PAUL SERIN


Nationality:
French

Currently living in:
Béziers, France

Date of birth:
17 September 1993

How long have you been practicing kitesurf for?
Since 2003!

 

"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

 

Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for kitesurfing?
It started when I was very young: my father taught me the basics when I was ten years old. I caught on quickly and my passion grew until it eventually became my career! There’s nothing better than living your passion and I enjoy every day I spend on the water, all over the world.

What are your goals for this year?
Ranking in the Top 10 Worldwide for 2015, my goals for 2016 are pretty straightforward: reach the top 5 and win the French championship for a third time. I would also like to make videos of little-known spots to capture people’s imagination and share the kitesurfing spirit with them.

Which strategy are you implementing to reach your goals?
There are no secrets to success, you just need to train as much as possible! That means hours in the water, as well as land training to prevent injury and be in good shape for kitesurfing. It also helps to do everything with pleasure and passion!

The water is your playing field, where do you train?
For freestyle, we usually look for flat water so our tricks can be performed as well as possible. The spots depend on the time of year, Brazil is great in October or November, then Australia starting in January, and occasionally Tarifa. But whenever I come home I take advantage of the conditions we have in southern France in places like Gruissan, Leucate and Port Camargue.

What’s your favourite spot?
Definitely Gruissan! It’s the best freestyle spot in the region. I’m really attached to this place because that’s where I tried all my tricks for the first time, where I learn new ones and where I always run into my friends.

What destinations are you longing to explore? 
At the moment I’m drawn to New Zealand, I like countries with a good mix of land and sea.

What’s your motto?
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?
One of my most treasured recent memories is the first stage of the 2015 World Tour in Morocco. I was under a lot of pressure when I got there because I wasn’t prequalified for the season, so I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. I managed to pass the qualifications, and then I finished 5th in the main event. I’ve never ridden so well in a competition. It was a good start to the year!

Your best session: where and when?
I can’t name just one: every summer session in Gruissan is fantastic. To give you an idea, imagine it’s the end of the day, at sundown, with a smooth wind, not many people in the water, just you in your board shorts getting a kick out of the spot! And for beer lovers, someone’s always thought to bring a cooler for once you’re out of the water.

 

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