Hall of Fame
Welcome to the clubs biggest winners, or should we say losers. Standing next to those who have made kitesurfing history these are the air to the clubs bladder.
Skipping school, death loops, spaghetti lines and kite mares - words to live by.
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
3rd President of the UoA Kitesurf Club #Salivating
3rd Prez of the UOA Kite Club and coining the term "Salivator" Abby is an absolute salivator and a slow convert from snowboarder to kiteboarder!
Abby is responsible for the mass of girls now in the club and has attempted to make "Kite Club Great Again" although it was fucken great to begin with.
Froth(k)ing. Never lend this guy your kite.
Crss-Cross and his big black banana.
One of our all time favourite club members. An absolute frother... just never lend him your gear. He has the club record for breaking the most kites. 3 sessions and 4 kites. Probably even a world record.
His latest stupid decisions to date has been ripping an entire brand new switchblade in half and having to pay $250 to get it fixed and stupidly buying Marc Jacobs ripped old kite. If Tom was to stop kitesurfing tomorrow over half the kite repair shops in Auckland would be out of business.
Tom is also banned for life at New Flavour Dumplings. Nearly every Thursday night you can see him with an empty bottle of wine in one hand and a handful of dumplings ready to hurl in the other.
Tom is also a "meme" king and is responsible for more than half of the outrageous promotional posters.
Our first ever pro kitesurfer and putting the boys to shame.
Our first ever pro kitesurfer Polly Crathorne joined the UOA Kitesurf Club for the best year of Kite Club history to date. Showing us the moves day in day out, Polly could be found spending more time on the water than off. Often spending more time negotiating with the lecturers for extensions than actually participating in lectures Polly is a champion we all look up to.
Across the course of the year she spent with us in the club she subsequently made every single guy fall in love with her. Cutting each others lunch just to get a twinkle of Polly's smile.
You can spot her from a mile off as her dope aqua jumper can be spotted from across the shore or her contagious laugh can be heard even upwind at Pt Chev. Polly is a pleasure to ride with, a true legend of the sport.
Throwing tantrums and boosting higher than Auckland house prices.
Toy Boy Roy Ahoy!
The Mystery Man...
One of the founding members of the club, rnuts007 is one of the hottest kitesurfers on the circut... Still rocking his 2010 slingshot he is a natural athlete who puts everyone to shame as he drops tantrum after tantrum after s-bend and jumps so high he makes Ben McCann cry.
You can find his kites on the lawn "drying" where they have been for the past 3 months.
He is a natural at everything which sort of pisses everyone else off. (He's probably the best freestyler in the club)
A kite enigma you can still find him sifting around the local spots if you're lucky but only if he has managed to get out of work early...
The first international graduate of kite school
One of the first true graduates of kite school. Grace Seeley is one of the keenest kiters out there, having never touched a kite previously she quickly picked up the sport and was landing backrolls quicker than Daddy-Dave sifted through the ladies.
Never one to miss a session (but defeintely one to miss a lecture) Miss Grace Seeley is an absolute frother to say the least. Chasing the club to Perth, Queenstown and Raglan she only managed to lose one board the whole time. She will be sorely missed :(
David "Daddy" Mountfort. Gammy backrolls galore.