Pushing the boundaries of kite surfing with Erika Heineken
By Michelle Slade
Kiteboarder Erika Heineken, from Larkspur, Calif., now has two consecutive world championships under her belt, and in 2013 was also nominated one of four finalists in the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards.
The 27-year old won her second world champion title in October after winning the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) course racing world championships at Boao in Hainan, China, putting her on an even footing with younger brother Johnny Heineken who also holds two world kiteboarding course racing titles.
Heineken had no idea what to expect going into the 2013 event. She’d had a fairly mellow training year, racing mostly at home on the San Francisco Bay with just a few international events in Canada and Egypt thrown in. In fact, her nemesis, 4-time world champion Steph Bridges (UK), had …