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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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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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Deep Waters

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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Graham Ezzy

Graham Ezzy is probably one of a few great windsurfers, or even the only one, that could pull off a perfect Wave 360 whilst quoting Whitman or Cummings! Graham studied English Literature at Princeton and is a writer but with windsurfing being his first passion he became a professional windsurfer after graduating. With his skills as a writer, his website, Surf-Matic, makes for a very interesting read and you may be especially interested in the article I Windsurf Because…. Perhaps you want to add your own comments there as to why you windsurf!

Having started windsurfing pre-teens, Graham can boast a family history of windsurfing and has proved himself in his own right as one of the best sailors at this time. Over the three months I spent photographing at Ho’okipa, I observed that Graham rides every wave with a strong passion and determination, getting as much out of each ride as he possibly can.

He also has an involvement with Umi Pictures who produce some outstanding videos as well as working with his father at Ezzy Sails.

Many thanks to Graham for this interview which makes for a very interesting read!

The Basics:

 Name: Graham Ezzy

Age: 22

 Nationality: Hawaiian, American, Canadian

 Status: Single

Where are you currently based? Haiku, Maui—my birthplace and base

 Sponsors: Ezzy Sails, Dakine, Quatro, K4 fins, Chinook

 Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? I have no idea; it is a primal pull that goes deeper than any rational thought.

Most visited website? www.surf-matic.com

Three words you believe describe you: living to die

 Three words that others might use to describe you: Graham C Ezzy

A phrase or motto you live by: Live such that I never will look back at my life and think, “if only I did…”

Shallow Waters 

What was for breakfast this morning? A protein shake with ¾ cup of milk, lots of ice, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, a banana, a handful of almonds, and a tablespoon of peanut butter.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Maybe Pushkin? I love his writing and his life. No, not Pushkin. It would have to be David Foster Wallace. He is not as fantastical as many of the other interesting dead people, but I think I would have gotten along really well with him. And I was only a few years off from having a chance to actually meet him.

Favorite movie? Favorite song? Favorite song right now: “I am the Rain” by Pete Doherty, or maybe “Sedative”. Favorite films right now would probably be: Blood Simple, Withnail and I, or Pulp Fiction.

Favorite place to eat. On Maui: Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao. The food is amazing and so is the courtyard space. If you’re on Maui, it is a must. And for Europe: Confraria in Cascais—the sushi is amazing and so is the scenery.

When you travel what don’t you leave home without? A suitcase heavy with books that I won’t read.

What poster did you have on your wall growing up? I made a huge collage of windsurfing photos cut out from magazines. When I could do everything on the wall, I took them down.

Do you play any other sports? I competed in diving when I was in high school, but I started it pretty late so I was never as good as I wanted to be. And in college I rowed on the lightweight team. I love rowing, and I miss it now that I’m on Maui away from flat water and boathouses.

What would you do if you won the lottery? I would do exactly what I’m doing now. I’d probably give all the money to charities that support protecting dolphins, whales, and ocean ecosystems. Whales and dolphins are possibly more intelligent than humans when it comes to empathy and emotional intelligence. Yet, we kill so many of them.

Windsurfing 

How long have you been windsurfing? My entire life! Well, that’s not true. 12 years sounds about right. Maybe 13; I’ve lost count. I’ve recently realized that I’m the heir to the longest windsurfing legacy at Hookipa, which is strange. So in some ways, windsurfing Hookipa has been in my life for over 30 years.

Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Hookipa because it is home.

What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? I’ve been sailing some amazing prototype Ezzy Sails that I’ve developed with my father. I’m pretty proud to have been part of the process.

What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? Tri fin or single fin. I sail with a lot of power so I need the depth. And I prefer wave riding over everything. Jumping is fun but wave riding is life.

What advice do you have for someone who’s starting out in windsurfing and would like to progress in the sport? Windsurfing is not for everyone. I’ve tried to teach many of my friends, but almost none of them had the endurance, courage, and perseverance to progress in the sport. Windsurfing is hard. Windsurfing hurts. And if you’re going to windsurf, you have to push yourself. But, this means that every windsurfer has gone through the same grueling process. We are all part of a select group bonded in blood and sweat, and that’s pretty cool.

