Robby Naish is one of the first athletes to have gained long-lasting international fame in the sport of windsurfing. In 1976, he won his first overall World Championship title, at the age of 13.
Competing as an amateur, he went on to win successive World Championship titles from 1977 to 1979. After the emergence of what become the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) — Naish won the Overall World Champion title from 1983 to 1987, and the PWA World Champion title in 1988, 1989, and 1991.
In the nineties, branching out into new pursuits, Naish became a noted competitor in the emerging sport of kitesurfing. In 1998, he won the kiteboarding slalom world title. In 1999, he won kiteboarding world titles in both slalom and jumping.
As an international sports celebrity, Naish has been featured in numerous films, videos, news reports, and articles. As of 2006, thirty years after his first World Champion title, popular lines of sailboards, sails, and kitesurfing equipment are marketed worldwide under the Naish name.