VLOG 09 – Freeride – Antoine Auriol

VLOG 09 – Freeride – Antoine Auriol


Welcome in my new VLOG! Cheers ! Really cool, pure session ! Are you not too tired? Yesterday was the feria so I went to bed a little late but today was a really beautiful day a beautiful session ! The wind was perfect About 15-20 knots from the west it’s a steady wind that I love. Actually here in Cadiz they are two principal winds: the poniente and the levante The levante is much stronger and is more offshore and the poniente is more onshore and is lighter but it’s a wind that I love. It’s a little denser and today I could really express myself on the water it was cool! How did you started the kite actually? In fact I did gymnastics artistic and trampoline for more than ten years. That’s why you always do acrobatics ! Yes I had a lot of benchmarks in space and then I started to do Olympic windsurfing. So when kitesurfing arrived it was the mixture of everything I loved. The acrobatic side that I found thanks to the air jumps reminded me of the gym and trampoline At the same time there were the elements of the sea, the wind. I learned to know them thanks to windsurfing. So kitesurfing came naturally I bought my first kite with my best friend we went to Spain on holidays, it started like that After two years I was joining the World Cup because it was the beginning of the sport so we all quickly evolved And that was in 2002-2003 Then I did competitions until 2010 there were competitions all around the world I got great pleasure to discover the world and at the same time I had my goals always improving my ride Today I did a lot of tricks I have done old school and new school tricks. But it was super awesome ! What’s the name of the trick you do with many rotations? That’s a cool one it’s called the monkey today the wind was a bit strong for my 11m to do this tricks it was a bit technical. I was with my 11m For the monkey what is complicated is that you put a finger on each side of depower It keeps the bar straight while you are rotating. In fact my own rotation make that the kite comes back on the right side it0s quite complicated When there are small waves like today I also like doing nice turns in it, big sprays For me a beautiful session is when everything is round everything is fluid and that I can do all the tricks I project. I also did another tricks that I love: the back mob that was my favorite new school tricks. This is the 360 ​​behind a backroll with a bar passage in the back. I kept the kite low with speed so it’s pretty involved and I love this tricks. Frankly this is one of my favorite tricks. Sofor me a move begins before you actually do it. First when you are gliding. You have to have the speed and also be synchronized to the pop Landing is also important. Either you really have the speed and you land a bit strong but you feel that you’re happy with your tricks. Or you land like a flower and you use your kite to land you can add a small loop at the end. This is what I do often a last small loop so that there is a small lift just before landing … And that’s super smooth And I also made nice transitions where I jump over the small waves I made a backroll or double and I go back the other way… I love the transitions there are people that don’t care but I love to ride fluid from the beginning to the end To unify an entire session transitions are very important Either I make nice turns where I apply myself either I make beautiful transitions or grab I did some one foot, or I also made small frontroll with my hand on the water The feeling is so good because you glide on your hand and you wait till your turn is done and when you finish you’re almost horizontal and ready to go the other way using the power of the kite So that my session. And now perfect sunset… Perfect!