About Us

SILKE

DSC_3113I grew up in Berlin, Germany with the ocean far of reach. But since being a little girl I always wanted to move south and close to the ocean. In 1999, after finishing high school, I moved to Cabarete and started working for a tour operator. It was in the Dominican Republic, where I first saw kiteboarding and fell in love with it. But at that time, I was working day and night and didn’t have the time to start a new sport. I went back to Germany to study and I started working part time at events. When I saw that the PKRA was having a stop in Germany in 2006, I applied and was accepted for a job. I worked at the PKRA event for 4 years and was fascinated by the sport. In 2008, I became a flight attendant and I was able to travel the world and see lots of kite spots. Even then, I used my vacation in order to continue working at the PKRA Event in Germany. Paul and I met and in 2009 I finally started kiting and was hooked right away. In 2010 we moved to Margarita Island, Venezuela. Since then, you can barely get me off the water. I’m kiting almost every day, constantly learning new tricks and pushing my limits. I’m open for every challenge or new riding style as they are developed and I want to get into foiling. Besides freestyle, I really like long-distance kiting, currently I’m the only woman that has kited from El Yaque around Coche Island and back again.  I have competed in local competitions in Venezuela, Colombia and twice on the PKRA World Tour (Germany and Venezuela). In November 2013 I completed my IKO Kitesurf Instructor Course.

PAUL

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I joke that I practically lived on a sailboat growing up as a kid. Kicking and screaming, I was led, practically kidnapped, to our family’s sailboat for a weekend trip to some distant, remote island. This weekly routine would start upon the first thaw of ice in the spring and and would run until late fall, who are we kidding it was practically winter! Eventually, I was able to jump ship and expand my sailing background and I’ve had the opportunity to sail or race on most everything from Laser’s to Maxi’s. In all seriousness, today I look back on all those experiences and am thankful to my family. I first came across kitesurfing while on vacation to Hawaii and was immediately drawn to the sport. My first kite trip was to Tahiti in 2003 where I was able to kite in Raiatea, Bora Bora and Tahiti. That trip changed my life and upon arriving home, I picked up a kite magazine and saw an article about El Yaque, Venezuela as an up and coming kite spot. Four months later, January 2004, I moved to El Yaque and is where I continue to call home today. I later joined the PKRA World Tour and served as Vice President for six years helping to grow the organization and tour. It was at a PKRA event in Germany, 2009, that I met my girlfriend, Silke, and she has become as passionate about kitesurfing as myself, if thats even possible. Together we kite almost daily in Venezuela and around the world as we help spread the stoke that kiting brings to us. Some notable firsts I have contributed to the PKRA tour, include: First live stream event, Cabarete 2004; Live Results system launched, Brazil 2004; Sponsored and Introduced Course Racing to the tour, Canada 2006. To me Cabrinha kites not only represents the leading kitesurfing brand but also a lifestyle and fraternal community who all understands our passion for wind, water for kiting. I’m proud to say that I’ve been active ambassador for Cabrinha kites since 2004.