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Known as Brian ‘Irie Man’ Talma or ‘De Action Man’ – a legendary waterman from Barbados. A little look into Brian Talma’s biography shows that he has always been involved in watersports…
“My first memory of the sea,” says Brian, “is riding on my father’s back as a very small child.” He soon began riding waves on his own, and by age 11 he was surfing. He added skateboarding to his antics, using it as both transport and a means for extreme tricks like flying off the roof of his parent’s garage. Yet, just as his father taught him about the sea, he also taught Brian the turf. But, says Brian, “I chose surfing over golf.”
Brain Talma has been an accomplished pro windsurfer, placing highly in many PWA world tour events…
He took part in his first professional event in 1986 and in 1988, Brian represented Barbados at the Seoul, South Korea, Olympics. He later represented his country again at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
In 1989, Brian jumped on PWA (Professional Windsurfing Association) tour and in 1991 he finished 3rd in the Hawaiian Break Out, the biggest wave event on the circuit. From then on, he enjoyed a string of top 10 finishes and rapidly became one of the most familiar water sports personalities on the tour.
Check out Brian Talma, still going strong with his professional windsurfing career…
In 1992, Brian moved to Maui part time to train for the pro circuit. He won the Barbados World cup windsurfing events in both 1993 and 1994 and that year he was awarded the prestigious Barbados Service Star by the Barbados Government in recognition of his promotion of windsurfing and Barbados. He remains one of the youngest recipients of this honor.
In 2003, the Barbados Tourism Authority named Brian an official Barbados Ambassador. Today, he wings the world with Virgin Atlantic on his ‘Beach Culture World Tour’
The 2010 Naish Windsurfing team and SUP team signed up new team rider Brian Talma a.k.a de Action Man, saying it is an honor to have him on the Naish team.
Brian Talma has always been a great spokesperson for the sport of windsurfing, one such example being his involvement in the ‘ProKids’ event. The following is taken from an interview with Windsurfing Magazine, the full interview of which can been read here.
Brian, you’re a little old to be competing at the ProKids event. How come you’re here?
Because I’m come to learn from the youngsters, and to promote the event – the vision of the ProKids is the future of the sport. Reproduction is good! If our sport wants to live forever, we gotta reproduce and create new action. I got three kids and another one on the way!
Check out Brian Talma’s Irie Man Action Shop for windsurfing equipment in Silver Rock, a top windsurf spot in the Caribbean. Information about Barbados, windsurfing Barbados and the Irie Man Action Shop for windsurf equipment & a Caribbean windsurfing travelog.
In the world of windsurfing freestyle, new moves are being developed on what seems like a weekly basis. One of the most impressive windsurfing freestyle moves to date has to be this one from the master, Jose Gollito Estredo and its called the MATADOR.
During training in El Yaque, Gollito was trying to master this windsurf freestyle move ready for the PWA World Cup on Lanzarote. Despite not quite getting it nailed during this training he tried it out again at the PWA event and this time got it dialed, as you can see from the footage below! Gollito, the king of windsurfing freestyle, decided to call the new move MATADOR.
Easy when you know how – just a planning, back to sail, one handed grubby 540! And most people find carve gybing a challenge!
Gollito is the No 1 windsurfer on the PWA – Professional Windsurfers Association so maybe its fair enough that he is just a little bit ahead of most of us in the windsurfing skills department.
With all the frantic freestyle tricks that are being spat out, its nice to get a fresh take on things with this wave freestyle move that has been claimed by the young windsurf super star Kai Lenny.
The Kaino is a sweet carving wave trick that involves a downwind 360 followed by an aerial 180 & rig flip, all done whilst continuing to ride the wave – nice!
Kai Lenny is hot windsurfing property and is appearing in all the latest windsurfing movies such as ‘The Windsurfing Movie 2′ alongside the big names in windsurfing. Maybe a future candidate for a biography on Poole Windsurfing’s ‘Windsurfing Legends’. Check out a very young Kai Lenny out here in this movie where he is windsurfing alongside the master, Robby Naish…
Kai Lenny is an all round waterman that can doing everything well – windsurfing, surfing, tow-in surfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding. He has even riden Jaws, Maui on a massive day at only 17 years of age!
The future of windsurfing & an all round waterman in the making – Kai Lenny.
OK, so this is just our opinion but the best watersport IS windsurfing. Lets justify this claim a little bit.
Windsurfing involves a cardiovascular and muscle workout, basically a great sport to keep you (or get you) in shape. You develop balance, coordination & strength from controlling your windsurfing kit out there on the water. You have the balance from surfing, wind awareness from sailing & stance from snowboarding. Basically windsurfing can open up a door to all other forms of sideways standing board sports!
Unlike surfing you have more freedom to maneuver & decide where you go and the progress starts from day one. With the modern windsurfing equipment & some beginners windsurfing lessons you can be up and windsurfing under your own steam within minutes/hours rather than months/years. The sense of achievement & skill is hard to beat with any other watersport.
At the Poole Windsurfing school we use brand new windsurfing kit that is very light weight & easy to use. All our windsurfing boards have soft, foam grip to protect yourself and make balance a whole lot easier. The sails have RDM’s (Reduced Diameter Masts) to keep overall weight down & make handling the sails easy. The affect of these RDM masts is really noticeable when windsurfing students are trying to complete their turns, a thinner mast is just a lot easier to get hold of & grip, meaning more success in keeping the sail out of the water. Now a days, windsurfing really does make for an easy to learn watersport.
The south coast of England & Poole Harbour in particular are perfect locations for windsurfing, giving you many more suitable days on which you can go out and enjoy your watersports than say surfing.
If you are looking for a watersport in Poole to try on holiday or take up as a regular activity, windsurfing really does give you the greatest scope for getting out there on the water & having some fun!