Ismail is a powerful guy that has the ability to stay fluid & precise in his moves; his style shows just how much he enjoys being out there on the water. He built a surf-inspired kiteboarding style and feels at home anywhere, whether it's small onshore conditions or in a big Ponta Preta swell.
He is also a kitesurf and surf instructor, and is now the director of his own school near his home spot of Essaouira.
Front shove it
It's your own world, you can free your mind and you don't have any limit
Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing has changed many things in my life. Everyday, I wake up and I check the weather first thing. Whether I'm sad or happy, I always got kitesurfing to express myself. I don't know how to explain this feeling.
You just won the lottery, what would you do first?
I invest 70% in a project, and then I kite and surf for the rest of my life.
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?
Becoming a dad... Everyday is different, and it's the most beautiful thing to have happened to me.
What are you doing during a day without wind?
I go surfing, foiling, SUP-ing... When you are addicted to the ocean, there is always a lot to do and basically never a day off. Everyday you go out, you are going to have a blast.