And the MIGK 2012 Winner is…

Voting is now officially closed and we can finally reveal the winners of the 2012 “Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer” and the “iMK Inspirational Kitesurfer of the Year”.

Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer 2012 Winners

It was a tough contest, with so many female kiters doing great things for their communities and our sport. We hope the exposure from this contest will see all the girls get a little more recognition for the good work they are doing.

The final moments of the competition were incredibly tense, and we had no idea who was going to win! In the end, it was Hannah Whiteley who was victorious, only 19 votes ahead of Katie Chandler.

Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer

1st place: Hannah Whiteley

2nd place: Katie Chandler

3rd Place: Sophie Chevalier

iMK Inspirational Kitesurfer of the Year

Cynthia Brown (a.k.a. Cynbad)

It’s been a very exciting competition, with the leader-board changing a number of times as the vote’s poured in by the thousands, and it’s amazing that with over 9 000 votes, it would come down to only 19 votes seperating the first and second place.

Hannah Whiteley Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer 2012


As winner of the “Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer”, Hannah Whiteley has won herself a 7 day Kitesurfing Vacation in the French Alps for two on the beautiful Lac de Serre Poncon courtesy of Tantrum Kitesurf, a 6 issue subscription and feature on the cover of KiteGirl Magazine, and a ‘Pray for Wind’ hoodie by KiteGirl and Deadman Kitesurfing.

For her second place, Katie Chandler will receive a Pink KiteGirl ‘Pray for Wind’ T-Shirt, a 6 issue subscription to KiteGirl Magazine, and an Eco friendly Beach Tote from Beach Girl Body Goods.

In third place, Sophie Chevalier also wins a 6 Issue subscription to KiteGirl Magazine and an Eco friendly Beach Tote from Beach Girl Body Goods.

Last, but not least, our “iMK Inspirational Kitesurfer of the Year”, Cynthia Brown will be making her way to Mexico on an exciting 7 Day Kitesurfing Vacation courtesy of Kite Beach Yucatan.


Kitegirl Magazine

Final Results

Congratulations to all the finalists:

Who is the “Most Influential Girl Kitesurfer” for 2012?

  • Hannah Whiteley (27%, 2,434 Votes)
  • Katie Chandler (26%, 2,415 Votes)
  • Sophie Chevalier (11%, 1,034 Votes)
  • Susi Mai (11%, 979 Votes)
  • Cynthia Brown (7%, 631 Votes)
  • Verda Marley (6%, 509 Votes)
  • Gretta Kruesi (4%, 398 Votes)
  • Kristin Boese (3%, 275 Votes)
  • Tatiana Howard (3%, 234 Votes)
  • Claire Lutz (3%, 232 Votes)

Total Voters: 9,135

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Our top 10 finalists will also be featured in Kitegirl Magazine in March, so be sure to pick up a copy to read all about them!

Thank You

We couldn’t have run this competition without the support of our generous sponsors.

And a special thanks to everyone who voted and helped spread the word. With a total of 9,135 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 also learned a lot through the running of the competition this year, and have taken the feedback we’ve received from the community, and have already developed a new and improved system for next year’s competition, so watch this space…

The inMotion Kitesurfing Team

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