An avid sailor and skilled surfer from age 7, Brian Kender has found the most comfort in a sport that marries both wind and waves. Kite surfing has been a natural transition for Brian, and his acquired skills from a lifetime of water sports spending summers in Mantoloking, NJ have all been tried and advanced. From his first kite surfing ride in Aruba during late 2005, which ended in a minor search and rescue effort from local boat due to a changing offshore wind that brought him far out to sea, Brian has spent as much time as possible honing his abilities to become one of the top Kite Racers in Southern California. Some of his favorite kiting spots include Mantoloking, NJ; Seal Beach, CA; and Edgartown, MA. Brian placed third at the Ronstan Long Distance Challenge in San Francisco in June 2012. That race was turning point in the decision to pursue the sport professionally, and he looks forward to the competition that lies ahead during the 2013 Kite racing season. His current race plan will take him to Mexico, Egypt, and Italy.