Youri Zoon Interview: What Next?

The World Champ, Youri Zoon is the next generation kiteboarder, and he is on a mission for world domination! During last years PKRA, Youri won every event except 1. He landed the 1st 900 in a contest and followed shortly by landing the 1st Kiteloop 900 ever! So is he unstoppable… well it certainly looks that way. Dirty Habits was lucky enough to hang out Youri this summer in Cape Town, while he was filming a big movie with Nick Jacobsen and Kevin Langeree. So what’s on everyone’s mind after dominating the world tour? Well, the same thing that’s on ours: What Next?

Youri Jumping over a road up the West Coast

Next Trip:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Venezuela for a Demo tour with Slingshot and Brunotti then loads of traveling this summer,

Next contest:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PKRA Morocco.

Next movie we’ll see you in:
Mmm… good one, we are working on a big project that will be out mid May.

Next flight:
In about 3 hours haha… Now at Paris CDG airport and flying to Malaga and tomorrow to Venezuela.

Next big trick:
I hope i can go for the 1080 but it’s very hard! but nothing is impossible.

If ya cant beat them... film them.. good job Nick

Next song on your playlist:
J-zay & kanye west- Paris

Next big purchase:
A car or a house. It still depends on some things

Next Gadget you’ll buy:
ipad 3

Next Vacation:
When i am back home (Brouwersdam, Netherlands)

Next Meal:
Airline Lounge food

Youri zoon.. the man on a mission!!

Next car:
Really wanted to get something nice and fast.

Next photo-shoot:
In 2 days Venezuela

Next Toy:
Don’t even wanna think about toys… i wanna buy everything!!

Next visit to Cape Town:
Next winter Bru. When the time is right.

Nick Jacobsen filming Youri


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Going for the money shot

Here is some more info about Youri taken from the PKRA website

Youri Zoon grew up in Holland and has been an extreme sports addict from a young age. BMX, Windsurfing, Motocross you name it, Youri has not just done it but pushed it to the limit. At age 13, Youri decided to focus exclusively on kiteboarding by joining the PKRA. 5 years ago he completed his debut year with an impressive 3rd place finish in 2006.

Mr. Zoon: Photo Nick Jacobsen

Being one of the most powerful riders on the circuit can bring with it misfortunes. In 2007 and 2008 he was seriously injured when he ripped his ACL twice and had to stop kiting for those seasons. He came back in 2009 more motivated than ever and became PKRA Vice World Champion for his first year back on the PKRA, putting a stop to any doubt held by others on his level.

Youri’s style is unique and it showed when he was one of the first to push for combos, doing one trick after an other and successfully managing four in a row at the start of his heats. His only wish is compete against Kevin Langeree, recovering from an ACL injury, and Aaron Hadlow retired for now, back on tour to prove that he’s the best kiteboarder out there.




Len10 Megaloop Challenge, Video, Pics & Results

The wind was pumping and kites were flying high as Lewis Crathern wowed the judges to win the first ever LEN10 Megaloop Challenge in Cape Town.

Crathern, from Worthing in the UK, went up against Sam Light (UK) and Gianni Aragno (ESP) in the final. “I was just stoked to have been in the final with two of my best friends. A megaloop isn’t the easiest trick because you have to try and get height while trying to get your kite as horizontal as possible. I’ve been coming to Cape Town to kiteboard for the last six years and I love it here. The people are friendly and the weather and wind conditions are perfect here,” he commented.


A megaloop isn’t the easiest trick because you have to try and get height while trying to get your kite as horizontal as possible

Brainchild of Red Bull Athlete and ‘King of the Megaloop’ Ruben Lenten, the LEN10 Megaloop Challenge saw 24 participants compete in a format new to kiteboarding competitions.  Ruben remarked: “All the riders and spectators were excited about the format which gives the guys time to pull their best moves and score high. I’m happy that such a big crowd came down to see the guys  pull some gnarly tricks and see some pretty epic wipeouts too – which is just as much part of kiteboarding as landing the trick.”

Participants were scored on the height, technique and the style in which they executed the megaloop with.
Len10 Megaloop Challenge
LEN10 Megaloop Challenge winner, Crathern and the other finalists had decided before they went out for the final to split the prize money – it wasn’t about the prize but rather spending a good day out doing what they love.  He does, however, walk away with a one-of-a-kind trophy and a photo shoot with renowned South African action sports photographer, Craig Kolesky.

Ruben Lenten is keen to bring the competition back in 2013 and throw himself into the mix. “We’re going to push the limits of kiteboarding even more.”


A slow start but after the wind finally made an appearance the riders were able to hit the waves

The riders were pulling out all the stops, holding nothing back for the imagination

Pushing themselves to the limit, the riders pulled off some massive Megaloops to see them into the next round

Big Bay was the perfect backdrop, playing tribute to the perfect day for the riders

Late into the evening the riders kept the pace going, eager to enter the final rounds of the day

A great turnout and loads of support throughout the day and a very exciting finish

Congrats to Lewis Crathern for the win, but an extended congratulations to all the riders who took part in a stunning display of bravery and talent


Thanks to Craig Kolesky & Redbull for these sick images

all image copyright (c) Kolesky/Nikon/Red Bull Content Pool



Youri Zoon; First kiteloop 900 ever!

Youri Zoon; First kiteloop 900 ever! from Christophe Tack on Vimeo.

Youri Zoon won all the PKRA World Tour events this year. With his World champion title he is more motivated than ever!

Check out his latest tricks : kiteloop 9

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