Born: 15-Feb- 1978
Job: Professional Kitesurfer / Team Manager Peter Lynn Kitesports /Designer and Sales at Magmafoil
Height: 184 cm
The story so far:
I started to Kitesurf in 1999, but I have been flying kites since I was 12 years old. I was always fascinated by all typed of kites. I taught myself to Kitesurf in Blackpool England as I was studying in Manchester at the time. I was kitebuggying quite a lot in those days, so it was an easy progression onto the water. Lot's of swimming in those days, as water-relaunchable kites still had to make an appearance.
I moved to Fuerteventura in 2002 to work as a kite instructor at the Flag Beach Kitesurf Center. I worked full time for 4 years and developed many skills and teaching techniques that have made Flag Beach one of the most successful Kitecenters in the World. Developing techniques to teach from a boat made a huge difference.
In 2004 I joined Peter Lynn Kiteboarding and had 5 great years riding for them and helping out in the development of the Synergy and Charger kites and the Navigator bar.
In 2009 it was time for new challenges and I joined Flysurfer Kiteboarding. In 2010 I managed to become German Race Champion and also took on the responsibility of Team Manager.
2011 was am interesting Year with a lot of bad luck, but I ended the Season well and finished 2nd in the German Championship. 16th in the World Rakings and 12th in the PKRA and 9th in the KTE.
2012 was a bad year. I injured by back in Nov 2011 and had to be operated in April. I was out for 3 Months. I still managed a 10th at the PKRA Germany, but that was basically it for the year. I did finish the year ranked 2nd in the IKA Slalom rankings.
2013: Was my time with Gaastra. Finished 5th in the PKRA Slalom World Rankings.
2014: Rejoined Peter Lynn to help them out with marketing and as team manager.