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While on his way to the top Paul was knocked out for a season due to a pretty bad knee injury. He took the hit, fought his way back into the water and now he is ready to take over his top ten position.

In this short clip he is talking about injury, road to recovery and how his love for Kiteboarding nourished his comeback.


Nationality FRENCH Age 1993
Gruissan, France
Double heart attack
Blind Judge 9
Fun, training, addicted
John John Florence and Lindsey Vohn
Açai with a lot of toppings
“ I’m living in the dream world... ”

Paul Interview

Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for kitesurfing?

It started pretty early, as I got hooked when I was 10 years old, thanks to my mom and dad. The magic part about this sport is that I enjoy riding now as much as I enjoyed it 15 years ago, doesn’t matter the conditions or the place on earth, I just love to kite. But you realize that kiteboarding is everything in your life when every morning you check the wind, when you check the potential kite spot from the plane or when you think of your next session just after finishing one, and the list can go on and on!


You just won the lottery, what would you do first?

I hope I won a lot because I have some massive projects!
First, I’ll make the exact same wave as Kelly Slater in my backyard and then if I still have some money left, I’ll buy a house in every kite spot I love, one in Greece for Freestyle, one in Mauritius for the waves and one in Australia for everything else.


Next destination?

Canada in the Magdalen Islands to shoot a film and some pics. Can’t wait, as I’ve never been there!

“ I’ll make the exact same wave as Kelly Slater. ”
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?

Living the life I live right now. Traveling the world on my own and living from my passion is something I’ve always dreamed of and it’s now a reality. I often tell myself that I’m living in the dream world but it turns out that this is my life, my real life.


What are you doing during a day without wind?

Without wind you can do a lot, if there is wave I surf for sure, but when I’m home I start my day with a gym session and then the afternoon is free, either I foil if the wind is just light or I do something else if there is no wind at all like cleaning my car from the tons of sand or I just do some sports like cycling, swimming or running.


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