John Heineken

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Country: USA

Passion: Kitesurf

Kite: R1

Date of Birth: July 17, 1988

Nationality: USA


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Discipline(s): Racing - mostly foils these days

Competitive Highlights: full results here:

These are just a few:

1st  overall - 2014 Kitefoil Gold Cup

2011 & 2012 Course Racing World Champion (2009-2013 all top 4 finishes)

3 X North American Champion

5 X PKRA Event Wins

2 X Bridge to bridge record times - current 12 minutes

2012 US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year

Home spot: Crissy

Favourite Spots: Crissy, Sherman, Jalama, Los Barriles

Favourite Gear: 7 or 9m Chrono, Mike’s Lab board on top of a foil, downwind in huge swell

More important than kiting: Having fun outside, with friends.

Inspiration: My dad, Chip Wasson, Mike Zajicek, and a ton of great bay area sailors.

What do you do in free time: Hike, snowkite, snowboad, sail, surf, be outside.

Why Ozone? I joined the Ozone family in 2010 and haven’t touched another kite since. The pride the team takes in their products is visible in performance - just look at how many world championships have been won on the kites over that last 5 years. Our team is fortunate to have the best designers in the world willing to take risks and lead the way into higher and higher performance wings. Can’t wait for 2015...

What was your best kite moment? Winning my first World Championships in Germany, 2011.

What was your best life moment? Don’t think it’s happened yet.

How would you change the world? More wind, less ego.

What would be your ideal day? Morning surf, afternoon kite, and some beers on the beach after! and some frisbee throwing to the dog.