Gran Canaria, October 2016
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
Gran Canaria, Galdar – October 2016
After a long 2016 season, I am 4th on the World Tour ranking and the the last step of the APB World Tour 2016 is the Fronton King, on the famous World class wave down my house in Galdar.
I have to defend my 2015 Fronton King champion title.
My progression on the competition is good and Iam in the final that plays in a 4-men heat.
I am leading the heat, in front of Pierre-Louis who needs a good wave to get 1st. Uri Valado and Igor Sanchez are combo.
I win the final, keeping my 2015 crown, I am the 2016 Vice World-Champion and Pierre-Louis confirms his 2016 World Champion Title.
As I arrive in Arica, Chile on June 2016, I feel confident and I want to enjoy every heat on the wave of El Flopo.
This wave is solid and regular, I really love riding on it.
After my victory at Arica in 2014 and my second place in 2015 after a memorable finale against Jared Houston, ZAF, I want to confirm a good position.
My quarter-final against Jeff Hubbard and my semi-final beating the Brazilian Eder Luciano lead me to the final.
I have the big pleasure to ride in final agains another talented South Africain rider, Ian Campbell.
And it seems like ZAF riders are hungry…
Ian wins after a very interesting final, I surf my best and so he does.
I am admirative and respectful for his combativity and this victory.
When the bells rings the end of the heat, we both congratulate each other with a sincere joy.
Pictures do not lie…
When I fly back to Europe, the 2016 APB World Tour program leads us to Portugal :
Sintra, Viana, Nazaré before the last step in Gran Canaria at El Fronton.
All hopes are allowed for scoring high and trying to keep on the upper steps of the 2016 World Tour ranking.
Paris, France TV – January 2016
As I was in Paris before leaving to Hawaï in 2016, I was invited on the mythical sports program Couleurs Sports on the overseas France TV channel.
In five different TV sets , I am talking about my career, the professional world championship, the shark crisis and surf conditions in Reunion island.
You can see a lot of reports, ITW, videos and action.
Appreciate the moment !
Thanks to Eric Cintas and Sabrina Saoulamia – France TV Sports journalists.
2016 QUEMAO CLASS
The QUEMAO CLASS is an invitation event of 32 surfers and 32 bodyboarders selected from all over the world for their qualities in reef waves. It happens in Lanzarote island (Canarias) taking place in La Santa on the famous spot El Quemao in early January 2016. On this event both surfers and bodyboarders compete on the same wave, on the same contest with two draws: one for surf and the other for boogie. I am happy and proud to win this 2016 Quemao Class edition : all the riders are so dedicated and the level is really impressive !
October 2015 – Galdar, Gran Canaria
I am so honored to be the King in my training field.
El Fronton is among my every day waves, with el Agujero and la Guancha, in Galdar. I live here as it is my training residence.
It is a mythical wave with incredible local riders. They are brave, talented and proud of their waves. Thanks to you amigos for sharing your wave with me and accepting me in your community.
Then, I share this victory with all the riders who showed their level to all the international audience on the live webcasting
This event is classified as a 2015 APB Tour Special event. Therefore the Fronton King is on the way to go back in the World Tour legs. So I do hope it will be OK for next year !
A big Bravo to the organisation and to the Galdar headtown and Canary Government for supporting this event which soon will be a Gran Slam in the World Tour od bodyboard.
Thanks to Elements Prod – Cayetano González – Jesus de Leon – Richard Aleman for the pics.
Don’t miss the video down the gallery with the highlights of FK 2015
August 2015, Chile
In the video produced by Boca Negra, we can celebrate my 10th year in Arica. It is a tribute to El Floppos, one of the best wave for bodyboarding in the world.
This spot is definitely a waves machine and a bombs raiser.
The 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge edition has been completely crazy with big scores for many competitors.
I was feeling focused, very motivated and the level of the waves and riders whet my appetite for fighting and ripping.
A big tribute to Jared Houston for this red-letter final who showed to anyone that even when everything seems to be lost, you must never give up.
Hope that through these videos you will see what bodyboarding really is : strong riding, big focus and real friendship.
So long Arica. I already miss you. See you again and again.
Thanks to BOCA NEGRA for editing the video.
Thanks to Igor Sanchez, Jessica Becker and Nicolas Diaz for filming.
Click here if you want to see all the pictures of Arica Chilean Challenge 2015 Gallery
On his return from Ferrol (Spain) on 7 September 2010, Amaury goes to Hoff’s factory in Bayonne to share the joy of his new laurels with the SNIPER team. Lucky coïncidence of the calendar, the whole world team of Hoff’s distributors is present for the 2010-2011 presentation meeting : the arrival of the World Champion gives even more punch to their work. On the program, a press conference and an evening party were organized in his honour.
The press conference brings together the riding media and representatives of the FFS (National French Surf League). Marc Faraht – the Hoff CEO – praises the historic title that Amaury brings to the SNIPER brand and the entire Hoff company:
« We are very happy and proud to have this exceptional rider in our ranks, quite simply. This is an unique moment that we want to share with him. »
Amaury has joined the SNIPER team when he first started competing in 2003 with just a few boards to start with. Then the adventure accelerated with the promodels and with the results on the scoreboards for his stunning debut on the IBA World Tour in 2007.
Since then, the confidence has been confirmed, and Amaury expresses his pride in being part of this great and beautiful family of boardsports. And he thanks all the members of the Hoff company who have placed their trust in him over the years.
