CAPBRETON, France (Thursday, April 26, 2012) - Fresh off a first event at home in Vendee for the 2012 ASP 3-Star Protest Vendee Pro, Ocean Surf Report caught up with Tristan Guilbaud (FRA) 21, about his young career, surf trips and competitions, and what it means to be a young professional surfer on Tour. Tristan has recently been seen highlighted in video clips from the farthest land of Indonesia and appears to be in great form at the start of the 2012 European season.
Read the full interview in french on surf-report.com
Océan Surf Report : Hi Tristan. Can you introduce yourself ?
Tristan Guilbaud : Hi. My name is Tristan Guilbaud, 21 years old. I’m originally from Vendee where I grew up and started surfing, but I eventually moved to Bayonne to train at a federal training center for 3 years.
OSR : What do you like about surfing ?
TG : Basically I just love being in the water. Surfing allows me to free my mind, have fun and push my boundaries. It became a proper need to me, just like a drug.
OSR : What are your goals for 2012 ?
TG : 2012 will be challenging for me. It’s the first time I’ll be fully committed to the Star Tour, with my main goal being to climb a few spots on the rankings to be able to enter 6-Star and Prime events next year.
OSR : What do you do when you’re not out surfing ?
TG : I like to just spend time with my girlfriend, my family and friends, get out of the surfing bubble to just take a breath..
OSR : You spent your winter between Australian and the Reunion Island. Why there, and which do you prefer ?
TG : I do have a slight preference for Reunion Island cause my girlfriend lives there, many of my friends do too. Despite the shark situation, conditions are idyllic. Australia is an amazing training ground too. I spend a few months there every year, and with all the great surfers in the water it just pushes your surfing !
OSR : Did you get to watch the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach while in Australia ?
TG : Yes I also go there for that reason, to watch the competition and surf with the pros when the event is off. Bells I had to watch online.
OSR : How do you see your future on Tour ?
TG : Honestly I don’t have a clue. We’ll see how it goes, all I know is that I train hard to be able to keep that way of living. I know I have a lot to learn, but I really want to succeed and I work hard towards it.
OSR : Do you often surf the net, and do you know Océan Surf Report ?
TG : I am kind of a geek indeed, and yeah I do often read news on surf report.
OSR : Quick questions:
Slater or Machado ?
St Leu or Byron Bay ?
Chocolate Mint or Coco ?
Gad Elmaleh or Jamel Debbouze ?
Football or Rugby ?
Brown-hair or Blondy ?
My girlfriend Victoria ;)
Twitter or Facebook ?
OSR : Anything else you want to say to your fans ?
TG : Thank’s to my family who’s always been there for me, Protest my sponsor for their support as well as my other sponsors SeventyOne Percent and Creatures of Leisure.
Thank’s Tristan for taking the time to answer our questions and to Hervé from Initial Seven for his help putting together this interview.
Tristan Guilbaud will be competing in the ASP Europe Star Events in 2012. For more information check ASP Europe’s News via aspeurope.com