Meet Kristin Boese
Born in Potsdam, East Germany on June 1st, 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 and ended up playing semi-professional handball (a very popular team sport in Europe) under a strict East German trainer for 12 years of her youth.
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 the German Kitesurf Champion title in the following 2 years and a 4th place in the PKRA world ranking in 2003, her biggest success was close and while being Vice World Champion in 2004 Kristin claimed her first PKRA Freestyle World Champion title in 2005. Many titles in all different disciplines followed.
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).
After 12 years of living out of a suitcase and constant traveling, Kristin and her partner Sky Solbach settled down on Maui/Hawaii – the birthplace of kiteboarding – in 2014. Here they bought a property, built a house and got married. While Kristin still kites a lot (especially in the winter time when there is swell around) and has strong connections to sport and industry of kiteboarding, she now works as a branding consultant for small businesses on the island and takes care of their homestead most of the time.