Martin Møller Hovda is a rising star in the sport windsurfing. At the age of 16 he is already considered to be one of the most promising talents in the world. (This year he is competing in both the U-21´s and at senior level).
Continue to read for Martins story.
I was born in Åkrehamn, located on the island Karmøy, on the norwegian west coast. The fact that my father was active in windsurfing and we lived on the beach, windsurfing became a natural way of life, both for me and my older brother.
At the age of seven i started windsurfing together with my father and three year older brother.
My brother almost immediately became my toughest competitor. Though we were friends onshore, this changed as soon as we set foot in the water. It was always a battle to stay in front, and my older brother was always slightly in front of me. This led to a lot of frustration, and I sometimes “bent” the rules to get in front of him.
This could be things like sailing into him, pressing him into bad positions and when I got in front of him I made sure to block all opportunities for him to get back in front. These happenings not rarely ended up in fights, were we actually could have killed each other.
Despite of this, my relation to my brother, has helped me to constantly look for ways to improve, both my speed and my tecnique. I see him as the greatest contributor to my success on the board.
I got my first award, “new windsurfer of the year”, at the age of eleven. This is to me a very nice memory, since the award was given to me by the best sailor in Norway at the time, Sondre Krey. That year I also got the price “Rookie of the year”.
Currently I am traveling all over the world to compete at the world stage. My worst fear is that lack of sponsors will limit my possibilities to chase my true potential as a windsurfer. Because windsurfing is to me as natural and important as breathing.
For my latest achievements visit my awards page.