Ex team members of kitesurf school Wind Riders

Welcome for some nostalgia. Here you find all the Wind Riders Team members of the past years. Starting 2009! Wind Riders would like to thank all our previous team members for contributing to Wind Riders. Thanks for helping us make the school what it is today!

Kara Olivia Statham

Languages: English, French, Italian and some German…
Tasks: Instructor and Manager
Instructor ID: 6950
Like: freestyle and down winders
Best thought: On ne sait jamais, I would love to be fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese and travel the world following the wind and sun all year round!

Wiebke Kress

Nickname: Wiwi
Languages: English, German, French and a bit Italian.
Tasks: Instructor (ID 10778)
Hobbies: Watersport, wintersport and basketball.

Manuel Kress

Assistant instructor in training
Languages: german and english
Hobbies: Cycling and kitesurfing


Job: Transporting kitesurfers to the best spot of Lake Garda. Capacity: Up to 4 kitesurfers, 2 instructors and loads of equipment. Words of Wisdom: Don’t underestimate the small ones. I’m small, light and super fast. The reason for the seastars retirement is being replaced by a bigger, better boat..

Caetano Feiteira

IKO Instructor ID: 11309 Portuguese roots, born and living in Cape Town, South Africa. South African Slingshot Team Rider
Favourite style: wakestyle and freestyle
Words of wisdom: Take every opportunity you get to kite! If you don’t crash, you are not pushing it hard enough.
Hobbies: kitesurfing, surfing, skateboarding and graffiti sketching

Cristian Grundman

VDWS instructor since 2009: ID 18073 Born in Germany, worked as tennis instructor and kitesurf instructor all over the world. Languages: English, German and a little Italiano
Hobbies: kitesurfing, tennis and guitar playing
Favourite trick: Kiteloop, Kiteloop backroll, Kiteloop transition
Words of wisdom: You only live once so enjoy it and kite!

Maciek Grzeskowiak

Nickname: Magic, sailed since he was 9, switched to kitesurfing 2 years ago and is now a level 2 iko instructor. Languages: Polish, english and a little german
Hobbies: Kiteboarding, hiking, longboarding Favourite tricks : railey to blind
Words of wisdom: unhooked is the only way.

Filip  Fabry

Assistant instructor in training Languages: Dutch and English Hobbies: wakeboarding, longboarding and kitesurfing Words of wisdom: eat, sleep, kite, REPEAT!

Ieva Urbonaviciute

Assistant instructor in training Languages: Lithuanian, Russian, English and a little Italian. Hobbies: kitesurfing, wakeboarding, longboarding, skiing, snowboarding, sailing. Words of wisdom: life goes on

Sanne van Zante

Nickname: San. Nationality: Dutch (Languages: Dutch, English and German) Function: Kitesurf Assistant and Instructor. Best thought: is something what Marije Smeets, a paralympic atlete said once: Limits are in your head, not in your body.I just love the idea that anything is possible!

Marjon Boldingh

Nickname: Marjon/new boss
Nationality: Dutch (Languages: Dutch, English and some German and Italian)
Function: freelance Instructor (ID ) 9404
Homespot: Scheveningen, The Netherlands – live right at the beach to be able to kitesurf as often as possible
Next to kiting: I spend a lot of time at my current brilliant job at Shell, I love to sail competitively, snowboard and have a good time with friends and family on the water !!

Samy Cohen

Nickname: Sam
Nationality: French (Languages: English and French)
Function: Instructor (ID 8591)Samy Cohen, IKO kitesurf instructor
Currently Samy is working and studying in France for his French Kite Surf Instructor Diploma.

Steven de Vegt

Nickname: Steef, Hodor
Languages: English, Dutch and a little French and Spanish.
Tasks: Assist! and instruct (and to do research)
Hobbies: Watersport, wintersport and tennis.

Steven is working for a kitesurf school in the Netherlands and will start studying for his master in september 2014.

Demetrio Savio

Nickname: Demi
Nationality: Italian (Languages: English, Spanish and Italian)
Function: Instructor (ID 8799)
Style: Freestyle
Goals in live: Enjoy life and travel
Best thought: Bitches!?!?

He is partly owner of a kitesurf school in Kos, Greece

Etorre Zannini

IKO ID 7752, Level 2 instructor,
Languages: Italian, Spanish and English
Hobbies: playing guitar and kiteboarding

Ruben Kijf

Nickname: El RubioRuben
Nationality: Dutch (Languages: Dutch and English)
Function: Instructor and Assistant manager- “Manusje van alles;)” (in Dutch language)
Style: Freeriding Goals in live: To get my bachelor degree in Facility Management
Education: General secundary education, University of Facilty Management. (IKO ID 8580)
Best thought: Live every day like its your last.


Nickname: Ivet
Nationality: Czech (Languages: Czech and English)ivet
Function: Instructor
Favourite quote: “A Journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”. – Loa Tzu
Goals in Life: To get my kitegear and travels sponsored
Style: Freeride
Sports: Kitesurf, surf, snowboard, sailing and climbing.
Education: FdSc Outdoor Education, dinghy/ windsurf/ kite instructor ( ID 8010)

Marzia Pasetto

Function: Instructor (ID 8812)

Rintsje Bosch

Nickname: Rins
Function: Rins started in summer 2010 as assistant, at the end of the season he has done the Instructor course. He passed with the highest score!  September/ October 2011 he came back to run Wind Riders while Mika was away for competitions. www.rintsjebosch.com here you can follow Rins on his advantures in Mui ne, Vietnam! (winter 2011/2012)
Education: General secundary education, Sport and Management. (IKO ID 7640)
Style: Freeriding

Stefano Starkel

Nickname: Stefano
Function: instructor
Education: IKO level 2 instructor (ID: 4854)
Last winter he started his own clothing brand: https://n-verted.com/and this winter he opened his own kitesurf school: https://muinekiteschool.com/in Thailand!

Manuel Maino

Function: Assistent (IKO ID 7651)

Margreet Meijering

Nickname: Mae
Function: Assistant in 2009. Started being a co-assistant in a Dutch Hospital team
Favourite style: freestyle
Goals in live: Become a doctor in Africa
Works at Lago di Garda since 2007
Education: Gymnasium, Medicine student, IKO assistant (ID 6673)

Miranda Muller

Nickname: Miri

Function: Coach and Italian communication.
Favourite style: Freeride.
Goals in live: Spent maximum time on the water and in the snow.
Education: Leisure management. After 10 years of serious jobs in Holland, she works as ski teacher in the winter and in the watersport business in the summer.
Lives at Lago di Garda since 2006

The car

Nickname: Mitch
Function: Transport
Goals in live: Bikini Carwash and endless Diesel


Instructor and office manager.




Kitesurf & sailing instructor