In an increasingly complex and fast changing world where political, cultural and technological boundaries seem to be ever shifting. We decided to poll some of the great and the good professionals of our sport with one simple question – does windsurfing matter? Their responses made for interesting reading; with a nod to the zeitgeist of Instagram, here are their enlightened replies.
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“Why windsurfing is important to me is multifaceted. Windsurfing has shaped who I am as a person. I began windsurfing so early in life that much of who I am physically, mentally and spiritually has come from my time on the water and through the events, opportunities and people that I grew up with windsurfing. The sport really shaped who I was as a teenager, as a young adult and now as a not so young adult. From travelling around the world for decades, to learning about sponsorships and money and how to be fiscally responsible; to learning to deal with both challenges and success, windsurfing has definitely taught me a lot. It is really good for you too… physically and mentally. It is always challenging and gives you reward when you earn it… it is not just handed to you! And although windsurfing as a sport created opportunities that allowed me to branch off into other sports like kitesurfing and stand up paddling, I am still a windsurfer at my core and still enjoy a good session windsurfing as much if not more than anything else that I do.”