:: Zane Schweitzer, Stoked for Windfest
Are you ready to defend your Junior Champion title from last year’s Pistol River event? Any secret moves up your sleeve?
I am stoked to come back to Pistol River and defend my junior champ title, and will for sure charge some big flips and surf some fun waves especially if we get as lucky as we did last year with conditions!
After your competition at Pistol you’re coming to Hood River for Windfest, which you did last year as well. What are you looking forward to at Windfest this year?
The Gorge has been a annual thing for me for the last three years enjoying everything the area has to offer from high flying windsurf sessions, mountain biking, summer snow boarding, River rapids, fun stand up down winders and hanging with the hood crew every year! Windfest is a super fun time for fun expression sessions and kids clinics for groms who are stoked on windsurfing and stand up paddling! Also enjoying good music, and helping out in the Starboard booth to let people demo great boards and equipment. I can’t wait to get back to the gorge to do the kids clinics and share the aloha and fun times of windsurfing and SUP.
Where are your favorite places to windsurf in the Gorge?
I love sailing at the hatchery to throw big jumps and flips on each tack and watch guys like Brian Metcalf-Perez and Wyatt Miller do some crazy loops and freestyle moves all day.
What other activities do you do while you’re in the Gorge?
I stay with Jay Watermayer and his family every year in the gorge and we try to get up to as much fun things as possible every day. Last year I remember going snowboarding at mount hood in the morning then windsurfing at the hatch in the afternoon, and then finishing the day off with a sick sunset mountain bike ride at Post Canyon! I am deffinitly stoked to see Jay and our Hood river buddies to do the same things and have some more unreal sessions!!
Who are your heroes?
My biggest heros in life are my mom and dad, and my whole ohana because they have done so many amazing things for me and many others, they have been so loving and caring for everything I have passions for and encourage me to do what I love everyday and to share the aloha of life with everyone and to always go big!
You are a decorated competitor- is there one sport-related accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I cant chose a favorite sport but what ever the conditions offer I know that I can find the perfect conditions for what ever im doing weather its windsurfing, surfing, stand up paddling, diving, or dirt biking. Some of my favorite 1st place accomplishments were the grueling 11 city tour stand up paddle race 150 miles through Holland, The Handsome Buggaz Honolua Bay surfing Classic at my stomping grounds of Honolua Maui, and making the finals of the Sunset Beach Pro Stand Up World Tour.
Sponsors: Starbaord, North Sails, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Alpinestars, Dakine, GenR8, Power Balance.