Coming back from Reunion i went directly to Capbreton in the South West of France.
Derck Crater, a famous french rider from this part of France, just opened his Bodyboarding school at the begenning of this year in association with OGM Bodyboard shop.
Working during summer on this coast can be really intense as there is so much people from all over Europe coming here to spend the hollidays. The beach are getting super crowded and most of the locals guys are waiting september to come back in the water and to chase some empty line up.
As i also just opened my Academy it was a good opportunity for us to work together and to create this project : a 5 days course with a reduce group of riders to work better on each person. At this time of year it could be pretty good for waves but as its still summer it could be also flat sometimes but we were super lucky to have some perfect conditions to work : most of the days were offshore with a 2/3 feet swell.
I was lucky to have such a good crew for this course..Just 7 guys but with differents style and goals in our sport..For exemple one rider from The Bask Country was 15 years old and starts to surf pretty good, competing on the local and national events and an other rider was 37 from Cote d’Ivoire in Africa and he was here pretty much only to meet me, spend some good times and surf some waves with us. So yes i have to adapt the training and the way to share things with every personality and style of riding.
For the first few days we have been working the base as the position on the board, (hands, elbow, head, legs..) and i was explaining to the boys how important it is to repeat again and again the technicals movement. Every aves are unique and there are so many ways to ride the same waves with so many differents style but some points are super important no matter your level or your inspirations in bodyboarding.
During the week i was staying at Derek’s house in Capbreton. A really nice place where i spend some really good times with him. We know each other since a long time now but it was the first time we were spending some times like this together. His mum have a School Dancing just next to his place so we could use it to do some stretching, yoga and to make the video analysis of the morning footages which was awesome for the riders to see them on the waves…A really good way to work on your position and lines while you riding.
If you guys are looking for a bodyboarding school in this area be sure to contact Derek as you will love to train with him and enjoy his nice vibes all day long..
Thanks to all you guys for the support and see you next year for an other great training camp.