships, Soma Bay, Egypt - April 2013
1 - SF UltraNectar Challenge Long Distance - San Francisco, USA
1 - Lord of the Wind (Course Racing) - Los Barriles, Mexico (2nd Showdown)

Final 2012 IKA World Ranking - #1
1 - Course Racing World Championship, Cagliari, ITA - October 2012
1 - Record time of 14:14 - 2012 Bridge to Bridge, San Francisco, USA - October 2012
1 - Fall Dinghy Regatta, San Francisco, USA - October 2012


What inspired you to take up sailing?

I grew up around the water, my dad is a sailor so it became a big part of my life as well..

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

My family's cruising boat as a young kid. I learned to sail El Toros at around 5.

Name your first sailing club

St. Francis Yacht Club

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

A local El Toro event in SF Bay.

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

2011 & 2012 Kite Racing World Championship Titles

What are your future sailing goals?

To continue to push high performance sailing. I enjoy being involved new and exciting aspects of our sport. Right now I'm hooked on foilboarding and am excited to see where we can take it..

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

My parents have always supported my effort and encouraged me to compete in whatever class I have fun sailing. This emphasis on enjoying my time on the water has been critical to my success. I'm very lucky to have had them and the entire St. Francis Yacht Club behind me..

Who is your sailing hero?

I admire all sailors who are pushing new aspects of the sport.

What other sports do you enjoy?

Snowboarding, snowkiting, and anything around the water.

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

I've dedicated much of my life to kite racing and seeing the class gain recognition in the global sailing community is a huge reward. Four of five nominees last year listed kitesurfing in "other sport they enjoy." This year I'm representing that sport alongside traditional sailing classes. I'm honored to have even been nominated.
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