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Robby Naish
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Personal information
Born April 23, 1963 (1963-04-23) (age 58)
La Jolla, California
Occupation Athlete
Years active 1974-Present
Height 5’10”
Weight 175 lbs
Spouse(s) Bitsy Kelley (m. 1981, div. 1987), Kathryn Lipp (m. 1991; div. 2019)
Sport
Sport Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, Stand-up Paddling, Foiling, Wing-Surfing
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Robby Naish, La Perouse Bay, Maui, Hawaii 9-8-2019
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Robby Naish, Windsurfing, Aerial, La Perouse Bay, Maui, Hawaii, 9-8-2019

Robert Staunton Naish (born April 23, 1963 in La Jolla, San Diego, California) is an American athlete and entrepreneur who has won 23 World Championship Windsurfing titles. He is also considered a pioneer of kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

In 1976, Naish won his first world championship in windsurfing at age 13 in the Bahamas. Since then, he has been featured in films, videos, news reports, and articles. In 1996, Naish founded Naish Sails Hawaii, which manufactures and sells sailboards, sails, kitesurfing equipment, stand up paddle boards and paddles, hydrofoils, foil boards, and wing-surfers.

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Awards

  • 1976 Windsurf World Champion
  • 24-times Windsurfing World Champion
  • 1998 Kiteboarding Slalom World Champion
  • 1999 Kiteboarding Slalom and Jumping World Champion
  • 2000 “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Kiteboarder of the Year” at NEA International Sports Awards Munich, Germany
  • 2000 “Boarder of the Millennium” at the French Boarder Awards
  • 2002 PWA Hall of Fame Induction
  • 2012 “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Nuit de la Glisse
  • 2017 National Sailing Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Induction
  • Founding Member of the Laureus World Sports Academy
  • 6-time Surfer of the Year (German SURF Magazine)
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