Loïck Lesauvage (Goya Windsurfing / Shamal Sunglasses) is one of the many aspiring young sailors trying to make their mark on the windsurfing world and the young Frenchman looks as though he could have a bright future after catching the eye since making his debut in 2015. The 17-year-old has enjoyed success on the PWA Youth World Tour which saw him win both Youth events in Pozo, Gran Canaria and El Medano, Tenerife, in 2016, while he has already won a few heats on the full world tour and has shown on several occasions he has the potential to cause some upsets! As one of the most exciting young talents coming through the ranks we caught up with Loïck to find out more about him.
Hey Loïck how's it going ? Firstly can you tell us a little bit more about yourself ? How old are you ? Where you're from?
I'm 17 years old currently living in the south of France. I love being in the ocean, to simply be in the nature and windsurfing whenever I can.
When and how did you first get into windsurfing? And what is it that you love about the sport?
I started windsurfing when I was 6 years old with my father in Leucate. I used to see him windsurfing very often back then and he just wanted to teach me. At first it wasn't something I really enjoyed doing. After trying and falling many times I finally started to feel the freedom this sport brings and I just really liked it. This freedom is amazing because we can just do whatever we want, go wherever we want and nobody is able to disturb us.
At what point did you become addicted to windsurfing and realise you want to turn this from a sporting hobby into sporting profession?
Windsurfing is a sport with diversity and freedom. As soon as I ride waves, I feel new sensations, that made me hooked. Since I have spent my time in the waves every time I have got the chance. After many hours and sessions dedicated and training hard, I just wanted it to be more than just a passion and to become something I could see myself doing as a professional. Deep inside me, I’ve always wanted this. It was my dream.
Best result so far?
- Pro :
17th Tenerife 2016
- Youth :
1st Pozo 2015, 2016
1st Tenerife 2016
What's your ultimate goal for the future?
In the future, I want to keep training hard and continue to improve in the different competitions in order to finally reach the top.
Who is your windsurfing idol?
Without a doubt, it’s Jaeger Stone. He is definitively my favourite windsurfer so far, on every spot he is so radical with his wave riding, he has a unique style on the Tour, it's a great source of inspiration for me.
What do you think your strengths are?
I think my passion and my dedication to this sport are my main strengths.
And where do you think you need to improve?
I need to improve in my jumps, to be able to jump higher, it's my weakness. It's not my favourite thing to do but if I want to improve in competitions I need to work on this.
Favourite location to sail?
Home has always been my the favourite place to sail. I know everything there, about the waves, about the rocks. I always have fun sessions.
Where would you most like to go to that you haven't been to yet?
I definitively want to go to Australia, I watched a lot of videos and it really makes me dream, I would love to have the opportunity to practice windsurfing there, the waves look so perfect.
Favourite equipment setup?
The custom Goya 78L is my magic board, wherever I go, this board always works well, at Ho'okipa, at Pozo or at home. It's just crazy because the conditions are totally different. I love riding this board with a Fringe 3.7-4.0-4.2 - It is a fun combo that I enjoy in every session.
I think the perfect conditions are Starboard Tack with 25 Knots side shore with 2-3 meters of waves and without anyone out there on the water to disturb me.
Favourite jump / wave manoeuvre?
I have got two favourite jumps, they are the pushloop tweaked and the double forward.
My favourite wave manoeuvre is the wave 360 or the goiter one-handed.
What would be your perfect day?
A perfect day for me would be to wake up early, just before the sunrise, eat a healthy breakfast and go in the water to enjoy a good morning session. Stop just before the afternoon, and rest for while and then sail again until the sun sets. After that, go back home, eat, watch the video rushes of the day and have a good sleep.
Do you have any superstitions?
No, I don't believe in superstitions.
Who would you most like to have as a dinner guest, dead or alive?
- It would be just my girlfriend and myself.
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