Fred Haywood was born on the island of Maui a decade before Hawaii became a state. The son of a sugar plantation doctor, he grew up playing with the neighbor kids, who were Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, and white. He and his four siblings played in the waters off Kahului Harbor on their own balsawood surfboards and El Toro sailboats. He and his buddies trekked around the island, surfing, camping and diving for fish from Honolua Bay to Hana.

When Fred was seventeen, he left home to join George Haines’s world-famous Santa Clara swim team. In 1967, he and Mark Spitz were the first high school students to win the National Championships in Dallas, Texas, and Fred became the fastest backstroker in America. Fred was a silver medalist at the 1967 Pan American Team and became a multiple NCAA and American record holder. He went on to swim for Jim Gauhran and became the swim team captain at Stanford University.          Fred continued his winning ways in another water sport, in 1983 breaking the world speed record in Weymouth, England, to become the fastest windsurfer in the world, a record he held for three years.

Fred Haywood excelled in windsurfing competitions until, at the practically ancient age of forty, he gave up his professional sports career to raise a family and sell real estate on his beloved Maui. He is now one of the most successful realtors on the island and a popular teacher for realtors around the country.

Career Highlights:

  • Santa Clara High School 1967
  • National High School Champion in 100 yard backstroke 1967
  • National Champion 100 yard Backstroke 1967
  • Silver Medalist Pan American Games 1968
  • College Freshman Champion 100 backstroke 1968
  • NCAA Champion 100 yard backstroke and 4 x 100 yard medley relay 1969
  • National Champion 100 yard backstroke 1969
  • NCAA Champion 4 x 100 yard medley relay 1970 and 1971
  • Stanford Swim Team Captain 1970 and 1971
  • Stanford University BA Economics 1971
  • Maui Real Estate license 1973
  • Sailboards Maui Owner 1981-1986
  • New World Speed sailing record 30.82 kts on windsurfer in Weymouth, England 1983
  • Rode “largest wave,” Maui, Hawaii 1984. Featured in LIFE magazine
  • Sponsored by Neil Pryde Sails from 1984 to 1990
  • New World Speed sailing record 10 sq m sail size Fremantle, Australia 1986
  • Largest commission check, REMAX California and Hawaii region-wide 2002
  • Star Power Star – Real Estate Interview 2003 
  • Top 50 real estate agents on Maui 2018
  • Current Broker/Owner of Fred Haywood Realty 

PREORDER NOW! Racing with Aloha will be released on August 24, 2021

Racing at the Speed of Aloha is part adventure tale, part spiritual memoir. It enchants anyone who loves or longs for the timeless mystique of the Hawaiian Islands. Readers delight in the story of a youth who swam with sharks―by accident, of course. Water enthusiasts relish the memories Fred Haywood shares of windsurfing Ho’okipa, Maui’s legendary beach which is still the most renowned windsurfing site in the world. Racing at the Speed of Aloha features forewords by legends Mark Spitz and Laird Hamilton, and a special acknowledgement by Kai Lenny, the youngest, most popular star on the water today.

When we met, Fred was already famous as a powerful wave sailor riding the biggest waves. He was focused on becoming the fastest man on the water to break thirty knots on a windsurfer. This goal was at the time a magical number that was attracting sailors everywhere; it was the four-minute mile of sailing, an objective still out of reach then, too.

Neil Pryde provided the resources that enabled Fred to work with Barry Spanier to create the sail and rig and take Fred to England, where he cracked thirty knots on a Neil Pryde sail. This achievement underpinned the Neil Pryde brand’s marketing that spread our market worldwide, becoming the world leader in windsurfing equipment, the world’s fastest sails. I remain forever grateful for Fred’s contribution to the growth and reputation of the Neil Pryde brand.

– Neil Pryde

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