Chris Calthrop (kiteboarder)
Status: Single but taken.
Sponsors: Flexifoil, Brunotti, Maui Magic, Croakies, Daggers, Aerotech
1st Brit to ride Jaws
1st to Kitesurf Jaws
1st to kitesurf the English Channel, Guiness book of records, 2001 ed.
7th OA in world tour.
1st Expression session, Paros Greece.
1st Portland BKSA event.
5th Cornwall Pro Tour 2001
Favorite spot: The air. I dont spend much time on the water.
Best thing about kitesurfing: The view... from 50ft.
Life motto: Life is for living. Don't always take the easy route, you
might miss out.
Grant Gisondo (surfer)
After a short break from competition the "G-Spot" is back!!
Coming out of West Palm Beach, FL and L.I., NY Grant has been spending
his time competing in various professional events, as well as traveling
to many exotic destinations in search of the perfect wave. "G"
has been with Daggers for 4 years now and never fails to keep it real
in and out of the water.
Jace Panebianco (windsurfer)
Aloha, my name is Jace Panebianco and I am a professional windsurfer
and travel writer. I entered the professional windsurfing scene in 1998
by being the youngest competitor in the first ever Trans Atlantic Windsurfing
Race. The next landmark in my career was inventing my own move: "Crazy
Aloha, Jace Panebianco
anything worse than baking in the Maui sun without sunglasses. OK, I'm
lying, but life is so much better with my Daggers!"
John Griber (snowboarder)
Adventure Snowboarding to John Griber is not rooted in winning competitions
of Extreme Sport, or the conquering of a nameless peak. Instead, he
finds the allure to be in remote, exotic snowboarding destinations and
his kindred spirit with the native mountain cultures. Fifteen years
ago the first turns on a snowboard sealed Johns fate and so began
a lifelong pursuit. The demanding terrain of the legendary Jackson Hole
ski area offered limitless challenge and provided a perfect training
ground for Johns mountaineering and steep mountain descents. His
continued attraction to mountain adventure has prompted John to look
beyond the Tetons, and travel to the far reaches in search of premier
snowboard descents, and mountain culture. Some noteworthy snowboard
expeditions include: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica; South Georgia
Island, Antarctica; Apolobamba Range, Bolivia; Patagonia, Argentina;
Kyrgystan, Tian Shan; Cordillera Blanca, Peru; Norway; Sierra Nevada
de Santa Marta, Colombia, and Mt. Kenya, in Africa.
Kevin Ponichtera (windsurfer)
Ponch started windsurfing at 11 years of age. Growing up in the Columbia
River Gorge gave him the unique opportunity to spend countless hours
pursuing a sport he has come to love. With a ski racing background,
it was natural for him to compete in windsurfing. Ponch moved to Maui
where he is responsible for the creation of many new moves. The most
noted is The Stinger and a "triple forward".
Lina & Petia Yanchulova
Lina (on the right in the pictures) was born on April 12, 1975, and
Petia was born on July 3, 1978. Both of us started playing indoor volleyball
when we were 10 years old.. Lina's dream of going to school in America
came true, she was recruited by the volleyball coach of the University
of Idaho for a scholarship. Her team won its conference championship
every single year while she was there. Petia was recruited to play volleyball
for the University of San Diego. 2000 was an amazing year for us as
a team. It was our first full-time year on the professional beach volleyball
circuit. It was also the year when another dream came true - we competed
in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia! In 2001 we had the honor
of competing in the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. We now continue
to play on the FIVB world tour and we look forward to the 2004 Olympic
Games in Athens, Greece.
Mike Calinoff (Pit
Mike may not be a NASCAR driver, he is still a popular figure in the
sport. He serves each weekend as Team Member for Matt Kenseth and Casey
Mears and holds the role of Spotter. Its Mikes job to guide
his drivers safely around the track via two-way radio and alert them
to any dangerous situations.
