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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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Aloha Classic 2013

The Aloha Classic was warmly welcomed back this year to Ho’okipa with both the AWT & PWA organizations coming together to hold a windsurfing contest that was a huge success with great conditions and exciting action. Top Pros which ranked from the AWT brackets advanced as wildcards to the PWA brackets and this saw some of the best windsurfers in the world competing against each other.

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The local boys dominated with their knowledge of Ho’okipa and their strong windsurfing styles with Marcilio Browne taking out the PWA World Wave title, Levi Siver deservedly winning the Aloha Classic and Bernd Roediger taking first place in the AWT contest for the second year in a row. All three sailors call Ho’okipa their home spot and winning here, at the mecca of windsurfing, must be a very special moment and truly gratifying. We asked each of these inspirational athletes and deserving winners their thoughts about winning at Ho’okipa and their thoughts on the other winning riders. Here’s what they had to say along with some of their images from the JP Aloha Classic Maui 2013 contest:

    MARCILIO BROWNE : PWA WORLD WAVE CHAMPION 2013

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Sum up your initial emotions on winning the PWA World Wave Championship and your thoughts & feelings about it now that it has all sunk in…

My first emotion was a lot of happiness and relief. But not relief for winning or loosing , but more for that event being finished , as we were all so close on points it was a bit stressful for me on the last few days , i couldn’t help not thinking about it , so it felt good when it was finally over . Now i am still so happy , had a couple of relaxing but also busy days in Maui , not that much time to think about it . I was either surfing or sailing everyday and also organizing the house and all my gear for this Chile trip , so now i am writing this from the plane which is probably the first moment i’ve sat down and did nothing .

It’s been a while since the PWA were at Ho’okipa. Did it mean more to you that you won your championship at Ho’okipa, which is now your home break?
For sure , it did. The Aloha Classic was always my favorite event to watch as a kid and i always wanted to do it , so to have the title being decided on that event having the support of my friends , sponsors , dad and Caitlin on the beach was unreal , i couldn’t ask for more .

Your thoughts on Levi winning the JP Aloha Classic…
I think he is the most deserving guy to win that event by far . I was so happy that he pulled it together , sailed so well and won it . He has been one of the best Hookipa guys for over 10 years and had never won an event there before . So now he finally did it , it was meant to be ! I am very happy for him .

Your thoughts on Bernd winning the AWT Ho’okipa Contest for a second year....
It didn’t surprise me at all . Bernd rips , he is an amazing competitor , goes for it on every wave , every heat . In my opinion this year he was sailing even better than last year , so i am very stoked that he won the AWT .  

2014 is just around the corner. What are you looking forward to most about this coming new year?
Just to enjoy every trip, every event . I will keep on training and trying to improve as much as i can but my main goal is to have fun . 

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    LEVI SIVER – ALOHA CLASSIC WINNER 2013

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Sum up your initial emotions on winning the JP Aloha Classic and your thoughts & feelings about it now that it has all sunk in…  
It feels really good and rewarding for sure.  I thoroughly enjoyed the sailing in the event and to win that way was a good sensation.  They made some good choices in the event allowing 20 minute heats gave us a real chance to express how we sail and two best go through was smart I thought.  With that format there’s a real good chance you’ll have the 4 sailors that are sailing the best that particular day make it in the final together.  I like the way they moved guys around every round too. 

Ho’okipa is your home break and it has been the mecca of windsurfing for so many years. Did winning at Ho’okipa mean more than any of your other wins?
It did for sure because I have more pressure here because people expect that from you and it can put added pressure.  I wasn’t gonna go down that street this event. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone but myself. I wanted to smile and sail with my friends and that state of mind really worked for me. 

Your thoughts on Marcilio winning the PWA World Championship…
Epic!  They diversified the tour by adding Ho’okipa and it made a wide open door. It breathed life into the tour and made a statement that everyone already knew that you can’t forget the full dimension of our sport.
Brawzino is the best all around sailor in the world right now and I know I’m not alone with that feeling.  I’ve seen him destroying Ho’okipa for years now and the footage I’ve seen of him in Pozo is ridiculous.  He earned it and deserved it and I know it inspired alot of other sailors too.     

Your thoughts on Bernd winning the AWT Ho’okipa Contest for a second year….
Bernd’s a rare breed.  You can actually see his sailing improving in the event. I’ve never seen that happen before.  He took  his sailing to the next level last year in the event and he did it again this year.  He also has a different style then anything I’ve seen before it’s really his own. To watch the birth and rise of another great form of wavesailing get’s me excited to keep pushing my sailing.      