On the beginning of the press conference, Amaury dedicates his victory to three important people to him and who have passed away: his father, Matthieu Walbrou (Mat) and David Legleye, his friend from Reunion Island. This memory is full of emotion, Amaury remembers that Mat and David died on their trip back from the Sintra Pro in Portugal in 2001. He puts the highlights on his bumping 2010 Wold Tour and give his impressions on his series at the Sintra Pro 2020, where he has won his World Title.
He also talks about his two major projects: to ensure that the IBA title is recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in France and to achieve the great project of an IBATOUR step in Reunion Island.
« Everything I do, I don’t do it for me.
It’s first of all for bodyboarding,
this sport of passion, which is my whole life.
These projects are for the French sport,
for all the bodyboarders of my country
who need recognition and encouragement.
And for my island, Reunion Island,
which has a huge potential
both by its fabulous spots and by its riders of an excellent level.
I don’t want to carry these laurels alone,
I have to make them grow and fruitful.
With this title, I’m just opening a new door in the history of this sport.
I want to create new opportunities,
to make people want to dare.
Otherwise, what’s the point of being the champion? »
ALL TOGETHER !
After a full day of work and meetings, the whole team is on deck to prepare the party.
The factory shop looks like a large party hall with a DJ, a buffet and champagne. Relaxed and smiling, Amaury shares this festive moment with the Management, Marketing and Sales Teams of the whole HOFF company.
Cédric BORNAREL, representative of the Hoff company in Reunion Island, is also among the guests. And many other personalities such as : Iker AGUIRRE (NSI Ho5 Park), Ghislain VAGINAY (Inside Surf School), Frédérick MAGET (ex boss of Zone d’Impact), RIRAW Prod with the photographer Stéphane SALERNO and the video director Jean-François SARDA, Sébastien VAISSE (the brand new editor of Bodyboard Magazine), Guillaume Barucq (SurfPrevention. com), Stéphane BOULLY (ex-team manager at Hoff, now at Kanabeach and boss of the e-shop Board District) or the Spanish Edu BARTHOLOME (Meduxa.com).
To be noted, the presence of Christophe SEILLER (Cluster manager of EuroSIMA), Michel PLATEAU (Head of the FFS High Level Cluster) and Olivier AUCHERON (Nobelum and FFS bodyboard commission)…
As well as many riders including the legendary drop knee rider Dave HUBBARD (Hawaii) who was with Amaury in Sintra. He is about going to Reunion Island to spend a month discovering the island of Amaury. Charly CHAPELET (Reunion Island) the director of the Amaury dvd, accompanied by his girlfriend Laura Huscenot (sister of Reunion Maxime Huscenot, ISA Junior World Champion) and Fabrice MOULIN who followed Amaury on the European steps, Mathieu INCHAUSPE, Sébastien LACOMBE and so many others who come to join the whole event.
During the evening, Amaury signes three boards for the winners of a random-draw winners of its promodel SNIPER and put his autographs on the official IBA World Champion poster.
The next day, he flies back home to Reunion Island.
Amaury’s heart is full of these precious memories.
He is so impatient to share other incredible moments with all his brothers of Reunion Island.
(Text written by Stephane Michaux, reporter and photogaph, for his website.)
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The Turbo Pipe Line Pro on the North Shore in Hawaii is the first event – and the main event – which opens every year the IBA World Tour in which I have been participating for 3 years as a professional. The 2010 edition started on Feb. 16 with the trials, with a 10-day waiting period, as the conditions were expected to be better at the end of the week. I feel impatient after such a long wait.
Friday 26th is the last day of competition, the comp has restarted in perfect conditions with solid waves between 8 and 12 feet. As I am in the top 16 (Top 6 WT 2009), I enter directly in the 1/8 finals (round 8). I start with a 9.5/10 just to test my form and determination. I go step by step in the contest, focused on each series without thinking about the final, to ensure my surfing throughout the course. I feel in a flawless run to the final. I ensure my confidence by finishing first in each heat. In the semi-finals, I defeat Ben Player (Australian, 2 times World Champion) very motivated for the title at Pipe and Pierre-Louis Costes, my best rival and friend.
I feel no pressure, I am just happy to be in the final. On the end on the heat, I score high with a precise and daring trick : barrel-back flip-rollo and I get an unexpected 10… A sort of dream for all thrill seekers and for me ! With 17.50/20 score, I leave high and dry Damian King (Australia), Diego Cabrera (Canaries) and Jared Houston (South Africa). I am really full of emotion and joy. It is a moment of grace, I want to share with all those who follow me and trust me.
I have been training hard since my arrival in Hawaii in early February. I am in a great shape and focused. I feel my progress, my commitment and my motivation getting bigger. I want to do better than I did in 2007 when I was 3rd in the final on the same even, a première for a French and European bodyboarder.
With this victory, I probably fulfill one of my big dreams. It is of the most coveted titles, the North Shore is one of the most difficult to ride as the extreme conditions make this spot inaccessible.
Reunion Island and France now have their flag engraved in the PipeLine rock, next to the biggest names in bodyboarding. With 2000 points, I take the lead of the 2010 WT that will continue until December, between Australia, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Mexico, then Europe with Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands… It’ gonna to be a long season, I’ve got to stay the course. I will keep my goal. MY LIFELONG DREAM…
Leer en Español PIPE MASTER 2010-ESP