LATEST NEWS - INTERVIEW
Sunday, 15 July 2012
In our latest river ripper of the month" interview, we present Pierre Garambois from Lyon in France.Pierre is a well know freestyle sailor along the Rhône River and loves to share his passion with friends."We (windsurfers from the online community 'LaBar') really want to push windsurfing forward,especially freestyle on our spots, to show people how good and how much fun our spots can be, and to push the youth and the next generation into the best sport in the world!"
Sunday, 03 April 2011
Sunday, 06 February 2011
Ripper of the month
In the following interview we introduce Julien Mas, one of France's shooting starts in freestyle windsurfing, ranked 26th in the EFPT (European Freestyleprotour) freestyle tour 2010.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from and how come you got into freestyle windsurfing?Hi, I’m Julien Mas and I’m 21. I come from France and I live in Grenoble close to Lake Monteynard. That’s where I began windsurfing and where my passion for freestyle started. At that time, I used to watch teenagers who were practicing this discipline and they looked so cool and relaxed. So I wanted to become like them. I started windsurfing at the age of 6 and practicing freestyle at the age of 13. I live near a town with many rivers that are all quite dirty. The nearest river from where I live is the Isère. I have never surfed there because it is forbidden by the law and it is said that the Isère river is very toxic but it’s my dream to go one day. When the winter arrives Lake Affrey starts to freeze, so I start my car and I drive in the direction of Lyon until I reach the Rhône River that is also a bit dirty. Fortunately there’s a McDonalds next to the spot where I can recover from a session afterwards :)copyright photo by Alexis Fernet
What has been your greatest success on the EFPT tour so far and how did you feel back then?I finished 5th at the EFPT at Leucate in 2010. It was the first time that I took part in a competition, so I was able to see how it looked like. A competition is very different from a free session, you have to contain your stress, to manage the moves of your opponents but also succeed in performing your own moves so that you don’t finish out of the limit. I’m working very this year to improve my skills.
How and where do you prepare yourself for the tour 2011 that is kicking off in Europe with a show event in Podersdorf / Austria?From October to December I trained in different spots in Brazil and since mid-January I’m training at Bonaire until beginning of April. Ya , I heard that the freestyle competition for the EFPT will start with such a night session towin.
What are your favorite moves and what's the latest move you're working on ? Air funnel and Skopu.Julien does the Skopu :: source: vimeo.com
Your favorite playgrounds are? I like when it’s quite flat with a few chops but I try to train in every condition because it is important for the competition.copyright photo by Alexis Fernet
Can you describe a typical big day on Rhône River while sailing with your buddies?A dirty day !! Some wind and some sun! It starts with a phone call to my friend Alexis Fernet who comes and shoots the session, then we drive in direction of St Alban du Rhône (90km). After St Alban du Rhône there’s town that stinks of cat litter and when you get this smell it means you’re nearly there. Generally, the conditions are quite good in the morning. A good day is 4.2 fullpower, good chops. In the afternoon it gets a bit irregular. I ride for 2 hours and when I come out of the water my skin starts to itch. The water is a bit dirty. After the session I always go and eat at MacDonald’s to clean the inside :)
Your latest magic moment while sailing Rhône River ?When I came out of the water and I haven’t swallowed any water.
copyright photo by Alexis Fernet
What are you interests beside Windsurfing ?Well I practice wakeboarding from time to time.I like spending my evenings chatting with my friends and brainstorming new crazy moves.Your plans for the future?
I hope I will be successful in this year’s competitions and I would like to enter the top 5 on the European Freestyle Pro Tour.Julien is sponsored by the following brands: boards: Patrick Diethelm fins & booms: mb-fins.com apperal: vikteam-webstore.com For more info please visit Julien's website http://julienmas-f7.blogspot.com/
copyright photo by Alexis Fernet
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
This time we introduce Nick Allen from Hood River/USA as ripper of the month .
Nick is a dedicated/talented freestyle windsurfer and snowboarder who calls the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood his local playgrounds.
In an interview he talks about his life and passion for river windsurfing:"Now (13 years later) life has improved alot, I have really grown to love it here. I work in the snow sports industry, allowing windsurfing every day in the summer, and snowboarding every day in the winter. The mix of seasons will keep me from ever getting burned out of one thing..."
Sunday, 01 August 2010
Thursday, 01 July 2010
Julien Sanchez from Lyon/France is our latest ripper of the month. Julien is a professional sports filmaker, photographer and ambioned windsurfer who calls the Rhône River his local playground.In an interview he talks about his passion for windsurfing and his profession."I filmed my first flicks along the Rhône to document our windsurfing sessions on this powerful river. From then on I knew, that I had to go on and make this my life's work. Later, I set up a project with Jérome Houyvet, the French photographer, Keith Tebooul, Carine Cambooulives and Manu Bouvet, filming backstage on a windsurfing trip. This led to production of a film called "THE TRIP"."