Ariel Corniel: the freestyle star from Cabarete

Ariel Corniel has joined the Naish international kiteboarding team.

Corniel was born on the 6th January, 1992, in Cabarete, in the Dominican Republic.

Years of hanging out at his local beach proved educational for Ariel as he watched countless kitesurfers hone their tricks day after day, in one of the best kitesurfing locations in the world.

When the opportunity emerged for him to try his hand at kiteboarding, he rose to the top almost immediately and hasn't slowed down ever since.

Competition after competition, Ariel proved that he was a force to be reckoned with when he took first place in the Cabarete World Cup 2007.

He then proved it a second time in 2010 when he won the very same event, and most recently, finished second at the 2014 DR Nationals, on his home turf.

Ariel's story continues to motivate him both on and off the water. Starting out with nothing, Ariel has worked his way up to become a pro athlete, traveling all over the world for kiteboarding competitions in hopes to become the next world champion.

"I'm so happy and excited to join the Naish International Team! Great to be in a team with Kevin Langeree, Shawn Richman, Jesse Richman, Kai Lenny, Robby Naish and all the others", says Corniel.