As a go to source for knowledge, inspiration, adventure, and a newly converted handboarder we were stoked to find out more about him.
I grew up on the West Coast of France and have always been around the water. I was already bodysurfing and bodyboarding at the age of 5 and picked up surfing a little later when I was 10. Growing up, I spent my summers at the beach, but during the rest of the year I spent all my days playing basketball.
I played competitively, and even became a student-athlete for five years. I realized I wouldn’t make it professional, so I dropped basketball and focused my energy on surfing when I moved to New York City.
I’ve always been interested in the surf industry and looking at all the new products brands develop. At the end of 2016, I told myself I should share with other water sport enthusiasts the products that make my surfing experience better and allow everyone to benefit from it. I’ve learned a lot along the way and it has been a blast so far!
Instagram all the way. I feel like the format and the amazing pictures out there suit our sport so well. I also love how easy it is to connect with people. I get people all the time commenting about a post or sending a DM asking advice on what surf gear to get.
1. @tylerallenvo because his impressions of surfers and Donald Trump are hilarious.
2. @kellyslater because he’s never afraid to share his personal thoughts on major issues which always forces me to think.
3. @baptistehaugomatphotofor the amazing pictures of the French breach breaks. He’s a very talented photographer.
That’s a tough one but I would say Morocco, it gets a ton of swell. I went about 4 years ago and the list of positives goes on and on: the food is delicious, spots aren’t too crowded, people are friendly, the cost of living is low, it’s safe, and waves are among the best ones in the world. It offers so many right-handers, which for me, a regular who has been surfing a majority of left-hand spots my whole life, is the dream.
There is always room for a little extra: an insulated water bottle and of course a Slyde Handboard. It’ll fit in your backpack and it’ll guarantee you to have fun regardless of any unfortunate circumstances like a lack of swell, stolen boards or boards that were broken by the airline, a heavy shorebreak… You’ll have a great thing to ride always with you.
Go for it! I’m convinced that everyone has a story to tell and something worth sharing. A lot of the time people are hesitant but there is no risk in trying, in starting to create content and opening up conversations. You’d be surprised by the results . Also, no need to know exactly where it’ll take you, you’ll improve over time and build your audience and purpose as you go.