TEAM AND SUPPORTERS

We are lucky to have so many great and inspiring souls supporting our project! Here are only a few of them.

Ulrich Frank (Uli) Founder of Kite Downwind. German (28), resident in Italy where he manages water sport center Wwwind Square. The Lake Garda winters turn out to be a great time to travel. As a result, Uli has crossed the Atlantic, learned to speak many languages, does all water sports and fell in love with Cape Verde years ago.

Ulrich Frank (Uli)

Founder of Kite Downwind. German (28), resident in Italy where he manages water sport center Wwwind Square. The Lake Garda winters turn out to be a great time to travel. As a result, Uli has crossed the Atlantic, learned to speak many languages, does all water sports and fell in love with Cape Verde years ago.

Sonia Stacchezzini

The Good Heart. Sonia from Italy, now resident on Boavista manages the local kindergarten through her association "un click per un sorriso".  She is truly a selfless person who created a life-changing environment for many of the local kids on Boavista and beyond. We are excited to create a positive impact for many years to come.

Mitu Monteiro (Mitu)

The Legend. The Kite Downwind would not have been, if it wasn’t for him. He inspired us, helped us in setting up communication with the local authorities on Sal and organised the support boats. Every downwind begins at his Center on Sal. A great, selfless soul we are proud to work with.

Bobby Esther Mak (Bobby)

Our Positive Vibe. Dutch happiness, who makes sure that all of you find great accommodation here on Boavista. When you stay with her in a self-catering apartment you truly support the local community! She is always in a good mood and of course ripping it up out there!


Romi de Jesus (Romi) Pure Cape Verdean from Boavista (27) with many talents. Not only has he won the first Kite Downwind in 2017 he also knows the place like no one else. His main support for us is in liaising with local authorities, and sharing his creativity and contagious passion for kitesurfing.

Romi de Jesus (Romi)

Pure Cape Verdean from Boavista (27) with many talents. Not only has he won the first Kite Downwind in 2017 he also knows the place like no one else. His main support for us is in liaising with local authorities, and sharing his creativity and contagious passion for kitesurfing.

Felix Quadfass

The owner of Planet Allsports on Boavista one of the first windsurfing centers on the Island.  We are mostly based out of his facilities, he has supported our project and even sponsored our first event!  He´s a pure waterman with a big heart and loves the Island just as much as we do. Make sure to pass by and say hello when you have the chance.

The KiteKriol Team

The only kitesurfing school on Boavista operated 100% by the locals!  We love their spirit and are grateful for their support towards our project. The Kite Downwind finish line is right in front of their Center as well. When you participate in the Downwind these are the guys to talk to for great downwind sessions around the Island. 

Marco Stevanato and his wife Leila

They manage the Morabeza Beach Lounge. Completely built from scratch with materials he found on the Island and transformed into the number 1 Bar and restaurant on Boavista and beyond. If you are here make sure you visit them, for awesome food, good drinks and great parties! This is also where we will have our winners ceremony and party once we have crossed the ocean.

Stefano Pellegrini and Miki Zavoli (Humana Skala & Boavista official)

Together they are the official marketing promoters of the Island Boavista and we are grateful for their support and interest in our initiative. From day one they where deeply involved and their selfless support is incredible.

R.S. He did the texts for our Website.  

R.S.

He did the texts for our Website.

 

Simon Estrela

When he windsurfs its not rare to see him pull off a massive frontloop in front of you to then smile like its the easiest thing in the world. It is this same style he brings to his kitesurfing and surfing.  A true talent! 'Everything is possible' is his attitude, truly contagious and inspiring.

Pulitcha Brito Santos. (Pulica)

From day one always supportive and engaged in our project. He surfs the waves with style and just picked up kitesurfing too! He knows every corner of the island and helped us a lot in dealing with authorities, spreading our promotion throughout the Island and getting things done when it seemed impossible.

Francesco Lazzari and his Family

Not only do they run the beautiful Hotel Ca Nicola which is right on the Beach of Estoril, but also a great support at our first Kite Downwind in 2017. We are grateful for these wonderful people in helping us with our initiative.

Leonardo Ripa (Quadzone)

Leonardo with his Company Quadzone was the main sponsor of the 2017 Event.  He trusted us from the beginning and we are looking forward to the Downwind adventures to come!

Federico Marchesini

He is an absolute energy bomb! Pro-Kitesurfer and in love with BoaVista for a long time already. His support was crucial and his vibes were essential for the first downwind. He came in at a fantastic second place! We hope he will soon be riding with us again!

Fabio Lalle and his Wife Patricia

Not only a participant of last years downwind, he also runs a beautiful restaurant on Boavista, make sure to stop by!  His support surely had a impact on our sucess and we cant wait to see him in action soon!

Diego and Nicoletta

A matter of 'Right place at the right time' brought us together. They run the awesome the Kitecenter Globe Kiter at Lake Como and really supported our project before, during and after. Diego also made 3rd place. Make sure you have a look at their aftermovie from 2017 in their Gallery.

Anabel and Jorge Valente They run diariesofmagazine.com and covered our story in their book. Check it out! Amazing people who love to travel.

Anabel and Jorge Valente

They run diariesofmagazine.com and covered our story in their book. Check it out! Amazing people who love to travel.