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Maui, HI – The Naish International Windsurfing Team is stoked to welcome local Maui ripper Z Schettewi, to the crew! Born and raised on Maui’s north shore, Z grew up riding some of the best waves and sailing conditions in the world. It is no wonder that the 16 year-old charger is the youngest person to ever windsurf Jaws (at 14 years old!) and has goals to ride some of the most prestigious waves in the world – Mavericks and Nazaré to name a few.

Schettewi is the 3rd place overall rider on the Youth International Windsurfing Tour and last year took home not only the Youth Big Wave Award at the 2019-20 IWT Big Wave contest… but the Men’s Big Wave Award as well. Z  pushes himself competing on the freeride and professional level, spending his days tow surfing the outer reefs of Maui, pushing the limits every chance he can and catching the biggest waves that come his way. After winning the International Windsurfing Big Wave Award in 2019-2020, he is determined to pursue a career in windsurfing, competing on the IWT and PWA World Tours, traveling the world and fulfilling his dream of becoming the next icon in the extreme sports world.

With talent and courage that outshines most grown men, Z is a young waterman to keep your eye on. When he isn’t out ripping on his Naish Force 4 sails and Assault board, you can find him somewhere on the water, surfing or foiling around all his favorite spots around the islands. We caught up with Z over the weekend to hear his thoughts on joining the Naish International Team. Schettewi told Naish insiders:

“I am very excited to be part of the Naish team! It’s great to be able to windsurf, kitesurf, wing, foil, and everything on the water with the Naish team everyday, it’s very special to live on Maui and be teamed up with such a great locally based company. Living here close to the beach gives me the resources to live a certain lifestyle and the ability to get out on the water whenever conditions allow, which ultimately is what taught me what it means to become an all-around waterman.

With an attitude like that, it seems there are only big things on the horizon for Schettewi. Welcome to the Team Z – we are stoked to have you on board!

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Naish team rider Ricardo Campello wasted no time this fall beginning his preparations for the 2020 PWA World Tour. Working closely with the design team on Maui, Ricardo has been dialing in his equipment and absolutely charging!

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December 1, 2019, Maui, HI – Naish International is proud to announce the addition of  World Champion Ricardo Campello to the Naish Windsurfing team.

The Brazilian-born, Venezuelan isle raised professional windsurfer and all-around waterman currently holds 3 PWA Freestyle World Championship titles and has focused his efforts on adding a Wave World Title to his collection.

Campello quickly made a name for himself at a young age once his family relocated from Brazil to to the windsurf community of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, and has since worked his way to the top and earned recognition as one of the best windsurfers in the world. Campello not only invented over 30 maneuvers himself, but is also one of the most exciting and talented riders in the industry and continues to be a standout sailor anytime he is on the water.

“It’s great to see Naish coming back strong with their support in the PWA, and believing in me and the rest of the Naish Team. For me, it has always been a dream to be a part of Robby’s team, we have been talking for years and this year it all finally came through. Last year I didn’t have a sail sponsor and now I am a part of the best possible team. With the support of the whole crew at Naish behind me I think we are going to do great things this year. My goal is to become wave World Champion in 2020.”

The 2019 Wave Vice-Champion has been quick to get started with Naish after wrapping up the contest season at the 2019 Aloha Classic. Ricardo and the Naish design team have already begun preparations on Maui, dialing in his equipment and scoring epic conditions while training for his next World Title run in 2020.

With very close results in 2018 and 2019, things are looking to line up well for Campello in the new year and we are excited to have him riding Naish Sails and Boards. Welcome to the team Ricardo!

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March 7, 2019, Omaezaki, Japan – Making his return to the International Windsurfing Tour, Naish’s Bernd Roediger began his 2019 campaign taking the Force IV and Mad Dog overall in wild conditions.

The Omaezaki region of Japan has a rich history in windsurfing with a strong community of talented locals. The opening IWT event also drew a number of the worlds top wave sailors.

Despite being a familiar face in the Ho’okipa lineup, Bernd has not been a regular competitor on the IWT. From the start he had to begin with a low-seed and some difficult heat draws, including 2017 IWT champion Morgan Noiraeux in round two. After defeating Morgan, Bernd advanced to round four to take on Takuma Sugi before making it all the way to the finals.

Omaezaki is well known as a windy location and for the IWT it did not disappoint. The mens final was held in 30-40 knots of wind making for extremely exciting windsurfing action. Riding his 4.1m Force IV, Bernd put on a performance for the crowd worthy of a second place podium finish.

More importantly to Bernd was seeing a community of enthusiastic windsurfers. “What is more meaningful: having a successful result in a contest – as an individual – or having the contest itself be a success for all those involved? Many thanks to the town of Omaezaki for committing to our event for the next 5 years. The International Windsurfing Tour did a fantastic job of running a flawless series of heats. What’s more, this event connected with the local community and the insanely passionate windsurfers here. Over the next 5 years, I can see a whole new generation of inspired sailors breaking onto the scene, with this event having acted as a catalyst. That’s a victory for all of us.” Said Bernd after the event.

From here, Bernd will be staying busy as he heads to Chile for the second stop of the IWT, March 23-April 6.

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October 31-November 11, 2017, Hookipa Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii – After utilizing nearly the entire holding period for the 2017 Aloha Classic, the final horn blast signalled the end of the Pro Mens Final with Bernd Roediger in second place after an intense competition.

With less than a point separating the four finalists, performance levels were at an all time high with Bernd giving it everything he had.
“Semi Final round of the Single Elimination. I had to face Graham Ezzy, Kevin Pritchard and our boy Kai Lenny! I knew advancement wasn’t guaranteed and there was no playing it safe! So I scored a 9 on my first wave with a Goiter! Then I had to search for another score, however, it found me! With minutes left in the heat I found myself turning up the face on a ridiculously un-make-able 10ft bowl, and before I could convince myself otherwise, I aired the section. It was the loftiest air and most thrilling experience I’ve had on windsurf gear!” recalls Roediger.

