- 22 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
Best Kiteboarding is pleased to announce the addition of 3-time Canadian Champion Sam Medysky to its International Team. Although the word "pleased" doesn't quite sum it up ... "excited, thrilled, over the moon" would be a bit more accurate.
Additionally, Sam also joins the International team of Balance Riders Philosophy, the Best-distributed board of choice for some of the top riders in the world, the perfect synergy of a high-performance rider with high-performance gear.
Eighteen-year-old Sam started riding in 1999 at the age of nine, and has been on the kite scene since practically day one. He first appeared on our radar at the 2004 Velocity Games - a quiet little kid with a lot of promise, winning first place in the freestyle Juniors division.
Over the years, we've watched him grow up in the industry, and watched his commitment to the sport and his level of riding explode. Most recently, Sam won the 2009 Jupiter Kite Invasion in Florida, and scored a wildcard spot in Real Kiteboarding's Triple S being held on May 3rd-June 6th.
Sam is a career kiter, in it for the long haul, who lives and breathes kiteboarding full time. He spends his summers running Kiterider Canada, the kiteschool started by his father, and his winters training in Brazil and Mexico, and attending every competition he can get to in between.
Although his main interest lies in pure stylish wakestyle riding and kickers and sliders, Sam is also a talented course racer and will be competing along with teammate Kristin Boese at the Kite Course Racing World Championship in San Francisco in August.
With his extremely likeable personality, his sense of humour, his impressive riding, and an innate ability to influence, we're very proud to finally add Sam Medysky to our roster of International Team Riders, along with Shannon Best, Alvaro Onieva, Kristin Boese, Miguel Willis, Joe Ruscito, and Alex Brown.
- 20 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
F-One USA is stoked to announce the addition of Paula Sonnenberg to its national team of riders of riders.
Paula has been a fixture in the US kiteboarding scene since she started kiting in 1999.
She is a very talented rider, a wave junkie and a great competitor.
Recently, she finished first in the long distance race and first on the course race out of 14 racers (4 women) at the Kitricity Kitebash in Melbourne, Florida.
Paula is extremely professional and will help F-One develop its network of dealers and riders on the East Coast, specifically in Florida and in the Hatteras area.
- 19 May 2009 | Kiteboarding
A kiteboarder has collided with the Hawaiian Chieftain, an historic boat late, last Sunday on the Columbia River.
The crew of the Hawaiian Chieftain and the kiteboarder himself weren't hurt, although a crash has happened.
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which operates the Hawaiian Chieftain, said the incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. when dozens of people were onboard.
The kiteboarder sailed very close to the Chieftain and the kite lines entangled in the the boat\'s mast.
After the incident, the captain took the kiteboarder to the Hood River Marina and everybody relaxed.
The Hood River is a very popular spot for kiteboarders.