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Camille Juban | Guadeloupe

Camille Juban has been passionate about the ocean since a very young age, starting to surf at 5 and windsurf at the age of 7. His passion and dedication to the sport is more than evident in his extreme windsurfing style and his accomplishments with a win in 2011 at the Maui Makani Classic at Ho’okipa as well as winning the overall AWT event that year. Camille is also a Guinness world record holder for the ‘longest duration surfing a wave – windsurfing’! Despite his success as a windsurfer Camille remains grounded and humble. On shore, he comes across as quiet and unassuming but put him in the water and he transforms! His windsurfing is aggressive and powerful and the range of his windsurf moves is vast. Great to see Camille back on Maui and to be able to photograph him again! Thanks for the interview!

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Name: Camille Juban
Age: 23
Nationality: Born in France & moved to Guadeloupe when I was 4
Status: Single
Where are you currently based? Guadeloupe & Maui
Sponsors: Quatro, Maui Sails, MFC, Orange, Hyandai, Tainos, Longhorn
How many languages do you speak? Which ones? French, English, Spanish & Creole
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? Because it gives me the feeling I need to get out of hectic life. It makes me feel good and relaxes me. The more I windsurf, the more I want to windsurf. It’s like a drug!
Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!) Instagram. Forecast websites
Words you believe describe you: Shy, Island style
A phrase or motto you live by: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

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If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My ex-girlfriend

If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? Flying

You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Surfboard, friends, girlfriend

If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? Milk & cereal, some type of pasta, cheese – I’m still French even though I’m from Guadeloupe! There will be some sauce for pasta and sometimes when I’m motivated I buy salads, tomatoes, avos! Do you cook? Yes, sometimes in the mornings when I’m tired of cereal and milk, I’ll cook eggs & bacon and avocado

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How long have you been windsurfing?
I started surfing at 5 and windsurfing at 7

Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? I’ve never been to Marshall Islands but I think it looks like a good place. So far it’s Cabo Verde and home because it’s not crowded and there are nice waves.

Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing?
Actually Levi & Jason Polakow. When I was young I had posters in my room of Levi & Polakow and Keith Teboul. And now I’m here and part of it and I’m with Levi in some contests!

If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change about your windsurfing career? I don’t think so. Maybe more travelling. For example, I’ve never been to Indonesia. I’d like to go to the Marshall Island and Australia. I will do it but so far those are places I want to go to.

If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be working in the woods with my father. Maybe working in a commercial company. My father builds bungalows and wooden decking around swimming pools. I have already worked with him and I like it.

What has been your biggest windsurf achievement?
At Ho’okipa in 2011 because to win an event there is historic. That was my big moment. Even winning the AWT is good but it’s not the same. Ho’okipa is the one you want to win!

Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? 360

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What is a typical night out? What is a typical night in? Usually it’s quite mellow, I’ll watch a movie and go to bed early or have a barbecue with friends but when I go party it’s until the end of the night. Complete opposite!

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now?
Windsurfing! I hope to have more projects and my goal is to stay busy on projects around windsurfing.

What do you consider to be your worst quality? Your best quality?
Being shy isn’t good. I don’t know if it’s my worst. And my best – to be talented at windsurfing.

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Please finish all these sentences:

I’m a big believer in…. destiny

Call me crazy but…. I’m happy to windsurf every day

My favorite place on earth is…. with the people i love

My parents are…. special

I could never…. stop windsurfing

I’ve always wanted to… go to Marshall Islands

Life is nothing without….
love and windsurfing

Today I will…. go in the water

The internet is…. taking too much time out of our lives

If I had the power I would change….
the fact that kids spend too much useless time on the internet and computer.

I am…. happy.

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Antoine Martin | Guadeloupe

There are some people in the water that you know are going to go for it whether it’s over mast high or only knee high and one of those people is Antoine Martin. Although he’s well known for trying many manoeuvres in all kind of conditions he tells us he’s not as fearless as most people would believe. Despite that admission, we can see that nothing stops him from windsurfing with an intensity and passion that has made him a great windsurfer.

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Name: Antoine Martin
Age: 20
Nationality: born in Guadeloupe
Status: girlfriend
Where are you currently based? Guadeloupe
Sponsors: JP, Neil Pryde, MFC, Tainos, Etra, Zoo Rock Cafe, Adenfi, Adf médico dentaire, Coté Sud, H2O. Without my local sponsors I wouldn’t be here!
How many languages do you speak? Which ones? English, French, Spanish, Creole
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? I’m from an island so I’ve always been around water so I’ve become addicted to water. I started with surf and skimboard and other water sports but my favourite sport became windsurfing.
Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!) Any site that has news about windsurfing
Three words you believe describe you: crazy, happy, I enjoy life
A phrase or motto you live by: When you have a dream, go for it.

