Catching Up With Zane Schweitzer

Photo: Ed Wheeler

Photo: Ed Wheeler

Zane Schweitzer is a kid with endless energy. The Maui teen is known for his playful surfing style with backflips and airs, as well as his speed as an elite racer. Schweitzer is on double duty year-round, as a top competitor on both the Standup World Tour and Standup World Series, while also competing on the American Windsurfing Tour. Recently, Schweitzer’s added even more to his full plate with a new job hosting webisodes and MCing events for the World Tour. We aren’t sure how he does it, but he’s killing it on all fronts. Here’s a peak into the world of Zane Schweitzer. —SC

This summer is going to be a busy one for you. Tell us about your travel plans.
I’m off to France and Spain for the World Series race events and then I’m going to go to Mexico to just train for some surfing. After that we have a bunch of races in Maui, pretty much every weekend for the race season: the Molokai2Oahu, the Triple Crown, the Naish; so pretty much every weekend in July I’ll be racing in Maui. And then we have a little bit of a break with events, so pretty much the next World Series event will be in August and then September we have the next World Tour event and Battle in California. So I’m pretty much just year-round traveling, living out of a suitcase.

Photo: OneFire

Photo: OneFire

So you’re living the life?
Oh yeah, living the life. I enjoy it a hundred percent to the fullest, but I appreciate my time home so much. This year, I’ve only been home three weeks or something like that. So it’s a lot of traveling. I love it and I’m going to milk it as long as I can, but when I’m home it’s so nice to hang out with my family and friends- I have such good friends and family, so I love to be home and hang out with everyone and spend time with the dogs.

Photo: OneFire

Photo: OneFire

We’re glad to see you feeling better after last year’s setbacks. Tell us what was going on with your health.
2012 was a crazy crossroad for me. I had a lot of crazy stuff going on. I broke my wrist and that was messing with me for two of the World Tour stops. Then, this parasite amoeba sickness I had lasted for nine months. That was just a joke. I lost almost 30 pounds and I couldn’t hold down any food. It was really bad. I was really sickly and I continued to race and compete because that’s just what I have to do. I kept thinking I was going to get better and it kept dragging on.
Finally, I got some help from some herbalists and natural doctors. I visited eight different western hospitals and none of them could do anything for me, and finally I decided to go that other route and it really helped.

Photo: FCS

Photo: FCS

You’re a top racer and paddlesurfer. Are you focusing on one or the other?
I’ve always loved the surfing part of it all, and that’s always where my passion’s going to be for sure, but with all the politics, judging, and stuff like that, I’m really focusing on my racing a lot this year. It’s just whoever crosses the line first- there’s no politics on who won or whatnot, it’s just whoever’s got it and whoever’s going to give it their all.
I’m still going to focus on the surfing and do every World Tour event, and do the events I need to do to have a solid ranking on the World Series. And with that, it’s pretty much eight months out of the year traveling, just those two tours. Then I also juggle the American Windsurfing Tour and I have two of those events this year, and some local surf events, of course, in Hawaii and California.

Photo: UAE SUP Abu Dhabi

Photo: UAE SUP Abu Dhabi

Tell us about your new job this year with the World Tour.
Yeah, I’ve been doing a lot of MCing for events, I guess giving the athlete’s point of view and mixing it up. I have fun up there. I like to be in front of the camera and share my opinions on things, do interviews and talk with friends. This year’s really exciting with the World Tour and World Series because I have my own Zane Schweitzer Morning Show. We’ve been interviewing people at every event, and making it kind of a series thing where we go do something fun on the lay day and then have a morning show and talk a little bit, cut to the fun stuff we did the day before, and same with the event MCing. We’ll talk to guys that did well the previous day and cut to some of their clips. It’s a really fun thing. I’m looking forward to doing more of the broadcasting and being the host with the Tour, and hopefully that will open up some doors for me one day.

Photo: OneFire

Photo: OneFire

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