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Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Windsurfing News |

Windsurfing Legends – Brian Talma

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…

Brian Talma windsurfing action

Brian Talma windsurfing action

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.

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