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If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? To feel no pain.

You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you?
Surfboard, goggles/mask, girlfriend

What poster did you have on your wall growing up?
I had many posters. I had a book of double page spreads from magazines of windsurfers.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?
I like my life! I wouldn’t swap with anyone.

Who would you like to sit next to on a long haul flight? There are some kids in Guadaloupe who like windsurfing. They are so motivated and they live for it and I want to pick one of these little guys to join me to fly over to Maui.

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How long have you been windsurfing? Since I was 5 years old.

Where is your favourite windsurfing spot? Guadaloupe and Maui

If you have a number on your sails, what is the significance of the number you selected? F193 – It’s my birthday.

How did you deal with the crash at Jaws when it happened? You think beforehand that if something like this happens to you you’ll never survive. You see another guy falling in Jaws but when it it’s your turn you just think ok it’s my turn. You forget everything, let everything go and super concentrate and you’re not afraid.

Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? My cousin. He was a really good sailor. He would be here if he continued windsurfing. He stopped windsurfing when he was 18 but if he continued he’d have been sponsored.

Which move are you currently trying to master?
I have many moves I’m trying. It depends on the weather. When I’m in side off conditions I try some surf moves, when I’m in Pozo I try other moves. On Maui I try many moves because it’s not my tack. I’d like to do a perfect 360.

Which spot haven’t you sailed at yet which you’d love to try? Cabo Verde. It’s one of the best waves of the world. And Marshall Islands.

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What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
When I want something I give my all. 100%. I would like to stay more relaxed.

What is a typical night out? What is a typical night in?
If I stay home it’s because I’m tired and I did too much! In Maui, we just windsurf but in Guadaloupe I go to the beach or go to the waterfalls during the day and at night I’ll just hang out with friends.

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I’m a big believer in…. life is what you make it.

Call me crazy but…. when I go crazy on the water, I am afraid!

My favorite place on earth is…. Guadaloupe

My parents are…. fantastic

I could never…. live without my family and my friends

I’ve always wanted to…. go windsurfing

Life is nothing without…. windsurfing

Today I will…. try my new board

The internet is…. good and bad

If I had the power I would change…. the pollution in the world

I am…. super Titoun!

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Kai Lenny : Maui, Hawaii

At the young age of 20, Kai Lenny has already become an outstanding athlete in a range of watersports including windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, stand up paddle and tow surfing. He is strongly passionate and fully committed to his water-centric life and has recently shown himself to be a stand out at paddle surfing some of Jaws’ recent large swells.

Kai’s love of the ocean began at a very early age and life on Maui provides him a workplace & playground that perfectly caters to his training in all his watersports. His achievements are many but in 2010 he became the first ever Stand Up Paddle World Champion, a title which he retained in 2011 and in 2012 he became SUP World Racing Champion.

We got to meet with Kai for a face to face interview in a great coffee shop, Anthony’s Coffee Co,
in one of the most character-filled and laid back places on planet earth, Paia. As with so many of the athletes we’ve interviewed, Kai was genuinely friendly and his positivity and wholesome ambition is apparent in his demeanour and replies.

Many thanks to Kai for his time in answering our questions!

Check out Kai Lenny’s webpage: http://www.hawaiianwaterman.com/

The Basics

Name: Kai Lenny
Age: 20 years old
Nationality: American
Status: Single
Where are you currently based: Maui
Sponsors: Naish, Red Bull, Oxbow, Maui Fin Company, Contour, Turtle Bay Resorts

Why are you so passionate about windsurfing?
The reason I love windsurf so much is because for me it’s like riding a motorcycle on water. You have a lot of power at your disposal, almost too much sometimes. You have the ability to jump as high as you want and you are able to do very maneuverable tricks and all these things you would be able to do surfing so windsurfing feels like you’re riding a dirt bike but on water and it feels natural. I surround my entire life with being on the water. Everything I ever do in my life is surrounded by doing some sort of watersport.

Most visited website:
I guess I just check swells. I like checking Windguru because it’s the most accurate but I’ve been looking at Surfline alot as it gives more insight as to when exactly it’s going to hit. With Windguru you can’t go wrong. It seems like they have every single spot on planet earth!

