BiographyComing from a sailing family (Boats), Yannick was introduced to Windsurfing by his mom at the age of 9 in St Laurent du Vars near his home town Nice (French Riviera).
In 1998, just after his 17th birthday, he took part in his first competition in the Portuguese local event ‘Guincho Wave Classic.’ He finished 1st place junior and 7th overall in strong side-shore winds. He began to train professionally and travelled throughout Europe and North Africa, searching for best wave conditions and participating in French events.
In 2001, thanks to the shaper Fabien Vollenweider and to ex world cup competitor Fabien Pendle, he signed up to his first full year as an athlete and entered PWA qualifier events. The following years were all about competing in the PWA, lots of travelling for surf trips, and doing the traditional competitor’s Hawaii photo shoot during the season break.
2004, 2005 and 2006 were marked by a return of the indoor events, Yannick’s skills and build suited these contest and he was regularly placed top 3 in the jumping discipline.
In January 2006, during the London Boat Show, he performed the first ever indoor double forward loop.
Following a second injury break, he spent some months mountain walking and camping in the Alps and decided to move to Fuerteventura to find some stability. He is presently living there, waveriding almost every day.
Debut in World Cup: 2001
2003 FRANCE FREESTYLE CHAMPION
2001 PWA Costa Brava freestyle qualifier, Spain N.C
2002 PWA Leucate freestyle qualifier, France 4th
PWA Costa Brava freestyle qualifier, Spain N.C
2003 PWA Vargas super session, Canary Island 7th
2004 PWA INDOOR Paris Bercy jump, France 9th
PWA INDOOR Paris Bercy freestyle, France 6th
PWA Pozo Wave grand prix, Canary Islands 33
PWA Pozo freestyle Grand Prix, Canary islands 33
2005 PWA INDOOR London Boat Show jump, England 3rd
PWA Aloha classic grand prix, Hawaii 33
PWA Guincho Wave grand prix, Portugal 13
2006 PWA INDOOR London Boat Show jump, England 3rd
3rdPWA INDOOR London Boat Show freestyle, England 12
PWA INDOOR Gent jump, Belgium 3rd
PWA INDOOR Gent freestyle, Belgium 10
PWA INDOOR Gent slalom, Belgium 13
PWA Guincho Wave grand prix, Portugal 17