German sports model and kiteboarding poster girl Kristin Boese has received a nomination for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2010 for the Female nominees category.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to have been nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. The nomination came as a big surprise for me, especially since it is the first time that a kitesurfer has been shortlisted for the award. I feel like the nomination is not only an amazing recognition for myself but also for the sport of kiteboarding, especially since it is so new to the family of sailing. I am very much looking forward to attending the award ceremony and ISAF annual meeting in Greece.” says Kristin Boese
Earlier this year Boese secured her mark in the kiteboarding history by being recognized by Guinness World Records™ for the most world championships attained by a woman athlete.
Mauricio Toscano, president of the Professional Kite-board Riders Association (PKRA), said: “Kristin Boese is an extremely talented athlete. She has competed in the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour since 2002 and through the years she has become an icon in the kiteboarding world, by conquering more World titles than anyone else. As the PKRA world tour has always focused on promoting both the sport of kiteboarding and the riders, it is great to see this kind of success story.”
Earlier this year the German sports model started the KB4Girls World Tour reaching out to aspiring kiteboarders worldwide and strongly supporting the sport of kiteboarding.
“Kristin’s generosity in constantly wanting to encourage and teach other women kitesurfers around the world gives us an amazing opportunity to learn new skills from a world-class female athlete. Thanks Kristin!” said coordinator Nicolea Paul, of WAChickKiters Network, Western Australia.
Next to supporting female kiteboarders with the KB4girls events she has also made it her goal to help protect the worlds’ beaches and oceans that are not only so important for every kiteboarder, but to the entire world population. She partnered with the Surfrider Foundation Europe to glean educational practices and materials to use in her clinics.
Xavier Giamporcaro, chef de projet partenariats et développement, Surfrider Foundation Europe, said: “KB4girls and Surfrider Foundation Europe join forces to keep the ocean clean. Created 20 years ago, SFE is a European NGO dedicated to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them”.
Boese also is among the athlete ambassadors for the Munich 2018 Olympic Games bid and is also backing the bid by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) to have the sport included in the program for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
She is joined in the Olympic campaign by Sir Richard Branson, himself an avid kiteboarder, and appeared at his annual BVI Kite-Jam event. She is planning to accompany him on his next attempt at an English Channel crossing.
Interested in humanitarian issues as well the Germany athlete together with Linda Argila just held the first DREAM EXTREME fundraising event in the Hamptons/NY this past weekend which raised well over $125,000.00 that was donated to STEPS and The Retreat, two local programs that work to supply shelter and help for victims of domestic violence. This event solidly proved that twinning kiteboarding with fundraising can prove a successful partnership and was funded.
A strong role model for her sport, Boese has done an excellent job promoting kite-boarding around the world and reaching out to the sailing environment.