Kitesurf world tour KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

Maui, Hawaii — March 30, 2013: Following the IKA release from March 25, 2013 the KSP is pleased to announce their wildcard picks, completing the slate of this years KSP tour riders. The KSP’s seven board members made their decision, taking into account several factors such as the riding level and future potential of each rider. Following a long deliberation and a very close decision by votes, the KSP board members agreed to award the coveted KSP wild card slots to the following riders:

KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

KSP Announces Their 2013 Male And Female Wild Cards

Jose Silva (CPV): Having won the Cape Verdian National Title in 2011 and guest starring at the Cascais Kite Surf Pro 2012 as a Wild Card Entry, Jose Silva is no stranger to competition and shining amongst some of the most talented riders in the world. With the density of riding level on the small island chain of Cape Verde possibly being higher than anywhere else in the world, Jose Silva will have the chance to show just how well he can do on the World Tour.

Kalia Aguera (HAW): Kalia Aguera is the youngest female kite surfer ever to compete at a KSP World Tour event and made her debut at the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro 2012. At only 16 years of age, she has shown some raw talent and motivation. With Maui’s North Shore being her home and with a dad that has made history in the sport of kiteboarding, Kalia Aguera promises to impress in the future and the World Tour will be the perfect platform for her to unfold her talent further.

KSP board member Mitu Monteiro states: “I am very happy about the decision the board members took on the 2 KSP wild cards for this season. A young surfer with a lot of potential and a rider from an emerging nation that will receive a chance to show his talent on the international circuit. Now I can’t wait to see the action they will deliver on the water.”

The 2 KSP wild card riders will join the pre-qualified riders from last year’s overall KSP Tour rankings as well as the riders that received a KSP tour card as decided by the IKA and national associations and c

For a full list of riders qualified for the 2013 KSP world championship tour season please click HERE

Vietnam Mui Ne hosts KB4girls Global event and brings together female kiters from all around the globe

HO CHI MIN/TAMPA, February 18, 2013: Being one of the 5 KB4girls Chapters to win the 2012 Chapter Challenge, the KB4girls Chapter in Mui Ne / Vietnam hosted the first KB4girls GLOBAL event of the 2013 season this past weekend. Mui Ne is a favorite for kiteboarders for its strong sea breezes as well as a noted beach destination for the region.

Vietnam Mui Ne hosts KB4girls Global event and brings together female kiters from all around the globe

Vietnam Mui Ne hosts KB4girls Global event and brings together female kiters from all around the globe

A total of 29 female kiters from Russia, Germany, Australia, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Holland, the USA, Belgium, China as well as the host country Vietnam gathered together to celebrate a weekend of female kiting and community.

Directed and coached by KB4girls founder and 9x World Champion Kristin Boese and KB4girls Mui Ne Chapter Ambassador Liz Kaiser, the girls embarked on a 12 kilometer downwinder on day one as well as on an excursion to Ke Ga on the second day of the event. With a great vibe and lots of motivation all female participants showed their full commitment to face new challenges and learn new tricks and skills.

Congratulations go to Phan Thi Thuy Trang, Jessica Weiss and Lucy Graham for successfully finishing their first ever downwinder and to Polina Lunina and Isa Cohen for being chosen the most inspirational participants.

The event closed with a Charity BBQ at Kinn house to help cover the travel expenses for local kite hero Long to compete on the KTA (Kite Tour Asia) and an after party hosted by Sankara. Happy to have been able to support his journey, the KB4girls participants wish Long all the best and good luck for the upcoming KTA event in Indonesia.

A very special thanks goes to host kite center C2Sky ( for taking incredible good care of the participating females, their safety, transportation and much more. A huge thanks also goes out to Kinn House, Sankara and local chapter ambassador Liz Kaiser, co-host Jeff Newell, photographers Olga Ivanova and Anny Barlow as well as videographer Sascha Ivanova.

The KB4girls foundation is supported by Best Kiteboarding, DaKine, Tramontana Grafixx, and Baby-G and strongly encourages other brands to support their cause to empower females through the sport of kiteboarding.

The 2013 KB4girls GLOBAL events will be held:
February 15 to 16, 2013 – Mui Ne, Vietnam
June 5 to 6, 2013 – Eilat, Israel
August 17 to 18, 2013 – Lancing, UK
August 24 to 25, 2013 – Cabarete, Dominican Republic
November (date TBC) – Baja, Mexico

About KB4girls

KB4girls stands for “Kite Boarding” 4 girls as well as “Kristin Boese” 4 girls and was established by 9x Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin with the goal to empowers females through the sport of kiteboarding. While KB4girls GLOBAL clinic events give female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun and motivating experience and to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level, the KB4girls CHAPTERs connect females on a more local level through their social events that help build strong female kite communities around the world.