Nickname: Herbert, Sick Rick
DOB: May20, 1988
Hometown: Lutzhorn, Germany (a small village close to Hamburg)
Home spot: Kiel
Titles: 2X German Junior Champion & German Vize Champion
Sponsors: Naish, Quiksilver, Ronix
Favorite Naish Gear: Antic 142 & Torch 10m
Duties as Team Rider @ Naish: Promote the passion and watersport that Naish stands for. It is important for me to act professional & responsible while mixing it up with a bit of craziness.
When did you start riding?
Windsurfing 6, Kiteboarding 12, Wakeboarding 15
If you where an animal, what animal would you be & why?
Turtles have characteristics I can identify myself with. Fast and active in water; Slow and chilled on land; Hard shell, soft core; Almost Indestructible.
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Vegetables, meat, cheese, butter, marmalade, pesto, ketchup, ginger, ham, cream cheese, salad, olives, a bowl of fruit salad from this morning, 2 bottles of white wine, 7 beers, eggs, milk, cream, dressing, lemon, garlic, onions, potatoes, zucchini, and liverwurst
There is no wind, so I am going to ___________?
Cablepark for wakeboarding or sit at my desk and brainstorm some new ideas.
Best post-session meal?
German fish sandwich with matjes (herring) or a huge bloody steak.
How many toenails have you lost since you started kiting?
Well…. I never lost a toenail yet!
Would you rather have an extra finger or loose a finger?
Fore sure I would take an EXTRA finger!!! And if it is too much after a while I could cut it off.
Have you played in the dirt recently?
Last night … 😉
Are you a spender or a saver?
I save to spend.
What is the last book you read?
As a professional athlete who travels around the world and sees different styles of kiteboarding, what do you think about the status of kiteboarding right now? How do you see it evolving?
I think kiteboarding is still a young sport. It’s taken some big steps since I started kiting. This watersport gives everyone the opportunity to perform it in his/her own way. That’s why the limits and quality of every single discipline is on a pretty high level at the moment. In the beginning, there wasn’t much respect from other board sports to kiteboarders, but this attitude is now history and kiteboarding has grown up to a globally hyped sport.