Wednesday 14th May
Words: Kate Chandler | Pictures: Ydwer van der Heide | Svetlana Romantsova
Our yearning for wanderlust has never been stronger, as kiters we spend a lot of time daydreaming of the perfect adventure, and almost as much time wondering how we will catch and immortalize those perfect moments with photographs and videos to share with the world. At the GKA we share the same problem, how do we get the best images and video footage of our riders and World Tour events to you, the amazing fans at home?
We have an expert team on hand to make sure that perfect passes or slick hacks never go un-captured here at the GKA Kite World Tour, with years of expertise collectively under belts – or camera straps – our digital media team are at the top of the game when it comes to kiteboarding photography and videography.
It’s time for us to introduce Ydwer van der Heide, Svetlana Romantsova and Mintautas Grigas, the faces behind the lenses here at the GKA Kite World Tour
Ydwer van der Heide is a passionate kitesurfer and surfer, who has combined his unique approach and talents into the wanderlust life of an extreme sports photographer. The Dutch man’s iconic style of photography has made him one of the most sought after professional photographers on the scene, his work is instantly recognisable and he always gets the shot.
Ydwer began his journey into kite photography back home in the Netherlands, taking pictures for his good friend Bas Koole. As a kitesurfer himself, Ywder was able to understand perfectly the angles and approaches needed to get the perfect shot, and before long he was being commissioned for professional shoots. He not only works for the GKA but a string of other top kite brands, as staff photographer for Kiteworld Magazine and as an official photographer for the Red Bull King of the Air, it’s fair to say his stripes in the industry have been well earned and deserved. His talents don’t stop there, he’s also a graphic designer and is art director for Access Kiteboarding magazine in The Netherlands.
Like most people during lockdown Ydwer has been out of action, but he has been taking the time to share a little about his personal experiences and life as an extreme sports photographer on his Instagram TV channel. If you have any questions you’d love to hear him answer, watch the videos and send him a message.