Kevin Langeree is living proof that hard work pays off. As one of the most talented kitesurfers of his generation, Kevin has already spent six years competing on the PKRA World Tour. After finishing in the runner-up spot three years on the trot, the Dutchman finally achieved his goal of becoming PKRA World Tour Champion in 2009. Despite his relatively young age, Langeree's raw natural ability and bottomless reserves of determination have transformed him into one of the sport's most successful and established riders. After joining O'Neill at the age of 13, Kevin has truly paid his dues and earned the respect of his peers, and will no doubt continue to make the most of his time in the limelight. Kevin escapes to South Africa every winter in preparation for the start of the tour, and will be more motivated than ever this year as he attempts to defend the title for which he fought so long and hard.
Warmond, The Netherlands – November 26, 2009 - Dutch kiteboarder, Kevin Langeree yesterday became PKRA World Champion for the first time ever.
“It’s so hard to believe,” said Kevin. “This season has been amazing. I was so focused on winning the world title, and I did it!” he said.
Dutch kiteboarder, Kevin Langeree yesterday became PKRA World Champion for the first time ever.
"It's so hard to believe,"said Kevin. "This season has been amazing. I was so focused on winning the world title, and I did it!" he said.
The 21 year old O'Neill kiteboarder from Noordwijk in the Netherlands had three years previously been runner up to British kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow. And once again it came down to the final event on the tour – the Teri Kite Pro in the warm waters of New Caledonia.
Kevin came second in this final PKRA stop on the World Tour, however it was enough to push long term rival Aaron Hadlow off the top of the rankings and take the World Title.
The young talented kiteboarder isn't going to take it easy from here however. "I'm going to enjoy this victory," said Kevin. "But I will keep training hard. I want to be ready for next year's tour."
CONGRATULATIONS TO KEVIN LANGEREE!
The Dutch kiteboarding sensation Kevin Langeree has won the 4th stop of the PKRA World Tour
HERE'S A LITTLE UPDATE FROM THE WINNER:
"I've been busy celebrating my 1st place here in Germany! It's already the 4th time that the PKRA is held here in St. peter Ording and I was able to win it 3 times in a row!!
We had the perfect conditions on the first day of wind, I was out on my 6m the whole day. It was a classic NorthSea storm and I'm really used to those conditions cause they are the same as at home. That really gave me an advantage to the other riders.
On the day of the singles it was really my day I landed all my trick in every heat I rode so before I knew it I was in the final again! In the final I had to go up against Aaron. Just before the final stared the wind dropped a bit so I toke a bigger size kite and that was a good decision. I landed a double front mobe, double back spin pass, doublesbent pass, a one handed kgb, a switch KGB and some other powered HP's.That was good enough to win the singles.
The next day it looked like it would be the last day with wind so we tried to finish of the doubles. Youri had a 3rd place in the singles in the doubles he was riding really well and kicked Aaron of his 2ndplace. That means that I had to go up against Youri in the finale ofthe doubles. An all Dutch final!
In the beginning it went pretty well but during the end of the heat we both started crashing a bit. In the last minute I still landed a front mobe to blind that really helped me to win that heat!!!!
The next event is in Brazil in October so we have a really long break to train!"
Kevin Langeree has made a massive step towards winning a world title this season, after defeating his closest rival Aaron Hadlow on the seventh stop of the PKRA World Tour in Germany
The 20 year old Dutch Kitesurfer won in St. Peter Ording, Germany on the weekend to claim his 4th World Cup Title this year. There are now three more stops left on the tour for Kevin to win the World Championship.
"After a 2nd place in the singles I was pretty motivated to do the doubles and take over first place," Kevin said. "My first heat against Aaron went really well. When we ride against each other we really push it to our limits and the crowd loves it!!"
"For the second heat, we both toke a bigger size kites so we could even go bigger. This is the heat to take every trick out of the bag. The heat started and the wind also picked up. My first trick was a sick blind judge. I also landed a double back spin pass really powered. Overall I had a really good heat and won!! I’m super happy with my win."
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 in to 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.