Silvester and his twin-sister Sharon were born on the 24th of January 1988 in Munich, Germany. Their father Herbert Ruckdäschel would put Sharon and Silvester on a skateboard before they could even walk and take them on surfing and snowboarding trips in his caravan from a very early age.
With their father’s nomadic boardsport lifestyle as well as their mother’s emigration to (Marbella) Spain, an hour away from Europe’s “wind capital” Tarifa, it was only natural for Silvester to discover kiteboarding and grow an incredible passion towards the sport and finally turn it into a career that would bring him to the most exotic beaches of the world.
Never really fitting into the competition format and always regarding the sport more as a canvas for creative exploration, Silvester quietly disappeared from the kiteboarding spotlight in 2009 to explore and refine his other talents and interests including film, business and advertising. He has since had the fortune of being photographed by some of the greatest fashion photographers in the world such as Doug Inglish, Bruce Weber and Scott Hoover, and he’s shot campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Moncler and Schiesser, as well as appeared in GQ, V Men and other renowned fashion magazines.
Silvester is currently represented by Soul Artist Management New York, DT Models LA, MGM Paris, Kult Models Hamburg and Boss Models Cape Town.