Cancer and kitesurfing. Yeah, that’s a combination you don’t think about that often, right? Baris from Kite4Life does though! On the 17th of April on 2019 I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Baris about this beautiful foundation with a rock solid goal. 

Check out the vlog to see the interview and get to know everything about the Kite4Life kick-off, that will take place in Zandvoort on the 25th of May 2019!

Kite4Life is a foundation that brings cancer patients, survivors of cancer and their relatives together to learn the beautiful sport of kitesurfing. As Baris puts it nicely: “I want to bring feelings of freedom, hope and pride back.”This great idea has started after an everything but ideal situation that Baris was in. The founder of Kite4Life is a cancer survivor as well. He knows like no other what kind of impact cancer can have on your life, but also on your family and relatives. Even when you have recovered physically, the emotional aftermath can be devastating:

“I’ve been diagnosed, have had surgery and have been sent back home after 5 days. After I was ‘cured’, another metastasis was found and had to go through another healing process. Later, when I finally could rest and reflect on everything, my life collapsed around me. The psychosocial impact of cancer was huge. The peace in my relationship and family was under great pressure. In this phase, my wife and I made a really good decision: Booking our first kitesurfing lesson. After the first lesson, we both felt how great of a distraction kitesurfing can be. During the lesson you’re very focussed on what you are learning and this way you don’t have time to think about your daily troubles.”


Baris told me about the positive effects of kitesurfing on his life, but also on the life of his family! Conversations weren’t about problems anymore, but about kitesurfing, the wind, kitesurfing techniques and everything else related to kitesurfing. When you’re a kitesurfer you know that in the world of kiting it doesn’t matter who you are, how rich you are or where you come from. As long as you’re holding a kite, you’re part of the community.

To share all these positive changes with other cancer patients, survivors of cancer and their relatives, Baris started the Kite4Life foundation. Kite4Life already has a lot of big names supporting the foundation, Ruben Lenten for example!

On the 25th of May, 2019, the kick-off of Kite4Life will take place at the watersports association in Zandvoort. Kite4Life will offer 25 Dutch cancer patients, survivors of cancer and their relatives, the possibility to experience the positive effects of their first kitesurfing lesson. Before the lessons, a brief story will be told about Kite4Life, followed by a scientific explanation about the positive effects of leisure on the recovery process by a medical specialist. For this day a fee of €15,- per person will be required, as well as another optional €15,- fee for lunch and drinks after the kitesurfing lesson. In addition, all participants will be offered a kitesurfing package deal after the lessons, which will cost only €35,- for 9 hours (3×3 hours)!

Currently there a still spots available for the kick-off. Are you a cancer patient or survivor of cancer living in The Netherlands? Then you are eligible to subscribe via ! Do you know a cancer patient or survivor of cancer living in The Netherlands? Send them this blog, the subscription link or this website link: .

Kite4Life hopes to make this a yearly event and maybe even on other locations throughout the Netherlands! This year, there will also be a fundraiser event, where the kitesurfing community will have the opportunity to learn from kitesurfing pro’s ánd support this great foundation!

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Vlog: Kick-off event Kite4Life



Kitesurfing vocabulary. Upwind, downwind, onshore wind, offshore wind… I think we know all of those terms. Yet there are so many words in our kitesurf-world that are not clear to some of us. You don’t need to know all of them to be a good or maybe even great kitesurfer, but sometimes they can make conversations a lot easier. I’ve noticed that some meanings are very vague and not always clear to the users (including me). Let’s clear that up with a Kitesurfing Vocabulary For Dummies.

Today you’ll read about riding styles. Like the word says: different styles of riding. A kiteboarder can prefer multiple riding styles and even perform multiples in one session. Knowing which style(s) you prefer the most or want to learn can help you decide which kind of kite, board or bar to buy. Some riding styles are also used to name contest divisions, where a rider is mostly bound to just one style and most of the times also to particular equipment during that contest. Examples of these contests are Strapless Freestyle or Hydrofoil Race.

PS: Klick on the pictures and check out the Insta’s of these amazing kiters!

Linda is showing some Wakestyle here
Jeroen is showing some Airstyle here
Ruben is showing some Freeride here

FREERIDE: A style that is not focused on landing tricks or jumps but on controlled riding. If you’re sightseeing while kitesurfing, or cruising around, you’re freeriding.

FREESTYLE: A style where you’re hooked and use the kite to create lift. Height and hangtime can be crucial to perform some of these tricks. Examples of freestyle-tricks are backrolls and kiteloops.

AIRSTYLE / FREESTYLE “OLD-SCHOOL”: A part of freestyle where the riders preform high jumps with rotations, one-footers, board offs, board flips, grabs or a combination of these things. The jumps are focused on hangtime, so the rider has enough time to perform his trick.

BIG AIR: A part of freestyle where the rider performs jumps with the goal to get as high as possible. In competition the big air division is getting as high as possible in the most fancy or extreme way by adding Airstyle, a kiteloop or even an unhooked trick.

WAKESTYLE: The big difference with freestyle is you’re not creating lift and are not hooked but unhooked. Instead of steering your kite in to jump, you keep your kite low and use the tension of the lines to pull you out of the water, like wakeboarders do. Some people refer to this style as FREESTYLE “NEW-SCHOOL”.

PARKSTYLE: Using sliders, kickers, rails, etc. just like a wakeboarder in a wakeboard park… Except it’s done with a kite instead of cable. Most of the times riders chose to be unhooked as it gives them the opportunity to pass the bar around them.

WAVE RIDING / SURF: Surfing waves like wave surfers but with a kite.

RACE: Being as fast as possible or the fastest one of the group.