The New Generation - Bernd Roediger
Any windsurfer that visits Maui is sure to check out Ho’okipa, whilst the likes of Brawzinho and Levi are stand out sailors, the new generation are snapping at their feet. Fifteen year old Bernd Roediger is right at the front of the chasing pack, being one of the young riders that will push windsurfing to a new level in the coming years. As part of our New Generation’ series, Oliver Maier of Comoceanmedia caught up with Bernd for Boardseeker.
Photo credits: Comoceanmedia
I heard or read somewhere that your mum is German, right? If yes, have you ever been in Germany? Do you speak German?
My Father is German. He can speak German really well since his parents spoke it to him all the time when he was younger. My mom is Japanese, her mom spoke Japanese to her so she is pretty fluent as well. I unfortunately haven’t been to Germany, but I have actually been to Japan twice and I speak better Japanese than German.
What drives you?
That’s a tough one. I get more inspiration than drive, I collect inspiration from everyday experiences (people, music, everything!) and that “drives” me to go windsurf or create something. After all, surfing is an art form, so it’s inspiration, to me, that will make you a better windsurfer…
I just dream of someday having not only the skill of some of the pros out there on the water right now, but also creating my own style and then innovating my windsurfing off of that style. I look up to windsurfers that are talented, but are also constantly innovating their windsurfing with unique styles.
What is your personal nightmare?
My personal nightmare is a normal job! I am terrified of working a 9-5 where I can’t be in the ocean. When I am about to go out on a big day and I feel nervous, or when I hesitate to hit a section, I always think about that! It’s definitely good motivation.
What puts you in a bad mood?
I get into bad moods a lot. I mean, not everyday on the water is the best day ever… Usually I set expectations for myself that I don’t live up to, and then I get really frustrated, making things like 100% worse.
Who do you look up to?
I really appreciate my dad, Norman Roediger. He is the reason why I am windsurfing today. Years back when I started windsurfing, he was my sole inspiration to learn! Watching him out there was incredible, and sailing with him is a blast! He won’t admit it but he still teaches me new things everyday!
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?
I actually just placed 4th in the AWT Santa Cruz event, then 4th again in the Quatro Punta San Carlos even too! So yah, that was incredible for me, it was by far my best result! Best of all, I sailed some really fun heats with Camile Juban, Josh Stone, Francisco Goya, and Kevin Pritchard. In the end, I sailed an awesome heat with Levi Siver, Brawzinho, and Graham Ezzy. It’s funny how those successes can inspire you to push more and train harder for the next contest…
What do you do if want to relax?
I love TV. I watch all kinds of shows but it’s kind of nice to go on a trip and have no TV for like a week or so.
What would you like to buy?
I need a car pretty soon since I just got my learner’s permit. Right now I’m driving my mom’s Prius, I suppose my dad’s F-150 would be more fun to drive!
Which kind of music you listen to before you go sailing?
I listen to anything that sounds good, anything that sounds different and fresh. I guess I appreciate so much music, electronic, indie, rock, rap, maybe a mix of all of them Regardless, I can’t listen to the same song for too long, I have no favorites…
What do you do if there are no wind but waves?
Stand up! I am super lucky to have windsurfing and stand up, I hardly ever miss a good swell with these two sports. Plus, windsurfing and stand up are different ways of riding the same wave, so my overall riding benefits from these two perspectives…
What if there’s no wind AND no waves?
When there are no conditions, I spend my time doing everything that I didn’t do when there were waves! Chores, school, work! I hate it when there are no waves, but I guess I deserve a little work every now and then!
What are you working on now with your windsurfing?
Tough question. Every time I see someone do something sick that I can’t do, I want to do it! In Santa Cruz, Brawzinho pulled two double forwards and almost a pushloop-forward in my Semi Final heat. His one double was the best move of the contest, so now that I am back on Maui, I want to learn them. Who knows, maybe next time I’ll be pulling the best move of the contest! Probably not though…
What are your future plans in windsurfing? Become a professional?
The plan is to go pro. Hopefully the plan works out or else I’ll be facing my worst nightmare!
For a lot of people Maui is one of the top spots for windsurfing. Which places would you like to visit?
It’s hard to think of one place that I would like to go to. I think I would have fun anywhere as long as there are fun people to windsurf with, because I think that the people you are riding waves with make more of a difference than the waves you are riding.
What do you like most on Maui?
There are so many things that make Maui special besides wind and waves. Everyone here is so energized to be in the ocean, it is our lifestyle. Part of the reason is probably the extensive reach of nature’s power here, it’s inspiring to wake up everyday and see this stuff right outside your front door!
Where do you hope to be in 15 years time?
In 15 years? Well I have only been alive for 15 years, so it’s kind of hard to think that far ahead. On the other hand, my life and the goals in my life are pretty simple. I just want to keep doing what I am doing now for as long as I can. I don’t care about money, (or at least any more money than I need to keep living in Maui) I just want to keep riding and keep meeting new people. As long as I am having a good time, I’ll be all good.