2014 is just around the corner. What are you looking forward to most about this coming new year?
I wanna go ride epic perfect waves and get more inspired! I really wanna make another movie about exploring the untouched places out there.  I like the process of having a vision on paper then going out there and trying to make it happen with a few surprises along the way. 

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    BERND ROEDIGER – AWT WINNER 2012 & 2013

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Sum up your initial emotions on winning the the AWT at Ho’okipa for a second year in a row and your thoughts & feelings about it now that it has all sunk in…
Yikes, that’s a lot of summing! There are so many emotions from shock to joy to pride to plain old fashion dumbfoundedness! Is that a word?.. No, mom says no it’s not, but you get the idea. It doesn’t really sink in until the next day you go out windsurfing and you realize just what happened last time you touched the sand here. That’s when a whole other host of emotions come flooding in. That happy/sad you get when you think back to the very first time you ever dreamed of this, and every time you’ve dreamed of it since… that you spent one day in that dream, and in one day that dream disappeared from your life. The truth is that victory isn’t happiness; victory, I think, is the last glorious death of happiness. It’s the dreams that keep you alive, that get you up every morning, that take life beyond little superficial things like 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Ho’okipa is your home break and it has been the mecca of windsurfing for so many years. Did winning at Ho’okipa mean more than any of your other wins?
For sure! I mean I’ve been windsurfing there since I was like eight years old! Dedicating day after day to that place, and to windsurfing. So to be able to win there for sure validates the obsession!

Your thoughts on Marcilio winning the PWA World Championship…
Obviously stoked for Brawzinho! That guy works so hard, trying to balance between being one of the best Hookipa riders out there today and training for those onshore PWA conditions. This year he achieved that perfect balance, showing all of us how amazing he can be in the onshore conditions by winning Klitmoller, and then making it to the man on man finals at Hookipa. He really tied together the two opposite poles of wavesailing, becoming the ultimate best windsurfer in the world.

Your thoughts on Levi winning the JP Aloha Classic…
Justice. Levi has waited so long for it. Years of pushing himself, his sport, to the next level of windsurfing. Breaking new ground for us every single time he sets foot in the water, but never setting foot on that top podium. I can’t imagine how that would feel, to have something like that eating away at your for so long. To finally be free of it, for good, to be able to finally see tangible validation for such a long fought war, justice!

2014 is just around the corner. What are you looking forward to most about this coming new year?
I really have no idea! I guess I’ve been lucky with the fact that no one has come through and structured my career into a set of goals or a list of jobs to do. Right now I can’t see my future in a straight line, but as a huge universe that’s expanding all around me. Every person I meet, every new place I go, my world gets a little bigger, a new location emerges on my map! Next year, I hope to be somewhere I had no idea existed, with new faces around me, absorbing every new experience like a sponge!

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MANY THANKS TO MARCILIO, LEVI AND BERND FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS AND CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN ON YOUR WINS!

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Nayra Alonso

Having sat for three months on the hill & rocks at Ho’okipa and watched the comings and goings in the water, I can honestly say that nowadays you really have to know what you’re doing to stand out from the busy crowd in the water. One of the women that stood out to me was Nayra Alonso.

Hailing from Gran Canaria, Nayra is very much addicted to windsurfing! We met her last year in Maui and she was one of the warmest, friendliest people on the beach and carves up each of her waves with an intensity and passion that you just have to see. She won the World Cup Waves in Sylt in 2007 and her talent and expertise showed in the water at Ho’okipa. Congrats to Nayra on her recent marriage to John Skye! To keep up to date with Nayra please visit her website: http://nayrae4.com

The Basics:
Name: Nayra Alonso
Age: 33
Nationality: Spanish
Status: Married
Where are you currently based? In Gran Canaria, Spain
Sponsors: Fanatic, Severne Sails, Animal Clothing, Aeron, Flying Objects and Zeal Optics
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? Because it makes me feel happier.
Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!): I guess Windguru
Three words you believe describe you: Happy, responsible, and complicated.
Three words that others might use to describe you: ask them!
A phrase or motto you live by: The only constant in life is change

Nayra & John

Shallow Waters

What was for breakfast this morning? Fruit, coffee and toasts with marmalade and cheese

You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Surf board, SUP board and fishing line.

Favorite movie? Favorite song? Too many good ones to choose only one.

When you travel what don’t you leave home without? My computer

What poster did you have on your wall growing up? Movies posters, like the ones on the theaters. I would go after they are finished showing and ask for the poster.

Money is no object and you have one of those awesome transporter pods from Star Trek so how would you spend your fantasy 24 hours? Wake up really early at home, have breaky with John, go for a dawny surf in glassy water in front of my house. Come back for lunch at home, go for a quick session at Hookipa, come in and have a coffee and creppe in Café des Amis, second session in Vargas with perfect low tide, dinner in Café Mambo in Paia, and back home to bed!

