Who are the best windsurfers in the world? We all need some idols when it comes to sports – and there are some fantastic athletes in the realm of windsurfing. Although there is some debate over which windsurfer is the “best” or “greatest,” this list is about the indisputable greats (not in any particular order).
Robby Naish was undoubtedly one of the best windsurfers in the world and is a pioneer of the sport who brought it to a wider audience. Gaining international fame, he won World Championship titles from 1977 to 1979. He won his first title at just 13-years old in 1976. Naish went on to win the Overall World Champion title from 1983 to 1987, and the PWA World Champion title in 1988, 1989, and 1991. He pioneered two windsurfing moves: the forward loop and the table top.
However, since the late 1990s, he has become a competitor in the rising sport of kitesurfing which has
caused some us die-hard windsurfing fans some sadness. Popular lines of boards, sails, and other windsurfing equipment are today marketed worldwide under the Naish name.
Albeau is a Frechman who has won twenty-four Windsurfing World Championships in many
different areas since 1994. He set a windpowered sailing speed record on March 5 th , 2008 for
reaching 56.49 mph (or 49.09 knots) on the Saintes Maries de la Mer Speed Canal. Still not
satisfied, he improved his record in 2012 and bumped it up to 59.9 mph (52.05 knots).
In 2008, Albeau successfully windsurfed across the channel between England and France going form Cherbourg, France to the Sandbanks peninsula in Pool, England. During the 6 hour long, 75 nautical miles (138 kilometres) trek, Albeau was accompanied by another famous windsurfer, Guy Cribb, who deserves an honorable mention in this list.
Dunkerbeck is arguably the most famous windsurfer after Naish. He has won the Professional Windsurfers Association Overall World Championship a record number of forty-one times. His technique dominated during the 1980s and 90s and he still windsurfs today, along with other sailing sports.
Offringa is a 14-time world champion in various international women’s windsurfing contests. She has
been something of a role-model as of late, hailing from her small town in Aruba, she has risen to become
an inspiration to a new generation of female windsurfers.
7-time French windsurfing champion, Terittehau was an unexpected rising star within windsurfing. Being
a perfectionist when it comes to the back loop, he has been known for his large jumps and impressive
feats with waves. The funny thing is, Teriitehau had a terrifying fear of water as a child.
Boyd is something of a myth to many. Moving to Maui, Hawaii in 1980, he was a pioneer for
many techniques. He was the first to perform an aerial loop which led to smaller variations of the
near-impossible feat, including push loops and double rotations.
His main focus was innovation during his career so he did not win as many championships, but
he did defeat the World Champion at the time, Ken Winner, now a windsurfing author, several times.
Kalama invented the move called “the Goiter.” You can see it below: it is just amazing.
Kalama was something of a daredevil and his rode some of the largest waves in recorded
history, and was a versatile water-sports athlete. There is no doubt he was one of the best windsurfers in the world.