Three words you believe describe you:
fun loving addict

Three words that others might use to describe you:
You should ask those other people!

A phrase or motto you live by:
Train hard, have fun and keep dedicated because if you have a goal in your mind or if you have something in your mind that you want to achieve then anything is possible. You can do whatever you want in this life.

Shallow Waters

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
It’s so hard because I admire so many people. There are so many great people in the world but off the top of my head right now it would be fun to have dinner with a Frank Sinatra or an Abraham Lincoln. Someone who was a character. These two were opposite characters but both of them would be interesting.

If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have?
I’m split between flying but I’d love to be able to breathe underwater. If I could combine the two that would be perfect! I guess if you have Superman powers he can hold his breath – maybe I’ll just go with Superman powers!

You’re going a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what three things do you take with you?
I’ve kind of experienced that already. I went to the Marshall Islands a few years ago with Levi and Jason Polakow and a bunch of the Oxbow guys. We had limited space on the boat so everyone was saying we’re taking this and this but I took everything! The 3 things beside windsurf gear was surfing, kiteboard, stand up gear and besides that I sneaked in some other things too! Everyone had 3 bags, I had 6! When we got there everyone was like you have 6 bags but by then there was nothing they could do about it!

Who would you like to sit next to on a long haul flight?
If I was on a super long flight I’d want to sit next to a Victoria’s Secret model!

What poster did you have on your wall growing up?
I always had posters of Robby Naish, Laird Hamilton, all the guys at Jaws. I always had Jaws pictures. It was water-centric. To be honest, I kept my room pretty clean and the walls! I went through the classic movie RIP all the time. I ruined a VHS tape and then I’d go buy a new one just so I could watch again because I’d watch it so many times that the tape would wear out. It would disintegrate! I would watch it through and then stick it back in and watch it again. Just thinking back about all the times I watched Jaws videos and all the times I watched RIP – how did I watch them so consistently?

How old were you when RIP came out? Four or three and half!

What’s your favorite or most used app?
Recently it’s been Instagram. I use music on my phone more than anything else. I use it more than my phone! I just text people because I’m in such a rush! I like looking at movie trailers too.

Favorite kind of movie?
Recently I liked the New Dark Knight. I like everything, depending on however I feel. I’m not into pure horror! By the end of those kind of movies I feel too skittish!

What was the last movie you watched?
Apocalypse Now

If I take a look inside your refrigerator would would I find?
Red Bull, salad dressing, ketchup. That’s it right now as I was traveling for two months so I just haven’t stocked up.

Too much swell to go shopping?!
Exactly! I just go to my parents’ fridge and raid their fridge and they have everything. You name it they have everything!

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be?
To be honest, I feel my life is better than anyone’s. I wake up and I go do whatever I want. I go in the ocean and have fun. I travel all over the world, meet new people and then I can have any gear I desire because I’m sponsored. I have my dream car. I live on Maui. Celebrities get hounded. I’d maybe be happy in a different scene just for a little while to get a different perspective on life.

Windsurfing

How long have you been surfing/windsurfing/SUP/kiting?
Started surfing when I was four, windsurfing when I was 6 and SUP when I was 7, kiting when I was 9, tow in surfing when I was 9.

And now you’re paddling into Jaws!
Yeah! This last swell I got caught inside by a huge set. I was inside and I was sitting out there and this bomb came in. And the scary thing with Jaws is you can’t see anything when you go over the next wave because there’s so much spray. All you see is this dark shadow. I took three waves where the lip landed right there. I was so scared because you see the waves moving slow. I’d go under and open my eyes and I’d instantly be 50 feet under water because as soon as you go under 50 feet of water goes over you. I’m looking up and there are just these gnarly white water clouds. You get pounded and then I’d come up and I wouldn’t get pulled in. Sometimes when you wipe out you get pounded down but you don’t get dragged, you stay in the same spot. So I popped up and the next wave is right there. Finally I got dragged in a little bit. I didn’t want to pull the CO2 cartridge as I only had one left. If I needed to I would have but I didn’t want to because I didn’t want to waste it.

Where is your favorite windsurf spot and why?
I really like Cape Verde. It’s such a fun wave. You can do the biggest aerials, big solid turns, not necessarily the best waves for tricks but it’s such a clean crisp wave. I just love that wave.

And your favorite SUP spot?
Pipeline.

