El Gouna, Egypt 23-26 May 2013
Words: Jenny Cooper
Nearly 60 kiteboarders gathered in Egypt at the Moevenpick in El Gouna for the inaugural Founders Kite Club event.
The Founders came up with the idea to use the bonding power of the sport to push each other in life and work and one of the club members has suggested that 'kitesurfing has a bonding character, it's the new golf!'
United by a passion for kiteboarding, the event connects business men and women who love kiting with each other and with top level pro riders. Youri Zoon, Lewis Crathern and Kristin Boese are co hosting the event along with the Founders, and imparting their skills and knowledge to all who want to learn (and I have to ask who wouldn't want to learn from Youri Zoon and Lewis Crathern or to spend a day in an Entrepreneurs special KB4Girls with Kristin Boese!).
Entrepreneurs and kiteboarders typically have a common mind set: concentrated, active, risk taking, open minded and able to make quick decisions although arguably this might be easier to get right first time in business! Not everyone is a natural kiter but everyone has the potential to ride well as long as they have the tenacity; and in business tenacity is essential!!
Sharing experiences on the water is motivational; ideas and discussions flow naturally after riding, whether on the beach or a boat and networking is a natural consequence. Kiting small talk melts easily into business small talk and more structured business sessions are included in the program facilitated by the founders to help delegates build smaller groups for more focused discussions and to share ideas.
Highlights such as the long downwinder to the boat in Soma Bay, and the discussions on the boat on the return and into the evening showed the power of the Founders idea and the Club is expected to grow and grow, to find out more visit: www.founderskiteclub.com