Jody Macdonald / Kristin Boese

Kristin Boese kitesurfs over bewildered local fishermen near Anakao, Madagascar in this over/under shot I captured from the water.

Jody Macdonald, Worldwide

Jody MacDonald is an award winning adventure sport and documentary photographer.
From 2006-2011 she was the resident photographer on a 60 foot catamaran on a global kiteboarding, paragliding, surfing expedition to explore the wildest corners of the planet. You can see her images in many international publications such as National Geographic, Red Bull, Outside, BBC, Patagonia, Islands, and Men’s Journal among others.

Kristin Boese, Germany

Born in Potsdam, East Germany in 1977, Kristin Boese grew up behind the iron curtain. As one of the best students in her school from year one, Kristin soon showed interest for various sports. 

When the wall broke down Kristin saw the chance to break free and while she first started a vocational training in Berlin in 1997 she soon discovered fun-sports to be her passion.

In 1998 she started both windsurfing and mountain-biking but as her love to the water was stronger, Kristin attended a windsurf-instructor license course two years later and started working as a windsurf instructor in her summer holidays while studying at the university in Berlin.

In summer 2002 it happened that the first kiteboarder rode along the beach of the Windsurf Center Kristin used to work for and caught her attention straight away. A few months later the girl had left the big city behind and was on her way to Fuerteventura/Spain to work at a kite and windsurf center and to learn how to kitesurf herself.

From there her kite career took off with many different titles to add to her list.
Kristin also brought kitesurfing to the masses with her many media appearances and has published two instructional kiteboarding books and an instructional kiteboarding DVD.

In 2009 Kristin founded the KB4girls Foundation, which empowers women around the world, and is still running the foundation’s activities today. Together with 3 other world champion kiteboarders she founded the KSP World Championship Tour in 2011 and lead the KSP association as the President (from 2011 to 2014) as well as Tour Manager (from 2011 to 2013).