You’re one of the very few that have SUPed there?
Yeah, a couple of people have. When I went I didn’t say I want to go stand up paddle at Pipeline. I was driving to Waikiki and Jamie O’Brien calls me and says let’s go standup at Pipe. So I basically went with Jamie because he knows that place so well. I also knew a lifeguard who I went with but I would not suggest for anyone to go out there unless you’re invited. I haven’t been out since because I haven’t been invited.

Your favorite surf spot? Jaws

And for kiting? The Point at Ho’okipa

You’re very prominent in the watersport world and very much a household name so how deal with the constant attention and pressure of being in the limelight?
A favorite saying of mine that I always tell myself is ‘rise to the occasion’ . So if I’m out at Jaws and I don’t feel super comfortable and I feel pressure because a lot of my heros are out there and I want to show them what I’ve got I would tell myself ‘rise to the occasion’ to push myself to get to be at that level and I’ve been doing that my whole life, basically rising to the occasion. There are times you wish you didn’t have to do something and you wish it was mellower but when it’s mellower I wish I had the pressure because it’s fun!! It adds that little bit of intensity level and motivation. Rising to the occasion is my favorite thing.

How do you stay grounded and normal?

I don’t believe that what I do is ever good enough in my mind. I’m always a perfectionist. I always feel I could be better in this part of my life or this portion of sports or whatever. That keeps me humble knowing I’m not at the level I want to be at and I don’t think I care if people think I’m the best. I do in a way because I want to be the best but it doesn’t effect me because I want to feel the best for myself. If I feel I’m the best in my mind then I’m satisfied. It feels good to be recognized. I’m grateful. I remind myself to be grateful. It’s been a lot of work to get there. It hasn’t been given. I had to work really hard so that’s one of the reasons why I want to keep this going and that’s why I want to stay humble. You can watch every train wreck – as soon as someone gets famous they get cocky or big then all of a sudden they disappear. If I stay humble, I might stay a little longer!

Which move are you currently trying to master?
In surfing I”m trying to get my aerials down. Trying to get it where I can air reverse 360 consistently. With kite surfing trying to work on my strapless and to be able to jump really high without footstraps and do rotations. Two rotations are my goal. Windsurfing I have a list of moves I’ve thought up of. When I’m in my jumping mood I really love jumping. If I was on a wave it would be sick to do perfect aerial fowards where you clear sections and you then forward and land on the other side of the sections. Not where you forward and land in the same spot but clear sections. With jumping I’ve been into doing the Kono backside and you pop it and then you do a forward.

What challenges have you encountered in your career and how have you overcome them?
I’ve always made sure I surround myself around positive people. There are always going to be negative people no matter what. If you’re a really good person, there’s always someone that’s negative to it. That’s just life. The biggest challenge is to not be that child star syndrome. There are so many kids that can’t quite make it. They’re on the edge, can’t make and then disappear. I did not want that to happen. Once I knew I made it I felt I was on more level ground. I don’t feel so much pressure now.

What is the biggest misconception about being professional waterman?
People just think you go ride and do nothing else but it’s a lot of work. For example, getting gear fixed, replying to emails and making phone calls. I get so many emails you have no idea! Basically it’s like a business. I was in Australia for two weeks doing a promotional tour. I went to two shops a day for two weeks and then I raced in between. That’s draining. Half of the time it’s fun and then half of the time it’s a lot of work. But I enjoy that, I like working. If I’m not working, I feel like I should be doing something. The biggest misconception is that it’s a free ride but you always have to be behind the 8 ball and keep reinventing yourself.

Which spot would you like to sail or surf?
I’ve never been to Indonesia. It’s super rad for surfing. For windsurfing I want to go back to the Marshall Islands. Oh my gosh, that place is just a dream down there!

What has been your scariest ride?
I don’t know, I’ve been scared a lot! Jaws is always so scary. Ok, the first wipeout I had a Jaws. I was towing and it was probably the biggest wave I’ve ever ridden at Jaws on the left. I got really comfortable because it was when were were tow surfing and you get 50 waves in an hour. I was going left and it started to close out. I saw the section and I thought I can make that but what I didn’t know out of experience is that you can make the section but then there’s going to be another section coming towards you. I could have kicked out but I was scared to kick out because I what if I kicked out and my worst fear was if I saw a bomb breaking on my head. At that point you feel so alone and it’s the scariest thing in the world. I still have nightmares about that. I was going and I made it around the section. I came out and I tried kicking out and it was just too steep and I went so high and was on the edge and I could almost make it out but I just slipped on my board. I fell and the wave barreled over me. I was 16 at the time and I truly thought I was going to die. Underwater I was literally thinking I lived a great life and I’d done so much in my life. I didn’t actually have any flashbacks! I was just thinking whatever happens let it be but then I came up with so much oxygen because I was so relaxed. I came up and started laughing because I was alive. Dave Kalama comes flying past me on the jet ski and tells me he’s going to get my board. I went under another small wave and DK and Shaun Walsh come over and picked me up on the jet ski.

