And the Winner is…

The voting lines are officially closed and we can finally reveal the winner of the 2011 “Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer” competition.

Kari Schibevaag - Kiteboarding

Congratulations to Kari Schibevaag from Stavanger, Norway!

It has been a very exciting competition, with the leader-board changing a number of times as the vote’s poured in.

While we think all the girls are doing remarkable things for kiting and their communities, there can of course only be one winner.

Update: The 2012 MIGK competition is underway. Here’s the new competition page.


Kari will receive prizes courtesy of our generous sponsors, Fuel ClothingLitewave Kiteboards and Hookit.

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Kari will also feature as cover girl of the next issue of the fantastic Kitegirl Magazine, available from the end of January 2012. In addition Kari will appear on the Fuel Clothing and Hookit websites.

Kari Schibevaag - Kiteboarding by Youri Zoon

Kari Schibevaag | Photo by Youri Zoon

Final Competition Results

Of course it was a tough competition, with so many girl kiters doing great things for their communities and the sport. We were very happy to shine a spotlight on them, and hopefully see them get a little more recognition for the good work they are doing.

Congratulations to all the finalists:

Who is the “Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer” for 2011?

  • Kari Schibevaag (24%, 1,019 Votes)
  • Audrey Meyer (19%, 798 Votes)
  • Sandrine Roussos Werner (16%, 694 Votes)
  • Michelle Smith (11%, 461 Votes)
  • Lucila Alexandre Dupey (8%, 338 Votes)
  • Christine Sleichter (6%, 272 Votes)
  • Davina Stephens (6%, 241 Votes)
  • Julia Brown (5%, 232 Votes)
  • Laurel Eastman (4%, 164 Votes)
  • Clementine Bonzom (2%, 81 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,298

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Our top 10 finalists will also be featured in Kitegirl Magazine in January and in the Edge Magazine in February. So stay tuned to read more about them!

Kari Schibevaag: Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer 2011

Kari Schibevaag - Kiteboarding by Youri Zoon

Kari Schibevaag | Photo by Youri Zoon

Kari competes in and has won world titles in both kitesurfing and snowkiting. She now spends more and more of her time in the waves, which she says she loves the most.

Kari has had huge success running girls kite camps in and outside of Norway.

“When I am holding camps it’s cool to see how happy people get when they are trying it for the first time. It’s amazing and I see myself in them. I was just the same, full power and really want to learn,” she says.

Read the full interview with Kari here.


We couldn’t have run this competition without the support of our wonderful sponsors and supporters.

A special thanks goes out to everyone who voted and helped spread the word. With a final total of 4 298 votes, we are blown away by the response from the kiting community! You have all played an important role in creating awareness and promoting girls in kitesurfing.

We are already looking forward to planning next year’s competition, so watch this space.

Thanks again and Good winds!

The inMotion Kitesurfing Team


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  1. I’m so proud of all you girls & I look forward to seeing what you accomplish over the up coming year. We’ll all be watching ;)

    • I agree Jessica. These girls are ALL amazing!

      A big thank you to you Jessica for all your hard work promoting the competition and connecting with all the girls and much more… Without you, this competition wouldn’t have been such a success… :-)

      You deserve a prize as well! Social media Queen…