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.
Name: Bernd Roediger
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
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…
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.
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.
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…