Look up windsurfing on wikipedia.com and you’ll find Kevin Pritchard listed under ‘International Stars’ and that’s because Kevin is, without doubt, one of the best all-round sailors in windsurfing having won a countless amount of champion titles since he turned professional at 18. One of the highlights of his career has to be in 2000 when he won his first PWA World Wave championship and at the same time defeated Bjorn Dunkerbeck who was 11 times world champion.
Kevin is based in Maui and helps run Pritchard Windsurfing alongside his brother Matt who runs windsurf clinics.
Other than windsurfing, Kevin is also a talented photographer and is a part of Maui Nerd Productions, a video production company. You may well recognise the name if you watched any of the great videos from the American Windsurfing Tour last year or some of the recent ones from Santa Cruz earlier this month.
Reading through Kevin’s interview you get a small insight into who he is and also his quirky sense of humour but above all else it’s awesome to see yet another windsurfer express satisfaction in how they’ve lived their life thus far as well as the importance of family and their support.
Name: Kevin Pritchard
Age: 22 (Sofie: hhhmmmm! Typo Kevin?! ;) )
Where are you currently based? Maui
Sponsors: Starboard, Ezzy, Dakine, Camaro, MFC, Pritchard Windsurfing
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? It is all I know
Most visited website? Vimeo
Three words you believe describe you: Quiet, Calm, Resevered
Three words that others might use to describe you: Jerk, Introvert, Old School.
A phrase or motto you live by: Love your work and you will never work a day in your life
What was for breakfast this morning? Coffee and toast
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Right now it would be my girlfriend. I haven’t seen her in months!
If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? Your saying I am not one??
You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Camera, Slider,Tripod, is there anything else?
Favorite movie? Favorite song? Lifecycles, M83
What one thing can you not live without (non-windsurfing related!) Internet
Favorite place to eat. Moms house
When you travel what don’t you leave home without? Passport
If your life story was being made into a movie, who would play your role? And who would be your leading lady? Don’t know many actors
Who would you like to sit next to on a long haul flight? My girlfriend, we are always traveling but it has been over a year since we have traveled together on a long haul flight
You have four dinner guests, what’s on the menu? I have been cooking some pretty good Penne bolognaise
What poster did you have on your wall growing up? Don’t know, but I have Jeremy McGrath on my wall now!
What person would you like to swap lives with for one day? Someone who is mega rich. Would be fun.
What song reminds you of summertime? Nothing comes to mind, but a country song. I love a good country song to bring back the memories.
Do you play any other sports? I like Motocross, mountainbike, kiting, towin surfing
What would you do if you won the lottery? Be so stoked. So happy. Depending on how much I would probably just invest it.
If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? Tons of stuff.Usually it is pretty fully stocked. Probably find some beers too ☺
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? My life is pretty dang good.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Living the dream
How long have you been windsurfing? 27 years
Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Cabo Verde- sickest waves and wind in the world
What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? Starboard and Ezzy Sails
If you have a number on your sails, what is the significance of the number you selected? No Significance
Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? Didn’t have one. Just my family having fun ripping it up.
What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? Single Fin, Wave riding
What advice do you have for someone who’s starting out in windsurfing and would like to progress in the sport? Time on the water
Which move are you currently trying to master? The Taka. I make em, but not everytime like I like too.
Windsurfing was a hugely popular sport in the 80s. Do you believe it will make a comeback and if so how can people help this along? I think It is a niche sport. It is so much fun and so unconquerable, that it will always be there.
What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment? Winning the world Title my first time. Will never forget it.
Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience. Probably surfing, jaws. Going over the falls backwards.
If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? Don’t know.. probably working too hard
Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? The pushloop forward loop. It is so cool
Do you have any lucky charms when you sail? nah
What has been your biggest windsurfing achievement to date? 8x World Champion
What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? emails.. it seems like it is pretty busy around Pritchard Windsurfing these days
If you could interview another windsurfer, what one question would you like to ask them? Why do you windsurf?
Do you enjoy the traveling that goes hand in hand with windsurfing and what tips do you have with traveling with windsurf gear? Its not that bad. It is not like you have to put it on your back when you are traveling. I mean, you just carry it in, check it on and you are done.
What challenges have you encountered in your windsurfing career? And how did you overcome them and what lessons did you learn? My worst experience was breaking up with the Maui Sails guys. I put so much into those people and company and then when you look back and think about it, it just makes you mad. I guess my biggest lesson for that is never start a business with your friends…
What kind of training do you do, be it physical or mental, to keep you in shape for windsurfing? I watch a lot of video. I love watching others rip. It helps me visualize what I want to do.
What are your favorite conditions to sail in? Overhead down the line glassy 5.3 conditions.
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? That we just have fun all the time windusurfing. There is a lot of things going into being a professional windsurfer
As a pro, what have been your highlights as a windsurfer? And the low points? I have had a lot of good years. Being the first one to take down Bjorn Dunkerbeck in his 13 year reign on windsurfing was the best. The low, not sure I have had too many. I quit while I was ahead.
Other than family, what do you cherish in your life and why is it so important to you? My health. I hate getting hurt and so for me I love being healthy
What is the kindest thing someone has ever done or said to you? HMMMM.. will get back to you on that
What is your favorite childhood memory? Windsurfing with my family.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? I hope the same thing as I am doing now
How do you personally define success? Havin Fun
What do you consider to be your worst quality? Your best quality? I get pretty grumpy sometimes… Pretty easy going.. well maybe
What irritates you about other people and how do you deal with it? Laziness. I have enough hard times dealing with my own laziness.. when I have to take care of thers, that makes it more difficult
What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life? Winning in Windsurfing Producing two TV shows
If you had to live your life over again what would you change about it? Not too much
I’m a big believer in…. Having fun
Call me crazy but….Life is short
My favorite place on earth is…. Right here
My parents are…. amazing
I could never…. quit windsurfing
I’ve always wanted to…. make millions
Life is nothing without…. love
Today I will…. go camping
The internet is…. awesome
If I had the power I would change…. my mind to be happy all the time
I am….Kevin Pritchard