August: Aussie Ripper
Jaeger Stone became a hot name on the windsurfing scene from around the age of 15, his natural waveriding style combined with super high but graceful jumping put him above pretty much every windsurfer of his age.
A few years on and Jaegers windsurfing has gone from strength to strength, although competition is not his focus he has still managed to mount up some very impressive results and is a threat in any wave heat. His awesome windsurfing ability, cheeky yet innocent smile, dubious sense of humour, and of course not to mention the six pack, all make Jaeger FLOWs perfect hunk for August.
Name: Jaeger Stone
Date of Birth: 2nd October 1990
Years windsurfing: 8
Windsurfing level: Kook
Home town: Geraldton
Current Location: Perth
Hi Jaeger, how is it being back out in Western Australia? Did you enjoy your trip to Europe?
Yeah, Tenerife was pretty fun. Wasn’t much wind at first, but the last week definitely made up for it. It’s pretty good to be home, start Uni in a few days though.
So a bit of background information, when and where did you start windsurfing?
Started windsurfing when I was 11 at St. Georges beach in Geraldton. Dad started a year before me and then taught me when he’d learnt the basics like waterstarting and gybing.
What was it about windsurfing that you first loved?
I think trying to do airs and because Geraldton is so windy in Summer, it was just another way to catch waves. Got to miss a lot of school too.
You have been competing for a few years now, do you really enjoy it or do you prefer sailing at your local break?
I’m not the biggest fan of competitions yet. When it’s Winter in Australia it can be a good opportunity to get away and windsurf a lot, but it’s pretty hard to leave W.A in Summer.
Tell us more about Geraldton and your other local spots, why do you like them and why would you encourage more people to head to WA?
Geraldton’s a town that’s slowly starting to get pretty big. Like most of the W.A coast in Summer it’s offshore in the morning and then the seabreeze comes in in the afternoon. One of the best spots around town to sail is Coronation. There’s really flat water on the inside for a few hundred metres and then the waves gradually get bigger as you go out. It’s really easy to sail and probably one of the best jumping spots in W.A. It’s pretty fun waveriding late in the afternoon too.
To get some bigger waves, Margaret River is pretty close and there’s some really good waves up North too.
People should come to W.A because there’s so many different places to windsurf and the majority are some of the best in the world.
You’re currently at Uni, what are you studying and how is it working out fitting in your studies with windsurfing?
I’m studying Health Sciences and am doing it as a sort of bridging course to get in to Physiotherapy. My main focus right now and until I finish, is Uni, and I’m not that interested in doing the world tour at the moment so it makes it a bit easier to make that my main priority. I try to do a trip during my mid year break and then I finish in November, so I have all of Summer in W.A to windsurf as much as I can.
Why do you love windsurfing? And why do you think more women should get into the sport?
I like windsurfing because you can jump on the way out and ride a wave on the way in. I think more women should get into it because it’s healthy for the sport.
What valuable lessons have you learnt from the women in your life (windsurfing related or otherwise)?
How to shop
You must be surrounded by some very talented windsurfers, what women have you seen out there recently that were really ripping?
You (Amy Carter) probably, everyone on the beach in Tenerife is pretty impressed with your waveriding. Kirra and Karen Young can wave ride better than the majority of guys here in W.A as well.
What other sports are you and the Aussie locals into when the wind doesn’t blow?
My family and I all surf a lot as well, but if the surf isn’t very good we go toboganning down my driveway.
Guys might be stronger than girls, but girls are....
prettier, (excluding Ben Severne.)
One thing you will never understand about women…
is why they ask so many questions.
When you realise the person doing cleaner backies than you is a girl you think…
I need to get that girl to sign my T shirt
Would you rather have endless wealth but nobody to share it with, or be head over heels in love and totally broke?
Ha ha good question for a 19 year old, love is a beautiful thing.
Which of the following would you give up if you had to, drinking, sex or windsurfing?
Probably the one I’ve done the most of already, which would be sex. Ha nah, probably drinking.
If a girl asked you for some help rigging up her kit would you
a)jump at the chance and have the kit tuned up and ready to go before she can get her wetsuit on
b)give her a helping hand, while chatting to her about windsurfing
c)be talked into it with the promise of copius amounts of beer
d)ask her to stop winding you up as you know she is more than capable of rigging up herself
The last month has been windless, flat and raining, Saturday is fast approaching and the forecast is looking awesome, windy, perfect swell, and sunshine, but then your computer calendar pops up reminding you there is a very important family gathering on the same day. What do you do?
a)give windsurfing a miss, family are the most important thing
b)get up ridiculously early, go for a sunrise windsurf and make it just in time
c)get a decent windsurf session in, but cut it a bit short, turn up fashionably late, your family know you well enough to understand
d)call up on Saturday morning, put on your best ‘I’m really sick’ voice, while hoping they haven’t checked the weather forecast
Windsurfing girls rock because....the sport needs them
Jaeger is sponsored by Starboard, Severne, Flying Objects, Cockburn Joinery and SSD..
Thanks a lot Jaeger, hope the girls enjoy the answers and pics, I’m sure they will!
Photos by John Carter and courtesy of Starboard www.star-board.com