He’s a kiteboarder?? Hmm..
Imagine you had enough money to do whatever your mind could conceive. I not talking about making a good living I’m talking about life changing money, what would you do? In this article I will profile 5 people who have this kind of cash, opportunities and connections to do whatever it is they want and what they want to do is…… kiteboard!
1./2. Sergey Brin and Larry Page
I have grouped these super techies together because they are co-founders of Google and have changed the way we use the internet. “google it” has become part of our language and everyday lives and frankly it’s hard to remember what we did before Google was around!
Just like they were at the forefront of search engine algorithms, they were also at the forefront of kiteboarding in silicon valley. These two tech moguls were definitely considered early adopters to the sport.
The co-founders of google’s net worth combined is in the ball park of 65 Billion, that is a lot of zeros. You know that kiteboarding offers something amazing when billionaires with this kind of means will spend their free time at the beach getting in a session!
“You always hear the phrase, money doesn’t buy you happiness. But I always in the back of my mind figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness. But it’s not really true.”
“If we were motivated by money, we would of sold the company a long time ago and ended up on a beach.”
3. Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson is in the running for ‘Most interesting kiter in the world”. He doesn’t always kite, but when he does, he carries naked super models on his back!
He is the founder of Virgin group that comprises more than 400 companies, a philanthropist, has had botched and successful world record attempts and is an English knight!
Branson owns his own island called Necker island located in the British Virgin islands which he bought in his late 20’s. His Island is a kiters paradise. Warm weather, trade winds, private Island, and all the kiteboarding you can eat!
If you’re a high roller a “Great house” room goes for $28,805 for a 7 night stay per couple, some of the amenities included are dedicated staff of 100, meals, drinks and of course kiteboarding equipment. check it out
It is no surprise that this renaissance man with a net worth of approx 5 billion has taken up kiteboading as a hobby, seems to be right in his wheelhouse!
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over”.
4. Prince William
Although I doubt you will see prince William carrying scantly clad women on his back while kiteboarding, you may find him on a beach enjoying the sport during downtime and vacations. It was reported that he was kiteboarding in 2011 in Seychelles on his honeymoon and has surfed in the past.
If Kiteboarding is good enough for a Prince, it is good enough for me. Sorry Polo take a back seat, kiteboarding is here to stay! Oi, Jolly good show!
5. Woody Harrelson
Woody has had a successful career as an actor from the days of slinging beers on the set of Cheers to recent mega hit Hunger Games and many other great roles in between. Remember White men can’t jump? Give woody a kite and see if he can’t jump!
Woody was nominated for two Academy awards, and won one Emmy for Cheers. Woody is one of those guys who stays forever young! He is a supporter of legalization of marijuana, a Vegan, and an environmental activist.
This modern-day Hippie lives in Maui with his family where he can be found surfing, stand up paddleboarding and of course kiteboarding. The triple threat of the surf lifestyle! At age 54 the surf lifestyle is treating Woody just fine!
All kiteboarders know the liberating feeling you get when your out on the water and it’s just you and the elements. I’m sure you can recall sessions where you think to yourself, I don’t know if I will ever get another one like this!?
I can remember a few of those epic session where hours later over a beer, your re-living the moments with friends and the after glow is still lighting up the room. These are the moments in life that can’t be bought!
Kiteboarding is a sport with ever-changing variables, where a challenge awaits at every session if you’re so inclined to accept it. I think this is why people from all walks of life are attracted to this sport because it is honest, pure and satisfying.
It doesn’t matter how much money or fame you have, the sport doesn’t care, it is available to people with the right mindset and courage to take it on! Keep enjoying and learning!
Kiteboarding, the great equalizer!
Thanks for reading this post! If you know of any other kiteboarders that are sure to surprise, please reach out via the contact page, I will add any reader contributions to the post!