ZANE SCHWEITZER, 28
Zane Schweitzer, the Hawaiian legend and all-around watersport phenomenon, travelled halfway across the globe to compete in the GWA Wingfoil World Cup in Leucate. There is nothing this guy hasn’t done when it comes to water sports. A two-time SUP world champion, Zane also won the IWT Windsurfing Big Wave Open Pro in 2021 with a monster wave at Jaws. From surfing monster waves to throwing freestyle tricks on a wing foil, Zane is a true master of the ocean.
Zane was destined to be a watersports legend. His father, Matt Schweitzer, a windsurfing pioneer, was 17 times Windsurfing World Titleholder. Furthermore, Zane’s Grandfather, Hoyle Schweitzer, was essentially the inventor and founder of windsurfing.
Zane has followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps pioneering the sport of wingfoiling. He has played an enormous part in helping design the first Starboard wing foils for wave riding.
“In many ways, I feel like I get to pave the way into a new sport just as my father and grandfather did. It is incredible to be a part of something that is changing so fast and to see the level of this sport skyrocket, sometimes within the space of a few weeks. My last Wingfoil event was four months ago, and now, coming here to train for the GWA, it’s insane to see the progression just in the space of four months.
I might be considered a sound wave rider on Maui, but I am entirely humbled here, seeing the world level of freestyle wingfoiling. Now I get to embrace that humility and become a student again”.