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Interview with Racing World Champion Adam Koch

If you’ve been following kiteboarding for a number of years then you have probably heard of Adam Koch. Adam grew up racing small sailboats in Seattle before finding his way to kiteboarding in 1998-1999.

Here is an excerpt of the interview that "The Kiteboarder" just run on our current racing world champion, for the fully story please visit The Kiteboarder

One of the early professional riders, Adam was a star of the early kiteboarding movies and magazines when Maui was the center of the world. At the same time, he pursued an Olympic sailing campaign with Morgan Larson, a world-class sailor.

Adam stepped away from kiteboarding for awhile to start a family, but now he’s back, and this time he’s combining his love of sailboat racing and kiteboarding while traveling from competition to competition. “Now I get to live out of my board bag once again! Life is amazing if you let it be. Who dosent love a good second chance at fun?” said Adam, who is the 2010 IKA Kiteboarding Course Racing World Champion.

First thing first. How do you pronounce your last name?
Cook. My great grandfather translated it from German to English.

You were one of kiteboarding’s early pro riders. How did you get started?
I taught myself in Seattle while working for a windsurfing/board riding shop called Urban Surf. I remember leaving the beach every session completely alone, ignorant, curious, and for sure not coming back to the same beach I launched from. Every session I swam into someplace very sketchy and new, usually swimming through a busy shipping channel and often times climbing up random docks, boats, rocks, and walls. I have even been rescued in the middle of Puget Sound by a large commercial fishing boat in 30° temperatures. I guess you could say I get stupidly motivated when I’m in love.

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What do you think about the prospects of getting kiteboarding into the Olympics? Is this a good thing for the sport?
The prospects are huge. It out performs everything else in the sailing category and it’s affordable to buy and travel with. The real question is how would it NOT help our sport? Actually, I think we have more to offer the Olympics in the long run than it has to offer us, but initially it will help us get ourselves together as a sport. I’m already witnessing this just with the discussion of the Olympic potential. Without a doubt kiteboarding is physically demanding and exciting to watch and do. The Olympics bring out the true athlete in those who give themselves to it. I would be honored to be a part of that tradition.

If someone is interested in getting into racing, where should they start?
There are a lot of races going on in San Francisco through the Cabrinha Race Series. Seattle has a series as well as Squamish (Canada) and Hood River. Naish has also started a series in the Hawaiian Islands and there’s a lot going on in Florida. I was supposed to be in Hood River a month ago, but with the high caliber of races and racers in the area I can’t seem to leave San Francisco. For the last two months it seems there is a regatta every week and weekend.

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Any words of wisdom you want to share with our readers?
Think for yourself; only you know what’s best for you. Opinions are the cheapest commodity available. Everybody has them and wants to give them away for free. Sift through them and hang onto the ones that make you feel good.

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