O Steve
Steve Allen
AUS-0
 
My first sailing experience was at the age of nine, when my father took me on his newly acquired catamaran on Moreton Bay near Brisbane. It seemed like fun until it pitchpoled in the big swell miles from shore and, while struggling to right it with the mainsheet still cleated and the mast firmly stuck in the mud, a couple of large tiger sharks began circling us. My father wondered why I refused to go on the catamaran again! By some strange twist of logic, however, I didn't hesitate to climb onto the windsurfer he bought a year later. After learning how to sail it on a small dam, I was hooked and back out on Moreton Bay at every opportunity, usually with my cousin Joel. I even convinced my high school to make windsurfing a school sport so we could go windsurfing every Wednesday afternoon, which was just great. 
 
Then, one holiday we met Leo Sharpe, the local hero who was into long board racing, and sponsored with all the latest gear. Joel and I thought this was the go, so I sold my motorbike and bought a race board to see if I could also attract sponsors. We soon found that you needed the latest expensive equipment to win, but I had enough success to get hooked on racing, so I made enough money picking and selling mangos from my father's farm to buy better equipment. Leo and I soon became best friends on land and great rivals on the water. Before long I was winning most local contests, with Leo coming second. I won the Junior State raceboard titles at fifteen, the Junior Australian title at sixteen and the next year I won both Junior and Open lightweight classes, defeating Chris Lawrence who had just won the World titles. 
 
I was then ed to go to Singapore for the 1991 World raceboard titles in the heavyweight class, with my friend Leo competing in the lightweight class. On my 18th birthday, I won the Singapore Heavyweight title and then went on to win the IBSA World Youth Raceboard Title. I finished a close second to Alexandra Hoekstra from Holland, on his superior custom gear, and far ahead of the rest of the fleet, in the World Open Heavyweight division. This contest shaped the rest of my life, as it was then that I decided to turn professional and it was also there that I first met the beautiful Polish windsurfer cum pharmacist, Agata (affectionately called Gucia), whom I married over eleven years later - you don't rush these things! 
 
Since raceboards were on the way out and the pros weren't using them, my sponsor, Steve Magery, from Speed boards made his first slalom boards for Joel and I to take to Maui to train for the World Cup. We trained in the gym 6 days a week, sailed wave and slalom almost every day and stuffed ourselves with protein shakes to put on over 7kg of muscle in 3 months. As slalom novices, we did the Maui series which I ended up finishing 2nd, and then went on to the Hawaiian  State slalom titles which I won, giving me a wild card into the Aloha Classic, the largest and final PBA contest of the year.  
 
 
 
In the Aloha Classic, I looked at my first heat and thought it would be easy as Bjorn and Robby, the only pros I knew of at the time, weren't in it - well, I was on a steep learning curve! I did well to finish the next PBA slalom event in Perth in 7th spot, and complete my first year on the tour ranked 25th. I have been on the PBA/PWA circuit since 1993 and have consistently ranked in the top ten over all (wave and racing) mid lat 90's, with taking my first PWA World Racing Title in 2002 and 2nd in 2003. I have now gained numerous world titles - in Raceboard, Formula 42 and in Production Board class, combining slalom and course racing, in Formula Windsurfing and PWA. In 2001, I won the Australian wave sailing titles to complete a title in every discipline.
 
I have now come almost full circle with slalom and Formula windsurfing, which has many similarities to the raceboard class I started with, except for the advanced shape of the boards and sails, and is almost certainly the way of the future. Where I have become the lead developer for the top brands in the World.
See you on the water, 
 
Steve
3rd May '02
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steve Allen - (z  Australii) - jeden z najbardziej utytułowanych zawodników windsurfing.  Wielokrotność mistrz świata w tej dyscyplinie, ma na swoim koncie także liczne zwycięstwa w Pucharze Świata i Europy. Wielokrotny zdobywca najwyższego tytułu w mistrzostwach Australii, kilkakrotny - w mistrzostwach Polski.
Urodził się w Australii, jednak za swój drugi dom uważa Polskę, gdzie zamieszkał razem ze swoją obecną żoną, Agatą – również windsurferką. Poznali się na mistrzostwach w Singapurze w 1991 roku. Jakiś czas później ona podjęła decyzję o zakończeniu kariery sportowej i postanowiła na stałe osiąść w Polsce, on zaś posłuchał głosu serca i przybył tu za nią. W 2002 roku wzięli ślub, mają razem dwójkę dzieci – Evę i Andy’ego, które Steve uważa za swoje największe życiowe osiągnięcie. Allen spędza teraz większość swojego czasu w Warszawie. Bardzo polubił Polaków, o których mówi, że są jednym z najsympatyczniejszych i najbardziej gościnnych narodów w Europie.
Wziął udział w VIII edycji Tańca z gwiazdami. Jego partnerką była Anna Głogowska. Pomimo niskich not od jury zajęli 4 miejsce (na 14 możliwych)
 
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 missed Costa Brava and part of the Aruba competition. We caught up with Allen to find out a little more.
 
How long have you been windsurfing?
 
since I was 10
 
Who has been you biggest influence on your sailing?
 
“My Father, as he taught me to windsurf”.
 
What would you be doing if you weren’t windsurfing?
 
“I would be a plumber or into renovations for older houses and flats.”
 
Where is your favorite place to windsurf and why? 
 
“I don’t have one best spot, I love to travel the world and sail all the good locations.”
 
What is your favorite move and why? 
 
“I guess the table top forward as I was one of the first to perfect it for competition.”
 
What move did you find the hardest to learn and why? 
 
“Probably the back loop as the timing for the landing is one of the most critical from all the jumps.”
 
What new moves are you currently learning? 
 
“I am not pushing too much on new moves not to get injured as my main focus is the racing.”
 
How do you learn your moves? Videos? Watching others? 
 
“Bit of everything and asking the guys, unless you invent the move then you have the idea in your head and just go out and go for it.”
 
Where is your favorite spot on the PWA tour and why? 
 
“Maybe Costa Brava as we all stay right on the beach at the event site making it social and easy to see when it is windy.”
 
How does competition make you feel? And how to do prepare for your heats? 
 
“A lot of anxious feelings, between heats I try to keep my food intake regular to keep my energy up, stay focused and out of the sun as much as possible.”
 
What do you do when you’re not windsurfing? 
 
“Spending as much time as possible with my kids, and Surfing, SUP, other sports and gym work etc.”
 
 
 
World Titles won by Steve
 
2010 1st Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix World tour
2009 1st Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix World tour
2009 1st Formula Windsurfing World Championships
2007 1st Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix World tour 
2006 1st Formula Windsurfing World Championships
2003 1st Formula Windsurfing World Championships
2002 1st Formula Windsurfing PWA World Tour
2002 1st IFCA World Championships
1997 1st IFCA World Championships
1997 1st Formula 42 World Championships
1992 1st Race Board World championships under 18 and Vice champion Open Men