The French youngster Mahé Thébault is the cousin Arthur. Both started Wing Foiling already early in 2020 on Guadeloupe, their domicile of choice.
French, born in Guadeloupe
Saint Barthèlemy / St Barts, near Tortue island
When and where did you start Wing Foiling?
I started with my mum and dad in January 2020 in Guadeloupe. It was a new sensation, different from kite foiling or wind foiling. I became immediately addicted to it!
What’s your watersports history – from which side did you enter Winging?
I started Surfing when I was 4 and my mum taught me Windsurfing after school when I was 6. She wanted me to learn Sailing, so I raced in optimist from 9 to 12 at a national level. During that time, I also learnt to Kitesurf and Kite Foil. Last year, I was part of the young Guadeloupe team of Kite Foiling. Since we moved to Saint Barthélemy, I go Wing Foiling and Surfing in my free time.
What do you love about Wing Foiling?
I really love the fact that the gear is quite light, it allows me to jump high and try new tricks. The sensations in the waves are amazing. I also love to go fast on the water!
What’s your favourite conditions?
For Freestyle 15 knots and bump and jump conditions with my Unit 3m and for wave riding 2-meter waves and 20 knots with my Unit 2,5m.
What’s your top advice for a beginner?
Spend some time on land to understand how the wing works, before going on the water. It is important to train on land otherwise you will spend your first lesson falling in the water and struggling to get back! My best advice is to wear protection on your knees in warm water!
Boom or handles?
Handles for Downwind and Freestyle because it’s more convenient if you try new tricks. I like the Slick as it allows you to handle the boom with one hand and to film with the other one ;)
PRONE / WING - SURF / FREESTYLE & GROM
PERFORMANCE SURF / FREESTYLE / PRONE / KITE
SURF & FREEFLY / JUMPING & FREESTYLE / FREERIDE