Founding Member and 1st President of the UoA Kitesurf Club
Ben McCann is a true legend in the UOA Kitesurf Club. Starting the club as a means to make friends (as he didn't have any) he quickly became one of the hottest kitesurfers on the New Zealand scene.
Just recently he competed in the World Kiteboarding League, managed to land a backroll and then lost his kite in which world number one Liam Whaley had to come to rescue him. Known for his sick as S-bends, shitty as jumps but being one of the most loyal people we know, McCann is the reason we are all here today.
Cudos to the man who saved us from the boredom of Auckland University, we salute you McCann and your up and coming adventures wherever kitesurfing may take you.
Absolute yarn and 2nd President of the UoA Kitesurf Club
Gosh, where to begin. Jonty learnt to kite in the space of about 5 minutes and to this date, is the clubs fastest learner. He has unhealthy amounts of enthusiasm, the ability to motivate hundreds of people and a smile that leaves most females weak at the knees.
Jonty became president in 2015 and doubled the clubs membership within 6 months, propelling the club to its 'world's largest' status and securing major sponsorship & endorsements from the biggest brands in the industry. Oh, and he raised $12k in funding. Yup, he's one of those bastards that is good at everything.
Jonty is, to put it simply, fantastic at creating atmosphere: fill a room with people, stick Jonty in the middle with an agenda and he'll have everyone lining up for whatever he's selling (or, in some circumstances, setting their eyebrows on fire). Being the youngest of 4, this boy is very competitive, particularly when on skis or with a kite in his hands or both. Couple this with his strong sense of adventure and leadership, it would be safe to say that he's going places.
What has made Jonty such a good president and a great friend is his bottomless ambition to give people the best possible time. Whether it's a quick visit to his dingey flat, or he's helping you rig your gear in 30 knots at Kite Nationals, Jonty's sole mission is to create unforgettable days and experiences. And he's the best at it