Archive for Mai 11th, 2020

Blast From The Past

Posted: 11th Mai 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post:

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 ;) 

Thanks, Marine.