Kevin Langeree is living proof that hard work pays off. As one of themost talented kitesurfers of his generation, Kevin has already spent six years competing on the PKRA World Tour. After finishing in the runner-up spot threeyears on the trot, the Dutchman finally achieved his goal of becoming PKRAWorld Tour Champion in 2009. Despite his relatively young age, Langeree's rawnatural ability and bottomless reserves of determination have transformed himinto one of the sport's most successful and established riders. After joiningO'Neill at the age of 13, Kevin has truly paid his dues and earned the respectof his peers, and will no doubt continue to make the most of his time in thelimelight. Kevin escapes to South Africa every winter in preparation for thestart of the tour, and will be more motivated than ever this year as heattempts to defend the title for which he fought so long and hard.
Q: When did you start kite boarding and why?
A: I started in 2000 when I was 11 years old. I was always flying kites on the beach and I was surfing. Then I saw a combination between those two sports and I was hooked right away!
Q: What has been the biggest highlight of the past 12 months for you?
A: Getting back on the water after my 8-month injury. It felt so good being back on the water.
Q: What's the best thing about riding for a living?
A: I make money with I love to do the most. And I get to see the whole world and ride the most beautiful spots.
Q: Who do you enjoy kiting with the most, and why?
A: I love riding with my friends at home. There is nowhere in the world like home.
Q: Other than home, where is your favorite place to kite, and why?
A: Cape Town, South Africa is one of my favorite spots cause the food, wind, wave, people and the country is awesome.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the next 12 months?
A: I'll be competing on tour again, I've been out for two seasons due to my injury. I'm also filming a movie together with Youri and Nick Jacobsen witch is coming out in May. And I'll be doing some photo shoots and demo tours. It's going to be a busy year!
Q: How do you see your sport evolving in the next few years?
A: It will get more mainstream witch is awesome! I would like to get as much people into the sport as possible. The tricks on tour are getting more powerful. And the gear is also still changing, what could mean that we will go higher and higher.
Q: Have you got any plans to film a new video part, and if yes, with witch film company?
A: We are filming a project together with Youri Zoon, Nick Jacobsen and myself. The movie is about a dream trip with a lot of instance riding and crazy stunts by Nick. The movies will premier during the PKRA in Holland.
Q: What do you do for fun when you are not kiting?
A: I love being in the water so if its not windy I'll take out my SUP or surf board. When it's flat I'll ride my bike or fly my paraglide.
Q: What achievement are you most proud of so far in your career?
A: Winning a world title was amazing. I hope I can do it again.
Q: If you didn't kite for a living, what would you have liked to be doing now for an occupation?
A: That's a really good question… I don't know the answer to that. But I'll for sure do something in sports cause I'm not someone that can sit still for very long.
Q: What trick do you enjoy the most?
A: I love doing one handed handle passes. And do big aerials in waves. But it also really depends on the conditions.
Q: Where is your dream place to once to kite?
A: I would love to kite jaws.
Q: What music you listen to?
A: Reggae! I just love it!
Q: Has kite boarding ever injured you and what's the worst injury?
A: Yes it did. I tore my ACL mid season 2010. I was out of the completion for a year. But I'm feeling strong again.