POSTED: Tuesday April 6th 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KB4girls forms new partnerships to give female kiteboarders a broader reach and bigger platform
Kristin Boese partners with IKO, JustKiteIt.com and Womenssportsreport.com
High resolution photos of the event are available here: (http://www.kb4girls.com/press/press-area/press-pictures.html)!
TAMPA/LONDON/PERTH, April, 6th 2010: Since KB4girls launched in October 2009 it has created quite a wave. While countless girls from around the world have signed up for the free clinics, interest has also been shown by brands both inside and outside the kiteboarding industry. Priority in the negotiations has been focused on being able to deliver great events to the girls around the world and some landmark partnerships have been agreed on recently.
Adding much technical expertise to the KB4girls clinics and bringing the participating girls great benefit is the foundation of the partnership formed with the IKO. The worldwide authority on qualifying kite instructors and bringing new kiteboarders into the sport has partnered with KB4girls by supplying participating girls with IKO membership cards. These will enable them to not only join the IKO members online platform with a lot of useful information but also will allow them to use their IKO certification to enjoy the services of the countless IKO centers around the world. In addition an IKO safety and self rescue briefing will be part of the KB4girls event and prerequisite to attain membership.
Sandrine Roussos, CEO of the IKO: “IKO is very excited about being involved with KB4girls. Building such an important network of girl kiteboarders is an excellent development to the sport. Supporting female athletes, getting more girls into the sport and having great fun while also supporting the environment through the Surfrider Foundation, is something IKO strongly believes in. KB4girls is a great project for all the girls out there and we are delighted to be a partner.”
To be able to spread the word about the free KB4girls clinics even further among female athletes around the world further partnerships have been formed, the media information source Just Kite It being one of them. While Just Kite It will be KB4girls media partner for the USA, founder Jessica Valenzuela will be helping to organize the local North American events.
Jessica Valenzuela, founder of Justkiteit.com: “We're thrilled to be a partner in Kristin Boese's KB4 Girls events! Sharing the kiteboarding experience gives me so much fulfillment, so when the opportunity came for us to co-host some of the events in the US and be an official partner, I jumped on the opportunity! We're proud to be part of Kristin's work in helping women raise their interest in adventure and outdoor sports, specifically kiteboarding!”
To raise the level of awareness and visibility of KB4girls to the general public KB4girls teamed up with the world wide online portal for female athletes Womensportreport who will be updating their female community about the girls only kiteboarding events around the world.
Gina Dessalines, Marketing Director and Co-Founder at Womensportreport.com says: “Womensportreport is proud to be part of KB4girls by publishing the effort and hard work going into this fantastic project. We agree with the aims, motivations and goals behind the project 100% and will do our part by supporting Kristin and the girls gain the publicity that is needed to push this forward! Good Luck!!!”
Other media partners have joined the KB4girls family over the past few month as well and with the newly added online media partners kiteforum.com and boost-kiteboarding.com as well as the magazines Kiteworld that is sold worldwide and Kite Surfmagazine from Holland even more girls on the kitebeaches around the world will get a chance to join the free clinic and improve their riding.
“To get such great feedback and to be able to form partnerships like these is a great thing for KB4girls as it helps us to reach the girls that we are aiming our events at and gives us the possibility to organize great events for the female kiters around the world. It is also really motivating for me to see that there is so much demand for events like these and that not only by the girls that want to join in but also partners that want to join and help. I am very pleased about the partnerships we could form over the past weeks and also month and am now really looking forward to the next KB4girls event on Maui that starts this coming Friday, 9th of April.” says Kristin Boese, KB4girls founder
About Kristin Boese
Sports model Kristin Boese, Guinness World Record™ record-holder and nine-time world kiteboarding champion reaches out to girls around the world to sharpen their skills and learn new riding tricks. The 32-year-old from Potsdam, Germany, grew up behind the iron curtain. A stellar student, Kristin showed interest in a wide variety of sports and ended up playing semi-professional handball for 12 years.
In summer 2002 she discovered kite-boarding and within a few months left Germany behind on her way to Fuerteventura/Spain to work at a kite and windsurf center and to dive into the sport which she has very successfully done since.
Boese has also written two instructional kite-boarding books with Christian Spreckels “Kitesurfing In The Waves: The Complete Guide” and “Kitesurfing: The Complete Guide.” She has also published a DVD “Kitesurfing - a comprehensive guide with world champion Kristin Boese.” This is a complete learning program for kitesurfers of all levels.
KB4girls is a non-profit worldwide clinic tour for female kiteboarders that was launched in November 2009 by Kristin Boese. While the tour gives female athletes from around the world the chance to get together for a fun time together it also motivates them to push their kiteboarding skills to the next level and possibly start to compete in kiteboarding.
Another goal of the KB4girls events is to support the Surfrider Foundation Europe and the protection of the oceans and beaches. While registration fees are being donated to the Foundation educational materials are being supplied in return and given out to all participating girls, teaching them about their precious playgrounds and how to possibly help to protect them.
IKO is the world’s official authority on qualifying kiteboarding instructors and kiteboarding schools around the world. IKOs kiteboarding programs are designed to help those new to the sport to learn in a safe and fun way while the IKO instructors take them through all necessary steps. More information at: http://www.ikointl.com
About Just kite it
Just Kite It is a media information source and social community focused on kite education, travel, connecting fellow kiters and the kiteboarding lifestyle. Founded by kiteboarding addicts with backgrounds in media, digital branding, social media, finance management and startups. Just Kite It aims to bring its community a fresh and engaging look on the world of kiteboarding editorial and lifestyle while harnessing the power of social connectivity.
Just Kite It is your source for kite education, sweet spot locations around the world, inspiring pro-athletic and community profile kiteboarder stories, networking events and off-topic features that will offer insight and make you laugh at the same time. http://www.justkiteit.com
Womensportreport.com is a magazine set up to raise the level of awareness and visibility of women in sport to the general public, potential sponsors, advertisers, media and other female and male athletes. The founders aims to increase the marketability of female athletes to sponsors, advertisers and manufacturers of sporting products. The website is an accurate and totally up-to-date source of information on all of women’s athletics. Womensportreport.com provides a free online portal for all female athletes to meet and create an online community womensportreport.com
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