De la Villemarque
They say that the best way to hate a sport is to make it your job. It’s bullshit.
He might be one of the most versatile rider in the world, but more important: He kept the exact same stoke for 15 years.
When the wind picks up Mallo still smiles like a kid going out in the water for the first time.
Strapless loops well powered on 7m
Double front strapless
Feeling the improvement, the feeling of flying or catching waves, being in the ocean
Any great rider that is humble and nice to people
Lentils, or even better, a nice raclette in winter!!
Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for kitesurfing?
I love the fact that we have so many different disciplines in one sport. It feels like doing several sports but always with a kite. If you go hydrofoiling it’s a completely unique feeling and dimension, riding perfect waves is an amazing feeling and so complementary to surfing, throwing some megaloops gives you plenty adrenaline, oldschool and newschool freestyle on a twintip are so different yet the same, and finally the feeling of landing a strapless trick after so many thousand tries feels so good!
That’s what I love from this sport, it never ends and I just try to adapt to the conditions and enjoy the most by choosing the best toy. Mastering all those disciplines takes probably a lifetime, but it’s very satisfying when you learn new things and feel the improvement.
You just won the lottery, what would you do first?
Rent a nice massive sailing boat for a year just to travel around the Pacific in search of the most perfect wave riding and surf conditions, and tell all my buddies they can join anytime. Riding perfection on your own is cool, but doing it with your friends has no price!
I’d love to do exactly this, spend a few weeks with friends on perfect waves just for ourselves.
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?
Kitewise, riding in between icebergs and sliding them was by far one of the best experiences of my life. It’s going to be hard to beat that one I guess.
What are you doing during a day without wind?
Hopefully surfing or foiling, otherwise training and working.