Frank Vanleenhove SURF CV

A life of boardriding!

Born 30/05/1962, living in Knokke-Heist, founder of Surfers Paradise and Lakeside Paradise, but above all partner of Natalie Camerlynck with son Berend, and dad of Joyce, Faye and Ike.

Participant in various disciplines:

  • 10 BKs (Windsurfing / Stand-up padlleboarding / Rafting / Skateboarding,Speedsailing,Snowboarding / 1/2 triathlon / Squash / Raquetball / Rescue Lifesaving Games)
  • 2 European Championships (Windsurfing and 1/2 Triathlon)
  • 3 World Championships (Windsurfing / Speedsailing / Snowboarding)

Sports organisations

  • 2020: Lakeside Cold Water Classic:
    4 star wakeboarding world cup heat
  • 2014: First SUP BK
  • Belgian Coast Race Windsurfing (3)
  • Benelux Funboard Championships (10)
  • First Belgian Golf Championships (4)
  • First Belgian Kiteboarding Championships (4)
  • first Kiteboarding World Cup in Belgium 2002 (KPWT and PKRA 2004)
  • O'Neill Surfacademy (8)
  • First Belgian Wakeboarding Championships (3)
  • Finals Belgian Beachvolleyball Championships (10)
  • 2008 World Surfing Championships

Sports performance

1972
Member of the "Duin Skate Bunnies".
1974
Belgian champion skateboarding cat -12 years
1975
Belgian windsurfing pioneer
1977
Diploma "International Windsurfing Instructor".
1978
Belgian wave surfing pioneer
1980
Belgian Champion Windsurfing
1980
2nd at Euro Funboardcup
1981
4th at Siam Windsurfing World Cup "Long Distance".
1981
5th at Mistral World Cup Windsurfing
1982
Co-founder - secretary - inspirer of Channel Surfing Club Knokke-Zoute
1982
Rider of D'Light Pro Surfing Team
1982-1987
Co-founder - secretary - inspirer of Channel Surfing Club Knokke-Zoute
1982-2002
Marketing director D'Light
1984
Winner first int. Schelderace Knokke-Breskens
1985
Semi-finalist BK Squash
1985
finalist BK raquetball
1986
2nd at Belgian Speedsailing Championships
1986
team captain of D'Light Pro Surfing Team
1986
Belgian Snowboard pioneer
1986
BK rafting participant
1987
10th at Speedsailing World Championships
1988
Founder & Chairman Surfers Paradise Knokke-Heist
1988
2nd at Benelux Snowboarding Championships
1989
First Belgian participant in first Snowboarding World Cup
1989
Belgian "Skurf" pioneer
1990
42nd at snowboarding World Cup
1990
Editor in chief "Go Surfing" first Belgian surf magazine
1993
Founder & Co-player "Surfers Paradise volleyball team".
1995
Founder & Co-player "Surfers Paradise Football Team".
1997
O'Neill European Marketing Manager of the year
1999
O'Neill European Marketing Manager of the year
1999
Belgian kiteboarding Pioneer
2000
International Kiteboarding Instructor
2003
Belgian champion men 40 + resue lifesaving games
2004
Co-founder of the cycling club "De Bumpers".
2004
Carnegie Hero Fund medal for courage and self-sacrifice during rescue of drowning person
2007
Participant in European Championships ½ Triathlon
2007
finisher ¾ Triathlon Stein
2007
Dutch voice-over in Disney production "Surfs'Up".
2008
Finisher Seville Marathon
2008
competitor Ironman Florida: 2nd place men 40+ clydesdale division (+ 87,5kg)
2008
Honolulu Marathon finisher
2008
winner of the "silver sports heart" of Knokke-Heist municipality
2009
winner of the "silver sports heart" of Knokke-Heist municipality
2010
finisher Nice Ironman
2011
Lanzarote Ironman finisher
2011
Co-founder "Ironmanclub Knokke-Heist".
2012
Founder and Chairman "Lakeside Paradise"
2012
Winner of the Bruges Sports Council Cup and the Provincial Cup as a player of the Surfers Paradise football team.
2012
Elected as "Krak" of the municipality of Knokke-Heist
2013
champion as player of FC Surfers Paradise in series II company football zone brugge/oostende
2013
winner and world record holder as a member of the Surfers Paradise relay team "Arch to Arc Enduroman" from London to Paris running/swimming/cycling
2014
Player FC Paradise cup Bruges Sports Council
2014
First BK SUP - 1st master
2015
Champion as player of FC Surfers Paradise corporate football zone Bruges/coastal series 1
2015
2nd master at the first international sup trip Sluis - Brugge
2015
2nd place Zeebrugge Harbour Triathlon H 50 +
2015
Winner of the triennial creativity and innovation award Tourism Flanders
2016
Nominated for the sports merit award of the province of West-Flanders
2017
Participant in first Belgian coast kitesurfing downwinder
2017
Initiator of the first beach guide in Knokke-Heist.
2018
Frank Vanleenhove looked for and found BIG waves in Oahu (Hawaii)
2018
Finisher "the double": zwintriatlon 5/9 5th place H55, half triathlon of knokke-heist 3rd place H55
2019
"The double. 4 September: 2nd place Zwintriatlon Knokke-Heist H55+, 7 September 4th place Halve Triatlon Knokke-Heist H55+.
2019
Winner with Lakeside Paradise Westtoer Innovation Award,
2nd place at European level.
2020
Director sport council Knokke-Heist
2020
Director Local Council Economy
2020
2nd place 1/4th triathlon Damme H55+

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