Kevin Pritchard is in the running for the AWT title, proving after years of competition he’s still got it. And we’re sure he’ll cause some upsets in the PWA Aloha Classic too.
Here Boards poses 20 real questions to KP, it’s not just the usual windsurfing info, but something a little different.
1. What has been your biggest accomplishment as an athlete?
I would say my first world title in 2000. It was the first time in 12 years that anyone had dethroned Bjorn Dunkerbeck and I was the first to do it. I worked quite a few years to do it and man did it feel good.
2. What has been your greatest disappointment as an athlete?
I would say a year when the PWA was doing SuperX. It was in Lanzerote, and it came down to the last race and I blew it. Usually I was the one to no blow it and this was the first time. I wasn’t the best in the discipline but I was getting there. I think I finished 3rd that year but I was gaining speed for sure.
3. Who is your hero, and why?
I have a couple but my brother would be one for sure. He is a total ripper that I think a lot of people forget about. He might not be out at Hookipa every day but as you saw last year at the Aloha Classic, he still throws the hammer down.
4. What is your most embarrassing moment?
Hmm that is a tough one. I embarrass myself every day out on the water with some of the waves I ride. Sometimes I get so embarrassed by the way I am sailing, it is like, hey I know i can sail better than this, what the heck are you doing out here. I guess that is what pushes me to be better.
5. What other sport would you like to compete in?
At this stage I don’t want to compete in any other sport. I really don’t enjoy that much the competition side of things anymore. I love having a good time and pushing myself out on the water freesailing. I think that I compete with myself so much on a daily basis that I don’t really need competitions for anything. The thought of racing my dirt bike just totally turns me off. I just really don’t see the point in it. Right now I compete on the AWT because it is fun to travel around with friends, meet people and have a great time. I use it as a platform to stay current with my sailing and make that I am still in the game. It is a great way to promote the brands that help me out throughout the year and test our products and socialize with people who ride the products we make. I guess you can say I am kinda burned out on competition but I still love the atmosphere of it.
6. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Why so few epic windsurfing spots?
7. If you could change one rule about windsurfing competition, what would it be?
Is there rules?
8. What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
I wouldn’t change a thing. For me I left nothing on the table. I worked hard, I played hard and had the time of my life. I got what I wanted out of windsurfing, the world titles, both waves and racing, some formula tittles and a ton of fun. The only advice I would give to kids 16 years old is to go for it. Right now there are probably 15 people in the world that are making an ok living from windsurfing competition. You better want it really bad to make it. I was talking with Morgan the other day and I was like man, you should do the PWA if you want to take your career to the next level. He is an amazing talent, he sails hard and he rips totally. But he needs to go and beat Köster. If he wants it bad enough he can do it. Look at Brawz, he is amazing sailor, and he wanted a world title and he went to Pozo and sailed on that rocky beach for days and days until he got what he wanted. It is pretty cool to see these guys pushing windsurfing.
9. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
I get stoked when everyone is happy. I love making a good turn on a wave, I love making a great video that stokes people out to go windsurfing. When I was editing the Baja video this year, Kevin McGillvry watched it and said, yep that makes me want to go sail. I was happy with that!
10. What is the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
I am scared all the time. Big waves scare me. I was surfing Jaws and went over the falls backwards skipping down the wave on my back. Was I happy to do that.. nope 🙂 I still think about it.
11. What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?
Brawzinho and Ricardo really impress me. Ricardo just does not give a F about anything and just goes for it. I love watching him sail.
12.What is the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?
These are hard questions.
13.Who would play you in the film of your life?
I don’t really know enough actors. I will get back to you.
14.Who is the worst person to windsurf a heat against?
I always had a tough time against Josh Stone. He beat me in a heat that would have made me world champ one year. I always wanted to beat him so bad that I would just overdo it and lose. It sucked.
15. Make us laugh…
I am not funny. Ok here’s a bad joke: Who would you least like to be in a paddle boat with… Morgan No-row!
16.Which one possession could you not live without?
I love going windsurfing. This summer I was in Jackson Hole for a month and without going in the ocean for a month was pretty tough. I remember going to Peru and riding that first wave and it was just unbelievable. So much fun.
17.Which one person could you not live without?
My parents have been awesome to me. They help me out like no one else ever could. My mom helps me out with so much. When you travel as much as we do, you need good people around you.
18. What is the current most played song on your iPod?
Hearts Like Ours – Naked and Famous.
19. What makes you unhappy?
Rude people. I love being around real people. Happy people. If you are not building others up, just be quiet.
20. Who do you need to say sorry to, and why?
Hopefully no one. Maybe the guy I stole his perfect wave from at Hookipa. I guess that was local tax.