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"the best French wave rider in the world but also one of the best down-the-line riders in the world," C'est GRAHAM EZZY qui le dit, pas nous! Super interview de CAMILLE par GRAHAM himself pour UMI PICTURES, ENJOY IT C'EST DLA BOMB. MOST RESPECT GPE-8


Following Graham Ezzy’s interview with Josh Angulo he now catches up with Camille Juban. Camille (1990) moved from France to Guadeloupe when he was a kid (‘My parents were doing windsurfing on a lake but I guess they got tired of the cold and they wanted us to grow up on a warm place’) where he found the perfect setting to develop his windsurf skills. Graham (1989, born and raised on Maui), followed a different path and actually moved away from perfect waves to study English literature at Princeton University. Graduated last year, he is now back on Maui to perfect his own skills in the waves. Two boys with a totally different background, yet both part of the new generation of windsurfers at Ho’okipa.

Graham: I remember seeing Camille sail the first time when he came to Maui years ago and being really impressed by his windsurfing. Six years later and I’m still impressed. He’s established himself not only as the best French wave rider in the world but also one of the best down-the-line riders in the world, with a win at the Maui Makani Classic 2011 to prove it.

Camille, you’ve always had one of the best cutbacks in the world, but you weren’t very consistent on the tricks. This last fall however, I saw you land some insane takas, goiters, and 360s; umi even captured a wave with two wave 360′s on it! What changed for you?
Camille: ‘Well, this is a big part because of you guys; Ricardo, Victor, Brawzinho, Levi, Kauli, you all pushed the level so high landing all those tricks that I had to train on landing them too and I think the experience from the years before just paid last fall.’

The final heat of the AWT Ho’okipa contest had big waves, light wind, and gnarly currents. How did you feel in the heat and what did you think about in order to win?
Camille: ‘My main goal in this contest was to arrive in the final and I was really focused and concentrated for it. So once I was in the final I knew I had a chance to win, I had the feeling that it was ‘my day’ and felt confident. Despite the stress I tried to stay focused on the two bigger and best waves I wanted to have. I got them and I think it was one of the best moments of my career!’

Landing two tricks on one wave is very rare, even for the best windsurfers in the world. Do you think about this before or just see what happens?
Camille: ‘I try to do more tricks on a wave when conditions are good for it and when I have the feeling. To be honest, on the wave umi filmed (see below), I don’t really like the way I turn the first one but the second section was calling me to make a 360 on it and this one felt way better.’

Who from the windsurfers of the past inspire you the most?
Camille: ‘I get a lot of inspiration from Levi Siver, Francisco Goya, Jason Polakow and Keith Teboul because Levi and Polakow were powerful and Keith and Francisco have an amazing style.’

What about the current generation?
Camille: ‘I really like Alex Mussolini and Thomas Traversa because they have a super nice fluid style, Marcilio Browne because he has a powerful style and he’s the best at jumping, waveriding starboard and port tack. And of course yourself, Graham Ezzy, because we push each other in the water for new moves, and cause you’re killing it at Ho’okipa.’

Enough smoke up my ass! You’ve won at Ho’okipa and are considered by pretty much everyone to be the best French wavesailor in the world, what’s the next step?
Camille: ‘Even if I improve in contests at Ho’okipa I still want to improve on PWA spots because it’s a challenge for me, but the next step would be to keep on trying combo waves and new moves.’

I’ve noticed that with a lot of windsurfers, their fathers play a large role in their windsurfing career. Did your father teach you to windsurf? Did he want you to be a pro?
Camille: ‘My father definitely played a big role in the beginning of my career. He paid my first trip to Maui, took me to Morocco in the summer time to train starboard tack when I was younger, he was dealing with my first sponsors… And yes he wanted me to be a pro but he did it for me and not for him. It was my choice and I was not so good at school anymore, so he just showed me the way until I was old enough to take care of myself, and my career.’

I feel that you and I are from the same generation of windsurfers. What do you think best defines the style of our generation?
Camille: I think we started sailing much younger than the old generation and the gear is much lighter, so for those reasons we are able to push the level of the tricks and have a more dynamic and aerial style.’

Here’s a little rough cut showing the aerial style of Camille; keep an eye on this page for the full Maui clip featuring Camille, Graham and Brawzinho, out soon!




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