The big news dropped at New Year that, after 20 years with the brand, Kevin Langeree will be leaving Naish. At the same time, Naish released their own news. Last season saw them get behind a large crop of new talent, helped and coached by Kevin, so this is obviously a clean and friendly break, and we look forward to more news from each corner. For now, here’s what released about their 2020 team direction, which includes news of another previous World Champ, Christophe Tack, joining the team:
January 1st, 2020, Maui, Hawaii:
Naish Kiteboarding comes into a new decade with fresh new additions of kiteboarding’s super talents to the International team along with new members to the Product Design, Brand Development and Marketing teams on Maui.
With the new year, Naish International also announces that after nearly two decades of sponsorship, Kevin Langeree and Naish will be parting ways.
“Kevin has been a great ambassador to both the Naish brand and to the sport as a whole,” states Naish owner Robby Naish. “He is a good friend and we wish him well in his future both on and off the water.”
As a former PKRA World Champion and three-time winner of Red Bull King of the Air, Kevin has been at the top of his game for a long time and shown the performance potential of Naish kiteboarding products year-after-year. Naish’s Brand Manager Scott Trudon adds, “It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to one of the sport’s true icons but we welcome the opportunity to shift our energy and support to the next generation.”
Kevin’s own goodbye to Naish
As a veteran of the sport, Kevin will move on to pursue other career opportunities and life goals. Naish International will continue to focus its professional sponsorships on young and energetic team riders from around the globe who are pushing the sport forward into the future.
For the upcoming 2020 year, the Naish International team will be growing with some of the worlds top upcoming riders as well as former Freestyle World Champ, Belgian Christophe Tack, who is looking to build momentum in 2020 after a podium finish at the GKA World Tour in Dakhla, Morocco – his first GKA event in nearly six years. Christophe joins Naish veteran Ewan Jaspan who fresh off his 2019 KPL World Title looks to keep his momentum building into 2020. Ewan’s plans include vying for a spot in the 2020 Red Bull King of the Air, defending his title on the KPL, working on film projects and taking on a more active role with Naish’s product development, working hands on with our design team.
Additionally Naish is graduating a number of their national riders to the international ranks for 2020:
Ross-Dillon Player, South Africa – 2019 Red Bull Megaloop Champion, 2020 Red Bull King of the Air Invitee
Stuart Downey, South Africa – 2019 Maui Kitefest Big Air Winner, 2020 Red Bull King of the Air Invitee
Stig Hoefnagel, Holland – Dutch National Champion Runner Up, Naish Team Europe Graduate
Cohan Van Dijk, Holland – Junior Dutch National Champion, Naish Team Europe Graduate
Helena Brochocka, Poland – 2019 KPL 3rd Overall, 2019 GKA Dakhla 3rd
Clement Huot, France – 2020 Red Bull King of the Air Wildcard Winner, Naish Team Europe Graduate
Antoine Mermet, New Caledonia – 2018 Junior World Champion Freestyle
Leo Verracchia, Australia – 2019 Australian Junior Freestyle Champion
Tom Seager, UK – British Junior Freestyle Champion, Naish Team Europe Graduate
Vetea Boersma, USA – 2019 Maui Kite Fest Big Air Runner Up, 2018 MKF Freestyle Champ
Tim Walsh, USA – 2018 & 2019 Maui Kite Fest Grom Winner, 2019 Hood River Junior Jam Freestyle Winner
Naish Team Europe
NTE again be producing some of the best up-and-coming talent for the 2020 season as well. In this new decade we are looking forward to exceeding our goals with renewed energy and enthusiasm in product development, marketing and our growing world class team!
Stay tuned as more exciting announcements develop from Naish.
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