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Camille Juban | Guadeloupe

Camille Juban has been passionate about the ocean since a very young age, starting to surf at 5 and windsurf at the age of 7. His passion and dedication to the sport is more than evident in his extreme windsurfing style and his accomplishments with a win in 2011 at the Maui Makani Classic at Ho’okipa as well as winning the overall AWT event that year. Camille is also a Guinness world record holder for the ‘longest duration surfing a wave – windsurfing’! Despite his success as a windsurfer Camille remains grounded and humble. On shore, he comes across as quiet and unassuming but put him in the water and he transforms! His windsurfing is aggressive and powerful and the range of his windsurf moves is vast. Great to see Camille back on Maui and to be able to photograph him again! Thanks for the interview!

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Name: Camille Juban
Age: 23
Nationality: Born in France & moved to Guadeloupe when I was 4
Status: Single
Where are you currently based? Guadeloupe & Maui
Sponsors: Quatro, Maui Sails, MFC, Orange, Hyandai, Tainos, Longhorn
How many languages do you speak? Which ones? French, English, Spanish & Creole
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? Because it gives me the feeling I need to get out of hectic life. It makes me feel good and relaxes me. The more I windsurf, the more I want to windsurf. It’s like a drug!
Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!) Instagram. Forecast websites
Words you believe describe you: Shy, Island style
A phrase or motto you live by: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

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If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My ex-girlfriend

If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? Flying

You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Surfboard, friends, girlfriend

If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? Milk & cereal, some type of pasta, cheese – I’m still French even though I’m from Guadeloupe! There will be some sauce for pasta and sometimes when I’m motivated I buy salads, tomatoes, avos! Do you cook? Yes, sometimes in the mornings when I’m tired of cereal and milk, I’ll cook eggs & bacon and avocado

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How long have you been windsurfing?
I started surfing at 5 and windsurfing at 7

Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? I’ve never been to Marshall Islands but I think it looks like a good place. So far it’s Cabo Verde and home because it’s not crowded and there are nice waves.

Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing?
Actually Levi & Jason Polakow. When I was young I had posters in my room of Levi & Polakow and Keith Teboul. And now I’m here and part of it and I’m with Levi in some contests!

If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change about your windsurfing career? I don’t think so. Maybe more travelling. For example, I’ve never been to Indonesia. I’d like to go to the Marshall Island and Australia. I will do it but so far those are places I want to go to.

If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be working in the woods with my father. Maybe working in a commercial company. My father builds bungalows and wooden decking around swimming pools. I have already worked with him and I like it.

What has been your biggest windsurf achievement?
At Ho’okipa in 2011 because to win an event there is historic. That was my big moment. Even winning the AWT is good but it’s not the same. Ho’okipa is the one you want to win!

Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? 360

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What is a typical night out? What is a typical night in? Usually it’s quite mellow, I’ll watch a movie and go to bed early or have a barbecue with friends but when I go party it’s until the end of the night. Complete opposite!

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now?
Windsurfing! I hope to have more projects and my goal is to stay busy on projects around windsurfing.

What do you consider to be your worst quality? Your best quality?
Being shy isn’t good. I don’t know if it’s my worst. And my best – to be talented at windsurfing.

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Please finish all these sentences:

I’m a big believer in…. destiny

Call me crazy but…. I’m happy to windsurf every day

My favorite place on earth is…. with the people i love

My parents are…. special

I could never…. stop windsurfing

I’ve always wanted to… go to Marshall Islands

Life is nothing without….
love and windsurfing

Today I will…. go in the water

The internet is…. taking too much time out of our lives

If I had the power I would change….
the fact that kids spend too much useless time on the internet and computer.

I am…. happy.

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Kevin Pritchard : US 3

Look up windsurfing on wikipedia.com and you’ll find Kevin Pritchard listed under ‘International Stars’ and that’s because Kevin is, without doubt, one of the best all-round sailors in windsurfing having won a countless amount of champion titles since he turned professional at 18. One of the highlights of his career has to be in 2000 when he won his first PWA World Wave championship and at the same time defeated Bjorn Dunkerbeck who was 11 times world champion.

Kevin is based in Maui and helps run Pritchard Windsurfing alongside his brother Matt who runs windsurf clinics.

Other than windsurfing, Kevin is also a talented photographer and is a part of Maui Nerd Productions, a video production company. You may well recognise the name if you watched any of the great videos from the American Windsurfing Tour last year or some of the recent ones from Santa Cruz earlier this month.

Reading through Kevin’s interview you get a small insight into who he is and also his quirky sense of humour but above all else it’s awesome to see yet another windsurfer express satisfaction in how they’ve lived their life thus far as well as the importance of family and their support.

