It might not be an ‘Eddie’ yet, but it’s certainly providing some great sport for extreme windsurfers. Video of the Day yesterday was Robby Naish and Robby Swift making the most of one of the world’s most famous big waves…
Naish was born in 1963 in La Jolla, San Diego and is one of the first athletes to have gained long-lasting international fame in the sport of windsurfing. His father, Rick Naish, himself a competitive surfer, moved his family to Hawaii and, in 1974 at the age of 11, Robby took up the fledgling new sport of windsurfing. Two years later he won his first competition: overall World Championship title – at the age of 13! He is the youngest windsurfing world champion of all times to this day.
Competing as an amateur, he went on to win successive World Championship titles from 1977 to 1979 and after the emergence of the Professional Boardsailors’ Association (PBA) – later to become the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) – Naish won the Overall World Champion title from 1983 to 1987, and the PWA World Champion title in 1988, 1989, and 1991. He was renowned for his ‘Table Top’ and ‘Forward Loop’ moves. Adding to his fame was his ‘Longboard Loop’, where he forward looped the 3.72m long Mistral Equipe.
24 world champion titles in total has moved Robby Naish into the PWA-Hall of Fame of windsurfing. He is the hero of the sport, and its ambassador.
He had made the sport of windsurfing his own, but in the 90’s a new sport appeared on the scene – kitesurfing, and it wasn’t long before Naish was winning glory here too. In 1998 he won the kiteboarding slalom world title. In 1999, he won kiteboarding world titles in both slalom and jumping. In 2003 he established the Speed-Worldrecord.
As of 2006, thirty years after his first World Champion title, popular lines of sailboards, sails, and kitesurfing equipment are marketed worldwide under the Naish name. “We love what we do. And we ride what we do”, writes Naish online.
The Naish name is recognised as the innovator of groundbreaking changes in the windsurfing sport such as a foot strap on the board and the see-through window of the sail or the trapeze.
So what is a perfect day for Robby Naish?
“A healthy day is a good day. Breakfast with my family, afterwards a stand-up-paddle-session. Then a turn of windsurfing in three meter waves in front of Hookipa; in the afternoon going kiting with a couple of good buddies; after dinner going for a spin in something fast.” Nothing gets him as close to windsurfing though, the sport that has brought him to where he is now. “It is a huge part of me. I love nothing more than a good day of windsurfing.”
Doesn’t sound too bad…
Without doubt Robby Naish is one of the world’s supreme watermen as this final redbull video testifies: