De la Villemarque
They say that the best way to hate a sport is to make it your job. Nonsense! Mallo might be one of the most versatile riders in the world, but more importantly, he has kept the exact same stoke for 15 years.
When the wind picks up, he still smiles like a kid, whether it's because he's about to head to the water or to judge a super exciting heat on the GKA or GWA world tours.
Strapless loops well powered on 7m²
Double front strapless
For the feeling of flying or catching waves, to be in the ocean, to keep improving
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 at once, 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 thousands of tries feels so good!
That’s what I love about this sport, it never ends. I just try to adapt to the conditions and enjoy the most by choosing the best toy. Mastering all those disciplines probably takes 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 sailboat for a year just to travel around the Pacific in search of the most perfect wave and surf conditions. I'd tell all my buddies they can join anytime. Riding the perfect wave by yourself is great, but doing it with your best friends is priceless!
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?
Kite-wise, riding in between icebergs and gliding on them was by far one of the best experiences of my life. It’s going to be a hard one to beat, I guess.
What are you doing during a day without wind?
Hopefully surfing or foiling, otherwise training and working.