Also, this is the best time to be a windsurfer—the equipment is way better than it has ever been and the crowds are the lowest they have ever been.

Which move are you currently trying to master? Everything.

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? No. I doubt it will ever be as popular as it was in the 80’s. But it can stay a healthy exclusive sport. How can people help grow it? Easy: by teaching. If everyone taught just one other person to windsurf, our sport out double. That’s not so hard is it?

If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change about your windsurfing career? When I was a teenager, I got a lot of big contract offers from large companies and I turned them all down because I thought I was “too cool” and I wanted to stay “core”. I don’t regret turning them down, but I think I could have handled it more respectfully. Also, sometimes I lose my temper on the water; I think it happens because I need to be in a pretty agro mood to ride hard, but I don’t like it at all.

Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience. For me, fear has no role in windsurfing. I’m not really sure why, but I’m never held by fear. Yeah, sometimes I get a little scared and don’t hit the lip, but I never have a fear that lasts more than a few seconds.

If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? I’d live in New York City working on art—writing and filmmaking. Maui has a huge cultural deficit, so I would not be here.

Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? The wave 360! It is such a clean and classic rotation.

What has been your biggest windsurfing achievement to date? Every good move! Umm, maybe winning in Cabo Verde in 2009; not because I won, but because everyone said it was impossible to do a taka on that wave. I did the impossible and came up with a new style of down-the-line takas, which are now becoming common for the top pros. But that’s not my biiiiiiiggest achievement. Probably the biggest would be working now with my dad at Ezzy Sails or working with Brendan at umi—I’m really proud to be associated with both brands and to deal with such talented people.

What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? Thinking. And reading when I have time, which is not often enough. And writing. I’d like to write for a few hours a day, but I’m not that disciplined yet. And really, writing is all about regiment.

What challenges have you encountered in your windsurfing career? And how did you overcome them and what lessons did you learn? Windsurfing is one big challenge. And existing in that tension is one of the fundamental joys of being alive.

Deep Waters 

Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions? Yes.

If you could be anywhere past or present, where would you like to be right now and with whom? Would it be too cliché to say Helen of Troy? She probably isn’t even that beautiful, but I still want to see if she lives up to the hype.

What was the last book you read & what was the last movie you watched? Last Book: 9 Stories by J D Salinger. I loved it. I was late to the Salinger game after a lukewarm reception to Catcher. But now I’m nothing but a fanatic. Last movie: Ip Man.

A piece of wisdom you’d pass onto your kids? What my father has always told me: Do what you love, not what society or anyone else wants you to do.

If you find yourself getting burned out or are stuck in a rut, what do you do to revitalize yourself or snap out of it? I like to take long breaks from windsurfing so that I don’t get bad habits. I spent a couple months this winter in New York City and Princeton so that I could refresh my mind. I did a post on my blog on the topic of interval training in windsurfing: http://www.surf-matic.com/intervals-vs-10000-hours-a-look-at-windsurf-training/ .

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? I have no idea! Probably still windsurfing. Maybe making proper narrative films. Maybe running Ezzy Sails. I have no idea!

How do you personally define success? Is success happiness? I’m inclined to say that happiness is success. But I also want to accomplish certain specific goals in my windsurfing and writing, and those goals seem separate from happiness. So I guess I don’t really know.

What irritates you about other people and how do you deal with it? Stupidity that harms other people or animals.

What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life? That’s kind of a strange question for me. I don’t look back at my life very much, I guess. I can’t even make a clear list of accomplishments or how much satisfaction they gave me. I’m more focused on the future.

If you had to live your life over again what would you change about it? I would be kinder. I’ve come to learn that kindness is everything. There are times when I haven’t practiced active kindness and understanding—I would change that.

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I’m a big believer in….the power of art.

Call me crazy but….I live without a schedule.

My favorite place on earth is….the ocean.

My parents are….the reason I grew up on Maui.

I could never….work a corporate job.

I’ve always wanted to….make a narrative film.

