ABOUT KITEBUD

KiteBud Founder, Owner, School manager & Instructor

Christian Bulota

Christian has two passions in Life, Kitesurfing and Teaching. His passion for kite sports started in Canada at the age of 14 when he rigged a homemade bar and lines onto a cheap blue Poly tarp which pulled him along on frozen lakes using skis or ice skates! Not a day goes by that Christian doesn't think about flying a kite, whether it's to cruise around on his hydrofoil in 8 knots, boost big airs in 35 knots, go for a landkite session or some epic snowkiting missions in New Zealand. His passion for teaching began at the age of 15 when he became a snowboard instructor, which later led him to study Sport Science for 7 years in University. 20 years later, Christian is still looking for ways to improve his teaching abilities and train other instructors to do the same. You’ll be amazed the difference quality lessons can make in your kiteboarding journey. Don’t hesitate, Book a Lesson now with Christian!

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Owner, Sales manager & Instructor

Sylvie Brassard

Sylvie learned kitesurfing in July 2013 in Winnipeg, Canada. It has changed her life, as she had never been interested in sports before. She got hooked so hard that she traveled around the world with her gear and got an IKO instructor licence in the Dominican Republic in 2015. Since then, she has taught in a few places in Canada, in the Bahamas and in Western Australia. “ I enjoy teaching because I feel that I can empower other people and change their life like kiteboarding has changed mine.” As an instructor, she is known for her enthusiastic attitude and enduring patience. “As long you are healthy and know how to swim, anyone can kitesurf. The overcoming of your fears and the learning challenge are rewarded by the pride and happiness you will get on your first rides. The feeling of gliding over the water is indescribable. I am so grateful that my job let me share this amazing moment with others!” Don’t hesitate, Book a Lesson now with Sylvie

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KiteBud & Airush Team Rider

Steve De Legh

Steve was an early adopter of kitesurfing in 1999. Following a passion for windsurfing through Great Britain, Fuerteventura, Mexico, Hawaii and onto WA, the wind and weather conditions proved too good to leave Perth! In 2000, on two line kites, Steve started the first kite school at his local beach, Pinnaroo Point. He’s flown numerous brands of kites, boards and bindings and holds seasoned opinions on all three. His kite of choice for wakestyle and old-school moves is the five-line Airush Razor for its pop, slack and responsiveness and the Airush Livewire twintip for its rocker and indestructible grind base. When he’s not flying a kite or a plane he can be found wakeboarding, or at the track in a classic British car.

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KiteBud & Airush Team Rider

Corey Brown

Corey Brown started kitesurfing back in the two line days. He has been riding Airush products for probably 15 years, helped with the testing of new kite & board designs for a few years when Airush R&D was based here in Perth. Corey has been through and enjoyed the different aspects of kiting from the early days of going out on the biggest kite you could hang on to and going as high as possible, going out in the wildest weather that came along just to see if he could. Today, he mainly rides a small kite with his strapless surfboard. Corey is a big fan of the coastal downwinder and spend most summer afternoons doing that.

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KiteBud & Airush Team Rider

Brett Mason

Brett’s obsession with the ocean started when his Dad taught him to surf when he was 5 years old. Brett loves all disciplines of water sports; down wind paddle boarding, longboarding, surfing and kiteboarding just to name a few. Residing in Yallingup, he’s spoilt for choice when it comes to changing swell conditions and the surrounding areas of the region. Irrespective of his previous 3 state titles in paddle boarding, kiting remains his favourite ocean hobby. He was introduced to kiting in 2011 when a friend lent him his gear and sent him into pre-Cyclone Bianca conditions “green”. Regardless of that not-so-fun introduction, Brett quickly became addicted to the sport. Nowadays his favourite is a cheeky downwind-er from Floreat to Scarborough with his family and his 5-metre wave kite. His biggest regret is not starting kiting earlier and maybe not getting a professional lesson to kick it all off.

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KiteBud & Airush Team Rider

Simon Wichtermann

Simon’s passion for Kitesurfing started when he was 12 years old, on a family windsurfing and camping trip in Lancelin. That’s where he saw Kitesurfing for the first time, and soon after his mother went to try it out to see if it was safe for her kids to try. Finally, on Simon‘s 13th birthday, he managed to convince his mum to teach him, as back then there wasn’t many people doing it, or many instructors available in WA. At first Simon parents thought Kitesurfing was too dangerous as he didn’t have much weight on him and each time he would launch his kite, he would need someone to hold him, so he wouldn’t fly away. He was however instantly addicted, and nothing could stop him. He spent most of his days riding his bike down to the beach after school to practice new Kitesurfing tricks. Simon joined the Airush team at the end of 2010. He is two times WA state title freestyle Champion and 2015 National freestyle Champion. Simon currently lives in Margaret River which has changed his discipline in Kitesurfing. Over the last two years he has now moved towards wave riding, which has given him new challenges to work towards.

Freestyle / Wakestyle
KiteBud & Airush Team Rider

Nathan Ducker

Nathan has been kiting since 2001 and watched the first Airush prototypes being developed. He is an avid free surf kiter and has been involved in development and testing of wave kites and boards including other world leading brands. For him, kitesurfing is about total freedom, adventure, challenge, expression, exhilaration and mates.

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Shane Garcia

Growing up in Perth, from a young age Shane’s love for being in the water was undeniable. Although he has always had a strong interest in extreme sports, it wouldn’t be until his mid 20s, when a good friend finally convinced him to give kitesurfing a try. From this point Shane never looked back. Not only has kiting led him to explore the West Australian coast, it has taken him to various parts of the world where he has competed in and explored international competitions and kiting destinations. For Shane, kitesurfing provides him with an outlet and a freedom that he is yet to find elsewhere in other sports. He doesn’t believe in locking himself into just one kite discipline and enjoys the fact that by simply changing up his board or riding location. Kite surfing continues to be just as fun and exciting as when he first began.

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