Name: Jesse Richman
Birthday: July 22, 1992
Current Residence: USA
Home spot: Kitebeach, Maui
Titles & awards:
2X Overall Kiteboarding World Champion
3X Kiteboarder of The Year, 2013 King of the Air
World Record Tow Up Height
World Record Hang Time
Big Air / Freestyle: Naish Torch 10m with Stomp 135
Wave: Naish Pivot 5m or 7m with Global 5’7”
Foil: Naish Boxer 6m, Hover 112cm with the Naish Thrust kite foil
Other Sponsors: Ride Engine
Hobbies: Surfing, Freediving, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Foil Surfing, Functional Training, and anything that I can gain a better understanding of fear, personal progression, and ultimate human performance.
When did you start riding?
I’ve been in the ocean since I could walk, I learned to surf when I was five, windsurf when I was seven and got into the dream sport of kiting when I was nine. Ever since I got launched into the air holding onto a kite, I’ve been a diehard kite/ocean addict.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Working out! It doesn’t matter how I do it, but I need to move a lot in the day, movement of the body equals freedom/movement in mind.
What’s in your backpack when traveling?
Passport, Laptop, Headphones, Water-bottle, Kindle, Ear Plugs, Eye Mask, Journal, Pens, Thumb Drives, Medicine Kit, Kava Tincture, Neck Pillow, mints, deodorant, phone/computer charger with world adapter, socks and boxers, a very thin hoodie and I’m ready for anything!
Top five songs on your latest playlist?
Hold Me Down – Mansionair, You Were Right – Rufus Du Sol, Situation – Asa, Half Age – Weval, Lights off – Schlachthofbronx
Favorite post session beverage?
Protein Shake or an ice-cold beer. 🙂
Favorite post session food?
A perfectly ripe avocado with a bit of lemon, brags and some crackers to go with it.
You’re planning your dream trip, where are you going and who’s coming with?
This would be nice…. Around the world adventure with a small group of friends, taking a big balling private jet loaded up with all of our toys and ready to freaking send it. We are meeting up with friends and family all the way along, taking some with us, dropping some off, going from surf break, to kite spot, to mountain adventure and everything in-between. Who knows how long it will take, we got nothing but time.
Favorite thing to do when not you’re not kiting?
Progressing my knowledge of ultimate human performance
What, in your opinion, has been your greatest accomplishment?
Passing smiles and good vibes on every day.
What’s your favorite quote or saying?
We are in space, no one knows what’s going on, I love you.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
It’s always been flying or teleportation in the past, but I feel like I can pretty much do both those things now, I get where I want to go and I have my kite so I can fly…. I think now I would go with the ability to speak to animals; because the knowledge and understanding of life that I feel could come from this would be so unbelievably amazing.