Philipp Schonger

Philipp Schonger

Age: 40

Country: USA

Specialty: Big Air

Facebook: Philip Schonger

Instagram: @philippschonger

Current Residence: Seattle, WA

Home spot or break: Lake Washington, Seattle, WA

Currently riding:Pivot, Boxer, Drive 138cm

Other Sponsors: LP Foils

Hobbies: Kiting, Travel


How did you get into Kiting, SUP or Windsurfing?

Back in 2004, I went on a road trip from Seattle to the Columbia River and enjoyed watching the windsurfers when I noticed a kite or two on the water and they were boosting huge. I was immediately fascinated and knew that I had to learn how to do this.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Water!!! I grew up in the mountains in Austria, but I always felt like I’m more of a waterman. I now am lucky enough to live directly on Lake Washington in Seattle where I can kite in front of my place. Being on the water makes me feel alive!

What’s in your backpack when traveling?

Dental floss 😉 and an extra battery pack to charge my gadgets when I’m on the road or chasing wind off the beaten path.

Favorite Movie?

The Greatest Showman

Top five songs on your latest playlist?

Happy, Burak Yeter

Miracle in the Middle of My Heart, Clement Bcx

Amazing, Broiler, Kurt Nilsen

The Ocean (feat. Shy Martin)

Sanctuary, Gareth Emery


Favorite post session beverage?

Radler, a popular drink in Austria made of beer and lemonade or lemon soda.

Favorite post session food?

Anything with lots of carbs 😊

You’re planning your dream trip, where are you going and who’s coming with?

My dream trip is Around The World with some strategic stops to hit the windiest kiteboarding spots I can find. I would be doing this with my wife Kit and our dog Alfie.

Favorite thing to do when not you’re not kiting, SUPing or windsurfing?

Grabbing coffee, going for a walk, trying new food, meeting interesting people, learning new things

What, in your opinion, has been your greatest accomplishment?

I was able to successfully organize the first every Jetty Island Light Wind Olympics in 2017 and again in 2018 and get together the local kiteboarding community, grow the sport, and fuel the stoke in the Pacific Northwest. My motto has always been, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.”

What’s your favorite quote or saying?

Feel the fear and do it anyways!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation, if I could move myself instantly from one location to another I would never get skunked again, that would be my super power.

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