TAMPA/LONDON/BERLIN, December, 30th 2010: The KB4Girls 2010 World Tour concluded the year having made tremendous strides to further female recognition in the sport of kiteboarding around the world. Led by German sports model and 9X World Champion Kristin Boese, the tour has done an amazing job by promoting the sport and spreading awareness.
Boese said, "The year 2010 has been absolutely incredible for KB4girls and I never dared to dream of such an amazing success in our first year.” She goes on to say: “We experienced so much support from the local communities and from the many volunteers putting in their time and efforts. Each event turned into a community effort and success. To see the huge smiles in the faces of the participating girls whenever they learned something new or got to meet new friends was extremely motivational on top of that."
Benchmarks of the year included:
- - more than 400 women and girls involved in the “free of charge” events
- 12 worldwide events on four continents (3xAustralia, 4xUnited States, Egypt, Spain, Germany, Sweden, UK)
- co-operations with eight magazines and more than 20 online partners worldwide formed
- 20 new girls introduced to the sport
- motivation, self-confidence and courage of hundreds of female kiteboarders around the world furthered
- US$155,000 raised for victims of domestic violence through the DREAM EXTREME fundraiser in New York
- awareness about ocean and beach pollution raised in cooperation with Surfrider Foundation Europe
- 8 KB4girls participants celebrated on podiums in national and international competitions
The 8 successful KB4girls participants and their victories read as follows:
- Nicole Puxbaum (2nd place Austrian national championships)
- Heike Wycisk (1st place German national championships)
- Holly Kennedy (1st place High Jump PKRA Fuerteventura)
- Michalina Laskowska (3rd place Polish national championships)
- Shannon Ducker (2nd place Australian national championships)
- Michelle England (3rd place Australian national championships)
- Stephanie Voss (3rd place German national racing championships)
- Melissa Rotwald (1st place KST Germany Dahme)
Boese says: "All this would not have been possible without the support of every single local volunteer or supporter and I would like to send out a big thanks to everyone. It was, however, thanks to our tour sponsors and partners that I was even able to launch KB4girls this past year and therefore I would like to specifically thank our 2010 tour sponsors Best Kiteboarding, Kiehl's and DaKine and also our partners Surfrider Foundation Europe, SportsFeatures.com, PKRA, IKO, Tramontana Grafixx and Ideenwerft."
With the support of the amazing KB4girls media partners the tour was also able to gain more recognition for female kiteboarding and it has been the following magazine and online partners that have supported KB4girls and their goals: SBC magazine, Kiteworld magazine, Kite Surfmagazine, 3S boards & skis magazine, Kite Holland, Kiteboarder mag Australia, Kitespain.com, SurferToday.com, Kiteboarding.eu, hanglos.nl, kitemovement.com, explorergirls.com, kiteforum.com, surfertoday.com, seabreeze.com.au, riders.dk, funsporting.de, windfinder.com, womensportreport.com, surferworld.it, sport2.de, boost-kiteboarding.com, Kitemovement.com, Riders.de, Womensportreport.com, flickamag.com, oase.com, Ladies on Board and many more.
With an hugely successful year to look back at KB4girls is in the process of preparing an even more exciting program for 2011 and female kiteboarders around the world, and those that want to become one, can get excited already! The KB4girls 2011 tour schedule as well as a new web presence will go online on February 1st and with events booking out quickly it is suggested to secure spots in the clinics early on. More exciting news to be released very soon!
KB4girls would like to wish everyone a happy new year and all the very best for 2011.
Looking back at the KB4girls tour 2010:
Augusta, WA Australia / January 8-10
Melbourne, VIC Australia / February 9-10
Kahului, HI USA / April 9-11
El Gouna, Egypt / May 18-20
St Pere Pescador, Spain / May 28-30
San Francisco, CA, USA / June 19-20
Fischland, Germany / August 20-22
Malmo, Sweden / August 28-29
Hood River, OR, USA / September 4
Montauk, NY, USA / September 24-26
Lancing, UK / October 8-10
Brighton, QLD Australia / December 3-4
KB4girls is a non-profit worldwide clinic tour for female kiteboarders that was launched in November 2009 by Kristin Boese. While the tour gives female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun time together it also motivates them to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level and possibly start to compete in kiteboarding.
Another goal of the KB4girls events is to support the Surfrider Foundation Europe and the protection of the oceans and beaches. While registration fees are being donated to the Foundation educational materials are being supplied in return and given out to all participating girls, teaching them about their precious playgrounds and how to possibly help to protect them.
About Kristin Boese
Sports model Kristin Boese, Guinness World Record™ record-holder and nine-time world kiteboarding champion reaches out to girls around the world to sharpen their skills and learn new riding tricks. The 32-year-old from Potsdam, Germany, grew up behind the iron curtain. A stellar student, Kristin showed interest in a wide variety of sports and ended up playing semi-professional handball for 12 years.
In summer 2002 she discovered kite-boarding and within a few months left Germany behind on her way to Fuerteventura/Spain to work at a kite and windsurf center and to dive into the sport which she has very successfully done since.
Boese has also written two instructional kite-boarding books with Christian Spreckels “Kitesurfing In The Waves: The Complete Guide” and “Kitesurfing: The Complete Guide.” She has also published a DVD “Kitesurfing - a comprehensive guide with world champion Kristin Boese.” This is a complete learning program for kitesurfers of all levels.