The real stig

The real stig hoefnagel in a serious pose

Stig Hoefnagel

The real stig hoefnagel in a happy pose


I was born in Hulshorst, The Netherlands, where I grew up with highly educated parents. However, there was never much money in the family to support my passion for kitesurfing. As a result, I had to work hard to fund everything myself. This experience taught me to appreciate everything more and helped shape me into the kitesurfer and person I am today. I would describe myself as a creative, calculated, and marketing-savvy kitesurfer who enjoys everything he does, from working hard to living life!

Kitemag Cover - Kiteloop Board Off Tarifa
Stig Hoefnagel - 3rd place King of the air 2021

Why kitesurfing?

It's the sport where I can be the most creative and free at the same time. It's an amazing way to travel, see beautiful places, and meet cool people along the way.

What are some of the goals you’d like to achieve in the sport?

I want to be remembered as a creative, stylish, and competitive kitesurfer. I would love to create a video series that is unlike anything seen in the kite world before, inspiring young kids to start kitesurfing. If successful, I'd like to introduce the series to people who have yet to experience the sport, in the hopes of creating new fans and motivating them to try kitesurfing themselves.

What's your favorite kiteboarding spot?

Definitely Cape Town, South Africa. It has the most diverse kitespots, from wave riding to big air, and even freestyle on some days. Besides kitesurfing, there are endless activities to participate in as well. The wind isn't always blowing, so it motivates you to kite even more when it does!

How do you spend your time on the no wind days?

I really enjoy mountain biking and being active in nature, from hiking to cliff diving, paragliding, and more.


One of my biggest passions is to create content. I love to create videos and photos that inspire people to go out and do what they love. I have been working on a lot of projects in the past and will continue to do so in the future.View All Projects


I am very grateful to be supported by some of the best brands in the industry. I have been working with Naish Kiteboarding and Prolimit for over 10 years now and I am very happy to be part of their teams. I am proud to represent these brands and I am looking forward to working with them in the future.

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