What person would you like to swap lives with for one day? With a baby… would love to check out how it was to be a baby!

Do you do any other sports? surfing, SUPing..

What would you do if you won the lottery? Sort out my life well so I can enjoy a nice life for the rest of my days!

If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? Yogurts, milk, juice, fruit, veggies, cheese, ham, jam, chicken, beers, wine and whatever my mum or my auntie has brought me in a tupperwear!

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? “Just keep going”

Windsurfing

Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Vargas, in GC, because is my home and where I am the most happy.

What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? Fanatic Quad, Severne Swat.

Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? All the guys and girls I would see in the magazines, brochures, etc… it looked like such a cool thing to do!

What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? Multi-fin and Wave riding

If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change about your windsurfing career? Nope

What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment? Winning the World Cup in Sylt and my first ever podium there too.

Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience: Back when I was a beginner, in the North Shore of GC. Thought I was going to get smashed onto the cliffs.

If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? Having a normal life with a normal job. Probably I would be a bit miserable I never did my passion.

What has been your biggest windsurfing achievement to date? Winning the World Cup Waves in Sylt 2007.

What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? Working on my computer, surfing or hanging with my friends.

Do you enjoy the travelling that goes hand in hand with windsurfing and what tips do you have with traveling with windsurf gear? Yes, I like the travelling, although I always miss home. Tip about the gear: pack light and wise, and better to have several smaller bags than one heavy beast of a bag!

What challenges have you encountered in your windsurfing career? And how did you overcome them and what lessons did you learn: Going out on bigger days and actually do something decent on them. Lesson learned: you just have to go a little bit more each time.

What are your favorite conditions to sail in? 4,2/3,7 Side/Side on, logo high waves.

What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? That you are just a beach bum.

Deep Waters

What is the kindest thing someone has ever done or said to you? My husband always does and says the nicest and kindest things to me.

Tell us about an event that changed your life or your character? My first trip to Maui.

What is a typical night out? What is a typical night in? Night out: dinner, a few drinks and normally back home unless something gets us carried away, if this happens, who knows how we end up!. Night in: dinner watching a movie.

What was the last book you read & what was the last movie you watched? Last book: the Help (Really enjoyed it) Last Movie: Sherlock Holmes 2 (didn’t really like it that much)

What was the saddest time of your life and or the happiest? Saddest: loosing my dad. Happiest: Marrying John.

A piece of wisdom you’d pass onto your kids? Don’t give a fuck about what people think of you, just be yourself and be happy about it.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? Same than now but as a hobby, with an easy normal job in the mornings.

How do you personally define success? To be happy with what you do and have.

What irritates you about other people and how do you deal with it? Cockiness: I hate people that show-off all the time.

And Finally…
I’m a big believer in…. food.
Call me crazy but…. I like cheese on marmalade
My favorite place on earth is…. Gran Canaria
My parents are…. The reason I’m who I am and I’m where I am.
I could never…. Say never
I’ve always wanted to…. Own a nice house by the sea.
Life is nothing without…. Friends to share it with.
Today I will…. Go sailing in the afternoon hopefully.
The internet is…. So bloody useful.
If I had the power I would change…. The way wealth is spread in the world.
I am…. Me!

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The Fish Bowl Diaries

Not sure how many of you go to bed and think up ideas in the moments just before falling asleep and then wake up in the morning only to have either forgotten them, think how great they could be or just how downright ridiculous the concept! If all else fails Paul is usually the first person to tell me, in no uncertain terms, if an idea is just totally lousy! This website is one of those just before falling asleep ideas – you can pass judgement as to which of the above categories it fall into!

Towards the end of our trip to Hawaii last year, I was wondering what I could do with all the windsurfing photos Paul and I had taken … usually they’d just sit on a hard drive taking up space or I’d spend hours burning them to dvd never to load them up again! This time I wanted to make use of them and I came up with what I’ve envisioned to be a reasonably ok idea (or at least in the mind of an non-windsurfer!). This site is going to be a means of using the photos I took but primarily it’s going to be an interview site – of sorts! I’m going to interview a range of windsurfers but being from a non-windsurf background I’d like to think I’ll be coming at the interviews from a slightly different angle to the usual ‘where’s your favourite spot to sail?’! Sure we’re going to throw in some of the usual questions – have to keep you windsurfers interested – but at the same time we’ll be delving into the lives of windsurfers a little more in depth … that’s if we can get them to open up! If all else fails, I promise there will be windsurfing photos to look at 🙂

Enjoy … and any feedback will be greatly appreciated! Sofie xoxo

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