Congratulations to big wave charger, windsurfing champion, watersports innovator extraordinaire and a great waterman, Robby Naish. Robby will be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame this September along with 8 other men in the sport to join the hallowed ground of this prestigious organization.
Windsurfing superstar Robby Naish won his first world championship at age 13 and went on to build a multi-million dollar watersports business: Naish Sup.
HONORING A LEGEND: ROBBY NAISH
The National Sailing Hall of Fame announces the 2017 inductees, including legend waterman: Robby Naish.
The members of the class of 2017 join 57 previously-recognized individuals as the National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to fulfill its mission by drawing attention and recognition to Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.
“From the way the sport is run to its portrayal on the silver screen, this group of inductees has influenced the broad spectrum of today’s watersport’s enthusiast,” said Gary Jobson, President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. “In proudly recognizing the legacy of these contributors, by preserving and sharing their stories, the National Sailing Hall of Fame is helping to inspire – and challenge the next generation.”
The irony is: the younger generation is just trying to KEEP UP with Robby.
NOMINATING ROBBY NAISH
Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee, and the NSHOF Board – reviewed a wide range of nominations
Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media). The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing is central to the mission of the National Sailing Hall of Fame which was established in 2005.
Robby’s legend in the windsurf arena helped drive the sport to new heights. He innovated his first standup paddleboard designs from his extensive windsurfing background. Today, his boards are among the elite on the planet, known for their craftsmanship, performance and all-around quality. The Naish name in paddlesports is recognized as one of the leaders on the market.
INDUCTION CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN RHODE ISLAND THIS SEPTEMBER, 2017
The 2017 class will be formally celebrated on Sunday, September 25, 2017, with an Induction Ceremony hosted at the world renowned New York Yacht Club’s Habour Court Station in Newport, Rhode Island. The Induction Weekend has become notable as a reunion of sailing’s ‘Who’s Who’ with attendance already confirmed by these previous inductees: Betsy Alison, Malin Burnham, Steve Colgate, Dave Curtis, JJ Fetter, Meade Gougeon, Peter Harken, Gary Jobson, Bruce Kirby, Bob Johnstone, Rob Johnstone, Timmy Larr, Buddy Melges, Ted Turner and Dave Ullman