Deep Waters

Other than family, what do you cherish in your life and why is it so important to you?
My life is simple. I don’t go out much. I like hanging out with my family. I have a group of really close friends I do things with. The reason why I never got into partying or I’ve never had any alcohol or done drugs in my life is because I’ve always been so focused on my sports and been so passionate about that. That’s my love, being in the water and trying to figure out the puzzle in the ocean. So why do I need to go do drugs when I’m having way more fun doing this. As soon as you go into drugs or alcohol it’s because what you’re doing doesn’t satisfy you.

How do you stay positive and upbeat?
I’ve always tried to be as positive as I can because whenever I am good things happen and even if bad things happen there’s always been something I can learn from it. There hasn’t been one situation in my life where something happened that hasn’t been for the greater good. Nothing good can come out of being negative.

What’s your greatest achievement outside of the water?
Everything has always been on the water!

What do you consider to be your worst quality?
Being impatient.

And your best quality?
Having drive and not giving up. Actually that’s probably my worst quality too because sometimes you have to just let it go! You can’t make chicken soup out of chicken poop! I always get told that when I’m training for a contest. Don’t take a crappy wave and expect to do well. You can’t make chicken soup out of chicken poop but you can turn chicken soup into chicken poop!!

How do you personally define success?
Success to me in it’s most basic form is having satisfaction and feeling like you’re content with something. That’s the most basic form. For me I always feel like I have a weight on my shoulders and even if that weight is lifted for 5 minutes it feels like the best feeling in the world. I try not to know what it’s like to not be successful. This year I lost a world title this year in stand up paddling to wave but I almost felt like it was a good thing because it set me up to have more world titles later on because when you win you don’t learn anything. When you lose you learn a lot. Look at Kelly Slater, if he’d have won in 2004 against Andy Irons I’m sure he would have only 7 world titles now but because Andy beat him it drove him to get 11 titles and he’s still in the running to get 12 world titles.

And finally…

I’m a big believer in … always having fun

My favorite place on earth is … Maui

My parents are … the biggest reason why I’m where I am today.

I could never … succumb to drugs or alcohol.

I’ve always wanted to … be on Saturday Night Live

Life is nothing without … a dream

Today I will … have more fun than I had yesterday.

The Internet is … a connection to people around the world

I am … my own worst enemy

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Levi Siver : Maui, Hawaii

This week we met with Levi Siver on the north shore of Maui for a face to face interview and amongst other things we discussed his role in Quatro, his beliefs and secret spots he’d like to go to.

Originally hailing from Idaho, he moved to Maui with his parents and his brother Luke when he was at a very young age. Ho’okipa soon became his home break and with many years of experience under his belt he has built a deserved reputation for himself as one of the best wave sailors that Ho’okipa has seen.

Levi can easily be called one of the windsurf legends of the last decade but there are no unnecessary airs and graces when you speak with him.  He’s an easy-going, regular guy with a keen sense of faith and determined belief in doing good. At 31, he still sails as intensely as when he was younger with no hint of taking it easier any time soon and has proved himself a master at riding large, powerful waves.

The fact that he is so well known as a professional windsurfer is proof in itself that taking a different route than most in windsurfing has paid off for him and he has reaped not only success but happiness in following his career on his own terms.

Levi currently has a new responsibility with Quatro which is to film and get content for their website to communicate the Quatro brand. He tells us that he enjoys the creative side of videography and when I joked with him that sometime in the future he may end up doing Windsurfing Movie 5 he laughed and replied, ”I hope not! It’s not the Lord of The Rings Trilogy! I want to do a different name.” We’re all eager to see what’s in store in the future!

