Bernd Roediger

Bernd Roediger

Age: 22

Country: Hawaii

Specialty: Waves


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Current Residence: Mom’s house

Home spot: Ho’okipa

Currently riding: Force 4, Mad Dog, Global, Lift, Hover 120 Crossover, Thrust Windsurf

Other Sponsors: Quiksilver, Dakine, Black Project SUP

Hobbies: Reading, Playing Music, Hiking, practicing Yoga, having a good cry, and being in the sea

Interview

How did you get into Windsurfing? My Dad just kinda threw me up onto the nose of his board! I was sort of forced to love it, until one day I woke up and realized I kinda liked it. Now, I can’t imagine who I’d be without windsurfing in my life.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? A dream

What’s in your backpack when traveling? Too much of everything. I’m a chronic overpacker. I’ll take too many clothes, too many books, too much toothpaste, I’ll go way overboard on charging cables, and my quiver of boards is infinite and ever expanding. I think they actually propagate inside my boardbags so that I return from a trip with more than I set out with.

Favorite Movie? Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean, starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif

Top five songs on your latest playlist? Grown Ocean by Fleet Foxes, Intro/Outro by M83, Harvest Moon by Neil Young, Night on the Sun by Modest Mouse, Ekki Mukk by Sigur Ros, The End by the Doors, Going to California by Led Zeppelin, How Long is Now? by The Smiths, Black by Pearl Jam, Korean Food by Frankie Cosmos, 17 by Youth Lagoon, the list goes on and I’d be hard-pressed to condense it.

Favorite post session beverage? The salty tears of all the people I snaked!

Favorite post session food? Depends… windsurfing is a fine dish, foiling is a California-stop through McDonald’s on a Saturday night.

You’re planning your dream trip, where are you going and who’s coming with? I’m going to a place I’ve never been and never heard of, I’m going alone in case it sucks.

Favorite thing to do when not you’re not kiting, SUPing or windsurfing? Stressing about how hard life on land is.

What, in your opinion, has been your greatest accomplishment? There was a moment starting out, in my first year of windsurfing, where I wanted to quit. I couldn’t get over the boundary between using a beginner platform and a real planing board. I told my dad I wanted to stop windsurfing for a little while, and he said that was ok, but he knew that I didn’t. That I would never pick up a sail again after that, or if I did it would be with only half of my spirit, the other half would be ready to quit again. I don’t know what life would have been like as that person, who gave up on something good because it wasn’t easy. The ocean is beautiful and demanding. She gives so much and changes you deep inside, where you too are flowing and liquid. She asks much, that you give yourself to her, that all your will should be cast out into the sea, that your mind should be always on the horizon, and your heart locked in the deepest sun-forsaken abyss. When my dad and I had dragged our gear back into the parking lot, I began to sob and cried out “I want one more try, I want to go out again!” From that point, everything has flowed naturally. That decision to go back was the casting of my hopes and dreams into the water, and as I learned to love the sea, all the sacrifices came easier and easier, and the accomplishments of my life will pale in comparison to the hardest hurdle of all.

What’s your favorite quote or saying? “Our linguistic habits lead us into error. For example, we are apt to say, ‘I imagine, when what we should have said is, ‘The curtain was lifted that I might see,” – Aldous Huxley

If you had a superpower, what would it be? I would fly.

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