Name: Brian Talma
Hometown: Long Beach, Barbados
Known for: deAction Man or Irie Man!
Favorite maneuver: classic back loop, high port tack…in Barbados!
Gear you’re riding right now: Naish Wave 87 and the Force sail, which are perfect for my home break.
What piece of advice has stuck with you from when you first learned to windsurf? I come from a small island and back in the day, no one thought of being a professional windsurfer, no one thought it was even possible. I was confident and a little voice in my brain said I could do it. My parents gave me the open mind approach to life and the education to allow that voice to become reality…Action!!
Most unusual place you’ve ever been: Josh Stone’s house
Song guaranteed to pump you up before a session: Man Down By Rihanna
Red Bull or coffee? Gatorade and chocolate
Most surreal (ie. heart-poundingly scary and/or insanely awesome) session: The first time I windsurfed Jaws, the brain was singing for five days! The great thing was everything was perfect, I didn’t get pounded and I was smiling.
The worst day ever was when I tried to kitesurf around Barbados and got pounded by a big wave. Lost everything but the board. No rescue boat and no other people around. I was getting pushed out to sea, just miles of cliff and strong current…I thought I was a goner! It was a more than two hour swim back to a deserted beach. Life upon earth…I love it!
Worst place to take a first date: Not the place, but my truck. It was in Maui and my truck kept breaking down..tears upon the brain! This truck I loved!
Favorite thing to do after windsurfing: I love to go to the movies after a great day of windsurfing…Action!
If you could pass one thing on to the next generation of windsurfers, what would it be? My goal was to get paid to play. First you must define your goal which must be measureable…then find the path. The most important thing is don’t try duplicate another person’s path because everybody has their unique path. If your wish is to be a professional windsurfer, it is really important to separate yourself from the rest of the sailors, by move and/or image base…define yourself!
So, what’s your goal for 2012? I want to continue my Beach Culture tour to promote windsurfing and its related sports and this lifestyle – doing travel stories, beach culture art and music and video segments. In 2012, my beach culture art will spearhead the tour, to bring a new perspective to locations I will visit. The object is to strengthen our windsurfing culture and give my tour more depth. As I said before, I want to separate myself from the rest and help strengthen the image base of windsurfing.