Press Release from the Port of Redwood City

  • by BPC Staff
  • on September 13, 2013



Port of  Redwood City 



 September 13, 2013

For Immediate Release
Mike Giari, Executive Director
Port of Redwood City





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
  • Children’s and teen’s activities.
  • Beer garden and tiki bar.
  • Food booths & food trucks.

            For more information and Event Schedule:

            For more information about Erika, visit