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Gran Canaria, October 2016


Last stop of the 2016 APB World Tour. The conditions are hard, the waves are strong for the 2016 edition. It is what one calls a Big Fronton !   It’s the lottery for the contestants depending on whether you go high or low tide. The conditions change radically. The two contenders for the WT title are PLC and Jeff Hubbard.
As the tide is getting low and the waves are getting too big, the organizers decide that the finals will take place with 4 riders-heats and not man-on-man.

I am in the final with Igor SANCHEZ, Uri VALADAO and PLC. He is already the brand new 2016 World Champion as he wins his semi-final. It will be an incredible moment. Here is what I want : a high-level scored heat, big tricks, suspense and celebrate this game with my best friend on the Tour. PLC gets a good score with a belly-air, on landing he cuts his tongue with his teeth. I  follow him with a good vague and I get 9pts.


Then I take and I keep the leadership of the final. Five minutes before the end, the two other riders are combo and PLC still needs a good score to beat me. About a 8,5 or 9 pts wave. It is not impossible for Pierre. But he tells me :
 » Ok guy, let’s stop the game now. I feel I won’t beat you. You dominate the contest and the final, you desserve to be the Fronton King and I am already the World Champion. What more do we need ? « 
So the three last minutes pass and the bell rings. We congratulate each other, we have reached our aim.
He is sincerely happy that I win the 2016 Fronton King and he needs nothing more.
And I am deeply happy that he is the 2016 World Champion and I need nothing more. For this year …

This moment illustrates the strong and unseen link  that there is between us, friendship, rivalry and brotherhood.
We are so happy to celebrate !

For 2016, French bodyboarding is at the top of the World :  PLC is the World Champion and I am the 2016  World Vice-Champion

I want to give a special tribute to the local organization that made a very big job.

And I thank heaven that made me come to live in this incredible spot with my beloved family sorroundig me.

Click here to see my Videos Fronton King 2016


2016 – PORTUGAL – Competing and cruising


During the three steps of 2016 APB  Bodyboarding World Tour in Portugal, I decide to travel with my family on a camping-car.
We spend one month cruzing together Malennhy, Oliver and I, on the Portugal coast between Sintra, Nazaré and Viana.
Usually I leave my home just to go for a contest. But in Septembre 2016, I chose a new package. I vote for sports, competing, driving, camping, cruzing, training ,lifestyle and family.
It is a very different way that makes you feel balanced, relax and focused.


Portugal is an incredible place for surfing, with hudge beachbreaks and a big riders community.
I enjoy empty waves on vast beaches, with fresh water and big pleasure and we meet nice people overthere too.
If you want to spend beautiful moments of freedom, natural life and free surf in good conditions, Portugal is really the ideal experience.


According to competitions, my results were not so high  (Top 9 in Sintra – Top 5 in Nazaré). I enjoy the Viana event, with my final with Ian Campbell, then I finish Top 2.
Sometimes, your body and mind need something else than big results : harmony, discovery, liberty and fancy moments as a family as well as a competitor.
As I come back to Gran Canaria,The Fronton King is in my sights and  I want to keep my crown… The 2016 APB WT is not over yet.

Bodyboarding spirit is still in action. Ever.


2016 BRAZIL- Itacoatiara Pro

A mate on the podium

After my good entering in the comp, with my 2015 title in mind I want to go as far as possible in the board.  I am surprised and disappointed as I fail in semi-final. Anyway, the competition is as usual a success for the organizers and all peopole sitting down the Itacoatiara Elephant Mountain. I am glad to see Alex Uranga winning the event. He is a strong rider and he is a SNIPER team rider with me. So that I an proud to see his SNIPER board on the podium.

 Just once won’t hurt…

To be at the top level is really an extraordinary situation but you have to be humble enough to accept what happens. At the same time, you need to be strong enough to go ahead and project yourself into new victories.


2016-Teahupoo Tahiti Challenge APB Tour


After twelve years long without any Bodyboarding Professional contest, Teahuppo welcomed us with the Sparkgreen Teahupoo Tahiti Challenge  in April-May 2016.
This majestic wave demands a big organization. All is ruled by the APB Team that takes care of any detail ( security, action film, live webcast).
I feel a big motivation  in front these good waves to ride.

I keep so good memories in mind, even my failure  against  Jeff Hubbard – the winner of the contest.
It gives me more to learn with such an incredible rider : to be more offensive, to tempt aerial manoeuvres although you are the leader of the heat, even when you have the priority. I know that I will progress again and again. That is one of my motos : You can’t stop progress…

A tribute on my skin

Although I get only Top 13 on the comp,  I capilise on my pleasant journey in Tahiti. This island is a magical place where the ocean is a sovereign and the waves just amazing.
The island is a natural treasure and I feel attracted by all the French Polynesia islands.
I am lucky to stay at Mana’s home, with his wife and daughters, in an authentic Tahitian lifestyle.
Never forget :  Tahitian people are friendly,  nice, hospitable and I can’t wait to be back there for a new Teahuppo or for a trio, why not ?

I leave with some grey pearls in my pocket to offer to my beloved wife Malennhy and with a tatoo on my leg, another tribute to Tahitian islanders and waves.


2014 Arica Chilean Challenge – CHILE





After nine years surfing El Floppo on IBA then APB Tour, with a second place in 2010, I eventually conquered this fabulous wave that is my favorite one on the World Tour. I have spendt nine years, year after year, discovering this powerful slab, these strong and solid waves, the endless swell. Nine years enjoying  the big and opened heart of Chilean people.
The  2014 final against PLC has been an incredible duel and the talent of Pierre-Louis forced me to do my best to finish the job. I am so happy and proud to raise the trophy.  I was lucky to surf in such conditions, with such a good friend and rival and so big conditions.
Que Dios le bendiga a Chile !
Arica te quiero…
Never give up, always push up your limits.