This year has been quite refreshing yet at the same time a big reality check! Don’t get me wrong, we are all being affected by this in one way or another, and I’m trying to see the best out of the situation. I’ve realized how much time I’ve spent away from my family and my beloved home along with community over the last decade during my relentless pursuit of dreams and endeavours. In many ways this was a blessing in disguise as it gave me the well needed time to slow down and catch up with my Ohana while recharging my competitive drive and polishing my skills with our perfect training conditions for a variety of sports from wing boarding, foiling, surfing, sup to windsurf!
This summer I’ve been spending a lot of time getting creative on the Hydrofoil and with the wind wing thing! It’s been quite a blast to keep things exciting with the small south swell waves and consistent wind foil surf, wing and downwind! We have had a few sizable South swells enough to motivate me to bust out the short board or more frequently my Sup Surf!
There’s no other way that I’d like to spend my time than with my family. I’m so grateful that my parents allowed for my siblings and our ‘ohana to create this family compound here at Launiupoko on west Maui. We spend our days doing our own thing but always make time to catch up with each other whether for a session at the beach together, or family dinner at home!
I just received my new Starboard 2021 boards yesterday and I’m so stoked! The new 6‘8“pro board is magic! I am so excited for the new board added to the quiver. Also joining the quiver is the new 14‘x 19 1/2 Sprint- my narrowest race board yet but somehow still holding the stability I remember with the 21.5” and fastest board in the quiver for sure!
Save the planet
I try and collaborate as much as I can with individuals and programs that are committed to educating or restoring our natural environment and the oceans. I also run a not for profit introducing children to Ocean sport and conservation. I believe connecting the passion and energy from sport to the responsibility to care for and protect our oceans and beaches are a great way to inspire more ocean guardians! Out of all my accomplishments, one of the greatest I am most proud of is being able to introduce kids (over 4000) to Ocean sports and ocean conservation through similar opportunities that I got to experience.
Oh man, it disappoints me to see people trashing our beaches. I see the ocean and the beach is not only my playground open 24 hours seven days a week, but also as our church and place of refuge. Places like this should only be respected and honoured.
I never knew that I was a part of some white-water sport royalty growing up. My father and most of my heroes were humble warriors and men and a woman of many talents. I grew up surrounded by many positive influences and opportunities for mentorship through my family’s passion and network around the ocean. I am profoundly grateful for the many opportunities that presented themselves, but more so grateful that the ocean caught my heart and mind sense as long as I can remember. Believe it or not, many kids even in Hawaii, grow up bored, I never had an excuse for that! This kept me out of trouble and kept me filled with enthusiasm to immerse myself in the water and activity- from surfing, windsurfing, paddling, diving to dirt-biking- this was my life outside of school and family time, although my big brother are usually my favourite partners to rip with!
I was attracted by the combination of longboard style surfing and the ability to manoeuvre like short board surfing once learning to use the paddle correctly! It was also something great to do on any day whether flat, windy or with huge North swell on the outer reefs!
It has been tough for all businesses and amazing to see how many people are being affected globally from this pandemic, including ourselves as ocean athletes! There’s been cuts not just in events and competitions, but it’s understandable, we are so grateful to have the sense of community and drive to continue pushing for innovation quality regardless of these crazy times! Without competitions and travels, we’ve been working hard on Proto typing and RND while also building content in an authentic way through our lifestyle and sessions! Check out my YouTube channel and Instagram- links on my website www.zaneschweitzer.com
There are a few moments that pop into my mind, but one of the most life-changing events mentally and spiritually was the ultra-marathon style event I did with Connor in our early teenage years, the 150 mile 11 city tour in Holland. I learned how to tap into a new level of mental toughness and embrace the humility of the thought to self during these long 6-8-hour days, often alone, for 5 days straight averaging 30 miles per day. That experience has helped drive me through my everyday challenges and to fuel my drive and motivation for accomplishing goals. Some of the other craziest times on the ocean I can remember were paddling giant waves on outer reefs of Hawaiian islands with no one around but just a few friends taking advantage of the mobility and speed of a sup board that allows us to take off into huge waves and access these spots with confidence. I’ve been able to SUP Surf places like Pe’ahi aka Jaws on Maui, Mavericks and California, Pascuales and Puerto Escondito in Mexico, Teahupoo in Tahiti and many other XXL locations utilizing the unique mobility a stand up paddle board gives you in big Seas.
My father has always been a consistent hero of mine with his work ethic that seems to keep him going from sun-up till sundown and his passion and enthusiasm for sports and things that excite him still to this day! Other guys I’ve always looked up to where people like Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Rush Randall, and Travis Pastrana. There are so many people that I’ve found fuel and inspiration from and each day it’s exciting to get creative with where or from who that inspiration comes from!
Fear is something I don’t think about much as it’s an emotion I try to confront and smash whenever it appears in my life. But the simple fear that is constant to me is knowing that my kids, or our next generation will not experience the same world or unique experiences with the world and its natural environments as I have… in my short lifetime, I’ve been present enough in the ocean to witness changes in the ecosystem both home and on my travels and it scares me to see the acceleration of coastal erosion and loss of species on a global scale.. to see it and feel it is something else than to just read about it.
Live life to the fullest and be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams!
See you on the water!