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The Basics

Name: Levi Siver
Age: 31
Nationality: American
Status: Single
Where are you currently based? Maui
Sponsors: Oxbow, Redbull, Quatro, Goya, Positive H20, MFC, Dakine
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? I think it’s about escapism. It’s a place where you can enjoy and you don’t really have to listen to other people tell you what to do. It’s your place and it’s cleansing . You’re in the ocean. It’s healthy, it feels good and you learn a lot about yourself, your fears, what you’re capable of and it’s progression. To become better at something. It’s always been a way for me to escape. It’s just fun, it’s playing. You stay young!
Most visited website? Surfline
Three words you believe describe you: Relaxed, passionate, reclusive
A phrase or motto you live by: Do unto others as you want them to do unto you

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Shallow Waters

If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? Time travel.
You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? A really beautiful awesome girl, plenty of stuff for barbecue and cold beverages.
So food, drink and a woman?!! Yeah! *laughs*
Who would you like to sit next to on a long haul flight? A really cool beautiful woman or a super funny comedian that makes you laugh and pulls you out of your own little world.
What poster did you have on your wall growing up? Maybe all the Gaastra guys at that time – Robby Naish, Jason Polakow and the Pritchards.
Is it weird now that you’re best friends with some of these guys like JP? Yeah but it just shows the longevity of the sport, that some guys stay relevant and stay competitive through many decades which I think is cool and is inspiring to me because  I’m coming into my best years at 31. I think progression in windsurfing can happen for years as long as you stay smart about it. I have way more experience and understanding of how waves work in my 30s rather than my 20s because I’ve had years of accumulation of everything.
What person would you like to swap lives with for one day? Barrack Obama. I’d set some things right!
Do you play any other sports? I love all water sports. I love watching soccer.

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Windsurfing

What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? I’ve been riding on LS thrusters and dabbling on the Quad LS. Yeah, Keith’s wave boards pretty much.
Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? I think my brother was probably my first inspiration because we were so close and we were doing the same things and we were pretty close in age. I don’t think I would have sailed Ho’okipa as soon as I did and or progressed throughout the years without him because he was older and a fearless windsurfer. It put me in that frame of mind at a young age where maybe naturally I may not have been there but having a brother totally instigated that so yeah, I would say my brother.
How close is your relationship? Close.  In the beginning it was a little bit too much. Too head to head. We were super competitive, it got a big agro. Some fighting and things but we always loved each other. We’re friends and put the childish things behind us. I’m grateful to have my brother.
What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment?
I would say probably putting the work in to go somewhere new like Morocco or the Marshall Islands where it was kind of a gamble. We spent a big chunk of our production budgets and it could have easily been a failure but it wasn’t. It was this total success in a 48 hour window and you look at your little crew you’re with and there’s two, three, four of you guys there and you don’t even have to say anything and everyone has the same emotion and you don’t even have to express it.
You must be closer for it? It’s a gamble and when you risk more you get more rewards. It’s something that’s left undone in windsurfing, that adventurous side of exploration, finding new waves to ride. Not going to the same ones. It takes a little more risk factor because some places aren’t that good.
Anywhere you haven’t sailed that you think one day you want to go there? There’s a few places.
Or maybe they’re secret places and you don’t want to tell us?!  I won’t give away the name. There’s one place in Mexico I want to go. For me I want to go to long right hander point breaks. I like starboard tack. I like long clean waves and I think there are a lot of those that do get windy and no one has put forth the the effort to go to all of them. I like to go to Cape Verde. It’s probably one of the best waves in the world for windsurfing.
So this spot in Mexico, any plans to visit it? Yeah I will go and video it.
Sooner rather than later? Yeah, it’s a summertime spot but right now here is pretty much the spot to be.
Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience.
Scariest ride? Uhhmm. Probably Jaws. *pause* Just Jaws! Tow surfing Jaws January 2004, that big day. That was probably the most scared I’ve been in the ocean and those were the biggest waves I’ve seen in my life.
Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? I would say the Taka, it’s pretty sick. It’s a natural feeling move.
What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? Basically I love to surf when there’s no wind and I’m a nature guy. I love to camp and be outdoors and be with friends.
If you could interview another windsurfer, what one question would you like to ask them? I don’t know, it depends on the personality. There’s a lot of different characters in our sport. I’d probably like to ask Mark Angulo why he moved to Florida!!
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? That some people think you’re an arrogant person because of the way it’s marketed. It’s an adrenalised, crazy sport so people easily get caught in the hype of it. I think they judge you on that factor a little bit too quickly. I don’t think there’s any room for that arrogant attitude. It’ll spit you out. If you look at the top guys they’re humble, chilled guys and pretty unassuming personalities. Even like Philip Koster, all the guys, they’re down to earth, real. The guys on tour right now have a real passion for windsurfing and I don’t feel that they’re in it for the money. You don’t have any other choice than to do it for the love and passion of it.

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Other than family, what do you cherish in your life and why is it so important to you? I would say my faith is the most important thing. My spirituality and faith in God which has got me through every aspect of my life and shaped the way I see the world and given me a deeper appreciation for the good things in life. When that’s right I’m more at peace with myself and the world around me.
Do you believe in a higher power? Elaborate a little on your beliefs. I believe in the witness of Jesus Christ. I believe he is the fulfilment of God’s plan and salvation for the world. His witness is the most powerful testimony in history and in everything I’ve seen with my eyes ever since I was a small child.
How has that changed your life? I believe this life has purpose. I believe these few years are more important than we could possibly imagine for an eternal plan.
What is a typical night out? What is a typical night in? It’s more about the people I’m with.  I love light music but not much of the music on Maui. I don’t care  for reggae. I like the old time Bob Marley stuff but the new stuff not so much and that’s about 95% of the stuff on Maui. I like Indie Rock, alternative rock or old time bluesy jazz or anything cultural.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? I don’t really know.
Videographer maybe? I love the creative process of film and putting a vision together on a canvas of film with music. I want to stay passionate about whatever I’m doing. Ten years? that’s a long time away.
How do you personally define success? I think whatever you’re handed in life depends on how you’re responsible with it and if you use it to benefit others and for the right intentions that’s a success on every level.
So it’s not about popularity or money? I feel that’s the cancer and disease of the world, people misunderstanding success and true happiness with riches, wealth and power.
What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life? For personal satisfaction, when I left the PWA and did things my way and went to places I wanted to go to and I think I became a better windsurfer when I stayed true to what I wanted to do. I feel like I was trying to live a blueprint for windsurf success that’s been moulded through the years for the industry and I finally just said I’m going to go and do things my way and my sponsors stayed with me and my contracts got better and I feel my level of sailing got better because I was doing something I believed in for myself.
If you had to live your life over again what would you change about it? There are all kinds of things you learn along the way but if you treat your failures right and through your faith those are the things that define you and help you grow so it’s hard to look through it all and wonder what you’d change.

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And Finally….

I’m a big believer in…. God

Call me crazy but…. I don’t care

My favorite place on earth is…. right here

My parents are…. a blessing

I could never…. move to LA

I’ve always wanted to…. be happy

Life is nothing without…. friends and family

Today I will…. enjoy

The internet is…. addictive

If I had the power I would change…. the world

I am…. here

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Kevin Pritchard : US 3

Look up windsurfing on wikipedia.com and you’ll find Kevin Pritchard listed under ‘International Stars’ and that’s because Kevin is, without doubt, one of the best all-round sailors in windsurfing having won a countless amount of champion titles since he turned professional at 18. One of the highlights of his career has to be in 2000 when he won his first PWA World Wave championship and at the same time defeated Bjorn Dunkerbeck who was 11 times world champion.

Kevin is based in Maui and helps run Pritchard Windsurfing alongside his brother Matt who runs windsurf clinics.

Other than windsurfing, Kevin is also a talented photographer and is a part of Maui Nerd Productions, a video production company. You may well recognise the name if you watched any of the great videos from the American Windsurfing Tour last year or some of the recent ones from Santa Cruz earlier this month.

Reading through Kevin’s interview you get a small insight into who he is and also his quirky sense of humour but above all else it’s awesome to see yet another windsurfer express satisfaction in how they’ve lived their life thus far as well as the importance of family and their support.

The Basics:
Name: Kevin Pritchard
Age: 22 (Sofie: hhhmmmm! Typo Kevin?! 😉 )
Nationality: USA
Status: Taken
Where are you currently based? Maui
Sponsors: Starboard, Ezzy, Dakine, Camaro, MFC, Pritchard Windsurfing
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? It is all I know
Most visited website? Vimeo
Three words you believe describe you: Quiet, Calm, Resevered
Three words that others might use to describe you: Jerk, Introvert, Old School.
A phrase or motto you live by: Love your work and you will never work a day in your life

