Hawaii Waterman
Hall of Fame

Robby Naish

Robby Naish

Year of Induction:
2019
Sport:
Windsurfing

Recognized internationally as a true water sports' ambassador, legend, and pioneer, Robby Naish won his first windsurfing World Championship in 1976, at the early age of 13. Naish went on to win successive World Championship titles from 1977 to 1979, as a teenage amateur. After the creation of the Professional Boardsailors' Association (PBA) — which later became the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) — Naish won consecutive Overall World Champion titles from 1983 to 1987, and the PWA World Champion title in 1988, 1989, and 1991. In the late 90s the emerging sport of kiteboarding got Naish’s attention and he began developing his own line of Kites. He quickly became one of the top competitors In 1998, he won the Kiteboarding Slalom World Title and in 1999, went on to win both the Kiteboarding Slalom and Jumping World Titles. In total, he claimed 24 World Windsurfing titles and 150 event victories over the length of his career. Considered an international sports celebrity, Naish has traveled the world and been featured in numerous films, videos, news reports and articles. He is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique association of the greatest living sporting legends, and in 2004 was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame. Robby Naish continues to be active in all of the board sports, and has developed a full range of sailboards, sails, stand-up paddleboards, hydrofoils, foil boards, wing-surfers and kite surfing equipment, which are marketed world-wide under the Naish brand.

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