“I went all out every wave! The four-man format of windsurf competition definitely promotes strategic sailing, as 2nd place is just as rewarding as 1st, its all about advancing. However, once you’re in the Final, you have total freedom! That’s why making the Final is a great to goal to have, going in. If you can make it there, you have the opportunity to show what you can do without having to stress over making that next round! Ultimately though, the guys that sail well at Ho’okipa are in constant dialogue with the ocean. Always feeling out what the wave is doing, always reading the water, communicating and reacting on impulse. Listening for their cues, so to speak. So as that they surf the wave, the way it asks to be surfed, no more and no less.”

Roediger caught an impressive seven waves in the Final. It was his smooth turns, big aerials and massive Goiters that gave him his scoring rides of 8.3 and 8.47 to secure his second place finish.

Naish teammate Kai Lenny also returned to the Aloha Classic in an impressive way after a great showing in 2016. Stringing together solid performances heat after heat with his smooth, natural style, Kai was a standout in each round until his campaign drew to a close in the Semi-Final round against Bernd and eventual event winner Morgan Noireaux. Still a very impressive performance from the multi-talented waterman, who has competed in the Red Bull Heavy Water and WSL Peahi Challenge in the past month as well.

The Naish Sails team had a solid presence in other divisions as well with Naish’s kite designer Damien Girardin getting back to his windsurfing roots and winning the Amateur division. Hood River ripper Sean Aiken returned to Maui as well and finished third in the masters with Michi Schweiger finished just behind in fourth. Also finishing on the podium in the Grand Masters Division was the legendary Rob Funk who also played double duty helping on the live cast commentary with his local insight.

Over the two week holding period competitors saw every face of Ho’okipa, from nuking winds and small waves, to maxing swell and barely enough wind to sail. Luckily Bernd was armed with the Force IV Sail, which provided ample power to get him into position and rode the new 2018 Hardline wave board which he is especially stoked on some of the new adjustments to the production shape.

“There were some tweaks made for the 2018 Hardline that have proved really beneficial! Most notably, the straightening of the overall outline. Here, we made the tail and nose ever so slightly wider, thereby creating more “parallel” rails. Essentially, a straighter, firmer, and sharper edge with which to cut! This has made the board way faster when progressing down the line, which equates to bigger turns, airs, maneuvers, everything is amplified!”

With a less than stellar forecast at the beginning of the holding period it was great to see the event close with great conditions for the Pro Men and Women to truly display the best of the sport of Windsurfing. With only two days left in the window it was do or die. “We got to the beach on Friday [November 10], ready to move into the Quarter Finals, with amazing swell but NO wind. We waited there, praying for wind, for hours that day! Finally, at around 2 in the afternoon, the clouds parted and the winds blew in like some sort of miracle! From there, it was literal smooth sailing!” said Roediger. Needless to say Mother Nature saved the best for last as another epic Aloha Classic drew to a close.

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September 24, 2017, New York Yacht Club Harbor Court, Newport, Rhode Island – On the lawn of one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in North America, Robby Naish put his name in the history books as he was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

Recognized for an incredible career of competitive dominance and countless innovations and contributions to windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand up paddling, Robby joins an esteemed list of legendary sailors, including Hobie Altar, Dennis Connor and Ted Turner. “It is an absolute honor. Windsurfing and kiteboarding are clearly fairly far out on the fringe of conventional yacht club sailing.  Everybody was very welcoming and kind and seemingly very happy to have me included,” said Robby on becoming the first windsurfer to be inducted.

While his path into the National Sailing Hall of Fame may have been far from traditional, Robby has always considered himself a sailor with his childhood roots in racing Hobie Cats before transitioning his skills to windsurfing.

“I was a sailor at heart. I loved tactics, I loved feeling the shifts and reading the wind and catching the bumps, that feeling that you get from sailing that you don’t find anywhere else in life. As sailors, we’re very lucky to be out there in the wind and the waves,” said Robby during his acceptance speech during the ceremony.

With 24 world titles in windsurfing to his name, an induction into the National Sailing Hall of fame is truly a bonus to what has already been a legendary career. Even with so many accolades, Robby has zero plans of slowing down as he continues to push innovation into the future. The development of the hydrofoil, which was a common topic of discussion over the weekend, is one technology that has Robby just as motivated as ever.

“Right now I’m really excited about foiling for all three sports that I’m involved with and that Naish makes equipment for.  I stayed excited about windsurfing for over four decades because the equipment and how we use it has constantly evolved. It continues to do so, and I really feel that the hydrofoil development that we are doing right now and the equipment that we have on the market that is focused on accessible lighter wind windsurfing will bring people back to the sport.  The fact that here on Maui I am constantly searching out light winds is an indication that we have put things back into the right direction for the future of the sport.  Over the years the sport of windsurfing developed itself into a tiny niche where fairly hard to find conditions with fairly strong winds were required to participate at all.  We in fact developed ourselves through higher and higher performance equipment (that is no doubt unbelievably fun when the conditions are right for it) into near extinction. I am really excited about the potential of bringing people back to windsurfing through hydrofoils bringing accessible windsurfing back to the people.”

Robby closed his acceptance speech with a voice of gratitude and a message that we can all relate to, regardless of what craft we ride.
“My message to you all is to remember how lucky you are. To be able to get out on the water and experience nature in a way that is difficult to experience any other way. Being on a boat, learning what the wind does, what the waves do it’s an experience that not enough people in the world get to enjoy.”

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