Shallow Waters
What was for breakfast this morning? Coffee and toast
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Right now it would be my girlfriend. I haven’t seen her in months!
If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? Your saying I am not one??
You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Camera, Slider,Tripod, is there anything else?
Favorite movie? Favorite song? Lifecycles, M83
What one thing can you not live without (non-windsurfing related!) Internet
Favorite place to eat. Moms house
When you travel what don’t you leave home without? Passport
If your life story was being made into a movie, who would play your role? And who would be your leading lady? Don’t know many actors
Who would you like to sit next to on a long haul flight? My girlfriend, we are always traveling but it has been over a year since we have traveled together on a long haul flight
You have four dinner guests, what’s on the menu? I have been cooking some pretty good Penne bolognaise
What poster did you have on your wall growing up? Don’t know, but I have Jeremy McGrath on my wall now!
What person would you like to swap lives with for one day? Someone who is mega rich. Would be fun.
What song reminds you of summertime? Nothing comes to mind, but a country song. I love a good country song to bring back the memories.
Do you play any other sports? I like Motocross, mountainbike, kiting, towin surfing
What would you do if you won the lottery? Be so stoked. So happy. Depending on how much I would probably just invest it.
If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? Tons of stuff.Usually it is pretty fully stocked. Probably find some beers too ☺
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be? My life is pretty dang good.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Living the dream

Windsurfing
How long have you been windsurfing? 27 years
Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Cabo Verde- sickest waves and wind in the world
What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? Starboard and Ezzy Sails
If you have a number on your sails, what is the significance of the number you selected? No Significance
Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? Didn’t have one. Just my family having fun ripping it up.
What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? Single Fin, Wave riding
What advice do you have for someone who’s starting out in windsurfing and would like to progress in the sport? Time on the water
Which move are you currently trying to master? The Taka. I make em, but not everytime like I like too.
Windsurfing was a hugely popular sport in the 80s. Do you believe it will make a comeback and if so how can people help this along? I think It is a niche sport. It is so much fun and so unconquerable, that it will always be there.
What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment? Winning the world Title my first time. Will never forget it.
Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience. Probably surfing, jaws. Going over the falls backwards.
If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? Don’t know.. probably working too hard
Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? The pushloop forward loop. It is so cool
Do you have any lucky charms when you sail? nah
What has been your biggest windsurfing achievement to date? 8x World Champion
What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? emails.. it seems like it is pretty busy around Pritchard Windsurfing these days
If you could interview another windsurfer, what one question would you like to ask them? Why do you windsurf?
Do you enjoy the traveling that goes hand in hand with windsurfing and what tips do you have with traveling with windsurf gear? Its not that bad. It is not like you have to put it on your back when you are traveling. I mean, you just carry it in, check it on and you are done.
What challenges have you encountered in your windsurfing career? And how did you overcome them and what lessons did you learn? My worst experience was breaking up with the Maui Sails guys. I put so much into those people and company and then when you look back and think about it, it just makes you mad. I guess my biggest lesson for that is never start a business with your friends…
What kind of training do you do, be it physical or mental, to keep you in shape for windsurfing? I watch a lot of video. I love watching others rip. It helps me visualize what I want to do.
What are your favorite conditions to sail in? Overhead down the line glassy 5.3 conditions.
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? That we just have fun all the time windusurfing. There is a lot of things going into being a professional windsurfer
As a pro, what have been your highlights as a windsurfer? And the low points? I have had a lot of good years. Being the first one to take down Bjorn Dunkerbeck in his 13 year reign on windsurfing was the best. The low, not sure I have had too many. I quit while I was ahead.

Deep Waters
Other than family, what do you cherish in your life and why is it so important to you? My health. I hate getting hurt and so for me I love being healthy
What is the kindest thing someone has ever done or said to you? HMMMM.. will get back to you on that
What is your favorite childhood memory? Windsurfing with my family.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? I hope the same thing as I am doing now
How do you personally define success? Havin Fun
What do you consider to be your worst quality? Your best quality? I get pretty grumpy sometimes… Pretty easy going.. well maybe
What irritates you about other people and how do you deal with it? Laziness. I have enough hard times dealing with my own laziness.. when I have to take care of thers, that makes it more difficult
What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life? Winning in Windsurfing Producing two TV shows
If you had to live your life over again what would you change about it? Not too much

And Finally…
I’m a big believer in…. Having fun
Call me crazy but….Life is short
My favorite place on earth is…. Right here
My parents are…. amazing
I could never…. quit windsurfing
I’ve always wanted to…. make millions
Life is nothing without…. love
Today I will…. go camping
The internet is…. awesome
If I had the power I would change…. my mind to be happy all the time
I am….Kevin Pritchard

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