Waveski School / Sables d'Olonne, France

Sables d'Olonne / Waveski School em França by Fred Jonneaux

Quando Mathieu Babarit vem a Portugal, faz as delícias de fotógrafos e amantes da modalidade com o seu surf de luxo. Para além do multi-campeão mundial, uma nova geração está a despontar no waveski francês. Ainda na passada semana estivemos a observar a Octopus em acção nas ondas de Peniche, e lá estavam vários jovens a treinar sob orientação de Matt.
Fred Jonneaux, NEWS TEAM kayaksurf.net, ajuda-nos a perceber melhor este fenómeno do waveski em França. É que, para além desta formação "privada", algumas escolas "públicas" têm desenvolvido um trabalho fantástico. Como a de Sables d'Olonne. Fica o report de Fred. Muito bom.
Fred Jonneaux, NEWS TEAM kayaksurf.net, presents us the great work that the Section Sportive du lycée Savary de Mauléon, Sables D'Olonne, has been done for the waveski scene in France. It's a special school, with waveski training during the school time. Young riders from 15 to 19 years old can go in this school. Great riders as Caroline Angibaud, Coralie Jousset, Renan Leloutre, etc... were in this school. See below the description of Fred and on the top, the video produced by Mathieu Jonneaux.


Waveski School / Sables d'Olonne, France
Section Sportive du lycée Savary de Mauléon
by Fred Jonneaux

It's opened to young riders, from 15 to 19 years old. There is only 7 places on waveski class, and to get there the students must have a good level in school work, first, because it's the most important, and be competitors in waveski activity. There are also several other sport classes in this school, as : surf, beach volley, sailing boat.
The riders have 3 training sessions during the week, and one more on the week-end. Also, they have a special place very close to the beach, where they have their boards, in a locked garage. They all have their own key, and can go there for a short session at any time out of school time (it's 5 mn away by bike from the school).
Between 1st of december to 1st of March, they don't have training in the water, but have 3 sport training a week in the school (running, muculation reinforcement, etc... with physical performance evaluations. One of the teachers follows each student, scrutinizing his school performances, and his sport performances. Every 6 weeks, each student has an individual meeting with teachers and waveski coach. If he doesn't work enough at school, they reduce his sport time to make sure he can progress on school work, etc...
The waveski coach is Gérard Lucas, who was one of the first french waveski world champion, and has been coaching the French National Waveski Team for a long time in the 90's, and until 2003 (I'm not sure about 2003).

Mathieu Babarit was also a coach and not training in this school, the waveski school was created in 2000 and Mathieu was not anymore at school. Then, before he created Octopus School, he worked for several years as waveski coach for this school.
I think this is a very good way for riders to get a very good level in waveski, because they can go in the water almost every day, and teachers make sure they do their best at school to build their future. At the same time, every waveski rider in France hear about this school, and this is probably one of the reasons we have so many young riders, with very good level.


Mèrci Fred!


Boas ondas,
luis pedro abreu

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