Robert Staunton Naish is an American athlete and entrepreneur who has won 23 World Championship Windsurfing titles. He is also considered a pioneer of kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding. In 1976, Naish won his first world championship in windsurfing at age 13 in the Bahamas. Since then, he has been featured in films, videos, news reports, and articles. In 1996, Naish founded Naish Sails Hawaii, which manufactures and sells sailboards, sails, kitesurfing equipment, stand up paddle boards and paddles, hydrofoils, foil boards, and wing-surfers.
Professional Windsurfing Association Hall of Fame inductee who was the one first athletes to gain international acclaim in the sport of windsurfing. He won consecutive Overall World Championships between 1983 and 1987 and was a PWA World Champion in 1988, 1989 and 1991.
He took up windsurfing at the age of 11 while living in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. He won his first overall World Championship when he was 13 years old.
He became a kitesurfer during the 1990s, and would win a kiteboarding slalom world title in 1998. He then won world titles in both slalom and jumping as a kitesurfer.
His father was competitive surfer Rick Naish.
He and Gal Fridman are both champion windsurfers.
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