Kiran Badloe

Kiran Badloe (born 13 September 1994) is a Dutch windsurfer. He won the gold medal in the men's event at the 2019 RS:X World Championships and 2020 RS:X World Championships.[1][2]

Kiran Badloe
Personal information
Born (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 28)
Almere, Netherlands
Medal record

In October 2020, he competed at the iQFoil International Games held at Campione, Lake Garda.[3]

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, he won gold for the Netherlands in windsurfing.[4]

After his Olympic win, Badloe garnered media attention for the distinctive "blue colored arrow haircut" he sported during the competition.[5] The hairstyle was an homage to the cartoon character Aang from the Avatar: The Last Airbender series. Badloe explained the show's connection to his haircut ahead of his medal race:[6]

It's about a kid that controls the wind, and he needs to control all different kinds of elements of nature in order to do something great, and I'm doing the same here.

— Kiran Badloe

In March 2022, his portrait was added to a mural in the Schilderswijk neighbourhood of The Hague, Netherlands, alongside other Dutch competitors of the Summer or Winter Olympics and Paralympics held in 2021 and 2022.[7]


  1. ^ "RS:X World Windsurfing Championships 2019 - Men's Results RS:X". Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  2. ^ "RS:X World Windsurfing Championships 2020 - Men's Results RS:X". Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  3. ^ Vitello, Rachele (21 October 2020). "iQFoil International Games at Campione, Lake Garda - Day 1". Sail-World. Archived from the original on 31 October 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Kiran Badloe wins gold in dramatic men's RSX windsurfing event".
  5. ^ "The 'Real' Airbender: Dutch windsurfer Kiran Badloe's 'Avatar Aang' hairstyle at Tokyo Olympics turns heads". Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  6. ^ O’Connor, Philip (30 July 2021). "Olympics-Sailing-'Last Airbender' Badloe in control for final RS:X gold". Reuters. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Bijzonder olympisch tijdperk vereeuwigd op muurschilderingen in Haagse Schilderswijk". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 15 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.

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