Feb 6, 2012
Author: Ed Sinclair/PWA
He was one of the first sailors to perfect the tabletop forward in competition and now he has turned to the racecourse, this week we catch up with Australian windsurfing legend Steve Allen.
Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne) has a wealth of experience to his name both in and out of a competition environment. He started windsurfing at the age of ten and joined the PWA world tour ten years later, and since then he has achieved a huge amount. Allen has consistently finished the slalom tour at the top of the pack and this season he was able to finish in an amazing 11th place, despite having missed Costa Brava and part of the Aruba competition. We caught up with Allen to find out a little more.
PWA: Firstly, what would you be doing if you weren’t windsurfing?
Allen: “I would be a plumber or into renovations for older houses and flats.”
PWA: What are your thoughts on the 2011 season and how would you rate your result?
Allen: “I had some bad luck, with having to miss Costa Brava from having a FW event on at the same time and then the next event in Aruba my gear arrived after two days of competition dropping me from 3rd in the ranking after the first two events to very deep in the pack.”
PWA: How long have you been windsurfing?
Allen: “28 years.”
PWA: Who has been you biggest influence on your sailing?
Allen: “My Father, as he taught me to windsurf”.
What are your goals for 2012?
Allen: “Get my weight up to give a stronger fight for a top podium finish in Slalom and FW.”
CLICK HERE to read the complete interview with Allen at pwaworldtour.com.