23.11.10

STEVE FARTHING / ENGLISH VERSION

STEVE FARTHING / WORLD KAYAKSURF MASTERS HP CHAMPION



Name: Steve Farthing
Age: 43
Address: Brisbane Australia
Occupation: self employed
Paddling since: Kayaks 10 months, Waveskis 30 years
Gear: Random Kayak, Blades Paddle, Gath Helmet Nookie spray deck and wetsuit, Wavemaster waveski
Sponsors: Random, Wavemaster, Gath and Nookie

Sportive achievements: Waveski - world top 15 for many years, Kayak - Current world masters champion HP and 5th Open HP
Favourite break: Southport Spit on Queenslands Gold Coast

Your opinion about the Worlds in Portugal:
Unreal, best competition I've ever been to.
Your favourite destination for the next Worlds:
I now know its in the US but would prefer to have it in Australia
Your personal vision about the Ocean Spirit Festival:
Hold the next world waveski titles there
How do you see the evolution of kayaksurf in the near future:
Design improvements to get waveski like performance

How is kayaksurf in Australia:
Small but we're keen to make something happen here. I think you'll see a few waveski surfers take it up.

Personal objectives in the sport:
win the world open HP title and back up the masters title

Personal thoughts about Portugal:
great surf and great people I want to come back,

He won in the Portuguese Kayakurf Worlds the title of Masters HP. Weeks later, went home to participate in the Waveski World Titles. Steve Farthing is the right man to give us a small balance of both events. Check out the answers:

Hi Steve. You were this year in two World Championships - kayaksurf and waveski. What will you remember about this two events?

Both were terrific well run events. Kayaksurf being associated with Ocean Spirit did have the edge though with the massive infrastructure, music festival and crowds as well as exposure to other surf disciplines. Apart from the competitive side of things I really enjoyed meeting new people with a common interest and now I have a bunch of new friends living on the other side of the world. From a waveski perspective we had great surf, I got to catch up with all my old mates and had a ball behind the mic. Didnt have the best of competitions in terms of results but had some great freesurfs and landed some of the biggest aerials of my life.

Differences and similarities between the two experiences...

Waveskis have more than 30 years of competition and design behind them hence there are more guys doing bigger moves and we saw them at Coffs Harbour (just check out http://www.subgraviti.com and http://www.peniorphotography.com and http://www.kayaksurf.net/reportagem.html) . When I look at Surf Kayaks in particular the Random Evolution which was designed around a waveski I can see the gap closing particularly if you can get a few of the top waveskiers on board. They're both really fun sports with great people involved and I really think we have an opportunity to merge both disciplines, I'm hooked on both and cant wait till the next event.
Last words: I'm totally addicted cant wait for my new boat.

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