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This time we talk about a guy who just 15 years already has a resume of competitions and respectable results. It's called Steven and Max comes from Aruba, the beautiful island of the Netherlands Antilles.
Photo: Michele Tagliafico
Name: Steven Max
Birth date: 30 April 1998
Where do you live: Aruba (Netherlands Antilles)
Favorite discipline: Freestyle
Favorite maneuvers: Burner, Kono and Ass
Table: Starboard Flare 72 liters
Sails: Hotsails Maui Freestyle Pro
RIW: Hi Steven, tell us a bit about how you started your story with windsurf.
S. M: When I was 8 I started to take classes in windsurfing, then my parents bought me a very old wave Board and a sail fixed with adhesive tape. So I started to surf all day, every day and never stopped.
Photo: Markus Seidel
RIW: Even if you're still so young did you attend many races, What are your greatest satisfactions sportsbook?
S. M: The first race was when I was 8 years, I was on vacation in Bonaire. In those days took the Starboard Prokids Worlds and I was asked if I wanted to participate. I didn't do any maneuver of freestyle, so I trained myself to make the Gecko, many many times, Every day. Just before the start of the races I managed to close it, and then I decided to participate. It was great fun, I finished second place, that's how it all started. So far my best results I obtained during the Freestyle Youth Worldchampion 2012 (first in the Under 17), European Freestyle Youth Champion 2012 (first in the Under 15 and Under 17), Us National Freestyle Youth Champion 2012.
RIW: Where do you train it's usually because you like your local spot?
S. M: I really like “Surfside”, near the airport, because it is really flat and often there is a lot of wind. But even when there is no wind can take advantage of the boost I get from airplanes during take-off
Photo: Michele Tagliafico
RIW: How can you combine studies with training?
S. M: It's not easy, but somehow I manage. The last few months I couldn't surf as I wanted because of homework, but in any case I can stay a long time in water.
RIW: What are your strengths and weaknesses in water?
S. M: Think anyone can surf without wind, This is also my weakness, and I really don't like the water choppata, even if I try to do my best. Survive difficult conditions is a funny thing, Sometimes the perfect condition can be minor annoyances. I like challenges.
RIW: What do you do during the days of calm or evening?
S. M: When there is no wind you can find me behind a computer or around in nature in search of wildlife. And then, Obviously, There's homework
Photo: John Carter
RIW: Where in the world you'd like to go surfing?
S. M: I'd go to Dahab. I've seen pictures and heard so many stories about it and can't wait to go to surf there someday.
RIW: Try some interest in other sports?
S. M: Not quite, before I played tennis, but now it's just windsurfing.
RIW: What are your idols?
S. M: Kiri has always been an Idol for me, but now there are so many young people doing very well and also everyone I meet on my travels.
Photo: Michele Tagliafico
RIW: How do you see your future from windsurfer?
S. M: Dream to travel around the world someday as a marine biologist and the PWA windsurfing Freestyle World Championship title in his pocket
RIW: Tell us something about yourself.
S. M: I think I covered everything, except that my family is the most important thing and that supported me throughout my career as a windsurfer. I couldn't do without them.
RIW: Happy birthday then Steven, ci vedremo a breve nelle prossime gare.
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Name: Steven Max
Date of birth: 30-4-1998
Where do you live: Aruba
What is your favorite discipline: Freestyle
What are your best moves: Burner, Kono and Ass
Your Board: Starboard 72Lt Flare
Your sails: Hotsails Maui Freestyle Pro
RIW: Hi Steven, let us know about the beginning of your story into windsurf.
S. M: When I was 8 years I started to take a few classes and then my parents bought me a very old wave board and a taped up sail and I started to surf all day, everyday and never stopped.
RIW: Tell us about your first competition and your best result ever.
S. M: The first competition was when I was 8 years old and on vacation in Bonaire. At the same time they had the Starboard Prokids Worlds competition going on and they asked me if I wanted to join. I didn’t know any moves yet, so I practiced the Gecko over and over again, every day and like one day before the competition started I nailed it and decided to join and it was so much fun. I won second place and that’s when it all started. Best results up till now: Freestyle Youth Worldchampion 2012 (first place U 17), European Freestyle Youth Champion 2012 (first place U 15 and U17), Us National Freestyle Youth Champion 2012.
RIW: What is your local spot and why do you like it?
S. M: I really like “Surfside”, near the airport, because it is really flat and often there is a lot of wind and even when there is no wind I can use the boost I get from the airplanes taking off
RIW: How do you manage to keep up with studies and training?
S. M: It’s not easy, but somehow I manage. The last few months I couldn’t sail as much as I would like because of schoolwork, but I still spend lots of time on the water.
RIW: Which are your strong and weak points on the water?
S. M: I think no one can surf without wind, so that’s also my weak point, ahah and I don’t like really choppy water, but I can manage. Surviving and sailing under rough conditions, is fun to do and sometimes perfect conditions can get a little bit boring. I like challenges.
RIW: What do you do during no windy days and the evenings?
S. M: You can find me behind the computer or in nature looking for wildlife. And of course there is Homework
RIW: Where would you go for windsurfing?
S. M: I would Love to go to Dahab. I have seen pictures and heard many stories about it and I can’t wait to go sailing there one day.
RIW: Do you feel any interest to other sports, which one?
S. M: Not really, I used to play Tennis, but now its Windsurfing
RIW: Who has inspired you in windsurfing?
S. M: Kiri has always been an idol, but now it’s many guys that are really good and everyone I meet during my travels.
RIW: How do you see your future in windsurfing?
S. M: My dream is to travel the world someday windsurfing as a Marine biologist and with the PWA Freestyle Worldchampionship Title in my pocket.
RIW: Tell us more about yourself.
S. M: I think I said it all, except to say that my family is the greatest and that they have supported me throughout my windsurfing career. I could not do it without them.
RIW: Best wishes then Steven, hope to see you soon in the next competitions.
Text: Michele Tagliafico – www.RIWmag.com
Photo: Michele Tagliafico, John Carter, Markus Seidel, photo courtesy Steven Max
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