Blast From The Past
Hi Marine, take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience… Where were you?
It was in La Baule, France. My parents have a holiday flat in the area and we used to be there for almost every vacation. We learnt to sail on Optimists when we were kids, then small catamarans, a Hobie Cat 16 (soooooooo much fun!) and I wanted to learn something else.
When was it?
It was during summer vacations, when I was 16 I think.
Who were you with?
My brother taught me the basics, he had followed a RYA instructor course and gave me really good tips.
What do you remember from that very first ‘session’?
I was hooked from the start! I remember being really focussed and a great sense of accomplishment I had never felt before.
Who was your local hero? And why?
My brother first of all, I wanted to do everything he did. After that one of my windsurfing instructors who was sending front loops during the courses... I have a couple of local heroes everywhere now, I find everybody inspiring in their own way!
What gear were you using?
Beginner gear: big board with a dagger bosard, small sail... Classic beginner stuff.
Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…
Something more or less like WAHOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!! It was a very short moment with an old Sioux cam sail on a beginner board, but I still remember the feeling of moving into a different space-time.
How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?
When I realised I wanted to aim at becoming one. To me it's a state of mind more than a matter of fact, a status, really. When I started to own that thought, something shifted in me. But when I look back, nothing's changed much, actually. I windsurf because I sincerely need it and love it. Trying to be a little bit more reliable and knowing what I want can only help.
Give a tip for the next generation…
Get good advice and follow your heart, you're doing great already ;)