Jesse Richman

Rider Profile

Nickname: Jes, 2X, The Green Monster

DOB: July 22, 1992

Hometown: Haiku – Maui, Hawaii

Home spot: Kitebeach


2013 Red Bull King of the Air

2012 AWSI Kiteboarder of the Year

2X Overall World Champion

Hang Time World Record holder – 22”

Sponsors: Naish, Suck It Sports, FCS Fins, Bump Networks


Favorite Naish Gear: I freaking love the Torch!

Duties as Team Rider @ Naish: To venture throughout this world searching for the craziest thing possible with a kite in my hands, causing mayhem the whole way along.



When did you start riding?
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
A 15 lb bag of carrots and my keys.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
The Hulk… or Chuck Patterson. They’re basically the same thing!

If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
Cookie dough dressing.

Have you played in the dirt recently?
Are you coming onto me?

What’s your latest non-kiting obsession?

My philosophy of life is…….
That we got to make the most out of this moment.

When are you happiest?
When I’m in the ocean.

What is the one thing you wish people knew about you?
I like turtles.

 Are you a spender or a saver?
A spender…and a pro kiteboarder…The 2 don’t usually mix but, what can you do? You are what you are and you’ve got what you’ve got.

Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are.

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 see that kiteboarding is on the brink of total flippin’ craziness. We are at the beginning right now, we all have a taste and the world is hungry. We need to go big and then go a little bit bigger and then…just a little bit biggggger……… and then, drop the hammer!! Take it all the way to the top. Boom!