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MIKE RAPER

Mike Raper is Brand Director at North Kiteboarding and was among the first handful of people in the world to try the sport in 1996-97, while living on Maui. “It was hard to imagine the gear becoming anywhere near efficient enough to go upwind and not just haul you downwind.” he remembers. Mike had previously studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in photography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and found himself working in windsurfing and import/export when kiteboarding hit his homelands in the late nineties. Pretty soon Christchurch became an epicentre for product development with Peter Lynn, Underground, Kane Hartill and the incredible female World Champion at the time, Cindy Mosey, all being based there. Going on to become brand manager for Cabrinha / Neil Pryde, Mike spent 18 years bouncing between Hong Kong and Maui. Now back home in New Zealand with North, he describes his home in Auckland as ‘my South Pacific paradise’, where the diversity of conditions is outstanding. Photography, fishing, art and especially music are big passions, but towing into a big swell is currently top of the non-kiting hobby list. Mike is 47 and lives with his wife Lindsey, his daughters Eloise and Lauren and new puppy, Kina.

THESE THINGS I KNOW:

MIKE RAPER

Mike Raper is Brand Director at North Kiteboarding and was among the first handful of people in the world to try the sport in 1996-97, while living on Maui. “It was hard to imagine the gear becoming anywhere near efficient enough to go upwind and not just haul you downwind.” he remembers. Mike had previously studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in photography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and found himself working in windsurfing and import/export when kiteboarding hit his homelands in the late nineties. Pretty soon Christchurch became an epicentre for product development with Peter Lynn, Underground, Kane Hartill and the incredible female World Champion at the time, Cindy Mosey, all being based there. Going on to become brand manager for Cabrinha / Neil Pryde, Mike spent 18 years bouncing between Hong Kong and Maui. Now back home in New Zealand with North, he describes his home in Auckland as ‘my South Pacific paradise’, where the diversity of conditions is outstanding. Photography, fishing, art and especially music are big passions, but towing into a big swell is currently top of the non-kiting hobby list. Mike is 47 and lives with his wife Lindsey, his daughters Eloise and Lauren and new puppy, Kina.

THESE THINGS I KNOW:

MIKE RAPER

Mike Raper is Brand Director at North Kiteboarding and was among the first handful of people in the world to try the sport in 1996-97, while living on Maui. “It was hard to imagine the gear becoming anywhere near efficient enough to go upwind and not just haul you downwind.” he remembers. Mike had previously studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in photography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and found himself working in windsurfing and import/export when kiteboarding hit his homelands in the late nineties. Pretty soon Christchurch became an epicentre for product development with Peter Lynn, Underground, Kane Hartill and the incredible female World Champion at the time, Cindy Mosey, all being based there. Going on to become brand manager for Cabrinha / Neil Pryde, Mike spent 18 years bouncing between Hong Kong and Maui. Now back home in New Zealand with North, he describes his home in Auckland as ‘my South Pacific paradise’, where the diversity of conditions is outstanding. Photography, fishing, art and especially music are big passions, but towing into a big swell is currently top of the non-kiting hobby list. Mike is 47 and lives with his wife Lindsey, his daughters Eloise and Lauren and new puppy, Kina.

INTERVIEW EXTRACT:

When I was 14 I had the reading age of a seven year-old. I was severely dyslexic. School and academia just weren’t for me, however my parents taught me to always see life as a cup half-full rather than half-empty. I naturally want to share that positivity with others, through all aspects of life. We’ve had some tough times over the last few months and that positivity has helped us get through it. I also believe in biting off more than you can chew. I always think it’s better to try and if you can get 80% of the way there, that’s better than not even trying at all.

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Mike Raper North Kiteboarding Brand Manager interview in Kiteworld

FULL INTERVIEW feature IN THE WINTER ISSUE

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