Arthur Thébault started Wing Foiling together with his Cousin Mahé and family already early in 2020 on Guadeloupe, their domicile of choice. He has already gained competitive experience in Sailing, Surfing and now also in the GWA.
Sainte Anne, La Kommunal, Guadeloupe
When and where did you start Wing Foiling?
In 2020, my uncle Jérôme made me try Wing Foiling in Guadeloupe and I immediately loved it!
What’s your watersports history – from which side did you enter Winging?
First, I have learned Surfing, Windsurfing and Sailing with my dad, Sebastien at the age of 5. Between the age of 6 and 10 I participated in Sailing competitions, Optimist and Windsurf, then I started also Surfing competitions. Now, on my home island depending on the conditions, I ride all year round either on a Wing Foil or on a Surf Foil.
What do you love about Wing Foiling?
I love the feeling of flying over the water and surfing waves, trying to do radical tricks and airs with the foil! I also love trying new freestyle tricks, but I hate breaking gear. When I learned the backflip, I tinkered with a long leash to practice without tearing my wing. Otherwise, I love beating my father in racing (and all the other members of my family! :-))
What’s your favourite conditions?
When the wind is strong with about 25 knots side off with big waves and I can ride with my 2,5m wing.
What’s your top advice for a beginner?
Use suitable equipment: a large wing board. My grandfather Adrien started Wing Foiling at the age of 73 and he managed to fly quickly.
Boom or handles?
I prefer handles because it is easier to set up and less chance to forget a boom on the beach!
PERFORMANCE SURF / FREESTYLE / PRONE / KITE
SURF & FREEFLY / JUMPING & FREESTYLE / FREERIDE
PRONE / WING - SURF / FREESTYLE & GROM