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Kevin Steen

Sept 4, 2009

Author: Jason Stone / Bromwich photo

Who’s That? Steen. I had the pleasure of having him freeload at my house for about a month and I have to say, you almost forget the guy is only 19... or 20. Whatever, I already forgot. His attitude towards kiteboarding, sports, and life is larger than those 19 (or 20) years of experience. His carefree attitude belies a sense of purpose to show the inner workings of the extreme sports lifestyle. Unlike most kids his age, he’s able to clearly express his ideas and views through the use of his preferred medium, film.
    He has as much talent as any young kiter today, though I would say with a bit more style. What sets him apart is the direction in which he has chosen to approach professional kiteboarding. Instead of the usual “Hey look at me, I rip, where are my sponsors?” attitude, he has decided to stand out from the crowd by living the lifestyle on a shoestring budget, though not on purpose. When he first moved to Maui he asked me for advice on the best places to camp. That is hard core. You want to be a pro kiter? You start at the bottom and Steen has no problems with that. Give him a case of Mountain Dew and an Internet connection and he’s good to go. The best part is he’s been documenting the whole experience on his video blog site, www.steenfilms.com. Which leads me to my next point. The dude has talent behind the lens and in the editing bay. His video production skills are top notch. Because he’s fresh on the scene he has a different perspective on how extreme sports should be filmed. I expect he’ll be the new face of kiteboarding media in the years to come.
    I think his best aspect is his ability to not take himself or anyone else too seriously. Nowadays there are too many professional athletes that feel they “deserve” something. Kev is the opposite, his dry and sometimes self-depreciating humour is a breath of fresh air from all the big egos of the industry.
    I’m stoked to know that Steen and his generation will be the face of kiteboarding in the future. —Jason Stone



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