In 1990 indoor windsurfing was born with the Palais Omnisports de Paris – Bercy making its spectacular debut. It was during this first indoor event that Britain’s Nik Baker, from the south coast, flourished and went on to add a whopping x6 Indoor World Championships to his name.
Nik’s no slouch in the actual ocean either and following a long standing stay in Maui, wher ehe put the hours in training with friends like Jason Polakow, he took the Aloha Classic win in 1990, at windsurfing’s mecca Ho’okipa, having beaten all time windsurfing great and idol Robby Naish.
Mr Baker has been known to dabble in all kinds of windsurfing shenanigans. He ended up second on three occasions in the PWA’s wave discipline as well as taking second in course racing. Nowadays Nik can be found around his home break of Shoreham, or Shorekipa as he nicknames it. It’s also the same area you’ll find younger brother Ant Baker, also a windsurfing name in his own right.
The elder of the Baker bros, however, is the UK’s agent for Fanatic, Duotone and ION – he’s no less busy than when he was on tour, just in a slightly different capacity. And when it’s blowin’ dogs off chains Nik’s still out there among it ripping harder than ever.