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AWT Rider of the Week — Camille Juban

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Every time Camille Juban hits the water, whether he is freesailing, IMG_1525training, or competing on the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT), you can expect to see a lot of raised eyebrows. Last year, this very talented windsurfer finished 1st overall on the AWT. Weendy caught up with Camille straight after he placed 1st place in Pistol River Wave Bash this year.

Sail Number: GPE 8
Nationality: French
Age: 23
Started Windsurfing: At 16 years old
Residence: Guadeloupe
Home Spot: St Anne
Sponsors: Maui sails, Quatro, orange caraïbe, long horn, Tainos, Hyundai, MFC
AWT Debut: 2010
Division: Pro
Favorite Equipment: 4.2 mutant and 70L thruster
Favorite Move: Frontside 360 when it’s a bit less then mast-high and side-off wind

IMG_0918Weendy: Tell us how you started windsurfing.

Camille: Guadeloupe has been my home since I started windsurfing. It’s really [good] to learn in the Caribbean cause the wind is not too strong, it is consistent and there are some easy waves. Now I’m just choosing the best session which is pretty rare and light wind but so good. We have a little crew always motivated so it’s a pleasure.

Weendy: How did you get into competing? We’ve seen you in some PWA events in the past, now it looks like you are 100% focused on the AWT Tour. Camille2

Camille: I started competing in the PWA first when I was 15 cause my sponsors wanted, and I wanted to try everything.
And then I think I got addicted and I choose the AWT because I liked the spots better and I just love doing this tour.

Weendy: You have an amazing style on the waves! Where and with whom do you spend most of your time training and what kind of moves are you working on at the moment?

Camille: For me the style is not about with who you hang out or who you train with. It’s more who you got inspired from. For me when I was young, that was Levi Siver, Jason Polakow, Francisco Goya, Jason Prior and the couple first years I came to Maui I was spending lots of time with Keith Teboul and I think that was my biggest inspiration on the lifestyle and the sailing.

Weendy: What does a typical day of your life look like?

Camille: A good breakfast, then after it always depends of the conditions for sure but I like to do the mails and the stuff on the computer first and then go play in the water: windsurfing, surfing, fishing, etc.

Camille3Weendy: We heard that you dislocated your shoulder in Guadeloupe just before going to Maui. When did that happen and how did you manage to get back to the AWT competitions in such a short time?

Camille: I did that a week before the end of March. I surf a lot when I’m in Guadeloupe, so I was just trying airs and I fell in a bad position but i got lucky my should didn’t stay dislocated it went back right away. A couple of days after it was still pretty painful but my physiotherapists gave really good exercise and I didn’t sail so much in Maui not to hurt it again and that way I was feeling good already in Santa Cruz.

Weendy: You came 4th in Santa Cruz and 1st in Pistol River, which is an great start! Are you going for 1st again in the AWT Tour 2013?

Camille: Yes for sure I’m gonna try to have the tittle again and for the moment I feel not too bad.

Weendy: Tell us about your dream windsurfing vacation. Where would you go and who would you take with you?camille5

Camille: I never been there before, but I would love to go to Fiji or Indo and I love traveling with my girlfriend so I’d bring her.

Weendy: And finally, tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.

Camille: I’m shy.

[Editor's note: Camille definitely has his eyes on AWT 1st place for a second year in a row. We wish him all the best for the rest of the events this season!]