"The extra dimension of wind and propulsion was something I always missed"

Personal details:

  • Name: Youri Zoon
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Discipline: Kite

I was always busy.

I’m Youri Zoon and living in a small beachtown called Ouddorp in the south west of Holland. Ever since a young age I was always super active, whether it was playing outside, climbing trees, jumping bikes or building tree houses. I was always busy.

On the age of 10 I started riding my BMX and learned skateboarding. In these sports I was already pushing myself to be the best.

When I was 12 I started windsurfing and sailing. I found that the extra dimension of wind and propulsion was something I always missed in skateboarding.

When I was 13 I saw the first kiters on the beach, it looked like the perfect combination of all the other sports I was doing. And on my 13th I started kiteboarding myself. Right from the start it felt like everything I was looking for. Speed, tricks, airtime.

Since that moment I have been pushing myself to become the best I can be, rewarding myself with 2 World titles, a European title and a Dutch title.

My job, or better called my passion, is bringing me all over the world, having the opportunity to see new places and meet new people is an amazing thing. Apart from all these travels I get to work on the best products with the amazing RDP team. Working on new innovations keeps me fresh, and helps me to think outside the box and help the sport and myself to progress even further.