Testament to the fact that kitesurfing doesn’t necessarily come easily – even for the best kiteboarders. However, Youri was recovering from a serious knee injury, so this is him getting back up and running…
Born in 1989 in Holland, Youri Zoon has 7 years of kitesurfing experience and is now a pro kiteboarder and #1 freestyle kiter in the world. It’s hard to believe he was off the circuit for two years because of his injury.
From a young age he was keen on extreme sports and has actively participated in BMX, windsurfing and motocross, but it was at the age of 13 that he had his first kitesurfing lesson and was immediately “hooked”. His debut year on the circuit was in 2006 and he finished it with an impressive 3rd place.
In 2007 and 2008 he ripped his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament in his knee) twice and had to stop kiting, but in 2009 he was back and was more motivated than ever. He completed the year as the PKRA Vice World Champion – pretty impressive after such an injury.
Since then he has won every single major tournament and to crown his career he would love to pit his impressive skills against those other two freestyle greats: Kevin Langeree and Aaron Hadlow. That would be a tough competition – and a great one for the rest of us to watch. Can you imagine?!
In the meantime, Youri is kitesurfing around the world with his Slingshot kites and Brunotti boards searching for the perfect place to ride and compete. Some of the countries that he’s already tucked under his belt are The Netherlands, France, Brazil, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Cabarete, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, USA, , Vietnam, Germany, Austria , Thailand, Egypt, Mexico and South Africa. If it’s worth kitesurfing there, it’ll only be a matter of time until he’s tried and tested it… and filmed it.
And if you are, by any chance, thinking of going kiting in Morocco this year, this little bit of info from Youri Zoon will probably pique your interest…
“Wanna have a nice trip/holiday and still learn some new tricks ?? i will be in maroc from 22 till 29th of july to help you out. Join now! more info at: http://www.kitemorocco.com/freestyle-sessions-camp-with-youri-zoon-in-dakhla“ Youri Zoon
Feature photo courtesy of grisei