With this addition to Team Angulo we see another young rider, already with a pretty impressive list of achievements. His greatest achievement has him holding the world record speed for under 21 year olds with a blistering-47.65 knots over 500m.
This young rider is finding a balance between business school and his passion “windsurfing”. Living in the south of France Gautier has excess to a lot of good spots and high quality sailing, this in combination with having his brother as a training partner is a recipe for performance.
Good luck Gautier for the 2015 season.
Read a short interview with him below.
- Where are you from and what makes that place “home”?
I live in south of France and it’s actually a great place for Windsurfing. I’m quite close to some of the best slalom spots with 1 hour and half by car of l’Almanarre and 2 hours of Gruissan. I’m also quite close to Marseille Airport, it’s great for the travels etc…
And if the weather is too cold, I can go quite easily Skiing in the Alps.
I moved a few times when I was young because of my father’s job, so for me “home” is not a unique place, I think home is where you feel good and you have all the people you love.
- At what age did you start Windsurfing and who inspired you?
I started Windsurfing at 6yo. But I was only practicing one week each year. I really started and became addicted to this sport at the age of 12 when I moved close to the sea. My father gave me the inspiration for this sport. But I also remember watching Robby Naish’s movie with my brother, again and again, or Rigmarole (we loved the sequence with Laird Hamilton going full speed between waves and doing super high jumps)! Then 5years ago, Josh Angulo was in Le Jaï (near Marseille). He was really friendly on the beach and just flying on the water! Riding his boards few years later is really a cool thing! I hope I will meet him again soon :). I also like to follow the results of the French crew on the world cup, especially from the south with Cyril Mouss, Pascal Toselli, etc…
- How do you overcome ‘bad days’ on the water?
First, I always try to have fun on the water. So when I have a bad day, if my speed is not good or if I get into a crash, I try to remember that I’m doing one of the best sports in the world! And I look forward to the next session to improve and get better result. Since I ride the Angulo board, I don’t have a day like this
- What other sports do you like to practice?
I still like to practice Skiing few days each year and I love Down Hill biking.
- What are your goals for this year?
Have fun on the water! In fact I don’t really have goals, I’ll try to do my best on each competition, slalom, speed and long distance.
- When you’re not on the water where can you be found?
I mix my passion of Windsurfing with studies at Skema Business School. So, If I’m not on the water I should be at School or at home with my girlfriend or my friends.
- What kind of ‘training program’ do you follow?
My program is to spend the more time on the water as I can. Since last January, I’m in Internship with my sails sponsor, Ka Sail. It means I have the time to go windsurfing almost every windy day. Few weeks ago, I was in Tenerife and had the chance to train with the big boys. It was a great week full of training and I had a lot of fun! I really enjoy the Magnum 95 and 115 there. They are flying over the chop and the jibes are really easy! Now, I sail at home with my brother and it’s a great way to test the equipment and train! When the wind is not coming I do some fitness to stay in shape.
- Where is your favorite Windsurfing spot and why?
I think my favorite spot at the moment (because I don’t really know a lot) is La Franqui. Blasting over 45knots 2meters away from the beach is a great feeling! But I have to say Tenerife is a great place, especially in winter. It’s windy, warm and you can sail in slalom and wave in the same day J
- Who are you listening to these days (favorite musician/band)?
I like Dubstep and Electro, especially before a high wind session! Kygo or Oliver Nelson are some of the DJ I enjoy at the moment J As a French guy, I also like Daft Punk.
- What is the best tip you can give aspiring Windsurfers?
On word : persistence! Windsurfing is not an easy sport! You need to spend a lot of time on the water and one day, it will happen. Taking the planning for the first time is one of the best feelings! It’s amazing, you instantly become addicted to it. You will maybe start to share our way of life by looking at Windguru almost every days, and maybe start to feel bad while you see the trees moving from the window of your work office…
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-47.65 knots over 500m: actual world record holder under -21yo
-11th at the “Defi wind”,1st -21yo
-Mondial du vent: 41.09knots over 500m
2013 and before
-8th at “Le Defi Wind”, 1st -20
-1st young at the “Mondial du Vent”, 14th total
-2nd over 120 at “grand prix de l’Almanarre”