THEY CAME AT THE BATTLE…
ZANE SCHWEITZER, Waterman Legend!
Zane is a born waterman who has earned a swag of international titles. He could surf since he could walk, has been windsurfing since he was nine years old and stand up paddling since he was 13.
He took to the world competition stage at age 11 and has been competing ever since.
Zane is the current ISA Stand Up SUrf World Tour Champion
3x Current Master of Oceans
2x Current Ultimate Waterman Champion
Zane’s accolades and achievements include:
2014 SUP World Tour Pioneer Award – awarded to the SUP’per who pushes the progression of the sport all over the world
European Cup Championship
Masters of the Ocean Championship
US SUP Tour (waves and racing)
SUP World Tour Sprint Champion
Big Island of Hawaii
SUP World Tour Abu Dhabi Champion
Nick Jacobsen Actor
“Nick Jacobsen is the craziest character in the sport of kiteboarding.” Words from SurferToday: “You’ll confirm it for yourself. Huge wave jumps, nude kiteboarding, caravan life, dangerous lake transfers, firing rides, jumps over piers, freestyle atrocities, swimming pool stunts, and skate kiteboarding are some of the experiences Nick made in 2015.
In the last four years, the Danish rider jumped from a shipwreck’s crane, bounced off the top of Necker Island, and even leaped from Azzam’s 30-meter mast.
Nick Jacobsen won’t stop adding crumbs of innovation to kiteboarding. Let’s hope he never hurts himself. Because the level of audacity has risen to an insane point.”
We can not wait to see Nick in Action on the Boarder Cross… It will be messy oh yeah
Big thanks to cabrinha and NP for making the magic possible.
Kevin Langeree World Champion – Legend
Name: Kevin Langeree
Date of birth: 21-07-1988
Hometown: Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Sponsors: NAISH, XDubai, O’Neill
Kiteboarding since: 2000
2003- 2004- 2005 and 2009 Dutch Freestyle champion
2006-2007-2008 PKRA vice world champion
2009 PKRA world freestyle champion
2014 RedBull King of the Air
Favorite spot: Noordwijk and South- Africa
Favorite freestyle board: Monarch 134
Favorite wave board: Global 5’10
Favorite kite: Naish Torch 10, 9, 7 and Pivot 9, 7m
Jesse Richman World Champion / King
Name: Jesse Richman
Years kiting: 12
Nationality: Hawaii – USA
Home: Maui, Hawaii
Sponsors: Skycatch Naish Hawaii Web Design Xensr
Some of my favorite spots: Haiku, Maui – Perth, Western Australia – Cabarete, Dominican Republic – Rarotonga, Cook Island
Other Sports: Surfing, Freediving, Mountain Biking, Stand up Paddling
Quote: “When you come to a fork in the road, Take it.” – Yogi Berra
Goal for 2014: To continue to push the progressive side of the sport to new heights while traveling around the world. Having as much fun as I can doing what I love!”
Jalou Langeree World Champion
D.O.B April 1990
Kiteboarding since 2002
Living in Noordwijk The Netherlands
Sponsors Mystic, Naish and Sinner eyewear
Result 2012 KSP World Champion
Jalou Langeree (23) is top of the world in kitesurfing. She is current world champion wave riding and leads the ladies world-ranking list. Jalou is determined to be the best and stay the best. That’s her life. She started as a freestyle kitesurfer on the age of twelve. Winning many international titles has put Jalou on the top of a short list of world-class kitesurfers. In 2011 she got a kick out of riding the waves and started training for the KSP world tour. Her dedication to be the best in that discipline as well did pay off. She trained very intensely for almost a year before she allowed herself to attend the tour. She was immediately selected and became the best of the world at first time! It illustrates the passion with which Jalou sports.
Jade O’Connor Kiteboarder
Ranked 5th in the world in the racing discipline, she is the local girl, a PureMagic team rider, sponsored by goldenpages.ie and represents Ireland at ISAF Olympic Sailing World Cup Events. Jade has been involved in sail sports since she was 5 years old and recently named Outsider Magazines ‘Woman Of The Year’. She had an outstanding 12 months which saw her achieve 8th overall at the World Championships, 4th at the Europeans, and is the current British Ladies Champion. She medaled for Ireland at her last event, Palma’s Olympic Princesa Sofia Regatta, taking home a bronze. This season will see her compete at the highest level of sport in Europe, America, Australia, and The Middle East.
‘I never guessed when I took up a kite all those years ago that it would shape my life so thoroughly, its been an incredible journey of travel, personal growth and triumph. It’s not lost on me for a second how luck I’am to be able to follow my passion!’
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Peter Kosinski, Stand Up Paddle Boarder
‘My name is Peter Kosinski a Stand up paddle board athlete from Ireland. I am 18 years old and compete in National, European and International SUP events. Last year I was Irish SUP racing Champion and vice – UK SUP racing champion. Plus I had a podium finish at the worlds most elite sup race at Battle of the Paddle, California in the Junior stock race.
The Battle for the Bay\Dublin Bay SUP classic is the leading Irish watersports event. This was one of my first events which I ever competed in and started my SUP career on Dollymount Beach. The 2015 Battle for the Bay is going to be the biggest yet. I can’t wait to line up on the start line in the heart of Dublin City…..”
Katie McAnena, Windsurfer
SPecial Ambassador 2015 and for the most amazing reason Katie will be too busy this May 2016 to join us and all our team is really wishing her the best of the best for this incredible moment. We love you Katie!
Her Profile from last year:
I’m 28, from Salthill in Galway, now living in Strandhill in Sligo. I started windsurfing when I was 14 or so and started SUP (standup paddleboard) surfing a few years ago which also led me to start a bit of SUP racing 18 months ago.
I qualified as a doctor from NUIGalway in 2011 and am currently a GP trainee working in Sligo General Hospital. I work anything from 60-80 hours per week.
In terms of training it’s always been tricky to balance work and sport but living in Sligo I can access the waves much more easily which maximises my time on the water more.
I have been competing in windsurfing in the discipline of wave-sailing for 8 years. I am 5 times Irish ladies champion. I also compete on the American Windsurfing Tour and had my first contest win on that tour this February in Cabo Verde which puts me ranked no.1 in the USA currently. I have been competing on that tour for 3 years now and have had multiple podium finishes.
I have been competing in SUP surfing for a few years and have multiple Irish ladies titles. I am currently ranked no.1 for ladies SUP surfing and for the technical class of SUP racing. I represented ireland at the world championships in Peru for SUP surfing in 2013. In terms of the battle for the bay I won the ladies marathon race and came 3rd in the men’s survivor race and 1st in the ladies survivor race.