You may not have received many news from the KSP lately other than the press releases about the events in Portugal and on Gran Canaria being canceled. We would like to give you a quick update on the newest developments on the KSP front and most importantly introduce you to our newest team member.
After the first 2 events of the season had been canceled the KSP board held an online conference and evaluated the associations situation. In this meeting 2 main things were decided: 1) to cut all expenses and let tour manager Terry McKenna go and 2) to put as much focus and energy into making at least 2 events happen in this 2013 season.
In the board meeting we also discussed possible locations for the 2nd event (the event on Maui is set, however Puerto Rico will not happen), the possibility of having a “one off” world championship in case all goes wrong and the possibility of bringing a new tour manager on board.
While we are in contact with 2 venues that are interested in holding a KSP event at the same dates as the Puerto Rico event was scheduled for (October 31 to November 9), we are also very delighted to have found an incredibly successful business man and passionate kiteboarder to spearhead the KSP as the new tour manager.
Nicholas Thiede, founder and former CEO of Germany’s biggest online seminar platform Semigator, will take on the position as of today and will be putting his incredible passion, energy and experience into making the KSP a successful association and world tour for the years to come. Saying that, Nico will be entirely volunteering his time and efforts for this job. We all agreed that this does not need to be made a public fact, but we would like to send out an extra special shout out and thanks to Nico simply for supporting the KSP in the way he is.
Nicholas Thiede who now lives in Tanzania, exclaims: “I am super excited to contribute to the success of this exceptional tour. Watching the world’s top wave riders compete on the KSP world tour is the best our sport has to offer to me. I am looking forward to being part of the team and will be discovering Africa’s best wave spots between KSP tour stops for possible future events.”
In the name of all of the KSP board members I am sending you all the very best for now.
Thanks everyone for your continued and amazing support,