Life is nothing without….a good book.

Today I will….go to Hookipa.

The internet is….the most powerful human tool ever invented.

If I had the power I would change….the declining cultural interest in the humanities.

I am….a product of windsurfing, a son of the sport.

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Bernd Roediger

Hopefully I won’t embarrass Bernd too much when I say Paul & I remember him sailing Ho’okipa as a 9 year old when his dad, Norman, was still rigging his gear and helping him carry it down to the beach! We got to see Bernd do his first forward loop and remember him with a lot LESS hair!! Six years on and the progress he has made is amazing – he’s rigging his own gear and occasionally gets to de-rig his dad’s too! 😉 Joking aside, Bernd has fast become one of the top youths on the windsurfing & SUP circuit and is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He’s a regular fixture at Ho’okipa, training almost on a daily basis. His style and his sailing are both strong and consistent and it’s a rare occasion when Bernd isn’t out in the water windsurfing, SUP or surfing. Not only does he excel as a waterman but has a wise head on young shoulders and is a true credit to his parents….. Bernd writes a mean interview too!

Recently Bernd got sponsored by Quatro & Goya so although we have lots of awesome shots of Bernd only a couple of them are on his current gear so a big thanks to Norman Roediger for the first two windsurfing shots we’re featuring in this interview.

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THE BASICS

Name: Bernd Roediger

Age: 15

Nationality: USA

Status: Single

Where are you currently based? Hookipa, then I have to sleep at my house in Kahului! Haha

Sponsors: Quatro, Goya, Quiksilver, Powerex, Kaenon, and MFC.

Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? I’m passionate about windsurfing for a lot of reasons. But I think the most prominent reason is windsurfers. We are all diehard fans! Each and every one of us windsurfs because we love to windsurf! Windsurfing right now is a small sport, a really tight group of passionate “water people”, and we all share a common love for the wind and the waves. It’s really special to be part of a group like that!

Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!) Twitter… Haha! I would like to say its probably my Online School’s official website K12.com… But it’s probably more along the lines of the Hookipa Beach Cam!

Three words you believe describe you: Pretty, Cool, Dude

Three words that others might use to describe you: Lots, Of, Hair

A phrase or motto you live by: I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. -Bruce Lee

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SHALLOW WATERS:

You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? That’s tough; mainly because I already live on a pretty much deserted island. I think I would have to bring my stand up board obviously! My iPhone, how else would I tweet my epic sessions! And I think I’d bring my Dad…

What song reminds you of summertime? I don’t know… Summers here are quiet, lonely, and slow. A lot of the times the warm sun shines down on empty streets; devoid of the hustle and bustle of the wave season. Summer for me feels like a time of resting and reflecting… I think “Somebody That I Used to Know” is a good one…

You have four dinner guests, what’s on the menu? My Dad’s seared Ahi for appetizers, some Tempura: shrimp, carrots, onions, and sweet potato that my Mom makes; and maybe some Soba noodles on the side if my Mom is up to it…

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WINDSURFING:

Do you have any lucky charms when you sail? “My Knife!” Haha I don’t trust in trinkets or charms or anything like that… But I am very particular about my equipment, so much so that if my boom is too low or my mast base too far forward; I have to go in and change it or else I’ll be fussing over it for my whole session!

Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience. My scariest ride by far was an air I did earlier this season. It was a scary big day, the kind that make you cringe way you first catch a glimpse of the break. The kind that make you fumble with simple tasks like rigging because your mind is elsewhere. The kind that make you not want to even think about airing! But today was different because I was mad. I had gotten burned by a bunch of pros that were out there that day, and with good reason! I was running scared out there, kicking out of good waves, taking bad ones, and generally messing things up for everyone out there. So I went in, sat on the beach, and tried to give myself a little pep talk. But my head wasn’t in the game that day, my brain as misty as the spray coming off of the monsters flaunting their power in front of me. I paced, swam, ate a snack. Nothing worked. So I tried the last resort, meditation. At no significant moment I took a deep breath, opened my eyes, felt the light beam down on me, and said to myself: “That did not do anything, moron.” So there I was, going out, my last chance, making it out through the break, seeing a set, bucking up, tacking, seeing Levi already on it, kicking out, falling, cursing as loud as I could underwater, and heading back out. Something had to change; something had to happen right now. So I took a set, my head ablaze with rage, and gunned down the line. I saw the lip, hit it with all of my built up passion, and aired, aired, aired! My stomach turned as I lifted into the sky. I looked down at the stampede of white beasts that churned in the whitewater below me, fearing the worst I braced for impact. My board drifted like a falling leaf on the way down, then impact. The first thing that happened was disastrous; my foot came clean out of the foot strap, my back leg dangling in the air! As the whitewater kicked me up and down like a piston, I struggled to find foot placement. I found the pad as a feeling of weightlessness hit me, the whitewater licked at my foot as it shot me in the air! My backhand ripped free of the boom, my head tossing forward into the sail, feet flying. I lost it, went under, got pounded by the wave. I came up smiling, happy, finally on top of my fears, at least for today.

Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? I wish I would have invented the Goiter. For me it’s the coolest move in windsurfing, by far the most satisfying to land, which for me doesn’t happen often! Haha Seriously though, there is something about how cool it is to see someone do it, and how it feels to do it, that is so edgy and radical, by far my favorite move.

Bernd Roediger by Amorphia Photography

DEEP WATER:

What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life? I measure my successes on the successes that I can recognize… You know, when I was eight I got my first little sponsorship with Starboard. They sent me a 49-liter Prokids Acid. Coolest kids board on the market back then, something any kid would die to have. That day my Dad put the foot straps on, screwed in the fin, and my Mom took our pictures. And you know what I did? I asked my Mom if I could go ride my bike. And you could imagine my Dad was so mad. Here’s a guy who loved windsurfing as a kid, worshipped it, and would give anything for a Mistral Diamond Head in his day. But I was stupid kid who had no idea what had been given to him, who wasn’t trying to be rude, but just didn’t realize how much of a big deal this was! And we see it all the time on TV; people who take for granted what others would give everything for. I’m glad that my Dad grounded me for the next week after that, I’m glad that I learned to at least try and understand how lucky I am. Lucky to live where I live, do what I do, and have the opportunities that I have right now.

What was the last book you read & what was the last movie you watched? I just got done reading the Hunger Games… And I was disappointed! Haha! But I watched Money Ball last night and thought that it was pretty epic. Really loved the story. I thought it was super inspiring, the kind of movie that you think about for hours after watching it!

If you find yourself getting burned out or are stuck in a rut, what do you do to revitalize yourself or snap out of it? I get stuck in ruts a lot. I’m the kind of person who surfs better than he’s ever surfed before, and then goes out the next day and blows it completely! When I was a kid I would get really frustrated, and I doubted myself a lot. You know, it’s hard because when you are struggling internally like that it seems like no one can help! That’s why I think that mental focus is the most difficult thing to master, some people have it, and some people have to work on it! I’m one of the people that really just has to work at it, but over time I have learned a lot about myself; the things that get me in the right state of mind, and the things that put me in a place that I don’t want to be! It takes a lot of time, but that inner struggle is something that I think defines me, and in that way I feel really lucky.

Bernd Roediger by Amorphia Photography

Please finish all these sentences:

I’m a big believer in…. Ramen Noodles, seriously they work wonders!

Call me crazy but…. If Ramen is bad, I don’t want to be right!

My favorite place on earth is…. Japan, where there are so many noodle shops!

My parents are…. Really trying to get me to stop eating noodles all the time.

I could never…. Give up those noodles, they are a miracle food!

I’ve always wanted to…. Eat Ramen for dinner but that will never happen in this house!

Life is nothing without…. A steamy bowl of noodles and CNN at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Today I will…. Eat a sandwich because we ran out of noodles, convenient for my parents!

The internet is…. A really good place to find noodles, I should get some…

If I had the power I would…. Get those noodles! But I would need a credit card.

I am…. Very grateful for this interview, thank you to the Fish Bowl Diaries! Give me some noodles…

Bernd Roediger by Amorphia Photography

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