Snowboarding since 1994
born: december 8th 1981
Editor of the extreme magazine; POLAR
Webmaster, graphic designer and photographer for; http://polarteam.fateback.com
Sponsored by: Daggers core optics, Convert / Columbia, POLAR
Competitions: 2000 and before = many top ten, 2001 = 1st smoothest rail
at Snowjam Tremblant
Likes: boardercross, skateboard, party, fast music, jerking around with
my friends and being with my girlfriend
Scott Powell (Flatland
Scott has been a
flatland freestyler for 16 years; riding professionally for tem of them.
He has appeared in countless videos and has created four full-length
Chenga videos, documenting the Chenga boys and Scotts riding!
Scott is also the co-owner/co-founder of Chenga-world skatepark and
proshop, and the recently opened Chenga 2. Teaming up with flatland
legend Kevin Jones, Scott helped design his own frame and started Dividual
Bike Co. With a Gravity games and 5 X-games appearances under his belt,
Scott doesnt seen to be slowing down anytime soon.
Home, Maui, HI Oct-May. Hood River, OR May-Oct
Windsurfing 20 years
Freestyle and Wave specialist
1999 National Wave sailing Champion
2000 Gorge Games Freestyle Champion
Sponsors include, Windsurfing Hawaii, Nolimitz, Quattro sailboards,
Naish, Croakies, Daggers
Other interesting facts: In conjunction with Solo Sports I teach wave
sailing clinics in San Carlos, Baja Mexico. The place features a point
break wave that can peel for up to a mile and a half.
Stephen Koch (snowboarder)
When Stephen began climbing in Jackson, Wy Teton Range in 1987, he used
climbing as a means to access snowboard descents. Stephen was first
to descend The Black Ice Couloir, The North Face, Vision Quest Couloir,
and Alberichs Alley- (all on the Grand) and Nez Perces Spooky
Face. His quest for the finest lines on a mountain has taken him to
the highest peak on every continent. The only one left is Everest, which
Stephen will attempt to summit and snowboard in 2003.
Web turned pro after winning the Gorge Games in 1999. The next year
he joined the PWA (pro windsurfers association, world tour) and won
the first event, the Freestyle Grand Prix in Austria. He shot into the
European spotlight and ended up 5th overall in the world that first
year in 2000. That year, he was also National USWA Freestyle champion.
This year, 2001, he only was able to do one PWA event due to a torn
rotator cuff he received in Grand Canaria. He took 4th in King of the
Lake at Garda. After 6 weeks recovery, chomping at the bit, he won a
Local event in the Gorge and then won a big prize money event in Canada.
For the 2002 season his sights are set on being World Champion.
Eli Klukowski (surfer)
Surfer from Maui, Hawaii: He has been surfing for about four years and
is improving day by day. Eli loves to surf big waves on Maui and he
has been traveling a lot lately. This summer he went to Oahu, Costa
Rica, Mexico, and California. He has been competing for about two years
now and has some good results. Eli also likes skateboarding, Spear fishing,
and cruising at the pavilion down at Hookipa Beach Park.
Warren (Pro-hang glider)
29 years old.
Born: March 16, 1973
Originally from Venice, Florida. Now lives in Stanwell Park, Australia
part of the year, and New England, USA for the summer.
Job: International hang gliding competitor and instructor. Presently
instructs and competes in Australia, Brazil, and the US.
Every chance I get...its camping and/or surf travels with friends
9 hour, 260 mile flight!
4th in the nation (and quickly closing) in Cross Country racing
3rd in the nation in Speed Gliding
2000 and 2001 Winner at the annual Tennessee Team Challenge
Winner (team) at the2002 Kitty Hawk Spectacular
Professional Water-skier, 1990-1998
Sponsors: Daggers, Croakies, Flytec instruments and Moyes gliders
Nethaniel Fisher (Surfer)
is one of our younger riders on the team. He was born and raised on
the Island of Kauai and has been surfing nearly everyday since the day
he first stood up. That was his 9th birthday. He just turned 16 and
purchased his own vehicle to transport himself from beach to beach.
Nathaniel's room is filled with video editing electronics to help him
make surf videos of himself and friends. He is actively gaining sponsors
every year in the hope of becoming a professional surfer.