The Basics:
Name: Kevin Pritchard
Age: 22 (Sofie: hhhmmmm! Typo Kevin?! 😉 )
Nationality: USA
Status: Taken
Where are you currently based? Maui
Sponsors: Starboard, Ezzy, Dakine, Camaro, MFC, Pritchard Windsurfing
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? It is all I know
Most visited website? Vimeo
Three words you believe describe you: Quiet, Calm, Resevered
Three words that others might use to describe you: Jerk, Introvert, Old School.
A phrase or motto you live by: Love your work and you will never work a day in your life

Shallow Waters
What was for breakfast this morning? Coffee and toast
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Right now it would be my girlfriend. I haven’t seen her in months!
If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? Your saying I am not one??
You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Camera, Slider,Tripod, is there anything else?
Favorite movie? Favorite song? Lifecycles, M83
What one thing can you not live without (non-windsurfing related!) Internet
Favorite place to eat. Moms house
When you travel what don’t you leave home without? Passport
If your life story was being made into a movie, who would play your role? And who would be your leading lady? Don’t know many actors
Who would you like to sit next to on a long haul flight? My girlfriend, we are always traveling but it has been over a year since we have traveled together on a long haul flight
You have four dinner guests, what’s on the menu? I have been cooking some pretty good Penne bolognaise
What poster did you have on your wall growing up? Don’t know, but I have Jeremy McGrath on my wall now!
What person would you like to swap lives with for one day? Someone who is mega rich. Would be fun.
What song reminds you of summertime? Nothing comes to mind, but a country song. I love a good country song to bring back the memories.
Do you play any other sports? I like Motocross, mountainbike, kiting, towin surfing
What would you do if you won the lottery? Be so stoked. So happy. Depending on how much I would probably just invest it.
If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? Tons of stuff.Usually it is pretty fully stocked. Probably find some beers too ☺
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be? My life is pretty dang good.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Living the dream

Windsurfing
How long have you been windsurfing? 27 years
Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Cabo Verde- sickest waves and wind in the world
What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? Starboard and Ezzy Sails
If you have a number on your sails, what is the significance of the number you selected? No Significance
Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? Didn’t have one. Just my family having fun ripping it up.
What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? Single Fin, Wave riding
What advice do you have for someone who’s starting out in windsurfing and would like to progress in the sport? Time on the water
Which move are you currently trying to master? The Taka. I make em, but not everytime like I like too.
Windsurfing was a hugely popular sport in the 80s. Do you believe it will make a comeback and if so how can people help this along? I think It is a niche sport. It is so much fun and so unconquerable, that it will always be there.
What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment? Winning the world Title my first time. Will never forget it.
Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience. Probably surfing, jaws. Going over the falls backwards.
If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? Don’t know.. probably working too hard
Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? The pushloop forward loop. It is so cool
Do you have any lucky charms when you sail? nah
What has been your biggest windsurfing achievement to date? 8x World Champion
What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? emails.. it seems like it is pretty busy around Pritchard Windsurfing these days
If you could interview another windsurfer, what one question would you like to ask them? Why do you windsurf?
Do you enjoy the traveling that goes hand in hand with windsurfing and what tips do you have with traveling with windsurf gear? Its not that bad. It is not like you have to put it on your back when you are traveling. I mean, you just carry it in, check it on and you are done.
What challenges have you encountered in your windsurfing career? And how did you overcome them and what lessons did you learn? My worst experience was breaking up with the Maui Sails guys. I put so much into those people and company and then when you look back and think about it, it just makes you mad. I guess my biggest lesson for that is never start a business with your friends…
What kind of training do you do, be it physical or mental, to keep you in shape for windsurfing? I watch a lot of video. I love watching others rip. It helps me visualize what I want to do.
What are your favorite conditions to sail in? Overhead down the line glassy 5.3 conditions.
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? That we just have fun all the time windusurfing. There is a lot of things going into being a professional windsurfer
As a pro, what have been your highlights as a windsurfer? And the low points? I have had a lot of good years. Being the first one to take down Bjorn Dunkerbeck in his 13 year reign on windsurfing was the best. The low, not sure I have had too many. I quit while I was ahead.

Deep Waters
Other than family, what do you cherish in your life and why is it so important to you? My health. I hate getting hurt and so for me I love being healthy
What is the kindest thing someone has ever done or said to you? HMMMM.. will get back to you on that
What is your favorite childhood memory? Windsurfing with my family.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? I hope the same thing as I am doing now
How do you personally define success? Havin Fun
What do you consider to be your worst quality? Your best quality? I get pretty grumpy sometimes… Pretty easy going.. well maybe
What irritates you about other people and how do you deal with it? Laziness. I have enough hard times dealing with my own laziness.. when I have to take care of thers, that makes it more difficult
What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life? Winning in Windsurfing Producing two TV shows
If you had to live your life over again what would you change about it? Not too much

And Finally…
I’m a big believer in…. Having fun
Call me crazy but….Life is short
My favorite place on earth is…. Right here
My parents are…. amazing
I could never…. quit windsurfing
I’ve always wanted to…. make millions
Life is nothing without…. love
Today I will…. go camping
The internet is…. awesome
If I had the power I would change…. my mind to be happy all the time
I am….Kevin Pritchard

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