January 4, 2017 created by Chris Yates / PWA

20 Questions with Robby Swift
Over the next few weeks we’ll be running a 20 Questions feature with several of the world’s best sailors — first to take the hot seat is Britain’s Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / SWOX), who has competed across all three disciplines during his career, but now focuses on the waves where he has established himself as a formidable member of the overall top 10. Over to Robby.


Why are you so passionate about windsurfing?
Windsurfing has been my whole life since as long as I can remember. It was an obsession when I was at school and I wasn’t able to go as often as I wanted, then it became my job as soon as I left school and turned into even more of a passion. In recent years, since I have been on tour for so long and able to enjoy calling such an amazing sport my job for so long, I have become possibly even more obsessed with the technical aspects of all the tricks and the intricate details of how all the gear works. There is just so much to learn in this sport that the more you delve into it, the more obsessed you get. I go to bed thinking about moves, gear, technique etc. and wake up excited to try what I thought about during the night.

What quality do you like most in other people?
I like people who are trustworthy, honest and hard working.

What annoys or frustrates you the most?
Laziness and dishonesty/ not following through with things you said you will do!

What do you most like in yourself?
I like that I’m normally happy and enjoy whatever it is that I am doing at the time.

What do you dislike in yourself?
People close tome say I work too much and can’t just leave things till later to spend time with my family. I would like to change that ☺

What has been your best moment on tour?
Winning the 2003 PWA Freestyle event in Fuerte and the heat in Tenerife where I sailed one of my best heats ever and just lost to Philip Koster and my perfect 10 in the Aloha Classic this year. I enjoy the times when I try everything I know how to do and manage to pull it off!

What has been your worst moment on tour?
Breaking my foot right before Gran Canaria started (twice).

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you have given yourself when your career started?
Doing a little every day is better than destroying yourself one day sailing for 6 hours then feeling tired. Constant, continual progress is best.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Talent can only take you so far. Hard work will take you the rest of the way.

Read the whole interview at www.pwaworldtour.com