Our passion for kitesurfing and adventure is the driving force embodied in all our team, which is shared with you when you join us on our specially crafted experiences to world class kitesurfing locations.
The Zephyr team consists of mature, friendly and qualified instructors, coaches and guides; and with a high ratio of team to guests, we can always offer quality services with no fuss, so you get the best out of your Zephyr Kite Tour.
Ben Strowger – KA Senior Instructor
Owner, Stoke Coach, & Duotone Team Rider
Ben has been passionate about board sports since he left England in 2003. As a natural motivator and frother of any action sport, he’s been leading people on adventures to snowboard, party and kitesurf for years.
Ben’s friendly and positive outlook on life is contagious and his passion for kitesurfing and adventure will blow you out of the water – literally! His tagline of, “Keep it simple, make it stylish,” will have you kiting with more style and better technique in no time.
When kiting, Ben loves to fly high and boasts a WOO record of 20.6m. However, when out of the water, Ben puts all his focus and energy into ensuring he delivers the highest level of customer service, providing you with the best customer experience.
When he’s not living the stoke kiting in remote destinations around the world, Ben works for our partner retail shop Ocean Addicts in Sunshine Coast, QLD. Check out his Stoke Coach sessions for the ultimate inspiration and see why he gets people to follow him anywhere around the world for the stoke.
JUST. BE. STOKED.
Cat Jay – KA Level 1
Cat joins us in her second season kitesurfing and second year as part of the Zephyr Team! This time around, Cat’s taking a back-seat role by providing Ben with much needed admin support! Swapping the classroom for the spare room, Cat has taken a break from high-school teaching and set up a business from home working as a Virtual Assistant.
Since quitting teaching, Cat has had much more time to spend on the water to develop her kite skills and completed her Kitesurfing Australia Level 1 instructor course in April. In February 2020, Cat competed in the QLD State Freestyle titles in Elliott Heads. Thanks to COVID and travel restrictions, the Women’s title was left wide open with Cat taking out top honours on her 40th birthday! Cat is keen to progress to some unhooked freestyle moves and would like to learn how to “keep it simple and make it stylish”!
Taking her business on the road, Cat will be joining the crew in Cocos from Tour 4. Cat is excited to be back kiting under blue, sunny skies, with flat water beneath her board, and is looking forward to kicking back on the sun lounge with a cocktail in hand, enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation!
Folkert Bosma – IKO Level 1
Head Instructor / Beach Manager
Making a return this season with his infectious smile and trademark bald head is resident dutchman, Folky! Hailing from the Netherlands, Folky has spent the last 18 months working and road tripping around Australia and first joined the Zephyr team in 2020 for our Far North QLD Tour and then again for the Cocos season.
After and epic time in Cocos, Folky found himself living in Perth for the summer where he managed the kite school, Soul Kite. As summer ended, so did Folky’s kitesurfing adventures, trading the coastal lifestyle for farm work and 10 weeks of tractor driving!
When the wind is blowing, Folkie will be the first on the water and the last one off. Now throwing down megaloops, Folky has also mastered the darkslide into backroll like a pro! Folky’s keen to add more to his trick book this season in Cocos, with board-offs and unhooked freestyle moves next on the list!
We look forward to having Folky back this season, if not for his energy and enthusiasm, then for his eclectic playlists providing the soundtrack to Kite Beach!
Hayley Pinsent – KA Level 1
Hayley’s passion for action sports dates back to her Uni days where she headed up the “Babes on Boards” all-girl snowboarding group, teaching girls how to shred, while facilitating on-mountain clinics and PR international camps. Having worked in the corporate world for 10 years, Hayley’s recent introduction to kitesurfing came when a kite frothing colleague dragged her down to the beach and put her on a kite! Soon discovering that she could combine her mad snowboard skills with kiting, Hayley was hooked!
Hayley appreciates the camaraderie around the sport of kitesurfing and says, “I love meeting new people and sharing my passion for the sport with them!”
Hayley has recently been working as a Kite Instructor on the Sunshine Coast for Ocean Addicts and brings to the team her spicy energy, warm smile and the enthusiasm of a packed footy stadium! Having competed in the 2021 Freestyle Nationals in Cotton Tree, and boasting a Woo record of 9m, Hayley has plans to learn some new freestyle tricks in Cocos to heat up the competition in next year’s nationals!
Hailing originally from Israel, Ran moved to Australia to pursue kitesurfing and surfing waves. Now basing himself in the Margaret River, Ran would like to stay in Australia permanently and has plans to work as a full-time kite instructor in the future.
Having spent two seasons in northern W.A., from Gnaraloo to Exmouth, Ran further developed his kitesurfing skills. He has a passion for freestyle kiting, and since being in Australia, has discovered how awesome wave kiting can be!
Ran’s love of ocean activities led him to work on a commercial fishing boat up in Shark Bay and Abrolhos Islands for two seasons. Ran is a keen spearfisherman and plans to bring his mad fishing skills to Cocos, adding freshly caught fish to the menu! With his trademark “fro” and super chilled vibe, Ran will be entertaining the crew by laying down some slick guitar tunes.
Joining the team as our tour “Master Chef”, Josh currently resides in the Margaret River, operating a small catering company, “Leaf and Ladle Catering”, and brings with him 20 years of industry experience. Having worked three seasons as the head chef aboard the luxury Kimberley Expedition’s vessel, the MV Reef Prince, Josh thrives by the challenge of working in remote locations.
Josh’s interest in kitesurfing began while working at the Monte Bello Islands, near the Ningaloo reef. With the W.A. strong and consistent coastal winds sometimes making is too difficult to surf or dive, kitesurfing became the perfect sport for Josh to get out on the water longer! Josh is keen to develop his kite skills in boosting bigger for longer and would like to progress to more technical unhooked tricks.
A self-proclaimed talker, traveller and lover of language, Josh speaks French, German and Spanish and “could talk the ears of Prince Charles himself!”
What’s on the menu, you ask? With freshly caught seafood options, delicious zucchini fritters and a variety of healthy salads, Josh can’t wait to cook up a storm for you all beachside at Zephyr H.Q.
GUEST RIDERS WE LOVE WORKING WITH!
Tom Hebert – New Caledonia local and Duotone Team Rider
Behind his cool, crazy, pin-up boy image is a professional and patient guy who is dedicated to inspiring everyone who kites to have fun – and to make it stylish #newcalstyle !
We have been working with Tom since 2010 where he joined us on tour to the Cocos Islands. Tom runs his local Zephyr Tour off of his Yacht in New Caledonia from November to January each year.
Check out his socials here – Instagram: @tomhebertnc
Jen is a ski instructor, kite instructor (on snow and water), backcountry guide, extreme heli-skier, avalanche expert, ski retailer and representative, ski photographer and licensed drone pilot – just to name a few!
Jen has a background in sailing and has competed and won both snowkite and kitesurfing events. She was invited on the North American snowkite tour and travelled with the top snowkiters in the world winning the women’s title, going on to beat all the men at the finals in Alaska too!
Her understanding of mountains and wind is built on over 30 years of experience, so joining her on our Thredbo and Alaska tour is your chance to pick up some incredible tips from one of the world’s best in the field.
Working with K7 Adventures, she is stoked to be offering the only back-country snow kite school in Australia.
Check her out on Instagram here – @AdrenaJen