Reigning Women’s World Champion Kiteboarding Racer Erika Heineken to Present Demonstration at PortFest
Erika Heineken, the reigning Women’s World Champion Kiteboarding Racer and last year’s runner-up for Yachtswoman of the Year and sister to the 2012 Yachtsman of the Year Johnny Heineken, will perform a kiteboarding demonstration at PortFest October 5 at the Port of Redwood City, Commission Chair Lorianna Kastrop announced today.
She will be performing kiteboarding tricks on-the-water between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. that can be viewed from the waterfront areas at PortFest, which will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission and free parking.
Erika grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a sailing family and spent lots of time on the water but did not begin sailing competitively until she was a student at University of Vermont.
“After I graduated from the University of Vermont, I was ecstatic to return to the Bay Area where the wind is consistent and the St. Francis Yacht Club is conveniently located just a few hundred yards from Crissy Field,” she said.
Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without foot-straps or bindings.
Hosted by The Port of Redwood City and the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation, proceeds benefit PYSF. This annual festival celebrates the recreational and working waterfront, featuring:
- Introduction to sailing for kids and teens.
- Boat rides & waterfront tours.
- Live Music. LIVEWIRE is a high energy 6-piece band that will rock PortFest from Journey to The Jackson 5 to Rihanna from noon to 2 p.m. Check them out at http://lwband.com/
- Children’s and teen’s activities.
- Beer garden and tiki bar.
- Food booths & food trucks.
For more information and Event Schedule: www.RWCPortFest.org
For more information about Erika, visit http://erikaheineken.com