Hi, my name is Jason Polakow. My discipline is windsurfing wave. My friends call me JP, Pozza. I was born on 10 November 1971 in Torquay, Australia. My special talent is riding huge waves on windsurfer, surfboard, SUP. My philosophy of life is get busy living. My favourite food is sushi. My favourite music isOffspring, Pennywise, Social Distortion, Metallica, Enigma, Deep Forest and many more.
Jason Polakow was born in Torquay, Australia, and is a true all-rounder when it comes to extreme sports. Before he switched to windsurfing and made his name as a legend on the water, Jason had already earned the title of Australian Junior Moto X Champion. But at just 18 years old, he established himself as the top windsurfer in Australia and headed off to the world stage, where he quickly rose to the top.
In 1990, Jason won every event he entered, including beating windsurfing legend Robby Naish in his own backyard at the Marui/O’Neill World Cup Grand Slam, finishing the season ranked number two in the world. But extreme sports are not without risk, and serious a Moto X accident nearly ended Jason’s career, leaving him with broken legs, wrists and feet. Doctors said he would never windsurf again but he beat the odds to not only recover, but to charge straight back to the top of the world rankings.
1997 was one of most successful years of Jason’s life, when he was crowned PWA Wave-sailing World Champion for the first time, and launched his own board brand, JP Australia. A year later he took his second World Championship.
Jason’s true passion has always been chasing down some of the biggest waves and best surf conditions and he is the only wave-sailor to break away from full time competition to challenge nature in its most extreme form. In February 2016 he became the first windsurfer to tackle the giant waves at Praia do Norte, near Nazaré, Portugal, saying: “This isn't Maui, You don’t come out here for 20 fun waves. You come out and you feel good if you get one or two unbelievable rides.”
In recent years, Jason has evolved to become a more all-round waterman and extreme sports athlete who excels in big wave tow-surfing and stand up paddling. Meanwhile, on dry land, his thirst for adrenaline has thrust him back into heli-boarding and motocross.
“I am more excited than ever with the direction my life has taken over the last five years. I feel more alive and dedicated to push the limits on the water and test my own limits on land.”
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