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About us

What we do is about passion. The passion for travelling to the most beautiful places, for the ocean and the love for people and different cultures.

All our events are multiple sport acts. Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddling, Sailing, - we do all of those things. The worst day for one sport might be the best day ever for the other.

During our Events, we want you to increase your time on the water and maybe try to live life for a short time differently. More intensively, more purely and a bit more wildly. Feel the power of a wave, swim with dolphins and sleep under stars...

Chris Ziaja

Chris founded Watersports Training in 2009. He´s involved in all areas of Watersports Trainings Activities and mainly responsible for the development of new ideas and events around the world. He´s working professionally in the Watersport Industry since more than 20 years and is therefore able to add a lot of experience and expertise to all the projects the company is involved in. 

  • VDWS Windsurf Instructor since 1995
  • VDWS Sailing Instructor since 1997
  • VDWS Kiteboarding Instructor since 2000
  • Personal Fitness & Health Trainer since 2002 
  • Certified Nutrition Expert specialised in holistic sports training since 2005
  • Member of the international VDWS Pro Team since 1999 and Examiner for Windsurf, Kiteboarding and Sailing Staff
  • Co Author of the "Powerlearning Windsurfing" DVD
  • Co Author of the "Powerlearing Kiteboarding" DVD
  • Co Author of the Delius Klasing / VDWS Kiteboarding Work and Style Book
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore since 2009
  • Certified Medical First Aid Trainer since 2011

Jana Stienen

Jana is with Watersports Training since 2015 and responsible for new project and event development as well as training and organisation. Her methodical expertise together with her great and very contagious enthusiasm makes her absolutely priceless and we´re proud and happy to have her in the team.

  • Windsurf Instructor since 2010
  • Bachelor of Sport Science specialised in Leisure Sports and Health Coaching since 2010 
  • VDWS Kiteboarding Instructor since 2014 Personal 
  • Master of Science Sports Tourism and Leisure Management 
  • Original Bootcamp Athletic Trainer since 2016

Giel Vlugt

Giel is since 2014 an important part of our team. Besides being an excellent Watersports Trainer, Giel is an absolute sports freak. So going on an early morning workout to "warm up" for the day, might ruin the day for some of us - so be warned:)

Other than that, Giel was lucky enough to spend a year living on a yacht crossing the Atlantic and cruising in the Caribbean. He´s a great skipper and will together with Chris be responsible for sailing our Yachts during our Kite Cruises.

  • VDWS Kiteboarding Instructor since 2012
  • VDWS Windsurf Instructor since 2013
  • Ski Instructor since 2012

Jessica (Mine) Kirstein

Mine is with Watersports Training since the very beginning. She is responsible for the quality and concept of Training on our events, as well as being involved in the organisation of all Watersports Training Events. Mine is extremely efficient, structured and organised. We don´t know how we would do without her...

  • VDWS Windsurf Instructor since 2004, 
  • VDWS Kiteboarding Instructor since 2005
  • VDWS Examiner since 2007

Monty Scholz

Monty is with Watersports Training since 2013. He used to be a professional Kiteboarder in the international Naish Team and is therefore mainly responsible for all the advanced or highly advanced Kiteboarding tuition during our events. In addition Monty is a professional film maker and helps us with some of the promotion we do at Watersports Training. We´re proud to have Monty as a Trainer in the Team, he´s an amazing rider, highly skilled trainer and a great guy to be around with.

  • Professional Kiteboarder for Naish International until 2014
  • VDWS Kiteboarding Instructor
  • Professional Filmmaker

Martin Ziaja

Having worked for several years as a windsurfing and sailing instructor, Martin became a professional photographer in 2006. Today he works for tour operators, architects, advertorial and private customers all over the world.  With his background in watersports and tourism, he´s our fist choice whenever we or one of our Cooperation Partners need professional pictures. 

  • VDWS Windsurf Instructor since 1999
  • Professional Photographer since 2006

Nuno Alves Simas

Nuno studied hotel management when he was 19. A year into the course he was given the opportunity to sail around the world taking two years to complete the voyage. After that he realised, he wanted to work in the marine industry and to pursue a career as a professional skipper.

Since that time, Nuno completed two circumnavigations and visited more than 92 countries with his Yacht as a skipper. We could not think of a better and more experienced Skipper than him and we´re super proud to have him in the team!

  • RYA / MCA YAchtmaster (commercially endorsed)
  • Basic First Aid, Fire Awareness and Personal Survival at sea training 
  • GMDSS Long Range Radio Certificate & Satellite Endorsement
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • RYA Radar 
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 
  • NCFE Professional Development Certificate Outdoor Industry

Jackie Krack

Jackie is running her own Physiotherapy practise in Luxemburg, focusing on fresh and acute sport injuries as well as on chronic pain patients. In addition she´s working as a Physiotherapist with a number of professional athletes, helping to maintain their peak performance. For Watersports Training Jackie is looking after our guest to help with various preventive measures and treatment technics to keep you fit and able to enjoy your holiday or training with us to the maximum.

  • Physiotherapist
  • Sport Physiotherapist 
  • Manuel Triggerpoint Treatment
  • Golf Physio Trainer and Therapist
  • Sling Trainer
  • Kinesotaping
  • Nutrition - SPT Education

Nele Wiese

Nele grew up windsurfing on the northsea, began surfing and became a yoga instructor in Costa Rica and has lived and worked in several countries. For many years she was responsible for the Marketing and PR for Roxy/Quiksilver in Germany and Austria, worked and travelled with the Roxy Girls Surf and Snow Team and implemented several boardsport events & camps.

Today she inspires people to live a healthier and happier lifestyle through her own holistic coaching approach, which she calls "Lale Life" ( www.lale.life) Nele is our SUP and Yoga Expert and will make you realise how to go with the flow in life and not to work against the tides:)  

  • former competitive athlete
  • Degree in Sport Science
  • Yoga Instructor
  • SUP Yoga Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pelvic Floor Instructor

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