Kiteboarding has been Kevin’s life, right from that very first day back in 2000.
In 2001, after seeing the professionals competing at the Kiteboarding World Cup in Holland, his dream of becoming a pro became his goal and his driving force. From that moment on he dedicated everything he had to training, and with the support of his parents and sponsors, Naish and O’Neill, managed to win his first Dutch Championships in 2003. It was onwards and upwards from there, as he set his sights on his very first World Cup, and at age 14 he managed to secure a top 10 spot.
Kevin’s first major event title came in 2009, when he won the Freestyle World Title. Having picked up a serious knee injury in 2010, and being side-lined for a year, Kevin fought his way back to fourth position in 2012.
One of his fondest memories was having his friends and family supporting him from the beach at the 2014 King of the Air event. This resulted in new motivation to push it to the max and win the 2015 instalment of Red Bull King of the Air.
After 14 years of hard work and high flying, Kevin still gets the same rush every time he launches his kite.
“Kiteboarding is the coolest sport ever invented; to me it’s almost an addiction. The feeling I get from it just never gets boring. I am really stoked to be part of King of the Air. This event is all about showing the crowd what kiteboarding is all about, and for us riders to push the boundaries of the sport. Competing with 24 of the world’s best kiters is like being in a dream.”