Jesse Richman named AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year

For the second year in a row, Naish’s Jesse Richman has been voted AWSI’s “Kiteboarder of the Year”. This title is well earned, as Jesse has been on fire this year, taking every aspect of kiteboarding to the extreme.

Jesse Richman named AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year

Jesse Richman named AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year

“I’m stoked to be named AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year! Thanks to everyone that made this possible. We are taking this shiz to the next level!” – Jesse Richman

From kiting Jaws, ripping strapless in the waves, pulling world record stunts, to throwing the most engaged wakestyle moves, Jesse truly makes the most out of every moment…and there’s no end in sight. Considered the “waterman” of kiteboarding, Jesse now adds this title to his already stellar collection of titles such as 2x World Champion and 2013 RedBull King of the Air.

Naish is beyond stoked to have this remarkable character on our team, both on and off the water. We look forward to seeing what he has in store next…he definitely keeps everyone on their toes!

HUGE Congratulations Jesse!

Watch his AWSI video


AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year video 2012 Alex Fox Damien LeRoy Jesse Richman…


Huge thanks to Matt Sexton and Dave Scott for putting up with me and filming when no one else would. I couldn’t have done anything this year without you.

Mitch, Rock, Stef, Urine, BB, and Jill you guys had it worse than anyone, putting up with all of my bad jokes and just shit in general. I love you!



Damien LeRoy AWSI Kiterboarder of the Year Entry



Special thanks to Quiksilver and Slingshot for making these adventures possible.

Thanks to Jason and Titik for all the welcome and to all the friends i made on my travels hope to see you soon.

James Ropner
Patrick Rebstock

Still Photography:
Jason Wolcott




Vote for Jesse! He’s got it all from riding giant waves at JAWS to hardcore freestyle!





AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year Entry.. Filmed in: Indonesia / West Oz / Philippines

Filmed by: Darren McCagh / James Ropner / Fabrice Beaux
Edit by: Reo Stevens
Music: Re-Wired / Kasabian