Robby Naish

Rider Profile

Nickname: “Hey you”

DOB: April 23, 1963

Hometown: Haiku, Maui via Kailua, Oahu

Home spot:  Ho’okipa

Titles: Numerous

Sponsors: Quiksilver (clothing, wetsuits, eyewear, footwear, watches) & Red Bull

Favorite Naish Gear: Global 5’8” & Park 9m

Duties as Team Rider @ Naish: Janitorial services, bill paying, resident old guy, nude model…

KB goals: Find some sick lefts to kite frontside.


When did you start riding?
I started riding kites in 1998.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be & why?
A bird.  Flying would be awesome.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Red Bull.  Non-alcohol beer.  Tortillas, hot sauce and cheese and a whole lot of other stuff that’s Katie and Christina’s.

What’s the weirdest question anyone has ever asked you?
Will you sign my underwear? Then she slid them off and handed them to me from under her mini skirt. Wow.  And that was in America too… a long time ago…but still awesome.

Have you played in the dirt recently?

Last time you were scared sh*tless…
A couple years ago at Jaws…I was underwater wondering if I would ever come up for air.

What’s the coolest thing you learned from talking to a child?
Playing is way more fun than working.  Brutal honesty is awesome… I love how little kids just say it like it is.

What’s the coolest thing you recently purchased?
My F650 Supertruck.

As a professional athlete who travels around the world and sees different styles of kiteboarding, what do you think about the status of kiteboarding right now? How do you see it evolving?
Kiteboarding is growing steadily and has continued to become more and more accessible to a wider audience as the equipment has developed; becoming more user friendly and safer.