TEAM AND FRIENDS

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

 
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THE KITE DOWNWIND FROM SAL TO BOAVISTA IS DEDICATED TO FRANCOISE GUY

He was the first Windsurfer to cross in 1994 to promote Cape Verde in the TV. His big Vision: the Archipelago would be an excellent watersports paradise!

He had a big impact on the local surf scene in the Archipelago. He teached Windsurfing to Matchu Lopes and spent a great deal of his time supporting the local kids.

THE FIRST CROSSING: With a group of Windsurfers they started at Hotel Belorizonte in Sal. The safety boat was a sailing yacht.
They where carrying a simple radio for contact with the boat. Windsurfing on a 6.4 with slalom boards. After 6 hours, destroyed hands and mostly no contact with the support boat they managed to arrive on BoaVista. Francoise fell in love with BoaVista right away and just months after he opened WindClub the first watersports center on the Island.

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Ulrich Frank

Founder of Kite4Change. German (28), resident in Italy where he manages the 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.

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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 personality who created a life-changing environment for many of the local kids on Boavista and beyond. We are excited to create a positive impact with her for many years to come.

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ROMILSON DE JESUS

The winner of the first KiteDownwind we organized back in 2017. Romi is one of the best riders on the Island and helps us with everything we can think of. He will also join us on our trips and he is a great teacher! He knows the place like no one else!

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Mitu Monteiro

The Inspiration. 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.

A ENDLESS LIST

In less than 4 years the friends, colleagues, helpers, riders and donors of the KiteDownwind have grown so fast that this page would require 100+ pictures to display all of those wonderful people involved.

Much love to you guys and thanks for your continous dedication !