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Nak
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Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby Nak » Tue Feb 06, 2024 2:43 am

I'm curious, who is it and how old? I'm only 64 and still in great shape, but I see the writing on the wall. How much longer until I hang up my kites I wonder? ( I've already been told to quit once by my knee surgeon, but kite foiling came along and saved the day. ) So anyways, I'm looking for inspiration here! Pics and stories would be great!

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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby knotwindy » Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:17 am

Baja is listed in your kiting spots so you know there are plenty of mid to upper 70 year olds here. I pretty sure Bill was 80 when he finally decide to stop and just race the side x side around like a maniac. He claims it’s safer but if you see him drive, I doubt it!
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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby grtlakes » Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:21 am

A few years ago I met a local gentleman several times at various beaches in Ontario. He was I believe 84 and a very active kiter. Strapless surfboard in crazy conditions. We should all be so lucky. 64 yrs old Ha you have years ahead of you.
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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby Toby » Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:53 am

Oldest I know about was Poul from Denmark...88 years old. Did a session, landed the kite, did few steps and fell over and was dead. Amazing death!

Current oldest I personally know is Manfred Spuck from Germany, living in Cumbuco, Brazil, since many years. He is 85 I think. Will check.
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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby lifeinthehood » Tue Feb 06, 2024 5:03 am

Met a guy in Hood River at the Spit last summer when I came in for a landing. I saw his setup - an Armstrong MA800 foil attached to a Kanaha Shapes board. Knowing that setup requires some special adjustments, I asked him about it and we started chatting. Long story short, it turns out he was 80 years old! Told him how much I respected him for still killing it out there and that I aspired to be able to go for that long.
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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby joriws » Tue Feb 06, 2024 7:12 am

Kauko Heikkinen, 1938. Still active afaik. A former Olympic athlete and still very athletic. Waterman since 1984 started with wind surfing and kiting since 1999 or something.

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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby grenadines » Tue Feb 06, 2024 12:42 pm

Toby wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:53 am
Oldest I know about was Poul from Denmark...88 years old. Did a session, landed the kite, did few steps and fell over and was dead. Amazing death!

Current oldest I personally know is Manfred Spuck from Germany, living in Cumbuco, Brazil, since many years. He is 85 I think. Will check.
Amazing. The idea I could have another 50 years of kiting ahead of me is incredible. Really curious where kiteboarding will be 50 years from now.

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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby niknas2 » Tue Feb 06, 2024 5:59 pm

knotwindy wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:17 am
Baja is listed in your kiting spots so you know there are plenty of mid to upper 70 year olds.
I resemble that remark…..

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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby SENDIT! » Tue Feb 06, 2024 8:12 pm

I met a guy named Woody about 4 years ago as he was passing through. He was 85 and had only been kiting for 5 years! This past September I was in Hood River for AWSI and met some people that knew him. He's apparently still at it!

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Re: Oldest Kiteboarder in the world

Postby SENDIT! » Tue Feb 06, 2024 8:14 pm

Toby wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:53 am
Oldest I know about was Poul from Denmark...88 years old. Did a session, landed the kite, did few steps and fell over and was dead. Amazing death!

Current oldest I personally know is Manfred Spuck from Germany, living in Cumbuco, Brazil, since many years. He is 85 I think. Will check.
Wow, he got to go out right after a kite session...and then did't even have to pack up his gear?! THAT'S the way to go out! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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