9. He doesn’t like being filmed.
At all. Especially if it’s me behind the lens. And god forbid if it was anyone else. They would get eaten alive. Tom and I lack enough respect for one another that we’ll happily shout at each other about missing tricks or not being paid or nagging him to ride because that’s his one and only job or me being a bit demanding or him being a child. But do we get the job done? Sometimes. And do we make stuff in a way that hasn’t been done before? Not really, no.
10. Oh and he’s better at foiling than you, too.
Sorry. Should have left this one out really. Not good for morale, is it? But I have witnessed him doing full blown racing tacks, gybing sitting down and generally going twice as fast as you should be able to go on freeride equipment.
Bonus One. He is unapologetic. In a good way.
There is a tricky line between showing his true attitude towards the sport and where it is heading, and setting his career on fire. I have gotten this wrong in the past. It is easy to sympathize when you take into account that he has been bred for freestyle, which in 2022, is in a state of disrepair. But to me, Tom is the most interesting thing in kiteboarding. The way he rides is cool, yeah. However, the way he carries himself and deals with the pressure is refreshing and something the audience has never seen before. He jumps off the screen in interview and on the water. But it also makes him look careless. Which corporate giants do not enjoy. This is a shame because, in my opinion, no one cares more about freestyle kiteboarding than Tom Bridge. ■